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Winter 2019 - 2020

December 7 Making Elderberry Syrup & Heart-Supportive Hawthorn-Infused Vinegar Elderberry Syrup is a powerful immune-supportive herbal remedy. Make sure this skill is in your tool-kit for winter.

February 1 Chocolate Fantasy Desserts Class This popular class is being repeated for Valentine's Day: Gluten-free, refined sugar-free desserts around the holidays are rare. Your yummy desserts made with healthy ingredients will be the talk of the party! We will also discuss healthy sweetener alternatives.

More info: http://www.lenoresnatural.com/classes/classes.php


Addiction to sugar seems like the national pastime. Crippling Type II Diabetes along with other cronic health issues can be mitigated by limiting refined sugar intake. Now is a good time to start being more aware of the pervasiveness of refined sugar in prepared foods. The labels also state "Includes x grams of Added Sugar", a particularly insidious culprit.

So, what to do? Learn about alternative sweeteners for one. Several that I like and use routinely are palm sugar, raw honey, NuNaturals Stevia, Chocolate Zero Syrup, Birch Bark Xylitol, Erythritol, brown rice syrup, coconut nectar and pure maple syrup. Look for them in your natural food stores or online and try them in your favorite recipes. Sweet is an essential flavor in our foods, but sugar is not!

We also keep some washed fruit available in our refrigerator. Seasonal grapes, berries, apples and citrus hit the spot and are one of the first things we see when we open the refrigerator door.

Eat well, be well,


About Us

Welcome to the website of Lenore’s Natural Cuisine, where Lenore Baum shares her understanding of conscious nutrition and secrets of healthy foods and their preparation. Her wisdom comes from 35 years of training and of operating her natural foods deli and vegetarian cooking schools in Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina. After completing a sabbatical in 2008, when she continued to evaluate current scientific and health studies, she revised her curriculum to feature her passion for raw and living foods preparation. Read the article about her early journey to natural foods cooking in the July 2006 issue of WNC-Woman magazine. To find your way to the wealth of practical information on this website, see the site map.

Lenore’s Natural Cuisine is a cooking school featuring low-glycemic, gluten-free, wheat-free, raw and living foods preparation. Every class is jam-packed with indispensable information and includes a meal prepared with organic, garden-fresh vegetables and herbs harvested in the morning. You can read several articles about her classes in the WNC Magazine and Asheville Citizen-Times business profile.

Raw, living vegan foods retain their life force and include unprocessed fruits, vegetables and sea vegetables; sprouted beans, grains, nuts and seeds; fermented foods and low-temperature dehydrated crackers, sprouted bread and treats. These foods are easily absorbable by the body and abundant in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and protein. Furthermore, since you will be eating such nutrient dense foods and automatically displacing processed and empty-calorie foods, you will easily achieve your optimal weight. A vegan lifestyle not only boosts your health, but is also a major personal step in reducing global warming.

Completed in 2006, this contemporary, Asian-inspired school is situated in a serene Weaverville setting on 17 acres just outside of Asheville , North Carolina. Lenore and her husband Joe embrace sustainability and simple living principles. Gardening organically year round, they raise most of their food in terraced garden beds located close to the kitchen. Their school/home has a passive solar design, solar domestic hot water and heating, solar electric panels and many other sustainable features. See the WNC Green Building Directory article and the Blue Mountain Living article.

Sustainable, passive solar home and cooking school
Sustainable, passive & active solar home and cooking school

Teaching kitchen
Teaching Kitchen

Our lettuce growing under winter hoops
Our lettuce growing under winter hoops

Lenore teaching sprouting
Lenore teaching sprouting

Plating food at the end of class
Plating food at the end of class

Spring broccoli coming alive
Spring broccoli coming alive

Go Shopping with Lenore
Go shopping with Lenore


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