Cheryl Dishes

Deviled Clams

Posted on August 31, 2016

It was a sad day in the dining world when the Howard Johnson’s Restaurant and Lounge in Bangor announced they were closing. While this may seem a small and unimportant blip on the restaurant scene,

Potato and Leek Gratin

Posted on August 24, 2016

What inspires you to cook?  Is it the aroma of freshly baking bread, the smell of onions sizzling in bacon fat or the earthy fragrance of chopped rosemary and garlic?  Perhaps it’s the bright array

Lemon Curd for Glorious Treats

Posted on August 17, 2016

This spell of hot weather and a surplus of limes inspired me to whip up a batch of lime curd. If you’ve never tasted a curd before, silky smooth on the tongue, not too sweet

Dilly Beans!

Posted on August 10, 2016

My friend Abner called looking for a Dilly Bean recipe. Seems that his garden had exploded with bushels of yellow and green beans. There were too many to eat, and frozen green beans were not

Ruby Margarita

Posted on August 03, 2016

Just like most Maine families, we’ve been entertaining visitors quite a bit this summer.  In June, we hosted the Deer Isle Garden Club for a farm tour.  Then in July sixty folks from the Seattle

Open-Faced Grilled Sandwiches

Posted on July 27, 2016

With this spell of glorious hot, summer weather, we’ve been firing up the grill and cooking like crazy…summer squash, zucchini, carrots, sliced red onions, fennel, and even potatoes. Grilled vegetables have a smoky, savory flavor

A plesant surprise... chantrelles in the woods

Chanterelles in Cream

Posted on July 20, 2016

This is the time of year when sharp eyes in the woods can discover great treasures, like chanterelle mushrooms. A trumpet shaped wild mushroom with a bright orange-yellow color, the chanterelle has a nutty, delicate

Pickled Sugar Snap Peas

Posted on July 13, 2016

Fortunately for us, the combination of heat and rain has created a prolific crop of sugar snap peas in the garden. The vines are covered with dozens of bright green pods, plump with sweet, round

canned mackeral

Canned Mackerel

Posted on July 06, 2016

The mackerel have started to run, and we have been enjoying a nice catch of these beautiful fish with iridescent blue-green bodies, silvery white underbelly and black bars across the top half of their body.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Bread

Posted on June 29, 2016

The strawberries are here! We love the first berries of the summer season: plump, sweet, red morsels of fruit with tiny seeds dotting their exterior. Strawberries right off the plant warm with the morning sun,

Asian Noodle Salad

Posted on June 22, 2016

The bright green shades of spring are becoming summer, and we are enjoying a surplus culinary greens; bok choy, spinach, arugula, leafy red and green lettuce, scallions, lovage, chives, Swiss chard and kale. Whether in

Golden Rice

Posted on June 15, 2016

“Try turmeric”, encouraged my friend Mary. “It will help with those gardening aches and pains.” Intrigued, I set you to do some culinary research. Turmeric, pronounced TER-muh-rikh, is the root of a ancient tropical plant

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