Tag Archives: Vegan

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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Vegan Spring Rolls for Entree or Appetizer

Jul 12, 2019 CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal TV, NBC affiliate) Leslie Cerier , The Organic Gourmet Chef and Cooking Teacher shows us how to make these colorful, healthy spring rolls. Have fun making these all year round swapping seasonal vegetables for infinite variations

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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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How to Make Vegan and Gluten Free Spring Rolls: Cooking Demonstration

Organic Ingredients Spring Rolls for Slow Living

Spring rolls make a beautiful appetizer with colorful seasonal vegetables and garden fresh herbs. As the seasons change you can substitute ingredients and create colorful mosaic patterns with numerous combinations of salad greens, grated, marinated, pickled, seasonal vegetables, edible flowers, herbs and more. Plus, with climate change, this “yoga in the kitchen” flexible approach to mixing and matching local ingredients may be the key to lessening our carbon footprint and eating well throughout the year. Below are some photos from my presentation/cooking demonstration on How to Make Delicious Spring Rolls Fristat the Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, Vermont June 6, 2019

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