Cheryl Dishes

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

Amy Hutchinson’s Clam Stuffed “Shrooms”

Posted on December 11, 2019

At a recent Deer Isle pot-luck supper, I enjoyed the most delicious stuffed mushroom caps. They were golden, bite-sized morsels, perfectly cooked, with a nice and buttery, garlicy and clam flavor. And so easy to

Turkey Tomatillo Soup

Posted on November 27, 2019

We’re enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday in Ithaca, New York, visiting with our daughter Emily and son-in-law Kent. It’s a break from the clan tradition of feasting at my mother’s family homestead in Norway, Maine. No

Wild Blueberry Cranberry Chutney

Posted on November 13, 2019

Looking for something new, exciting and festive for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner? How about chutney? A spiced fruit condiment whose origin food historians have traced back to 500 BC in India, chutneys were an early

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bars

Posted on October 30, 2019

My sister Jennifer Wixson and her husband Stanley Luce of Troy, Maine, are diversified farmers who raise Scottish Highland beef cattle, tend beehives, and cultivate a wide variety of fruit, including cranberries.  This has been

Coleslaw with Creamy Pickle Dressing

Posted on October 16, 2019

We Mainers love our coleslaw; Saturday night baked beans and hot biscuits with coleslaw, traditional lobster feeds with a side of creamy coleslaw, corned beef sandwiches bursting with slaw, even at barbeques and picnics, a

Foley Food Mill: The art of making sauce

Posted on October 02, 2019

Autumn is a festive time here at Rabbit Hill.  My dining room table is decorated with trays of elongated yellow and red striped Blush tomatoes, “heavy-in-the-hips”, blood red Goldman’s Italian American tomatoes, and plump processing

Peach Cake

Posted on September 18, 2019

There is an abundance of fruit this fall; apple trees are lush with ruby red orbs, bright orange pumpkins and squash decorate prickly vines, deep purple blackberries line the woods, and peach trees are bowing

Easy Summer Grilled Corn

Posted on September 04, 2019

My corn patch was truly a work of art this summer; regal, tall stalks almost 7 feet high in a neat 10- foot by 12- foot patch with five rows of 12 plants.  The variety,

Summer Veggie & Potato Gratin

Posted on August 21, 2019

We can thank the French for the golden brown, crispy and savory casserole known as “gratin.” This comforting dish, often featuring potatoes, is assembled in a heavy, shallow pan, topped with combinations of butter, cheese

Cucumber Season & Crock Pickles

Posted on August 07, 2019

“When life gives me cucumbers, I make pickles!” -Chef Cheryl answering a kindergartner’s question. The cucumber season is at full tilt, and friends have “gifted” me with over 60 pounds of pickling cucumbers.  Bright green,

Lime & Honey Glazed BBQ Chicken

Posted on July 24, 2019

FINALLY IT’S SUMMER IN MAINE! Since the 4th of July, we’ve been enjoying warm sunny days, brilliant blue skies, and balmy, starry nights.  For those of us that wait 10 months for its coming, summer

Strawberry Cream Pie

Posted on July 11, 2019

It’s strawberry pickin’ season!  There is nothing more delicious than a sun-ripened sweet strawberry just plucked from the vine.  I’ve been picking twice now, treating my family and friends to perfectly ripe, juicy red berries,

California Dreamin’

Posted on June 26, 2019

My foodie adventures started over four decades ago in southern California when my Aunt Sharon moved from her east coast apartment in Washington, D. C. to sunny Pasadena.  For years, my annual visits were centered

Risotto with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Posted on June 12, 2019

The inspiration for Risotto with Asparagus and Mushrooms comes from my friend Sandy Oliver, food writer and historian, who lives on Isleboro and writes a column for the Bangor Daily News.  Like me, Sandy has

Rhubarb Crisp

Posted on May 29, 2019

Rhubarb Crisp is one of our family’s favorite springtime desserts.  Ruby red chunks of fresh rhubarb are combined with Maine maple syrup, covered with a topping of rolled oats, coconut, brown sugar and butter, and

Maine Crab Cakes

Posted on May 15, 2019

In the late 19th century, crabs were only enjoyed directly along the east and west coasts of the United States. Often found in the traps of lobster fishermen, these crustaceans were considered quite dangerous, as

Fresh Herb Cheese Spread

Posted on May 01, 2019

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

Old Friends: Easy Chocolate Mousse

Posted on April 17, 2019

When I visit my cookbook assortment seeking culinary inspiration, the nearly 100 year-old Girl Scout chant sung around the campfire, “Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold,” reminds

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Posted on April 03, 2019

Do you ever get a hankering for certain foods, like a cup of steaming hot soup on a cold and drizzly day, the silky smooth and rich taste of chocolate ice cream, the salty crunch

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