2017 Golden Door Cooking School

July 12, 2017 by Golden Door

Cooking school is back this year, and better than ever! We are pleased to announce that one of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles dining, Chef Ludo Lefebvre will be joining us and will be cooking and teaching along side our very own executive chef Greg Frey Jr during the week. Chef Ludo trained in France for 12 years then after coming to LA was quickly be awarded prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award at two different restaurants. Learn more about Chef Ludo Lefebvre HERE. A one-week, hands-on culinary experience focusing on organic farm-to-table cuisine and nutrition awaits you at Golden Door, the San Marcos, California, resort named 2015 “World’s Best Destination Spa” by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine. Executive Chef Greg Frey Jr. and the culinary team along with nutrition experts provide classes, tours and an opportunity to prepare and serve the class “graduation” dinner. Golden Door Cooking School welcomes …


Brunch Recipe: Citrus Ricotta Pancakes

April 12, 2017 by Golden Door

Spring is the perfect season for a weekend brunch gathering! Bring the Golden Door straight into your home with this light yet delicious pancake recipe. These pancakes are served to our guests for breakfast and now you can treat your friends, family and yourself to the flavors of Golden Door!   CITRUS RICOTTA PANCAKES YIELD 4 CUPS BATTER INGREDIENTS 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 6 egg yolks 6 egg whites 1 cup milk Orange zest 1⁄2 cup honey METHOD Whip egg whites to soft peaks. Combine remaining wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, fold egg whites into batter. Heat griddle. Pour 1⁄4 cup servings of batter onto griddle. Cook until done on one side. Flip and cook until done. Nutrition per pancake: 120 calories, 5 grams protein, 16 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 2 grams saturated fat, 9 grams …


Spring Farm Fair Event

February 17, 2017 by Golden Door

We have Spring Fever! Join us Saturday, March 25th from 9am to 3pm for Golden Door Farm Stand’s Spring Farm Fair! This event is the kick off to our soon to be regular Golden Door Farmer’s Market Saturdays- Come enjoy the festive farm atmosphere, local food vendors, live music, a kid’s craft, light refreshments and more! You can also enter to win a “Guest For A Day” experience at Golden Door with any purchase at the Golden Door farm stand- a once in a lifetime opportunity! ($1200 value) This is a chance for the community to enjoy delicious, locally-grown produce, and be a part of the Golden Door mission— 100% of Golden Door’s  profits go to select charities across the U.S. that are dedicated to transforming the lives of children. Golden Door Farm Stand 314 Deer Springs Road • San Marcos, CA • Hours: Wed-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 9am-3pm


Sunshine in a Jar

February 7, 2017 by Golden Door

Check out the latest buzz at Golden Door! We are proud to present the newest addition to our artisanal food family- Wildflower Honey. Our pure, homegrown honey is collected from Golden Door hives tended in our 600 acres of gardens and citrus groves. Executive Chef Greg Frey, Jr. is an experienced beekeeper who is passionate about raising honey bees to sustain our ecosystem while producing this light, refreshing treat that makes life sweeter. DO YOU KNOW HOW PRECIOUS EACH DROP OF HONEY IS? It takes 1-1/2 to 2 million flowers to produce just one pound of honey. On average, 10,000 bees will travel 55,000 miles to collect one pound of honey. Each bee contributes just 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. We are so proud of our sunshine in a jar, which is healthful with citrus notes. The Wildflower Honey, along with our many other artisanal food and beauty products were recently featured on HSN …


How Nutrition Savvy Are You?

March 9, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

March is National Nutrition Month. Take the quiz and see just how nutrition savvy you are! 1. Sources of complete vegan proteins include: A. Chia seeds B. Hemp seeds C. Quinoa D. All of the above   2. Vitamin K can be found in: A. Primarily in green vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus along with dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale B. Meat and eggs C. Beans, soybeans, strawberries D. All of the above   3. The best memory boosting foods come from: A. Berries B. Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines C. A Mediterranean diet, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts and oils such as olive D. All of the above   4. The best way to handle a food allergy is to: A. Eat small amounts of foods containing the allergen B. Wash hands frequently C. Avoid the allergen D. B and …


Recipe Renovation: Chicken Eggrolls

April 23, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN, Nutritionist Welcome to our new series of Recipe Renovation! We will regularly be featuring recipes offered on our Golden Door menu or in our cookbooks that feature traditional dishes that have been modified to be healthier while still delicious. Our first recipe is our chicken eggroll offered weekly at lunch. A typical fried three ounce chicken eggroll has about 200 calories and contains 45% fat. This eggroll served on our Golden Door menu is over twice the size at 8 ounces and comes in at only 320 calories and 33% fat! It is loaded with veggies, lean protein and flavor. Enjoy this crispy and delicious dish! Chicken Eggrolls  Yields 15 chicken eggrolls Ingredients: 8 Chicken breasts marinated (see recipe below) 1 package egg roll wrappers 1 Tablespoon olive, grapeseed or organic canola oil 1 white/yellow onion, small dice 1 clove garlic, minced 4 ribs …


Announcing New Eat to Detox! Class at Golden Door

January 15, 2015 by Golden Door

Our bodies are exposed to a barrage of toxic elements in our environment which can impact our overall health and well-being. A new class offered at the Golden Door by nutritionist Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN, provides easy to utilize strategies to help flush out those toxins by cleaning up our lifestyle and eating the best foods to do so! Visit our Experience Pages on the website to learn more about our Nutrition Program: https://goldendoor.com/experience/nutrition/


How to Eat to Detox Your Body!

