Cheryl Dishes

The Luck of the Irish: Irish Soda Bread

Posted on March 15, 2023

This is the time of year to celebrate the luck of the Irish with a piping, hot loaf of Irish Soda Bread.  Enjoy the savory slices slathered with butter and […]

Country Meatballs: Winter Comfort Food

Posted on March 01, 2023

The humble meatball is an everyday delicacy found in the oldest cookbooks in theworld. Food historians credit ancient Persia with the origin of the meatball. Kofta, the first recorded meatball […]

Wild Blueberry Cheesecake Bars – A Healthy Snack

Posted on February 15, 2023

Who doesn’t love the tiny, intensely sweet and nutritious Maine low bush wild blueberry? The wild blueberry, (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.), is native to northern New England and Atlantic Canada. In Maine, […]

Candlemas Day: Curried Squash & Apple Soup

Posted on February 01, 2023

For many in the North America, February 2 marks the celebration of Groundhog Day, a popular tradition that has historical roots in Pennsylvania Dutch superstition. IF the furry fellow exits […]

The Year of the Rabbit: Buttermilk Fried Rabbit

Posted on January 18, 2023

January 22 is the start of the “Year of the Rabbit”. In the Chinese culture, the rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity. The luckiest of all the […]

Food is love for the New Year

Posted on January 04, 2023

I like to set goals and objectives for myself, almost akin to New Year’s resolutions. Just the process of thinking about what I might want to do in the coming […]

Winter Solstice Soup

Posted on December 21, 2022

This winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere occurs when the earth’s pole reaches its maximum distance away from the sun. For centuries, this longest night of the year, either December […]

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart for the Holidays

Posted on December 07, 2022

Chocolate is one of our most indulgent and luxurious foods. The cocoa or cacao bean, native to South America, was cultivated by the Aztecs for centuries before being discovered by […]

Maine Maple Granola

Posted on November 22, 2022

Every year after the Thanksgiving holiday, instead of joining the hustle and bustle of crowds at the shopping malls, I like to spend quality time in the kitchen.  Cooking and […]

Pumpkin Maple Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Posted on November 09, 2022

Long before Columbus landed in the New World, the Native Americans were cultivating and eating pumpkins.  Grown together with corn and pole beans in a system known as the three […]

Batter up! Frying Food at Home

Posted on October 12, 2022

What’s not to love in food that has been fried?  The crispy texture, the delicate and delicious morsel waiting inside, the crunch of the bite, and the beautiful golden brown […]

A Mighty Fine Chicken

Posted on September 28, 2022

“You should roast us a chicken”, my husband suggested, “Remember the days? I nodded and smiled, nostalgically recalling the first years of our marriage. We were students at the University […]

Peachy Keen Muffins

Posted on September 14, 2022

With the onset of fall weather, shorter days and cooler nights, my dining room is lined with trays of pink tomatoes, bright blue-green pears, and fuzzy orange peaches.  This “fruit-ripening” […]

When Life Gives You Beans & Tomatoes

Posted on August 31, 2022

As a space saving measure on our tiny plots of gardens sculpted into the granite boulders, we grow many of our crops vertically. Up rather than out. Shell peas, sugar […]

A must-have, melt-in-your-mouth cake

Posted on August 17, 2022

One of my early food writer heroes was Marjorie Standish, longtime columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram. In addition to writing for the paper for 25 years, she published several […]

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, […]


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 […]

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