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Diet and Breast Health: What’s the Connection?

A Conversation with Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet”

(Leslie is featured in The Breast Archives documentary) This interview is also posted on June 26, 2017     http://www.thebreastarchives.org/blog/

Thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, Hippocrates wrote, “Let food be thy medicine.” Those words are as true today as they were then. The choices that we make at the grocery store and the farmer’s market have a clear effect on the health of our breasts. Read on to learn more my recent interview with Leslie Cerier, one of the nine women who bravely bared her body and soul in The Breast Archives. Leslie is an internationally recognized, organic farm to table vegetarian chef, educator, cookbook author, recipe developer, consultant, and award-winning nature photographer. Every day, she cooks gourmet, seasonal, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free meals for health and pleasure as a way to inspire others to discover and embody delicious living. 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

Join a CSA

Leslie picking carrots

Of all my reasons for eating as much organic food as I can find, by far the most important are my vivid impressions of the beautiful scenery on organic farms and gardens. Every year, I spend as much time as I can in my own organic garden and on a sixteen-acre organic farm, the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that feeds me as well as 500 other households (from surrounding Western Massachusetts hill towns and the Boston area). Here, among the long rows of vegetables, beans, herbs, flowers and fruits, I can be found snacking. Basket in hand, I stroll and munch on juicy strawberries in June, sugar snap peas in July, cherry tomatoes in August, and sweet raspberries and green beans until autumn’s first frost. With each weekly visit, I discover and taste something new: sweet corn; green, yellow and red peppers (hot peppers too!); cooling cucumbers, succulent watermelons, star-like borage flowers, bright orange nasturtiums, garlic chives, sugar-sweet baby carrots – the list goes on and on. But the thing that I remember most is the feeling of endless bounty and wholesomeness. Continue reading