Tag Archives: Minestrone

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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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

Basil Pesto in Minestrone

Vegetarian Basil Hemp Seed Pesto

Spring is here in Western Mass. Hurray! Today, I made a tasty vegan minestrone with some of my organic winter storage root veggies: carrots, onions, celeriac, and potatoes. To make the Continue reading