Healthy Cooking Thursday – Goat Cheese Snacks

Glorious Chevre, I love you so.  Goat cheese is an ingredient some people are frightened to try; maybe it’s too “exotic” or they fear the “gamey” flavor expected from a product of a goat.  I have converted dozens of people to chevre lovers, often by being sneaky about it and putting it on a nice cracker with something […]

Meal Planning Made Easy

Not everyone needs a meal plan to feed themself well, however you may find a list of favorite meal ideas posted in your kitchen helps with the shopping and food prep.  I am a big fan of keeping a list of healthy recipes I love to make posted on my fridge, with plenty of blank spaces to […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Pesto Chicken Meatballs

These days, foodies everywhere are talking about meatballs.  These humble staples of most moms' menus have taken center stage as a food trend for 2011, much to the surprise and confusion of many chefs.  After all, meatballs are so lowbrow.  I like to think of this trend as a good sign; maybe backlash against the uber processed scientific food movement (do you […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – Butternut Macaroni and Cheese

Behold, one of my happiest accidents. This recipe was born when I didn't have a lot of food in the house and needed to come up with dinner. I forget what I served it with because, frankly, this side dish was so delicious it eclipsed anything else from the meal. I recommend using a type […]

Healthy Cooking Monday – Green Mountain Sauteed Tempeh

Today’s blog is brought to you by my partner in crime, Chef Jon.  Tempeh is a protein option that our vegetarian guests enjoy, especially when served this way.  We like to use organic Vermont-produced Rhapsody Tempeh in our Green Mountain at Fox Run kitchen; try it the next time you celebrate Meatless Monday. Tempeh originated in Indonesia. It is created […]

Healthy Cooking Wednesday-Fruit Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

We’ve been going crazy playing with cranberries in the Green Mountain at Fox Run kitchen these days. You might have seen my grown-up gravy alternative, the Cranberry Balsamic Jus, which I’ve enjoyed on turkey, pears, salmon, butternut squash puree, and rice since its development a couple of weeks ago. It’s a keeper…as is this one, […]

It Happened This Week: The Whys of Weight Gain & Words for the Weekend

Pepper supplements may not work for weight loss, according to an article on  We'd agree, although not necessarily for the reasons cited in the article.  We focus more on the whys of unhealthy weight gain, which often involve much more than small metabolic changes. Does nighttime eating cause weight gain?  <!–more–>I wrote about this […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Mojito Vinaigrette

The sun is high in the sky, and culinarians’ gardens are overflowing with the perrenial bounty of mint.  Most varieties of mint grow very well in the chilly Green Mountains of Vermont; often too well, as they spread like wildfire if not kept in check. So what to do with all that mint, you ask?  Well, it’s easy […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday: Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Pomegranates are an ancient superfood that have generated a lot of buzz in recent years due to their high concentration of antioxidants, but they have long been used in Ayurvedic treatments and in many other medical applications, including everything from treating cataracts to preventing hemorrhoids, erectile dysfunction, and cancer.  Some argue that the pomegranate was […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday! Plantain Chips

Here at Green Mountain, we get a lot of questions on how to use unfamiliar produce that ladies have noticed in the grocery store.  It’s a great idea to explore unknown territory in the produce section, as you might just find something that was previously unknown to you is quite delicious, and it’s always good to […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday! Kale “Chips”

Kale is one of those vegetables that most people either love or despise…except when prepared in this manner, one of Green Mountain at Fox Run’s most popular side dishes.  When raw, kale is as beautiful to look at as it is good for you to eat.  It grows extremely well in cold climates like our Green […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday! Roast Chicken Soup with Wild Rice & Dried Cherries

Dried tart cherries are wildly nutritious (even though they’re not wild) and they add so much great taste to foods.  Today’s recipe is courtesy of the cherry growers who generously took me on a tour of their orchards last summer and treated me to a couple of great days in northern Michigan.  It’s a warm […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday! Creamy Fennel & Leek Soup

As I was thinking about what to post for today’s healthy recipe, I ran across this wonderful idea from Pinch My Salt, a great cooking blog that I often grab recipes from to share with you and to delight my friends and family, too.  This one appealed because I had all the ingredients in the […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday! Potluck Ideas

The fourth question the Mompreneurs posed to me last week at their Twitter party had to do with what to bring to potlucks. I’m sure most of us have our menus planned for tonight and tomorrow by now, but there may still be some potluck opportunities on the near horizon.  Actually, we’re having one at […]

Taming Traditions: How to Make Your Feasts Healthier & Still Enjoyable

Chef Lisa‘s back with her saga of Christmas celebrations past and present. My husband grew up in an Italian American family in New Jersey.  A benefit of this is the observance of the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, an amazing event to behold.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday! Fresh Cranberry Relish

Thanksgiving is next week in the U.S.  By now, many of us have already planned our traditional meal with all of our family favorites.  If you’re like me, I serve almost the same meal every year.  It just wouldn’t be the same otherwise.  But I’m always looking for one or two different dishes just to […]

It Happened This Week: Food Safety Tips, Halloween Candy, Healthy Halloween Alternatives and Recipes

This weekend clocks change and candy comes home!  It’s Halloween weekend! First, some helpful Halloween food safety tips from the FDA for parents of trick-or-treaters. Diane wrote about how she made it through the holiday of candy and costumes while still losing weight.  Her secret?  Planning for a candy indulgence and then moving on because […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday! Italian Chicken & Insight on Ingredients

Today’s recipe — well, more of a recipe idea — comes from friend and colleague Laura Lagano, MS, RD, CDN, an expert in using food as medicine, something she learned well in raising a child with developmental disorders. After a recent stay at her house, I can attest to her finesse with food and nutrition.  […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday: Lemongrass Chicken

Today’s recipe is courtesy of Tram Le, RD, author of the lovely blog Nutrition to Kitchen….  It’s an amazing collection of recipes, I think all developed by Tram.  Or maybe they’re a lot of “recipes” that were handed down to her.  She actually says she wasn’t given recipes — just an intuitive ability balance flavors […]

Healthy Recipe Thursday: Cannellini Salad — Three Ways

How many ways can you say tasty, quick and healthy? We’ve got three for you in today’s recipe featuring the highly versatile and highly nutritious cannellini bean.  A good source of protein, fiber, complex carbs and much more, they bring out the best in quick salads.  What’s even better?  We use canned beans — how […]