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Organic Vegetarian, Vegan Gourmet Getaway in The Green Room

Welcome to a delicious gourmet getaway. Come for a couple of nights, a week or weekend all year round. Nestled in the peaceful forest, just 6 miles from the center of Amherst, MA, this is an oasis where folks come to rest, relax, recharge, get inspired and experience organic lifestyle. Take hands on organic farm to table private vegetarian, vegan and gluten free cooking classes. Enjoy and eat gourmet meals prepared by Leslie for your health and pleasure. Leslie offers lots of packages for you to choose from and is happy to help you select the experience that best fits your needs.

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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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Cooking Tips to Make Greens in Tahini Sauce

Greens in a Garlic Tahini Sauce with Tofu

Greens in a Garlic Tahini Sauce with Tofu. Umeboshi vinegar adds a delicious lemony and salty flavor to the sauce of this nutritious, quick and easy non dairy, vegan dish. Here I am demonstrating how to push the greens aside in the pot when adding organic tahini to the greens and tofu. Thanks to Pat Antaya6 for coming to my hands on vegetarian cooking class for health and longevity and taking this photo.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Waffles

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Teff Gluten Free Delicious Waffles

Serves: Makes 2 large 4 square waffles; serves 2-4

Teff is a super food. Paired with cocoa and dark chocolate, these waffles are loaded with iron, calcium, and magnesium just to mention a few benefits. I like to add a little maca and lucuma to enhance my super powers. Don’t have them on hand? No worries. Substitute teff flour! Note: These are totally fun to eat with your hands.

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