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'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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Napa Cabbage and Scallion Kimchi
January 13, 2015

Ingredients 1 large head of Napa cabbage, whole or sliced into ½ inch slices 1 large bunch of scallions, cut into 1 inch lengths 1 cup of sea salt 1 gallon of filtered water Spice Paste 1 large handful of shallots 1 large piece of ginger, peeled Several cloves of garlic Lots of Korean red chili powder

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Chef Johnny's "Sponges of Love" (Pancakes)
February 11, 2015

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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Savory Quinoa Cereal
May 6, 2015

Ingredients 2 cups quinoa 5 cups water 1 generous handful kale, chard or spinach Kale Dressing 1/3 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil 1?2 medium-sized red onion, fine julienne

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Summer Vegetarian Tacos
April 2, 2017

8 small corn tortillas 1 pint-sized container of Padron peppers 4 big squash blossoms Handful of sliced button mushrooms 1 cup queso fresco cheese 2 limes, halved Olive oil High-quality sea salt

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Spicy Marinated Cauliflower
May 10, 2016

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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Esalen Whole Roasted Chicken
May 28, 2018

4 lb Mary’s Organic Whole Chicken, without giblet sack (if provided, remove from cavity) 4 garlic cloves, whole & peeled 3 sprigs Esalen Farm fresh rosemary sprig 3 sprigs Esalen Farm fresh thyme sprig 1 Esalen Farm Meyer lemon, cut in half Salt, minimal amount 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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