Posts Categorized: Expert Chef

Winter Cold Wearing You Out? Get Your Leafy Green On.

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Erin Dow

If you live in a northern climate like I do, you’ve probably already accepted the sad reality that there isn’t much green coming out of the ground in February. And that’s a shame, because dark leafy greens help us combat the stress that cold and flu season, shorter days and a more sedentary approach to life can take on our bodies. We can use the extra boost of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, folate and potassium during the very months they’re impossible to grow.

Winter Cold Wearing You Out? Get Your Leafy Green On.

Partnering With Kids to Design Healthy School Lunch Menus

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Erin Dow

I’ve been consulting with public school lunch programs here in Maine for several years now. My goal is to help my clients improve the healthfulness of lunches served to the children by implementing scratch-cooked recipes that are appealing to children, cost-effective to make, and feasible for the programs to incorporate into their regular menu cycles.

Partnering With Kids to Design Healthy School Lunch Menus

An Appetizing Feast

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Erin Dow

Whether you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving meal at home or you’re lucky enough to be hosted elsewhere, you’ll probably be contributing something to the meal. There’s no time like the present to bone up on your appetizer-making skills and expand your recipe collection.

An Appetizing Feast

Healthy Halloween Treats

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Erin Dow

While sweet treats are always on the menu for Halloween costume parties, people still appreciate the chance to offset their chocolate and candy consumption with a little roughage, so I usually bring some veggies and dip. I figure if I’m going to be the one to bring the healthy snacks, I might as well make them fun.

Healthy Halloween Treats

IDEXX and Guiding Stars

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Erin Dow

IDEXX is a Maine-based multinational company that provides research, diagnostic, technology, and treatment solutions to the veterinary and food/water safety industries. With a worldwide workforce of over 5,000, IDEXX has firmly established itself as an organization that cares for the health of its employees so to that it can best provide for the health needs of its clients. And to that end, IDEXX partnered with Guiding Stars almost four years ago.

Kimberly Cassella is the Dining Services Manager at IDEXX, and I asked her a few questions after a recent wellness event at the company’s main Westbrook campus.

IDEXX and Guiding Stars