In April, we were lucky enough to help Mercy Hospital honor their nurses with a special event at Cellardoor Winery. We put together a big spread of some of our favorite dishes. Here are two that were the most popular…perfect for any springtime event!   Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart Ingredients 3 1/2 oz Feta Cheese 4 oz Cream Cheese 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 3 Eggs Zest of 1 Lemon 2 tbsp Parsley 1/2 tsp Salt Ground Black Pepper 12-14 trimmed Asparagus Spears Pre-cooked Savory Shortcrust Pastry Shell…

Three Nor’easters in two weeks?! And a fourth being discussed?! Clearly, March does not mean spring in Maine! I can recall several snowstorms that came well into April in the past… I’m just hoping the snow will be over before then this year! With all this snow, I am all about comfort food! When the snow is falling outside, there is nothing I love more than to make those warming soothing meals that I grew up with. Plus, after all that hard work shoveling, you need something hearty…

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one kitchen utensil, what would it be? For me, it would be my cast iron skillet – no question. My cast iron skillet was the first pan I bought when I got married in 1971, because I knew that it would be with me no matter what happens! After more than 45 years of use, I am convinced that you would have to go out of your way to ruin cast iron. As long as you…

Goulash Recipe, Hungarian Goulash

The holidays are over and the long, Maine winter has set in. But cold winter weather gives us an excuse to make bold hearty meals, like Chuck’s goulash soup – one of my favorites! Warm your kitchen, and your tummy, with this comforting goulash recipe. Serves 6 People INGREDIENTS 5 slices bacon, chopped 3 lbs boneless chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 medium onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 lb Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons…

Holidays are all about the family, and this year was no exception for our family. This year we gathered at our house. Our daughters Jenny and Beth were here, as well as our son-in law, Anh, and our grandchildren, Chloe and Liam. They all came from Hiawatha, Iowa! The girls and I spent the whole day on Christmas Eve pampering ourselves with manicures at Ann Le’s Nail Bar, hair styling at Salon Paragon, lunch at DiMillo’s, and make-up applications at The Regency Spa. Then we all went home…

I have to believe that when Duncan Hines first introduced their cake mixes to the world back in the day, they left out the egg and oil for a reason. I think they wanted us to be able to say that we still made it from scratch because we had to add those items! Homemade anything always tastes better than store-bought products. Try some of my recipes for Memorial Day and see for yourself! Ketchup… we use it on everything. My brother even puts it on his eggs!…

Spring is coming. How do I know? Certainly not because of the weather outside—it continues to be frightful this year! I know because Maple Sunday is coming right up on the 23rd! The sugar in maple sap only appears when warm, sunny days and below-freezing nights follow each other for days on end, as they do during Maine’s long, slow spring. It is quite a treat to go to farms all over Maine on the fourth Sunday in March. You can experience the process and see a real…

We have the honor of being the exclusive caterer at the 2013 Taste of the Nation VIP Reception at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.  The event benefits a number of different charities including The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Opportunity Alliance, Cultivating Community, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. One of the dishes that we are serving is a Seared Duck Breast with a Fresh Cherry Barbeque Sauce.  This sauce would go great with any poultry – serve it at your next summer barbeque or…

I love pesto sauces. My latest favorite is sun dried tomato pesto. Ingredients: 4 ounces of sundried tomatoes 1 teaspoon of dried basil 1 teaspoon of dried parsley 3 cloves of chopped garlic ¼ cup of chopped toasted pine nuts ½ small chopped onion 1 ½ tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 1 ½ teaspoons of tomato paste 1 medium tomato chopped 2 ½ tablespoons of red wine ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup of parmesan cheese grated Salt to taste Method: Reconstitute sun dried tomatoes with…

I recently had the honor of being asked to provide my recipe for Chocolate Pasta with Hazelnut Sauce to a listener from the Morning Living Show on Martha Stewart Radio! Naturally, I wanted to share this news and this recipe with everyone! So, Enjoy! Chocolate Pasta Serves 4 people INGREDIENTS: 2 1/3 cups semolina flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 teaspoon chocolate extract 3 large eggs beaten Ice water if needed DIRECTIONS: Sift the flour and cocoa. Beat the eggs and mix in extract. Add flour mixture slowly…