January 22, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

When we hear about “detox” we often think of fasting, juicing and colonics. The reality is our bodies were designed to detox 24/7.In our new nutrition series at the Golden Door, we explore factors in our environment, lifestyle and eating that can help our bodies stay well. A few key points to consider are: – Examine your environment. This includes your home, cookware, use of chemicals, medications. – Do you really need a variety of cleaning agents or can you use just a few, such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda for much of your cleaning. – Are you active? Do you sweat a little every day? This can help rid the body of toxins as well as engaging in exercise which is great for overall health. – What type of eating pattern do you have? How do you cook your foods? – Eating regular meals is important. If …


Try Some Turmeric

October 22, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

Did you know that turmeric is a cousin of ginger? Like ginger, turmeric can be utilized in both fresh and powder form. It has a beautiful yellow orange color. Powdered turmeric is somewhat mild in taste with a hint of pepper. Fresh turmeric has the taste, texture and color of a spicy orange carrot. Those colors pack some incredible health potential. Turmeric has been shown to be utilized in treating arthritis, digestive issues (including heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea, gallbladder disorders, loss of appetite). Additional areas turmeric is used is headache, bronchitis and colds. Turmeric has also been shown to potentially slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, play a role in detoxification, and slow the replication of some cancer cells.  A mighty spice indeed! Dosing of turmeric varies with differing health conditions. Turmeric is best absorbed with white or black pepper (the piperine in pepper has been shown to assist with absorption), …


Healthy Snacks to keep in the fridge and pantry

April 13, 2016 by Susan Piergeorge

By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN We all have times where we just stare in the fridge or pantry looking for something to eat that can satisfy that hunger. Listed below are some ideas to have on hand and grab in a flash. Be sure to have snacks that include protein, fat and healthy carbs to maintain your blood sugar, keep energy up and hunger satisfied. On their own or use as a spread: – Plain regular or Greek 2% yogurt, which is a complete source of protein, calcium, potassium and probiotics (good for the gut). Add your own fruit, nuts, seeds, or whole grain cereal (sources of healthy carbs and fats) with some spices or a touch of honey (a prebiotic which is also good for the gut). Mixed with some herbs, spices or salsa, Greek yogurt can make a great dip or spread. – Cottage cheese is a …


Golden Door Recipe Restoration: Crab Cakes

May 29, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

An average fried crab cake has about 230 calories with 60-65% fat and nearly 500 mg sodium. At the Golden Door, we believe in keeping our guests well fueled with healthy and delicious meals. From a nutrition standpoint, crabmeat contains quality protein, along with omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins such as folate (B9), cobalamin (B12) and niacin (B3), and important minerals such as zinc, selenium, potassium, phosphorus and copper. In this recipe we’ve reduced the calories and sodium, while also lowering the fat. Serve this delicious crab cake with a mixed greens salad, accompanied with some whole grains, or make smaller (half size) portions and serve as an appetizer or snack.   Crab Cake Servings 30 3-ounce crab cakes   Ingredients 4 pounds cooked crabmeat 1 ½ cups mayonnaise 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs 1 medium onion, chopped 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 Tablespoons …


Eat Your Flowers!

July 27, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

In the summer we enjoy the bounty a garden brings. The fruits, vegetables and flowers all just blend together for a beautiful display as well as pleasing our palate. While many fruits and vegetables do start off as flowers, there are a number of edible flowers with nutrition benefits to consider adding to your garden. A few include: – Chive blossoms are a member of the allium family which includes garlic and onions (pictured above), and contain vitamin C, sulfur and iron. – Society garlic (also pictured) is also a member of the allium family (onions and garlic are actually in the lily family) but different genus. Society garlic flowers add wonderful flavor and color to salads and appetizers. – Rose petals (also pictured) contain antioxidants, along with vitamins A, B3, C and E. – Nasturtiums possess the powerful antioxidants lycopene (associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer) …


Magnificent Magnesium and Your Body

August 10, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN, Nutritionist Golden Door Did you know that 78% of Americans consume insufficient quantities of magnesium? What makes this mineral so important? At the Golden Door, our guests typically engage in an active fitness program and adequate magnesium is essential. Magnesium plays multiple roles in our bodies. It is a cofactor that regulates over 300 enzyme systems which regulate biochemical reactions in our bodies. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) some of these include “…protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.” Magnesium is required for energy production, along with supporting bone development and the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the powerful antioxidant glutathione. “Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm,” states the …


Announcing New Nutrition Class at Golden Door!

