Cheryl Dishes

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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