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Loving Kindness in the Kitchen, From the Seed to the Table

At Esalen, Leslie Stirs chopped fresh herbs into a salad

Loving Kindness in the Kitchen, From the Seed to the Table; Sunday, November 10, 11AM-2:30PM; Amherst, MA

Through excited curiosity, our culinary adventure begins. In this hands-on, vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier guides us in the playful art of mix and match with the bounty from our local organic vegetarian harvest. We select ingredients, accommodating everyone’s dietary needs, moods and desires. Then we will cook and eat our lunch.

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Organic Locavore Green Salad

Warm day, sunny day! Yippeeee! Grateful for all the organic farmers growing great greens this time of year. And of course there is plenty of wild dandelion greens and chives right out the door to add to the fun of fresh harvest. Organic Lawn to table meet organic farm to table.
Time for lunch with locavore organic salad greens that I picked up at the farmers market.
Dressing it up with some organic, fair trade, avocados from my local coop. You can add some nuts, like organic pecans, like I did below or organic olives. Simple! Either way, will be delicious, nutrition and satisfying. For a quick dressing, I like to have on hand organic blood orange flavored virgin olive oil and my homemade infused Strawberry Vanilla Fig Balsamic made last summer with organic strawberries from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). YUM!

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Locavore Salad

organic locavore salad

Organic locavore salad with tahini miso dressing. YUM! Local goat feta, fried wild chicken of the woods mushrooms, which I found in the woods behind my home. The fresh lemon basil herbs, nasturtiums and borage edible flowers came from my garden. Grateful for a such a local, seasonal, quick and easy feast! Continue reading

Michelle Rolls Spring Rolls

Michelle Rolling Spring Rolls for my birthdayIn honor of my 65th birthday and party, my daughters Emily and Michelle visited. We played, went swimming, cooked together and ate lots of yummy meals. They helped me celebrate and make the party feast. Here is Michelle, rolling spring rolls on my sunny deck. First, she picked fresh cilantro and mint from my organic herb garden next to the deck. Grated carrots.  With organic, tasty, quick cooking, gluten-free rice ramen, she rolled 20 beautiful, vegan, spring rolls.  Emily made a yummy organic coconut cacao mousse. Proud and grateful mama! Passing on the tradition. Continue reading

Harvest Basket

Organic Harvest

Summer continues to give and I am gathering. Harvest basket is full of organic heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, onions, carrots, flowers and more. Grateful for the harvest of fresh, abundant vegetables for my farm to table meals, personal chef clients, and cooking classes. Fun to cook up lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes mixing and matching the bounty of local, seasonal produce.  Yummy, juicy, delicious, organic produce.