Tag Archives: immune system

Savoring Life, Luscious Cooking for Health

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto with Saffron and Butternut Squash

Sunday, January 6, 2019; 11AM-2PM; Amherst, MA

In this hands-on, organic farm to table, vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier presents whole foods that are pleasurable, delicious, health-enhancing, and nutritious.

We will prepare dishes for our lunch by mixing and matching fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables, herbs, spices, and sea vegetables with organic vegetarian proteins such as legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, local organic grass raised eggs, local grass raised organic goat and cow cheeses. Continue reading

Horseradish Yay!

Organic Horseradish Root

Joyful gardening! Here I am holding one of many garden fresh dug or shall I say, pulled up organic horseradish root. They spread like a wild perennial, and multiply. Hot, pungent and a wonderful addition to vegetarian sushi, or grated and blended into dressings, dips and anywhere you want some more heat to clear your sinuses and bring you in the present moment. Continue reading

Homemade Organic Non Caffeinated Chai

Organic local ginger & turmeric

Organic ginger & turmeric are key ingredients in my infamous non caffeinated chai. I love to offer hot chai to participants as they arrive to my hands on vegetarian cooking classes, as well as friends dropping in for a visit , organic b&b guests & just because. It enhances your immune system & delights your palate. Continue reading

Harvesting & Cooking with Organic Garlic

organic garlic harvest

I just harvested 80 garlic bulbs from my organic garden. Imagining all the vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, delicious soups, pesto, sauces, dressings, chili, and more that I will cook up this year for personal chef clients and those that come for my organic farm to table classes and organic B&B: tomato sauce, greens in garlic tahini sauce, garlic bread, kale, basil and cilantro pesto,  garlic flavored oils, sweet putanesca sauce, olive tapenade, zesty parsley garlic dressing, chili, minestrone, and more. Mixing and matching the local organic harvest with beans, grains, nuts, seeds, pasta, healthy fats, herbs and spices for tasty immune enhancing meals all year round. Delicious food as medicine. Meals for celebrations, too. First, I will hang it in my shed to dry and cure for winter storage. Continue reading