O’s Swiss Chard Stuffed Mushroom Caps

May 2, 2016

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4 Portobello Mushrooms (Medium – Large in size)

1 Bag Olivia’s Croutons crushed into crumbs (we used Butter Garlic)

1 Clove Garlic, minced

3 Large Swiss Chard Leaves (stems removed) chopped (You can substitute with spinach or kale too!)

1/4 Cup Vegetable Stock

2 TBSP Butter

1 TBSP Olive Oil

Pepper to taste (Salt as needed, I found that the croutons salted it enough)

Chive for garnish


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove the “guts” of the mushroom, set hollowed mushroom caps aside. Dice mushroom stems. In a medium-heat pan add: butter, olive oil, diced mushrooms, swiss chard, garlic, croutons. Cook until the mushrooms and swiss chard are slightly tender and croutons are slightly browned. Add veggie stock. Cook until veggie stock is absorbed and remove from heat. In a baking pan brushed with a little olive oil, place the hollowed mushroom caps upside down so they look like bowls.Stuff each mushroom cap with filling from pan, be generous with your stuffing…they can be “heaping” over the top. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until mushroom caps are tender and slightly wrinkled. Serve with a little black pepper and chive for garnish.


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The People of Olivia’s

April 28, 2016

I say: “Olivia’s”

You say: “Croutons”


In a nutshell, that is what I do. I am the cheerleader for Olivia’s (minus the pom poms) . I am the blogger, the tweeter, the hashtagger (is that a word??), and the photographer. I am in charge of Olivia’s marketing and online sales, but that’s not all, oh no, no it’s not…I sing…And it’s NOT pretty, but it is pretty funny (sometimes).

*Mic drop*

Meet me…er…Jesse.


Favorite, Best, Hidden, and Strange

Current Job: Marketing and Sales

Favorite kind of Olivia’s Croutons: Parmesan Pepper

Favorite way to eat Olivia’s Croutons: With a spoon, I have standards!

Favorite place to eat: Mary’s Restaurant in Bristol, VT

Favorite Movie: Love Actually

Favorite Book: The Pilots Wife or Twilight Breaking Dawn – I’m not ashamed to admit it. (#TeamEdward)

Favorite Holiday: New Year’s Eve

Favorite place to visit: My Dad’s house in Lincoln, VT.

Best thing to do in VT: Cook with the local ingredients

Strange hidden talent: I can do a decent impersonation of Cher, Norah Jones, and Britney Spears.  

Alive or dead, person you would most want to have dinner with: I am going to be selfish and pick a dead person and an alive person. Dead…Alan Rickman. Alive…Martha Stewart.


Rapid Fire

Coffee or Tea? Coffee

Netflix or Redbox? Netflix

Dog or Cat? Oh gosh…both!

Car or Truck? Car

Friends or Seinfeld? Friends

Mashed Potatoes or Fries? FRIES!!

Spring or Fall? Fall

Cake or Pie? I guess cake…not a huge fan of either.

Rain or Snow? Rain

Peanut Butter or Jelly? Peanut Butter

Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes

Olivia’s Croutons or Olivia’s Croutons? So many choices…


Who? What? Where?

What is the best story book line ever? “And the tree was happy” – it’s from the Giving Tree

What if the Backstreet Boys didn’t want it that way?  I’d ask them to… ‘tell me why!’

Is the glass half empty or half full? Half full.  Always!

The People of Olivia’s

April 27, 2016

When asked what her official title was here, she simply said “bagger“.  But after watching her in action I came up with a few more. In addition to “bagger“, I’ve added: “runner“, “climber“, “boxer“, and “lifter“. Sounds more like a gym trainer, eh? “Yo’ Rocky!”…Meet Amy.


Current Job: Bagger

Favorite kind of Olivia’s Croutons: Parmesan Pepper

Favorite way to eat Olivia’s Croutons: With salad

Favorite place to eat: at home

Favorite Movie Character: I don’t really have one

Favorite Drink: Monument Farms chocolate milk!

Favorite Holiday: Halloween

Favorite place to have lunch: Anywhere with friends

Best thing to do in VT: Visit the farms

Hidden talent: I have none (laughs)

Strangest phobia: I am not really afraid of anything!


