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Big Sur Sunshine: An Immunity-boosting Juice for Our Times
March 24, 2020

This divinely sweet “grown-up” orange juice is packed with minerals, nutrients and enzymes to keep your immune system healthy.

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Esalen Farm & Garden Green
September 1, 2019

The juice itself is called Farm & Garden Green and it's a garden lover's dream, according to Food and Beverage Supervisor Lisa Hudson. “This ‘un-recipe’ features seasonal ingredients growing in Esalen's Farm & Garden and, of course, that's constantly changing, as is the recipe!,” says Lisa. “The consistent thread you'll find is that it's packed with the freshest, most vibrant greens, veggies and herbs of the season, with just a kiss of sweetness that comes from Meyer Lemons that have grown around the Esalen property for many years.”

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Coconut Spinach Pea Soup

1 onion 1 Tbs. Thai red curry paste 1 bunch spinach 1 can coconut milk 1 cup cooked jasmine rice 2 cups shelled green peas (fresh or frozen) Salt and pepper to taste

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Celery Root Milanese

1 large celery root, peeled and thoroughly rinsed ¼ cup flour 1 large egg, beaten 1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs Pinch each of paprika, thyme, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder 1/3 cup grated pecorino romano cheese Extra virgin olive oil Handful of chopped parsley 2 lemons, halved

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

2 small delicata squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed 1 Tbsp. olive oil ¼ cup minced shallots 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter 4 Tbsp. pecans 4 Tbsp. walnuts 4 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds 4 Tbsp. dried cranberries 4 Tbsp. golden raisins 1 tsp. crystallized ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp. sugar pinch of ground cinnamon pinch of ground nutmeg pinch of ground coriander pinch of ground cardamom salt

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Corn Flour Cookies

4 cups corn flour 1/2 lb. softened, room temperature butter 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup (up to 1 cup) of water, milk or orange juice

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Crispy Baked Polenta with Herbs

1 cup polenta 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth 2 cups water Chopped fresh herbs such as sage, rosemary, chives, parsley Salt and pepper to taste 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

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Chef Johnny's "Sponges of Love" (Pancakes)

4 cups all purpose flour 3/4 tsp salt 4 Tbsp baking powder 4 eggs 3/4 cup vegetable or rice oil 3 cups buttermilk 1 cup water

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Spicy Marinated Cauliflower
February 12, 2012

1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets 4 tomatoes, seeds mostly removed, sliced into eighths 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced 1-2 Jalapeño peppers, seeded and thinly sliced White wine vinegar, to taste Sea salt, to taste Olive oil, to taste Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup
February 11, 2021

Nutty notes ensure this Esalen favorite has layers of deep flavor. Light but warm and nourishing, it's vegan and gluten free and made mostly of pantry staples. 

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Esalen Farm & Garden Green
September 1, 2019

The juice itself is called Farm & Garden Green and it's a garden lover's dream, according to Food and Beverage Supervisor Lisa Hudson. “This ‘un-recipe’ features seasonal ingredients growing in Esalen's Farm & Garden and, of course, that's constantly changing, as is the recipe!,” says Lisa. “The consistent thread you'll find is that it's packed with the freshest, most vibrant greens, veggies and herbs of the season, with just a kiss of sweetness that comes from Meyer Lemons that have grown around the Esalen property for many years.”

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Celery Leaf Pesto

With this recipe the classic pesto goes through a transformative experience, moving away from the traditional basil version and finding a way to use the often-overlooked leaves of celery which many discard. At its heart pesto is a simple combination: part leaves, part nuts or seed, a little garlic and cheese, then the whole thing is bound together with an acid (here we use lemon juice) and olive oil. Understanding this breakdown opens your ability to transform anything from our garden (or yours) into wonderful variations on pesto.

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Esalen Farm and Garden Ratatouille

This is a quintessential summertime meal. Here at Esalen, we are lucky to have an amazing farm and garden growing most everything we need for this dish. You can achieve the same sense of place by going to your local farmers market, where many of the farmstands will have all of these ingredients, beautifully fresh and ripe, and harvested from one farm. Serve this with baked or soft polenta, and goat cheese or parmigiano-reggiano.

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Founded in 1962, Esalen is non-profit center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. Esalen is a pioneer on the leading edge of consciousness, where spiritual possibility, intellectual rigor, somatic practice and sustainable living converge toward an integrated realization of the human potential. Esalen sponsors pioneering initiatives and offers personal, spiritual, and social transformation practices for workshop participants, residential staff and interns. Located on California’s scenic Big Sur Coast, Esalen welcomes more than 17,000 visitors each year.