Cheryl Dishes

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 […]

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 […]

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