Tag Archives: Local Harvest

Dinner Party

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto with Saffron and Butternut Squash

I love to cook, and as an Organic Farm to Table Vegetarian Personal Chef, for over 30 years, I enjoy going into people’s home and cooking up a feast for special occasions.

Here is the Organic Vegetarian Menu I created for and with my client for her upcoming 50th Birthday Dinner: Continue reading

Improvisational Cooking for Health and Pleasure November 25

Coconut Curry Lentil and Teff Vegetable Stew

A Hands on Vegetarian Class with Leslie Cerier

November 25, 2017 – 4:30pm7:00pm

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The Contemplative Feast

Organic Gluten-Free Vegetarian Sweet potato chili

Saturday November 5th; 10:15-1:00PM; Near Amherst, MA

Are you craving nourishment? A space to slow down your busy life and get in touch with yourself? Do you hear about the benefits of meditation but need support in practicing it? Are you feeling detached from your body? Are you looking for a space to join in community and celebrate the local harvest?

CONTEMPLATIVE FEAST with mother-daughter team Leslie Cerier & Michelle Huber Half-day workshop: $40 early registration by Oct. 28th, $50 after that date Continue reading

Swapping Ingredients

Corn Grits with Sautéed Kale and Goat Cheddar Cheese

Swapping ingredients, you can come up with a delicious variation of any  dish. Based on the organic local harvest, think fresh spinach, scallions and wild mushrooms. It is June in New England. A tree near my house offered me a gorgeous and very tender chicken of the woods mushroom. Also, instead of using just corn grits, I used a combination of corn grits and steel cut oats. Used the oats because they are yummy and also a great source of soluble fiber to help digest and lower cholesterol. Continue reading

Find A Farmers Market

Leslie Cerier at the Amherst Farmers Market

To find a local farmers market near you: http://www.localharvest.org/

I love shopping at Farmers Markets.

Even at home in the kitchen, this happy feeling continues to emanate. Whether it is a lemony quinoa salad with sunflower seeds, chickpeas with tomatoes and ginger, or jewel-like slices of autumn vegetables in a fabulous curry-vegetable soup, the flavors express themselves precisely and clearly. Even more complicated dishes rest upon a solid foundation of organic beans and grains (whole foods), which allows their more piquant and delicate flavors to soar. Organic oils, herbs and spices add their deep, rich, lush tones. They enhance rather than overwhelm the humble vegetables. Continue reading