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Treating Noodles like a Slab of Bread

Treating noodles like a slab of bread, topped with pesto and served with a garden fresh salad for a delicious lunch. Some pesto’s are thin; some are oily and others like a sauce. My pesto is thick, more like a spread, a dip and of course yummy on pasta. Today, I made a Vegan Pesto from organic garden fresh kale and wild fresh nettles that was plentiful in my garden. I also added some fresh organic basil, hemp seeds, walnuts, garlic scapes, virgin olive oil and ume vinegar. I love nuts and seeds, and have made pesto with almonds, sunflower seeds and even hazelnuts. Hemp seeds and walnuts pack a wallop of omega 3’s healthy fats. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, a super food. The garden fresh salad with nasturtiums and some local goat feta creates a delicious gluten free, vegetarian rainbow lunch.

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Teaching the Art of the Stir Fry

Teaching How to Make Stir Fry Tempeh and Vegetables in a cooking class

Demonstrating how to make an Asian stir fry tempeh with vegetables in one of my hands on vegetarian cooking classes. First, melt virgin coconut oil, Next add your spices: grated ginger and chopped garlic. Add and stir in a tablespoon of tamari and mirin (sweet rice cooking wine) or maple syrup along with slices of tempeh. Once the pan dries, add some water for a juicy, flavorful dish. Next add colorful vegetables like carrots, green cabbage, and celery. In my cooking classes, I teach that you can change the combination of seasonal vegetables all year long for infinite varieties of tasty Asian vegetable stir fry dishes. I also offer cooking tips for you to invent your own recipe variations. Once you understand which ingredients go in first, second and third, you can design your own stir fries based on your local harvest. Eat well and have fun.

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Teaching How to Make Minestrone

Minestrone, teaching how to make organic, delicious minestrone in cooking classes

For my Spice it Up, Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices hands on Vegetarian Cooking class, March 17, 2019, we created a twist on a classic minestrone. Using a little strip of tasty and mineral rich dulse sea vegetable, a pinch of organic saffron and organic bay leaves to simmer and flavor the lentils. Once the lentils began to soften, we added organic grated sweet potatoes, sliced onions and potatoes. When the vegetables were tender, we added organic diced tomatoes, water, sea salt and fresh chopped rosemary and dried herbs: oregano, basil, thyme, and fresh ground black peppercorns. Turned off the heat. Added a handful of organic quinoa macaroni to expand and cook from the residual heat. Eco- cooking tip! We went on to cook up another dish, the curried lentil and vegetable dish cooked in Leslie’s chai.

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Spice It Up! Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices

organic spices

Sunday, March 17, 2019; 11:30AM-2:30PM; Amherst, MA; Hands on Organic Farm to Table Cooking Classes

A pinch of this, a sprinkle of that—the right herbs and spices enhance the flavor of any dish. These fun and informative hands-on vegetarian cooking classes are designed for both novice and seasoned cooks. Gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier shows you how to use herbs and spices to make delicious, healthy, globally inspired dishes. You will learn how to Continue reading

Soups and Stews for Health and Vitality

Organic, Vegan. deliciousCoconut Curried Red Lentil Soup with Spinach

Will be rescheduled

The moment is bliss when you sit down and dip your spoon into a steamy, fragrant bowl of soup. A feast for the senses, soup seems to nourish the soul as well as the body. In this hands-on, organic farm to table, vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier will show you how to make a wide variety of soup sensations from light and simple to thick and hearty. Continue reading