Cheryl Dishes

Tools of the trade & Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Posted on July 09, 2020

This season there are more families since World War II who are enjoying the benefits of their own “victory garden.”  Back then, Americans were urged to “plant in every patch […]

Stuffed Clams on the Grill

Posted on June 24, 2020

An advertisement for Matlaw’s stuffed clams in Down East magazine caught my eye: America’s Favorite Stuffed Clam!  GREAT ON THE GRILL. A quick search revealed that Matlaw’s, a Glouster, Massachusetts […]

The Perfect Pot of Beans

Posted on June 10, 2020

Saturday night supper and a staple at grange hall meals, baked beans have been enjoyed by generations of Mainers. The mighty bean, indigenous to the Western Hemisphere, actually migrated to […]

Rhubarb  “Ruby Juice”

Posted on May 27, 2020

The slow, cool spring produced a bumper crop of rhubarb for many folks.  Although usually eaten as a “fruit”, botanically speaking rhubarb is vegetable.  An invaluable homestead plant in Maine, […]

Triple Chocolate Cookie

Posted on May 13, 2020

Who doesn’t love a fresh chocolate chip cookie hot from the oven? America’s favorite hand-held confection is credited to Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, […]

Say cheesecake, lobster that is

Posted on April 17, 2020

The long stretch of keeping to home has given me the opportunity to catch up on some necessary spring-cleaning projects. Clothes have been sorted, books dusted and windows washed. One […]

Maple Pecan Muffins

Posted on April 01, 2020

I keep a close eye on my pantry inventory these days; sorting root-cellared apples for sauce, peeling and freezing garlic, and roasting the butternut squash with soft spots. The urge […]

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, […]

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