Rapid Fire

Coffee or Tea? Tea

Netflix or Redbox? Redbox

Dog or Cat? Dog

Email or Snail Mail? Email

Friends or Seinfeld? Friends

Train or Plane? Plane

Spring or Fall? Fall

Cake or Pie? Pie

Dancing or Singing? Dancing

Checkers or Chess? Checkers

Muffins or Bagels? Bagels

Olivia’s Croutons or Olivia’s Croutons? I’d say Olivia’s Croutons!


What? How?

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? As much as it wants

What if Garth didn’t have friends in low places? That would be kinda sad…there would be no song!

What is the difference between normal ketchup and fancy ketchup? There is no difference, it’s all just ketchup


Olivia’s Boneless Pork Chops w/ Sautéed Sweet Potato, Kale, and Mushrooms

April 27, 2016



6 Medium Sized Boneless Pork Chops

3 Eggs Slightly Whisked

1 Bag Olivia’s Parmesan Pepper Croutons Crushed

1 Large Sweet Potato Diced

5 Large Kale Stalks, leaves removed, chopped

3 Large Mushrooms halved and sliced

1 Large Clove Garlic, chopped

¼ Cup White Wine (whatever tastes good to you!)

2 TBSP Olive Oil (plus more if needed)

Salt & Pepper


Make dredging station with eggs (in one bowl, whisked) and Olivia’s crushed croutons (in another bowl).

Dip pork chop in egg, coat in crushed croutons, place on oiled baking sheet. Repeat until all pork chops are coated. Bake @ 380 degrees for 25 – 30 mins or until juice runs clear and bread crumbs are slightly toasted (Mmmmmmm….)


For the veggies: Place diced sweet potato in medium heat pan with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper –  sauté til’ tender (about 5-7 mins).


Add chopped kale, sliced mushroom, wine, salt and pepper.


Continue to saute til’ kale is slightly wilted and mushrooms are tender. Finish with salt and pepper.




Olivia’s French Onion Soup

April 26, 2016

Apparently we are not quite done with winter. Like most, I am ready to embrace the warmer temperatures but when the grip of winter just won’t let go, the ONLY thing I look forward to is curling up on my couch with a hot bowl of soup.

Here’s a recipe that will bring you back to your happy place…FrenchOnion


  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cups assorted  white, yellow, red onions, shallots,  sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  •  2 quarts beef broth
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere, Parmesan, or cheese of your choice.
  • Olivia’s Butter & Garlic Croutons


Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.  Cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, Worcestershire and Balsamic vinegar, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the onions are thick. Remove the bay leaves. Turn the heat down to medium low and add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

When you’re ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Ladle the soup into ovenproof bowls.  Arrange 5 or 6 croutons on top of the soup and cover with a handful of cheese.  Place bowls on a sheet pan on middle rack of the oven and broil until cheese is brown and bubbling about 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating.


The People of Olivia’s

April 26, 2016

When he’s not keeping track of his three daughters Jessica, Brittney, and Tarah, our kitchen manager of the gluten-free facility is doing his part to maintain Vermont traditions. “I hunt, I fish, and I am on the New Haven, VT fire department…I’m pretty boring!” he explained to me when asked what he does in his spare time. But boring hardly begins to describe this native Vermonter from Winooski . I have not worked with him long, but certainly if someone from our staff is going to tell me a good story and put a smile on my face, its him. Hunting, fishing, and volunteering on the local Fire Departments are considered hobbies in our state, however, these activities are an integral part of our community, our environment, and our heritage. If anyone is going to contribute to the continued interest, growth, and excitement, it’s him.

This happy guy, is known as Mike. Mike

Current Job: Kitchen Manager (Gluten Free Operations)

Favorite kind of Olivia’s Croutons: Parm Pepper

Favorite way to eat Olivia’s Croutons: Snack Food

Favorite place to eat: I just enjoy eating!

Favorite Movie: I don’t watch movies

Favorite Drink: Tequila or Pepsi Maxx or you can combine the two!

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving, I get to eat!

