Maire Gilbert

I was a vegetarian who got together with a meat and potatoes man almost 25 years ago. I've always enjoyed cooking, and I was ready to tackle the challenge of helping my family eat healthy, and enjoy it.

Web Site: http://www.blogger.com/profile/14958204240364054378


Recipe: Chocolate dipped strawberries

Feb 18, 2013
Recipe: Chocolate dipped strawberries

Two of the "littles", my word for grandkids are visiting. They've been here since Valentine's Day. I looked for something that was easy to make, and is delicious. Dipping strawberries in dark chocolate is super easy, and is definitely delicious! I did ...

Recipe: Chicken pot pie

Feb 11, 2013
Recipe: Chicken pot pie

It's been rainy and cold here, so I've been hankering for some comfort food in front of the fire. Chicken pot pie fits the bill. This recipe omits the cream sauce made with cream, butter, and flour and uses mashed potato flakes as a thickener. If you d...

Recipe: Roasted cauliflower parmesan

Feb 6, 2013
Recipe: Roasted cauliflower parmesan

I've been into roasting veggies lately, enjoying new depths of flavor. Roasting brings out the sweetness in a new way. Also, I've been playing with boosting sweet or savory notes, by adding a sweetener or herbs. Roasting cauliflower with a sp...

Recipe: Endive citrus salad

Jan 31, 2013
Recipe: Endive citrus salad

Endive makes it annual debut just about now, in mid winter, at least that's when the locally grown versions take their bow. Citrus is also at it's height, and root crops become their sweetest after they're exposed to a nice frost. I've grouped all of t...

Recipe: Broiled grapefuit

Jan 25, 2013
Recipe: Broiled grapefuit

Ready for a breakfast oldie but goodie? This is one of those oldies that reminds me of my own childhood. This was always served alongside a soft boiled egg in a cup and a piece of toast. Quite the princess! I hadn't had grapefruit this way since I...

Recipe: French toast

Jan 20, 2013
Recipe: French toast

Cool winter mornings mean different things to different people. While visiting San Diego, cool mornings are in the 50s. While visiting Reno, cool mornings are what 13 or 15 feels like. Brrrr. Whatever a cool morning is like, this French toast is a nice...

Recipe: Thai coconut chicken soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Jan 10, 2013
Recipe: Thai coconut chicken soup (Tom Kha Gai)

 I first tasted Tom Kha Gai, or coconut chicken soup, when I visited Thailand ... many years ago. Learning to make it still ranks as one of my favorite cooking experiences, ever. My husband, who by the way is notorious for not cooki...

Recipe: Roasted squash with pepitas and pomeganate

Jan 1, 2013
Recipe: Roasted squash with pepitas and pomeganate

 I'm just back from celebrating the holidays with our kids and grand kids, including the newest addition to the family, a new grandson! While visiting, I've spent some time in the kitchen, sometimes making old family favorites,...

Recipe: Arancini with red mushrooms

Dec 19, 2012
Recipe: Arancini with red mushrooms

 Arancini is Italian for little oranges. I don't think these little risotto cakes look much like oranges, but who can argue with a name that sounds so fun and exciting? The mushrooms turn red from red wine. If you don't like red wine, feel fr...

Recipe: Pasta with roasted butternut squash, crispy sage and kale

Dec 14, 2012
Recipe: Pasta with roasted butternut squash, crispy sage and kale

 Here's a hearty winter pasta dish with roasted squash. Roasting concentrates the sugars in vegetables, so this squash tastes sweet. Many people who ordinarily don't like squash (like my husband) will eat this up and ask for seconds. Adding the sa...

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