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Gourmet Getaway Packages

Come and experience delicious organic lifestyle, a fabulous energizing and extraordinary gourmet getaway in Amherst, MA. Come for a weekend; 1 week, 1, 2, 3 or more days during the week. You can take private cooking lessons, enjoy farm to table meals, hike on trails out the back door, bike, snow shoe, swim, recharge and relax immersed in nature.

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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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Embodying A Delicious Life

Leslie home and garden facing south

Happy Spring Everyone!

Hope that you have much beauty blossoming in your life. I am grateful for all of you.

This spring, I have been enjoying cooking for some of my favorite personal chef clients, creating new menus with some signature dishes and creating new recipes for you to accommodate your food preferences. Teaching many private and group classes; thanks to those that have combined staying at my organic B&B. And it has been fun to visit some of your kitchens for private lessons, too. Inspiring you to engage your senses and trust your intuition, to “Embody a Delicious Life” while ” Cooking From Your Heart.” Surrounded by my Impressionistic Nature Photography on the inside of my natural passive solar home and the organic gardens outside. Yay Spring! Continue reading

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

Rekindling your Inner Fire

Rekindling your Inner Fire

A Day of Self Care

With Leslie Cerier, Nini Melvin, Rebecca Shwartz

February 10, 10:30AM – 4:30PM Shutesbury, MA

Winter is a time of deep rest, nourishment and profound rejuvenation. Gathering our inner resources, we get in touch with our power; our potential; our true essence.

  •  Learn about the water element in Chinese Medicine.
  • Embody, balance and restore through meditative movements and self- shiatsu.
  • Hands On vegetarian gluten free cooking to nourish ourselves with food from earth and sea.
  • Discover the energetics and science behind foods to eat during wintertime. Food as natural medicine.

 Come find your Inner Spark and emerge toward the brightening light

 February 10, 10:30AM – 4:30PM Cost is $125.00 Includes gourmet lunch!

 For more Info, call 413-259-1695 or email leslie@lesliecerier.com

To register, please send your check to

Leslie Cerier, 58 Schoolhouse Road, Amherst, MA 01002

Please also include your phone # and email with your check. Thank-you!

Or register securely online with PayPal by clicking the button below.

Credit cards accepted also on the phone! Call 413-259-1695 or email leslie@lesliecerier.com


     Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet” is a chef, teaching culinary nutrition and hands-on vegetarian cooking nationwide using local,  seasonal, and organic foods. She has written many cookbooks, and is a national authority on gluten-free cooking and baking. www.lesliecerier.com



Nini Melvin teaches shiatsu and five element, meridian movement. She has a private practice here in Massachusetts. www.PresenTouch.com




Rebecca Shwartz is a naturopathic physician and five element acupuncturist.  She has private practices in Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, VT.  www.DrRebeccaShwartz.com