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Make your own infused cooking oils with fresh organic herbs

August 22, 2019 CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal TV, NBC affiliate) – You can preserve the taste of summer herbs by infusing them into organic virgin olive oil. Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet” personal chef, cooking teacher and cookbook author teaches us how it is done.

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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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Organic Locavore Green Salad

Warm day, sunny day! Yippeeee! Grateful for all the organic farmers growing great greens this time of year. And of course there is plenty of wild dandelion greens and chives right out the door to add to the fun of fresh harvest. Organic Lawn to table meet organic farm to table.
Time for lunch with locavore organic salad greens that I picked up at the farmers market.
Dressing it up with some organic, fair trade, avocados from my local coop. You can add some nuts, like organic pecans, like I did below or organic olives. Simple! Either way, will be delicious, nutrition and satisfying. For a quick dressing, I like to have on hand organic blood orange flavored virgin olive oil and my homemade infused Strawberry Vanilla Fig Balsamic made last summer with organic strawberries from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). YUM!

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Cilantro Olive Dip/Spread

Marinated sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives make this a delicious spread for bread or crackers. And, it is fabulous as appetizer dip served with rainbow radish and carrots sticks. Organic green olives adds to the YUM and Fun. Served on my Vegan Gourmet Getaway Weekend.

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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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