Favorite food: Prime Rib

Best thing to do in VT: Hunt and fish

Best way to eat maple syrup: Just as is…in a shot glass

Alive or Dead, person you would most want to have dinner with: My wife!

Strangest pet peeve: stuff on the floor, hate things under my feet!


Rapid Fire

Coffee or Tea? Both

Netflix or Redbox? Neither

Dog or Cat? Big Dog

Skittles or M&M’s? M & M’s

MASH or Cheers? MASH

Train or Plane? Plane

Spring or Fall? Both

Cake or Pie? Pie, I don’t like cake.

Football or Baseball? Baseball

Checkers or Chess? Checkers

Muffins or Bagels? Depends on the day!

Olivia’s Croutons or Olivia’s Croutons? Do I have to make a choice? I guess I’ll go with Olivia’s Croutons


Who? What? Weird?

Who framed Roger Rabbit? His Girlfriend

What does the fox say?…In which terms?

At a movie theatre which arm rest is yours? Whichever one my arm is on!

The People of Olivia’s

April 22, 2016

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep have you any…croutons?  When you hear the word “sheep” most people don’t think “crouton”…Unless you’re the Office Manager at Olivia’s Croutons. Every morning, before she commutes from Orwell, VT. to Olivia’s Farm House in New Haven, she starts her day by feeding Maddie, Tae, Steph Curry, Victor Cruz, Carter, Nelina, and Odell Beckham Jr . No, she is not a friend of sports legends or country music stars, these are the names of her sheep. In her hometown of Orwell, she owns and maintains Crescent Moon Sheep Farm with her two daughters, Gabrielle and Riley.

We’d like “ewe” (insert sheep laugh “baahaa”) to meet Andrea…


Current Job: Office Manager and Book Keeper

Favorite kind of Olivia’s Croutons? Parmesan Pepper

Favorite way to eat Olivia’s Croutons: Out of the box

Favorite food: Rare steak with baked potato and broccoli and a salad topped with Olivia’s Croutons

Favorite Story Book Character: Hermione Granger, she reminds me a lot of my older daughter.

Favorite Season: Spring AND fall the two of them are the perfect temperatures.

Favorite Holiday: I love Christmas; it was my dad’s favorite holiday.

Favorite Time of Day: I love early morning, especially on the weekend when my kids are still asleep and I can drink my coffee on the back deck.

Best thing to do in VT: Visit microbreweries and local vineyards and hike!

Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon: With my family and friends over a yummy home-cooked meal, catching up on the week.

Hidden talent: Ability to tell when someone is lying.

Strangest phobia: I cannot think of one that I have, but my daughter is afraid of moths…(?)


Rapid Fire

Coffee or Tea? Coffee

Netflix or Redbox? Neither

Dog or Cat? Both!

Boston or San Francisco? Neither…NY!

Mash or Cheers? MASH

Mashed Potatoes or Fries? Mashed Potatoes

Hamburger or Hot Dog? Hamburger

Chinese or Italian? Italian

Dancing or Singing? Singing (although my kids would hope it would be neither!)

Skittles or Starburst? Skittles

Pancakes or Waffles? Waffles

Olivia’s Croutons or Olivia’s Croutons? Duh!


Who? What? Where?

Who you gonna call? Ghost Busters!

What’s your favorite scary movie? The Poltergeist (Original)

Where have all the cowboys gone? That’s a good question…because I need a hero!

The People of Olivia’s

April 20, 2016

Not to brag or anything, but we just happen to have the Captain of the Bristol, VT Fire Department baking our bread. In his spare time, you may find him in a classic fire-rescue situation such as saving a curious kitten from a tree. However it is more likely you will catch a glimpse of him participating in training events such as the one he was in this past weekend. Take a look:

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This started as a 4 hour session on Modern Fire Behavior, hosted by the Vermont Fire Academy. The session was followed up by 5 hours of Flashover Recognition training with the State Of Vermont’s Flashover simulator trailer. (Whaaat?!)

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Fire Captain, pretty much all the time. Baker by day.

Meet Amos.


