Middlebury Maple Run Cabot Fit Team Recap

Cabot FIt Team 2016

Disclosure: My race entry fee, accommodations, and meals were paid for by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. All opinions and such expressed here are my own.

Meet the 2016 Cabot Fit Race team:

Anne @ fANNEtastic Food
Jess @ Dietitian Jess
Katie @ Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Amanda @ The Wholesome Dish
Danielle @ Food Confidence (me!)
Roni @ Ronis Weigh

How much fun can you have on a mostly rainy weekend in Vermont prepping for a relay race? A TON! I had such a wonderful weekend with these amazing gals and the Cabot team, who have been hosting these running experiences since 2013.  If you don’t know Cabot, they are a cooperative owned by 1,200 family farms in New York and New England.

I’ve been on the Cabot Cheese Board for the last few years and given the opportunity to taste many a Cabot cheese. I don’t cook a lot with cheese, mostly because I prefer to eat it cold, but I do love sharing Cabot with friends and family.

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My weekend began late afternoon on Friday when I was greeted at the airport by Sara in the infamous Cabot Cheese van. We arrived at the Swift House Inn, which became our home away from home for the weekend. I stayed in the Governor’s room, which was a treat given I had my very own fireplace.

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On Saturday morning we toured the Kayhart Brothers Dairy Farm, an award winning, family run Dairy Farm.

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We got a fun farm tour from Steve Kayhart, a runner himself and a part of the Cabot fit team. He talked candidly with us about what it means to be a dairy farmer and how he cares for his dairy cows.

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Then we visited the babies. We spent a lot of time hanging with these sweet baby cows, they were excited to see us and enjoyed licking our fingers!

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We gave some love to the momma cows as well.

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We also explored the very quaint town of Middlebury….

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….and enjoyed a pre-race dinner of pizza and salad. What else should you eat before a race, right?

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On Saturday night, I set out my race outfit and tried to get some sleep.

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I woke up Sunday morning excited to get out there, regardless of the dreary weather!

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Finishing up the last mile!

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Being part of the Cabot Fit team was totally fun! My relay partner Katie Webster ran the first 7 miles and I ran the last half. I didn’t run fast (at all!), but I finished strong and I felt pretty good. I sort of regret not training harder for it, but I plan to pick up the pace for my next race in September, which is a full half marathon in DC’s wine country.

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On Sunday afternoon we had a Cabot cheese and local wine + cider tasting and ended the weekend relaxing and cutting loose with a good old-fashioned Pictionary game.

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Is life better in Vermont? I don’t know for sure, but after spending this fun weekend in Middlebury, I might like to find out!

Simple canned salmon salad

Kicking off Salad Month!

May is National Salad Month and I’m celebrating by posting salad and salad dressing recipes all month long. I’m kicking it off with this easy to make family favorite, the canned salmon salad.

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My mom calls me the Queen of Salad. I’m not sure the title is deserving, but I do love my salads. I eat a salad of some sort every day. You’d be surprised what I can whip up with just fresh greens and access to a stocked pantry!

This canned salmon salad is a common occurrence at my house. It’s a basic salad with little fanfare, but it’s easy to throw together and it satisfies. The ingredients are simple and can always be found in my kitchen: Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, avocado, and steamed beets.

canned salmon salad with balsamic vinnaigrette

I use my favorite canned salmon from Costco. It’s a premium, boneless and skinless wild Alaskan pink salmon. It’s not fishy at all. The taste is mild and delicious and a great protein add-in (one can is 180 calories and 39 grams of protein). It’s also rich in omega 3 fats, which help decrease inflammation and are great for brain health.

I can make this salad in my sleep. The dressing is also easy. It’s a simple balsamic vinaigrette made with olive oil, salt and some Dijon mustard.

Simple canned salmon salad

I don’t think a recipe is required for this canned salmon salad, but I will post one anyway. I hope you enjoy salad month, I have lots more salad goodness in store, so stay tuned!

Canned Salmon Salad

Yield: 1-2 servings

Canned Salmon Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 can wild Alaskan Pink Salmon, drained
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped
  • 2-3 hearts of palm, chopped
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2-3 steamed beets (I used Love Beets), sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Chop up salad ingredients and add to large bowl. Top with canned salmon. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and Dijon. Pour over dressing and serve.
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The BEST Wild Blueberry Sweets Roundup

The Best Wild Blueberry Sweets Recipe Roundup

The Best Wild Blueberry Sweets Recipe Roundup

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the folks over at Wild Blueberries for the last year and half doing recipe development and photography. I’ve created some really fun dishes using Wild Blueberries. From stuffing to gazpacho, quesadillas, even stuffed sweet potatoes, I think I might be an expert at cooking with these tasty little berries.

Although I don’t consider myself a very good baker, I’ve also managed to create a few pretty delicious (and super easy to make) baked goods and sweets using Wild Blueberries. I always try to health-up my sweets recipes, using less sugar than what’s usual, while still keeping the decadence factor.

Below are a few of my best Wild Blueberry sweets recipes.


Low Sugar Wild Blueberry Fool

This Wild Blueberry Fool recipe would be the perfect ending to a brunch or dinner. It’s a simple dessert that delivers intense flavor with a little bit of decadence.

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Wild Blueberry Molasses Cookies

These Molasses Cookies are spicy and delicious with a Wild Blueberry twist! The Wild Blueberries add a zesty flavor that complements the ginger and molasses just right.

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Breakfast Bread with Wild Blueberries

This Wild Blueberry Breakfast Danish is easy to tailor to your taste. Try using different types of cheese for the filling (mascarpone or cream cheese would be lovely), or swap the almond paste with lemon curd.

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Gluten-Free Wild Blueberry and Apple Crisp

Cobbler. Crisp. Crumble. Whatever you call it, it’s a dessert with many flavors. My delicious Wild Blueberry and Apple Crisp was baked with the fruit mixture on the bottom and has a crumb topping, making it a crisp.

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Wild Blueberry Cream Pie

I absolutely adore a no-bake dessert, especially one that doesn’t feel lacking in any way. Sometimes when we remake a favorite recipe we tend to think the original is always better. That’s not the case with these Mini Wild Blueberry Cream Pies. They are decadent and creamy with a ton of refreshing and fruity Wild Blueberry flavor.

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Mardi Gras King Cake with Blueberries

I love this modern version of King Cake. Although not traditional, the spirit of Mardi Gras is alive and well in this fun and easy to make King Cake!

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Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

These wild blueberry snack balls are perfect for a lunch box or after-school snack, a grab-and-go breakfast or just a fun dessert. I rolled them in shredded coconut, but I bet cocoa powder or hemp seeds would also be delish. You could just eat them plain, too!

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Wild Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

This make-ahead Wild Blueberry Stuffed French Toast casserole is perfect for brunch! It’s neither overly sweet nor too eggy and has the perfect amount of crunch on the outside and smooth texture inside. It is delicious with a drizzle of Wild Blueberry syrup!

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Wild Blueberry & Goat Cheese Hand Pies

This filling inside these hand pies is so delicious, I would serve it on a cheese plate, too! It would be an awesome spread for a cracker or sliced baguette. Oh yes, it’s that good. What’s inside? A delicious blend of spicy ginger, wild blueberries and tangy goat cheese. Yum!

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The BEST Wild Blueberry Sweets Roundup