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Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

Smiling at the memory of teaching my hands on farm to table cooking class at Esalen Institute and showing how to make these delicious, absolutely scrumptious Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Brownies, which happen to be gluten free. You can make these brownies with a variety of nut flours like hazelnut and almond flours. Teff flour, coconut flour and brown rice flour work well, too. And sometimes, I use fair trade organic cocoa and other times fair trade organic cacao powder. Always fair trade organic dark chocolate chips. Grass raised organic butter or virgin coconut oil and maple syrup adds richness and sweetness. Here at home, my edible calendula flowers are in bloom and grateful to Tracey Eller for taking this photo and styling it with as Kate Kilday of Woodland Essence taught me long ago that calendula flowers are like eating sunshine. Thanks Kate! You are right.

Happy Sunny Summer Day!

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Summer Gourmet Getaway

Dreamy south facing deck of my home, early morning in July. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Well, I am biased, it is my birthday month. I love the summer heat. Abundant, Organic flowers, some for vases, some for eating, plenty to see in the lush gardens; seasonal veggies, loads of blueberries and raspberries to pick for snacking, adding beauty and nourishment. And by the way, these lilies are edible and gorgeous as a garnish for summer fresh salads.

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Forest Bathing in my Forest Garden

Foxglove in bloom on south side of house

Forest bathing in my forest garden. The foxglove are abundant and beautiful amidst rock sculptures naturally balanced. View off the south side of my home. Come visit for a delicious gourmet getaway.

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Organic B&B Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Organic B&B

Master Bedroom in my Organic B&B, Amherst, MA features bamboo and organic bedding, lamp shades made by local artist and Leslie Impressionistic Nature Photography for your pleasure and inspiration. Attached to private bathroom, this eco-friendly, green, meditative, healthy, peaceful room is ideal for a 1-2 people. Nestled in the woods in the passive solar home of The Organic Gourmet Chef, Leslie Cerier. Room also has 4 of Leslie’s impressionistic Nature Photographs for your inspiration. House stays cool during summer. Organic Farm to Table Breakfast offered. Additional gourmet farm to table organic vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free seasonal meals and Private and group cooking classes offered for extra fees. Continue reading