Current Job: Bread Baker

Favorite kind of Olivia’s Croutons: Organic

Favorite way to eat Olivia’s Croutons: Out of the Oven

Favorite place to eat: My House

Favorite Movie Character: Bond, James Bond

Favorite Drink: Margarita or Iced Tea

Favorite Holiday: Independence Day

Favorite food: Pulled Pork

Best thing to do in VT: I’d have to say hunting

Best way to eat maple syrup: On pancakes

Alive or Dead, person you would most want to have dinner with: My grandfather Max Martin

Strangest pet peeve: Not checking the dates on carbon monoxide detectors…did you know they had expiration dates? (Side Note: Amos was the ONLY one to turn the interview on me! And no, I did not know that…oops!)


Rapid Fire

Coffee or Tea? Tea

Netflix or Redbox? Redbox

Dog or Cat? Dog

Skittles or M&M’s?  Skittles

Friends or Seinfeld? Seinfeld

Train or Plane? Plane

Spring or Fall? Fall

Cake or Pie? Pie

Football or Baseball? Baseball

Checkers or Chess? Chess

Muffins or Bagels? Bagels

Olivia’s Croutons or Olivia’s Croutons?  …Olivia’s Croutons!


Who? What? Where?

Who is the real slim shady? Eminem or Marshall Mather’s…who else?

What if the Spice Girls Didn’t Wannabe? Then we wouldn’t have scary spice!

Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? 1422 North Street

The People of Olivia’s Croutons

April 18, 2016

We do not have elves in a small tree making our croutons…despite the rumors. “The People of Olivia’s Croutons” is a series that highlights the friendly faces that make up our fantastic crew. 

Meet Nancy…


Current Job: Operations Manager

Favorite kind of Olivia’s Croutons: Organic Garlic and Herb

Favorite way to eat Olivia’s Croutons: Fresh out of the oven!

Favorite place to eat: Brandon House of Pizza

Favorite Drink: Diet Pepsi

Favorite School Subject: Math

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite place to visit: New Hampshire

Favorite Hobby: We have 12 acres of land and we spend a lot of time out there with our dog, in the woods, enjoying the outdoors!

Best thing to do in VT: Making maple syrup!

Best way to eat an apple: Apple pie!

Strangest phobia: I cannot stand the sound of metal scraping on metal!


Rapid Fire

Coffee or Tea? Coffee

Netflix or Redbox? Netflix

Dog or Cat? Dog

Outside or Inside? Outside

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Couch or Chair? Recliner

Summer or Winter? Summer

Candy apple or Caramel apple? Candy Apple

Festival or Fair? Fair

Cake or Pie? Both!

Pencil or Pen? Pen

Olivia’s Croutons or Olivia’s Croutons? Olivia’s Croutons of course!


Who. What. Where. Why. How. And Weird. 

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? 3!

What if Journey stopped believing? They wouldn’t have made it as far as they did!

Where’s Waldo? Last time I saw him, he was in a book.

Olivia’s TGIF Bloody Mary

April 15, 2016

Nothing beats a stiff drink at the end of a LONG week! Here’s our version of a classic Bloody Mary which includes a mason jar rimmed with salt and our very own Olivia’s Croutons. If that wasn’t enough, we also topped off the spicy cocktail with a few more croutons because part of the fun of drinking a Bloody Mary is the snacking!

What you will need:

1 LONG work week (sigh..yeah we got that!)

2 Cups Tomato Juice

4 TBSP Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Lime Juice

1 cup Vodka

Dash of hot sauce…keep dashing depending on how long your week was…

1 TBSP Horseradish

3 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp celery salt

1 tsp crack black pepper

1 cup ice plus more for shaker

For the garnish: 

1 stick of celery

1 sprig of rosemary

1 cup of croutons ( crush or blend 3/4 cup of croutons, set aside remaining 1/4 cup)


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Rim glass with olive oil (this helps the salt and crushed croutons stick to the glass better than water) Tip the glass upside down and push / twist into a shallow bowl or plate of crushed croutons and salt. Fill glass with ice, stick of celery, and rosemary sprig. Combine all drink ingredients in shaker. Shake it. Shake it like a Polaroid picture…you know what to do. Pour into prepared glass .

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Saving the best for last..top with a small handful of Olivia’s Croutons (we used butter garlic). Bloody Mary3

Cheers! Eat, drink, and be merry.


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