Welcome to a delicious gourmet getaway. Come for a couple of nights, a week or weekend all year round. Nestled in the peaceful forest, just 6 miles from the center of Amherst, MA, this is an oasis where folks come to rest, relax, recharge, get inspired and experience organic lifestyle. Take hands on organic farm to table private vegetarian, vegan and gluten free cooking classes. Enjoy and eat gourmet meals prepared by Leslie for your health and pleasure. Leslie offers lots of packages for you to choose from and is happy to help you select the experience that best fits your needs.Continue reading
Smiling at the memory of teaching my hands on farm to table cooking class at Esalen Institute and showing how to make these delicious, absolutely scrumptious Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Brownies, which happen to be gluten free. You can make these brownies with a variety of nut flours like hazelnut and almond flours. Teff flour, coconut flour and brown rice flour work well, too. And sometimes, I use fair trade organic cocoa and other times fair trade organic cacao powder. Always fair trade organic dark chocolate chips. Grass raised organic butter or virgin coconut oil and maple syrup adds richness and sweetness. Here at home, my edible calendula flowers are in bloom and grateful to Tracey Eller for taking this photo and styling it with as Kate Kilday of Woodland Essence taught me long ago that calendula flowers are like eating sunshine. Thanks Kate! You are right.
Happy Sunny Summer Day!
Dreamy south facing deck of my home, early morning in July. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Well, I am biased, it is my birthday month. I love the summer heat. Abundant, Organic flowers, some for vases, some for eating, plenty to see in the lush gardens; seasonal veggies, loads of blueberries and raspberries to pick for snacking, adding beauty and nourishment. And by the way, these lilies are edible and gorgeous as a garnish for summer fresh salads.Continue reading
Gathering organic, cheerful, fresh, bright, orange, Mexican Sunflowers at my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) organic farm in Amherst, MA. These flowers are pretty in a vase. With the flowers that have dropped their petals, I will leave them on the stalk for the bees, the pollinators love them. Harvesting gifts of beauty, pleasure, sweetness and fun on the farm.
Making my first bunch of organic Beet Burgers. This is going to be yummy! And Lucky for me my daughter Emily was here to capture it on video. Summer fresh, organic beets, carrots, zucchini, garlic scapes held together with ground organic chia seeds, flax seeds, black sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. Seasoned with fresh picked herbs: thai basil, oregano and marjoram from Leslie’s organic garden. A little sea salt and black pepper and we are ready to make pretty patties/burgers. Continue reading