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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!

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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Gourmet Getaway Packages

Come and experience the sanctuary. Immersed in nature, come learn Leslie’s technique for creating “the yum in your life”. Leslie will teach you how to incorporate a nourishing home environment with the art of self care, gourmet vegetarian, organic farm to table meals, and “loving kindness” hands on cooking classes. Come for a weekend, a few days or a whole week. The beauty, nourishment and peace will follow you home.

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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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