Cheryl Dishes

Summer Fruit Salad

Posted on August 03, 2022

During the hot, dog days of summer our dining style becomes more casual and relaxed. The gardens and farmer’s markets are bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables that are a […]

Summer Living: Easy Lobster Cheesecake

Posted on July 20, 2022

Summer is a busy time for Maine families as we try to squeeze in every ray of sunshine before the long, cold winter. Our home becomes a literal bed-and-breakfast as […]

Fresh Strawberry Tart

Posted on July 06, 2022

It’s Maine strawberry season! Our family can never have enough of the luscious, red-ripe strawberry that leads the parade of summer fruits. Strawberries in sugar over piping-hot biscuits with Jersey […]

What to cook for supper: Tarragon Chicken

Posted on June 22, 2022

My latest “coffee-table” reading is Thomas Keller’s, “Ad-hoc at Home”, a collection of recipes that the acclaimed chef prepares when not cooking at one of his nine restaurants and bakeries. […]

Jimmy’s Potato Salad

Posted on June 08, 2022

I once owned and operated a specialty food store, catering company and small café on Central Street in Bangor, Maine.  My shop, located in in the heart of the city, […]

GREEN GODDESS DRESSING

Posted on May 25, 2022

The recipe for Green Goddess dressing has a storied past, originating as a sauce for eel on the plate of Louis XIII.  In 1923, the creamy rich condiment made its […]

Rhubarb Spring Tart

Posted on May 11, 2022

Our household eats foods seasonally, and the winter diet of root vegetables gets quite long. So I am quite excited in the spring to spot clumps of fresh chives, purple […]

Creamed Mushrooms with Chives

Posted on April 27, 2022

There is nothing more welcoming in spring than a clump of fresh chives. The smallest species of the onion genus, Allium Schoenoprasum, is a choice edible herb, and the only […]

Secret Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on April 13, 2022

Of all the root vegetables, the humble beet, or beetroot is one of my favorites.  Beetroot (sometimes called table beet, garden beet, red or golden beet, or just beet) is the […]

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Posted on March 30, 2022

In many households, the lengthening daylight hours heralds the time to do some major cleaning. This age-old ritual of “spring cleaning” is rooted in religious and cultural traditions, and linked […]

Flossie’s Lemon Lovenotes

Posted on March 02, 2022

My Meyer’s lemon tree boasts 11 bright yellow lemons in various stages of ripening, and 9 shiny green ones.  And I’ve all ready harvested 5 deeply perfumed and heavily burdened […]

Black Bean Layered Dip

Posted on February 16, 2022

The bean is a marvelous food; tasty, economical, highly nutritious; nearly a perfect food. Although the noble bean is often associated with peasant food, to be eaten when meat was […]

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Posted on February 02, 2022

The recipe for an easy-to-make chocolate cake in a cast iron pan featured in a glossy magazine caught my eye.  True comfort food, a good chocolate dessert is something everyone […]

Split Pea Soup

Posted on January 19, 2022

As we enter into the depth of winter, colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours trigger biological changes that stimulate hunger and increase our cravings for more energy dense food. Our […]

Food trends for 2022: Stuffed French Toast

Posted on January 05, 2022

“In the year 2525, if man is still alive, If woman can survive” Zager and Evans As I reflect upon our family’s cooking and eating habits of the almost 2 […]

Rösti Potatoes

Posted on December 22, 2021

Rösti (RAW-stee) Potatoes are a classic fried potato preparation from the German-speaking region of Switzerland.   Originally a breakfast dish commonly eaten by farmers, this savory potato pancake has many creative […]

Bavarian Apple Torte

Posted on December 08, 2021

One of the easiest and most elegant desserts in my recipe collection is for a Bavarian Apple Torte. Not really a torte, more like a cheesecake, this creation starts with […]

Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Posted on November 24, 2021

Once the festivities from the big turkey day are over, all that is left is to finish the dishes and enjoy the “encores”. What family doesn’t love hot turkey sandwiches […]

Cranberry Nut Bread

Posted on November 10, 2021

My sister Jennifer and her husband Stanley Luce operate Highland Farms of Troy, where they raise Scottish Highland cattle, tend beehives, and maintain a cranberry bog. I was delighted to […]

Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup

Posted on October 27, 2021

What gives you inspiration in the kitchen?  Watching the food network, perusing the vegetable aisle at the supermarket, leafing through a food magazine, enjoying a potluck supper with friends, studying […]

Savory Melon Salad

Posted on October 13, 2021

A recent road trip to Portland was like shopping in a candy store for me. This is the time of year when Maine farm stands and farmer’s markets are bursting […]

Stuffed Nasturtium Leaves

Posted on September 29, 2021

The cooler days of autumn encourage prolific development of my nasturtium plants, and they are growing like crazy off into the forest. Long vines of round, bright green leaves with […]

Sunshine Muffins

Posted on September 15, 2021

I teach a culinary class at the Deer Isle Stonington high school on “Introduction to Food Systems and Food Safety.”  This semester we’re studying the Maine Local Twenty, the 20 […]

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