Food
Breaking Bread Over A California Curry
October 14, 2021

A delicious vegan coconut curry recipe from a Central California family gives us reason to break bread and ponder the role of bread and togetherness across cultures and time.

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Our Chef’s Perfect, Farm-Fresh, Candy Chicken
October 7, 2021

Esalen’s executive chef spent years trying to make the perfect roasted chicken. Learn the one thing he did to get it right, and try his recipe for yourself – with chicken or turkey – to experience Esalen at home.

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Winding & Unwinding Vines with Blackberries and Scones
September 16, 2021

Pick a cup of wild blackberries to celebrate the end of the blackberry season and explore a classic Central Coast recipe from Big Sur Bakery — with some creative twists.

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Monterey Sardine Story: A Recipe by Nepenthe
August 26, 2021

An oily little fish with a big role in Big Sur local history delivers heart health and a heartwarming memory just up the road on Highway 1. This is a simple, salty recipe you’ll want to rediscover, again and again.

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A "Tip" for Pea Lovers from the Kitchen of Christine Chen
August 19, 2021

No one will ever have to convince you to “eat your peas” if you go with these pea “tips.” Here’s an authentic Asian veggie recipe that’s ridiculously easy and quick for fall — or anytime, actually.

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Last Bits of Lavender = Cheesecake Bites
August 5, 2021

We’re big fans of this luscious, Lavender Chevre Cheesecake recipe! Simple and light, a slice of this California creation will transport you right to your coastal vibe.

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Summer Drink Remix: A Barista Favorite
July 29, 2021

Imbibe in the simple summer ritual: take a personal moment in a special spot and refresh yourself with a cool beverage. Our barista supervisor shares a simple recipe with easy-to-find, fresh ingredients.

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Everybody Loves Pancakes
May 17, 2021

Who wants some pancakes? Whole grain lemon-blueberry pancakes are packed with both nutrients and flavor, and are fun to make with family.

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Spicy Mint Pesto
May 3, 2021

“Pesto” is usually synonymous with “basil,” but you can use the same basic method — pounding herbs, nuts, and other aromatics together with oil — to play with flavor. What's in your garden this week? Make it a pesto!

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Really Good Juice
April 19, 2021

This juice is exactly as it sounds, and so much like an experience here at Esalen...it's all the things and will have you feeling balanced, grounded and vital.

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A Very Berry Panzanella
April 5, 2021

A fruit panzanella takes the same mix of bread, fresh produce, and acid used to create traditional savory panzanella and turns it into something that’s great for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert. For this version, we macerate blackberries with honey, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and white balsamic; vinegar highlights and punches up the berry flavor.

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Pea Shoot, Asparagus, and Blood Orange Salad
March 22, 2021

It’s hard to go wrong with flavor combinations when you pair things that come into season together, like early spring’s pea shoots and asparagus bolstered with the last of winter’s citrus. This salad is spring green on a plate, with a delightful mix of flavors and textures — acidic citrus, bright mint, sweet peas, crunchy nuts, tender asparagus — that elevate it beyond an everyday salad.

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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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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
May 22, 2012

5 cups (2.5 lbs.) butter, softened 3 1/3 cups light brown sugar, packed 10 eggs 5 tsp vanilla extract 7 ½ cups all-purpose flour 5 tsp baking soda 5 tsp ground cinnamon 2 1/2 teaspoons salt 15 cups rolled oats 7 ½ cups raisins 5 cups walnuts, chopped (optional)

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Malva Pudding
December 1, 2014

1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda Pinch of salt 1 cup plus ¼ cups sugar, divided 1 egg 1 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temp, plus 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter ¼ cup apricot jelly 1 cup milk 1 tsp white vinegar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup evaporated milk Whipped cream (optional)

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Coconut Spinach Pea Soup
October 31, 2014

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
November 10, 2012

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
September 26, 2014

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
October 30, 2014

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
March 5, 2021

Polenta is easy to cook and a great canvas for all kinds of flavors. This version is rich with herbs, but you could substitute your favorite spices, add cheese, stir in some sauteed mushrooms or spinach — the possibilities are limitless. 

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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.