Cheryl Dishes

Salad with Meatloaf and Mashed potato

Spinach and Warm Mushroom Salad

Posted on April 11, 2018

A recent field trip down the western side on Penobscot Bay to Portland convinced me that although the weather outside has been frightful, the longer days of spring mean more Maine produced food.  Chickens and

Spicy sweet potato sandwich plated

The Art of a Sandwich: Spicy Sweet Potato

Posted on March 21, 2018

The March issue of Bon Appetit magazine features several pages of finely crafted details from A to Z how to build a great sandwich. The architecture of a great sandwich makes it sing… the balance

Sweet Potato Muffins

Posted on March 07, 2018

I have an affinity for freshly baked muffins.  At the very inkling of dawn, I love to turn on the oven, assemble ingredients, and mix up a batch of muffins.   The kind of muffin varies,

Bolognese Meat Sauce

Posted on February 07, 2018

Every cuisine has its signature sauce, and the staple of northern Italy’s Bologna is a thick, full-bodied meat sauce.  Ragu, as the Bolognese call their celebrated sauce, is characterized by a mellow, gentle, comfortable flavor

This Super Bowl Go Wild!: with Maine wild blueberries

Posted on January 24, 2018

Maine wild blueberries are a superfood, and our family enjoys over 100 pounds of these tiny, intensely flavored, berries every year.  Packed with antioxidants, this blue food relieves the body from the oxidative stress of

Veggie Noodle Salad Bowl

Posted on January 10, 2018

In the depths of winter when we just don’t feel much like cooking, our household eating strategy is quite simple: Cook once.  Eat twice! When the inspiration to cook a meal strikes, I’m sure to

Curried Tomato & Lentil Soup

Posted on December 27, 2017

A whirlwind visit to Hong Kong and the rush of the holidays had me yearning for the comforts of food.  It had to be soup: simple, hot, fragrant, bone-building, spicy and creamy… a cup that

Baked Scallops in Mornay Sauce

Posted on December 13, 2017

There are dozens of delicious scallop casserole recipes, and Baked Scallops in Mornay Sauce is a family favorite.  Perfect for entertaining, this dish maybe assembled as early as a day in advance, and then cooked

Grammie Ro’s Plum Pudding

Posted on November 29, 2017

Every family has their culinary Christmas traditions; the classic chocolate roll cake Buche de Noel, warm and fragrant mulled wine, spiced pfeffernusse cookies white with powdered sugar, crunchy, sweet Baklava, and savory morsels of Swedish

Broccoli Calzones

Posted on November 15, 2017

Since the “hurricane storm”, calzones, a half-moon shaped stuffed pie, have become a regular menu item in our house.  The dough, really just pizza dough, can be purchased at most markets in the frozen food

Maine Lobster & Corn Chowder

Posted on November 01, 2017

There’s nothing like a driving rain and gale force winds to stimulate one’s appetite for a hot chowder. Just imagine the comfort of wrapping your hand around a warm mug and inhaling the earthy, steamy

Roasted Cauliflower with Buffalo Hot Sauce

Posted on October 18, 2017

There are many legends in the foodie world, and one of them is Buffalo Wings.  Born in 1964, this popular bar – food of chicken wings in a greasy, finger- staining, spicy sauce was the

Candy Apple Crisp

Posted on October 04, 2017

Thanks to our early ancestors and dedicated heritage apple saviors, we can enjoy the subtle flavors, textures and aromas of dozens of varieties of America’s favorite fruit: apples.   Bright red apples made into delicate pink

Grilled Peach Salsa

Posted on September 20, 2017

There is an abundance of fruit this fall, and when my friend Deb Suran needed some help processing over 50 pounds of peaches, I was happy to oblige.  Intensely fragrant, perfectly ripe, sweet and juicy,

Grilled Coconut Corn

Posted on September 06, 2017

One of our favorite summer vegetables is sweet, corn-on- the-cob, steaming hot, fresh from the kettle, golden butter melting into the crevices and lightly sprinkled with salt. Corn is at its best when freshly picked.

Bread & Butter Pickles

Posted on August 23, 2017

My garden is exploding with cucumbers! In rich, well-drained soil, with just the right amount of heat and water, cucumber plants will thrive.  The combination of well-composted rabbit manure, granite rocks and heavy morning dew

Blueberry Dirt Bomb Muffins

Posted on August 09, 2017

We just had a grand time sharing Maine summer with our teen-aged nephew visiting from Florida.   We dug clams, hiked the cove, picked peas, fished mackerel, split wood and practiced rabbit husbandry, picnicked on an

Tinker Mackerel on the Grill

Posted on July 27, 2017

The mackerel are running, and my husband heads down to fish right before high tide most every day.  We love to eat Atlantic mackerel, particularly the younger and smaller ones known as “tinkers”.  Judging from

Greek-Style Yogurt Dips

Posted on July 12, 2017

Summer is an easy time for entertaining and the eating is always good.   Fragrant, sun-ripened berries, buttery new leaf lettuces, crisp baby carrots and radishes, sweet sugar snap peas, green and yellow beans, fresh juicy

Paris Strawberry Shortcake

Posted on June 28, 2017

Maine-grown strawberries are just starting to ripen, and we can never eat too much of this luscious, juicy red fruit at the height of the season.  My husband’s favorite dish, fresh strawberries with cream sounds

Asparagus Chive Pizza

Posted on June 15, 2017

A cool, wet spring brings forth two of my favorite crops: chives and asparagus. The chives come first, their graceful, hollow stems add a zip to salads and mashed potatoes. Soups, roasted root veggies, omelets,

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Posted on May 31, 2017

Apple pie may be America’s favorite, but in our family, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie takes the prize. New Englanders have had a long love affair with rhubarb, the mouth-puckering herbaceous perennial that is actually vegetable and

Lovage Classic Meatloaf

Posted on May 17, 2017

One of my favorite meals is meatloaf with mashed potato and gravy, usually accompanied by buttered, frozen peas or green beans. Americans have had an ongoing love affair with this blue plate special since the

Carrot Coconut Soup with Fresh Ginger

Posted on May 04, 2017

If I had to select one vegetable that is popular with both young palates and more experienced eaters, it would have to be carrots. Everyone loves to crunch on the sweet, snappy carrot. Closely related

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