Tag Archives: Gardens

Organic Vegetarian Cooking and Gardening from the Heart

Happy Summer! I have spent everyday happily gardening. Nurturing organic vegetables, herbs, garlic, edible and perennial flowers. Nibbling on wild berries, too. Lots of swimming and of course, lots of gratitude. Visits from clients coming to enjoy a luxurious organic gourmet retreat, teaching private cooking classes, and being a Personal Chef, catering vegan and vegetarian farm to table dinner parties for 1-2 dozen people.

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Organic Lifestyle Retreat in The Green Room

Come to the the sanctuary. Immersed in nature, come learn Leslie’s technique for creating “the lusciousness in your life”. Leslie will teach you how to incorporate a nourishing home environment with the art of self care, gourmet vegetarian, organic farm to table meals, and “loving kindness” hands on cooking classes. Come for a weekend, a few days or a whole week. The beauty, nourishment and peace will follow you home.

Minutes from the center of Amherst, MA, home of the 5 colleges, Leslie has created an oasis. Literally, I contracted and did some work to build my passive solar, beautiful home with my then husband with all natural building materials. And that’s a good story that I would love to share with you.

First choose a package or let me help you customize your optimal wellness stay

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Organic Vegetarian Brunch

Organic Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with edible flowers. A summer treat for brunch made with fresh organic kale, thyme, marjoram, nasturtiums and borage flowers from my garden. Bunching onions & yellow summer squash from my organic CSA, the Brookfield Farm; grass raised organic eggs and goat feta from the Amherst Farmers Market, and from my birthday lunch yesterday from my daughter, Michelle and our local coop, some incredible goat cheese from Vermont. All these ingredients plus lots of love and slow cooking take this over the top. Savor and enjoy every delicious bite!

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Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

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!

Summer Gourmet Getaway

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.

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