September 9, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

Ever wonder what’s behind some of those nutrition claims? Is organic really better than conventional farming? Does high fructose corn syrup cause belly fat? What is GMO and is it safe? Learn the answers to these and other current nutrition buzzwords circulating. Attend our “What’s in My Food?” class during your next stay with us at the Golden Door presented by our nutritionist Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN! Learn more about Golden Door’s dynamic Nutrition Program here!


How and Why to Reduce Sugar Intake Part II

July 16, 2014 by Golden Door

By Susan Piergeorge, MS, RDN The next step in reducing sugar intake is to switch the type of carbohydrate you consume. Complex carbohydrates are a larger molecule, made up of more complex chains of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They include starches and fiber and take longer to digest. Examples include fruits*, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (such as lentils, edamame, peas, starchy beans such as black, kidney, garbanzo, pinto, navy). Legumes are also a source of protein. Some dairy products such as milk and plain yogurt also contain complex carbohydrates as well as protein. Consuming complex carbohydrates are beneficial in so many ways. They have more fiber, which is healthy for the heart and digestive system. They maintain blood sugar for a longer period of time; they provide quick and sustained energy. Additionally, complex carbohydrates contain the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants we need every day. They also are a …


The Nutrition Benefits of the Thanksgiving Meal

November 24, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

The holiday season is upon us. With all the information of how to curb the weight gain over the holidays, let’s take a look at some of the nutrition benefits of the actual meal. Start off with a little of each and then sit back and wait a while before you have seconds (or thirds!). First off, there’s the turkey. Turkey is an excellent, lean source of protein. Contrary to what many think, it is not the tryptophan in the turkey that makes us sleepy (protein actually interferes with the release of serotonin and tryptophan)—it’s the meal itself and likely the quantity. Turkey contains vitamins such as B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12, along with minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc and selenium. Aim for a 4 ounce serving. Next is the stuffing. Stuffing can be a vehicle for all types of nutritious additions. Onion and garlic are great for …


September Food Safety Awareness Month

September 18, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

September is Food Safety Awareness Month! Take the Kitchen Quiz and see how you score on Food Safety! By Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RDN   1. True or false It’s important to wash all food s including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and poultry prior to eating or preparing to cook.   2. You’ve experienced a power outage. The food should be safe if: A. The outage only lasted an hour B. The temperature of the food remains at 40°F or lower for both the refrigerator and freezer C. It looks and tastes ok D. a and b only   3. The temperature danger zone is: A. 50-150°F B. 40-140°F C. 60-165°F D. 30-150°F   4. You’ve made sandwiches for lunch the night before and refrigerated them. They should be safe if: A. They are kept refrigerated until eating if made with raw or cooked meat, poultry, fish or eggs B. A …


October is Apple and Cranberry Month

October 9, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

It’s that time of year for the beautiful colors of fall. It’s also a change of seasons in our produce. October welcomes in apples and cranberries. Both are packed with nutrition, flavor and versatility in cooking. They can be stewed, baked or added to salads. Each on their own or combined make for a delicious snack mixed with some nuts, nut butter, cheese, added to oatmeal, plain yogurt or cottage cheese. A few nutrition and health points for apples: – Apples contain soluble fiber, which has been associated with lowering cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. – Apples contain antioxidants that may help protect the lungs, colon and prostate. – Some evidence reveals that apples may help boost memory and possibly slow the onset of Alzheimer’s – A medium apple contains about 95 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber, which can help with blood sugar and appetite. – There are about …


Chocolate Avocado Ganache Recipe

October 28, 2014 by Golden Door

In honor of National Chocolate Day, we are sharing this delectable Chocolate Avocado Ganache Recipe! Enjoy this easy to make dessert with healthy ingredients. Dark chocolate in particular has health benefits for our brain, skin and blood vessels. And the avocado possesses healthy vitamin E along with mono and polyunsaturated fats. It can be served plain, rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut, chopped nuts or add some spices, extracts or liqueur and enjoy! Chocolate Avocade Ganache Servings: 20 Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon 5 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao) chopped fine 1 Ripe Avocado, pitted, peeled and diced Preparation In food processor, mix the chocolate until well ground. Add the avocado and form a paste. Scoop into individual portions and serve with nuts, fruit or rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut or as pictured.   Nutrition per serving: 49 calories, 0 grams protein, 5 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fat, …


Powering It Up for the Holidays

December 15, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

The holiday season has officially started.  The season includes festivities, food, drink-and stress. Let’s try to put it all in perspective to get the best out of it. – One thing we in the Northern Hemisphere know all too well is that there is less daylight from fall to early spring. Less daylight can lead to the blues and potential irritability, also known for some as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A few tips to help fight those blues would include consuming more foods/supplements with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve mood. Food sources include fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, ground flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts. Discuss any supplementation with your healthcare practitioner prior to consuming as omega fatty acids can interfere with some medications. – Another important component to mood and brain health is vitamin D. We physically and emotionally feel better when we have …