Cheryl Dishes

Chocolate Almond Brownies

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Almond Brownies

Posted on February 10, 2016

If chocolate is on your menu for Valentine’s Day, then the recipe for Chocolate Almond Brownies is a winner. This not-too-sweet, rich and dense treat is delicious as a bar by itself, and elegant when

My Culinary Downfall – Old Fashioned Doughnuts

Posted on January 27, 2016

I love doughnuts. They are my culinary downfall. Not available in pink and orange boxes, my doughnuts are warm and sugary on the outside with an interior texture that literally melts away in your mouth.

Winter comfort food

Comforting Fish Pie

Posted on January 20, 2016

The leeks in my root cellar are holding up remarkably, considering the fluctuations of outside temperatures this winter. As a root storage vegetable, leeks like it quite cold, 32 degrees F., up to 40 degrees

Enchilada Sauce For Dinner Is Served

Posted on January 20, 2016

  This recipe yields a moderately spicy batch. For less heat, omit the jalapeno peppers. To add more heat and flavor, use cumin and ancho chili powder. YIELD: 300 servings or more

Bread & Butter Coleslaw

Bread & Butter Coleslaw

Posted on January 13, 2016

Of all the root cellar vegetables, cabbage has a long and varied history. It was an important food during the Dark Ages, and by the Middle Ages, abundant in both peasant and wealthy cuisines. For


Posted on January 09, 2016

  A tasty jar of Wild Blueberry Fruit Sauce in your refrigerator is a dessert waiting to happen!


Posted on January 08, 2016

  We Mainers love our pickles. This tasty slaw is sweet and tangy.

Herbed Chickpeas - on pizza

Crispy, Salty, creamy … Herbed Chickpeas

Posted on January 06, 2016

The glossy photo of a plate of herbed chickpeas topped with a crispy, golden-yolk fried egg in the January issue of Bon Appetit magazine caught my eye. My winter cooking always needs a jolt of

Food Trends for 2016

Posted on December 31, 2015

Every December, just for fun, I enjoy surfing the web, perusing food magazines and reading industry publications for the trends that food pundits predict that we consumers will be eating in the New Year.  Living

Turnip Gratin

Posted on December 23, 2015

In my book, the turnip is an underappreciated and underutilized vegetable. I’m always on the scout for tasty recipes that encourage folks to try the nutritious and delicious turnip. This hardy root grows in a

Baked Scallops in Mornay Sauce

Posted on December 21, 2015

I made this tasty dish as we were finishing up packaging the last of this season scallops for the freezer. The skies were grey and cold, and it was spitting snow. But inside, as I

Classic Lemon Baked Maine Sea Scallops

Posted on December 16, 2015

Now that the Maine scallop season is here, we’re enjoying our fill of these luscious bi-valves. Fresh scallops will keep for several days in the refrigerator, and they freeze extremely well. We like to package

Mushroom Palmiers

Posted on December 09, 2015

My daughter Emily called me seeking recipes for easy entertaining.  Her partner Kent makes handcrafted beers and “when friends stop by the apartment for a sample of our latest brew, I’d like to serve something

Classic Chocolate Pear Tart

Posted on December 02, 2015

For special holiday entertaining, my family really enjoys Chocolate Pear Tart. This classic tart is an elegant and delicious dessert. Not too sweet, with layers of rich flavor, Chocolate Pear Tart also makes a good

Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Posted on November 26, 2015

Now that 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 with mashed potato smothered


Mashed Roots with Bacon Vinaigrette

Posted on November 18, 2015

We are fortunate to celebrate Thanksgiving more than once each year with assorted gatherings of the clan. My Aunt Faith, the ultimate planner, hosts a multitude of Craig and Wixson descendants at her snug 1960’s

Butterscotch in jars

Irresistible Butterscotch Sauce

Posted on November 11, 2015

There are certain classic flavors that appeal to the sweet tooth in all of us, and my weakness is butterscotch. The term “butterscotch” refers to a candy or type of confectionery made from brown sugar

Bulgur is all it’s cracked up to be

Posted on November 06, 2015

Winter is the perfect time to experiment with different cooking ingredients, and this season bulgur is my new star. A staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, bulgur, also known as ala and Dalia (and

Slow Cooker Chicken (Rabbit) Parmesan

Posted on November 04, 2015

As the shorter days of autumn settle in, this is the time when many of us return home in the dark. Windswept leaves line the road; the stars twinkle brightly, and frost crunches beneath our

Canning Maine Apple Sauce

Posted on October 28, 2015

Like many Maine folks, we are enjoying a bumper crop of apples this year.  My husband has harvested 40 bushels from the Barbour Farm orchard for cider, and last week, I picked over 50 pounds

Lunch box strategies

Lunch Box Strategies

Posted on October 21, 2015

The lunch box dilemma is a common challenge for many families.  Mornings are rushed with finishing homework, chores, assembling books and gear for soccer and swim practice, walking the dog, and personal care. Finding time

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