Cheryl Dishes

Rhubarb  “Ruby Juice”

Posted on May 27, 2020

The slow, cool spring produced a bumper crop of rhubarb for many folks.  Although usually eaten as a “fruit”, botanically speaking rhubarb is vegetable.  An invaluable homestead plant in Maine, this tart tasting member of

Triple Chocolate Cookie

Posted on May 13, 2020

Who doesn’t love a fresh chocolate chip cookie hot from the oven? America’s favorite hand-held confection is credited to Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. In 1938 Ruth made

Chives in Flower

What to eat now? Carrot Salad with Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

Posted on April 29, 2020

Ron Fortier from Ellsworth recently wrote to me, “With the present stay-at-home situation, I have been delegated as chief cook. I’m rapidly running out of comfort food ideas. Please, if you have any fresh ideas,

Say cheesecake, lobster that is

Posted on April 17, 2020

The long stretch of keeping to home has given me the opportunity to catch up on some necessary spring-cleaning projects. Clothes have been sorted, books dusted and windows washed. One fruitful endeavor was tackling the

Maple Pecan Muffins

Posted on April 01, 2020

I keep a close eye on my pantry inventory these days; sorting root-cellared apples for sauce, peeling and freezing garlic, and roasting the butternut squash with soft spots. The urge for this annual routine of

Romesco Sauce

Posted on March 18, 2020

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.” ― Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French Gastronome & lawyer (1755- 1826) My friend Susan Wells brought

Pork Ragu

Posted on March 04, 2020

What is your go-to dish for a special supper or festive potluck meal? A recent student query had me pause to reflect for several moments. My family enjoys eating a wide variety of foods, fruits,

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

Posted on February 19, 2020

The cabbage, whose name is a derivation of the French word “caboche”, a colloquial term for head, was introduced to the Americas in 1541-42 by Jacques Cartier on his third voyage to Canada.  Although the

Mariner Clam Dip

Posted on February 05, 2020

Last week was Arts Week at Deer Isle – Stonington High School, and the theme was a celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. Once part of Massachusetts, Maine became independent—very independent—in March of 1820.  For the entire week,

To Bisque or not to Bisque

Posted on January 22, 2020

On a recent foodie trip to Portland we enjoyed three delicious and innovatively different meals. No peeling vegetables, no chopping garlic, no mixing, baking, cooking, and no washing dishes. It was pure luxury. We dined

Ruth’s Crabmeat Quiche

Posted on January 08, 2020

Every year in January we have an artistic project here on Deer Isle known as Fun-A-Day. The premise is simple: participants pick a project like take a photograph, paint a series of pictures, create a

Celebrating the Foods of Maine

Posted on December 25, 2019

The year 2020 is big for Maine, as we’ll be celebrating our 200th birthday year as an independent state (no longer part of Massachusetts!)  Even though we know the indigenous peoples of Maine have been

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