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


It’s time for the best baked beans

Sep 14, 2012
It’s time for the best baked beans

 A couple of weekends ago, I attended one of my fav food events - Reno's Rib Cookoff. Okay, okay, there's tremendous potential for experiencing some of the least healthy eating with all those high fat ribs covered with sweet BBQ sauce, but it...

Recipe: Italian Russian potato salad

Sep 10, 2012
Recipe: Italian Russian potato salad

Here's another recipe from the table of my Italian friends. This potato salad is called a "Russian salad" when it's served as part of an Italian meal. You'll notice that while it has potatoes, it differs from the usually American version because&n...

Recipe: Grilled padron peppers

Sep 5, 2012
Recipe: Grilled padron peppers

 Padron peppers are small green peppers, often served as a tapas dish at Spanish restaurants. You can find their cousins, shishito peppers, on Japanese sushi menus. In the Americas, it's easy to find small multi-colored peppers, yellow, orange and...

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Aug 28, 2012
Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Here's another farmer's market goodie I couldn't resist - zucchini blossoms. I usually either pick up some at the farmer's market or pick them from my garden and fix them this way. I love the combinations of textures, the crunchy fl...

Recipe: Purslane salad

Aug 21, 2012
Recipe: Purslane salad

Sometimes I see something at the farmer's market ... and I just have to try it. Purslane is one of those somethings that I saw at the market. Not that I haven't seen it before. I've pulled hundreds or thousands of purslane "weeds" out of my garden over...

Recipe: Pulled pork sliders

Aug 6, 2012
Recipe: Pulled pork sliders

Here's another recipe that's great for entertaining. It can be made ahead of time, it keeps well warm, and it's easy for guests to serve themselves. You'll notice that I don't have any photos of the actual sliders, This went over so well that people re...

Recipe: Coleslaw for a crowd

Aug 2, 2012
Recipe: Coleslaw for a crowd

is a Southern style cole slaw, meaning it's more on the vinegary side than the mayo side. The larger size makes it easy to get many colors without wasting lots of leftover cabbage. If you don't want to make as much, feel free to cut the proportion...

Recipe: Smoked duck (or salmon) salad

Jul 24, 2012
Recipe: Smoked duck (or salmon) salad

I had a wonderful salad at Iris in New Orleans. This is my version of it. It combines savory smoked meat with sweet blueberries and a mouthpopping blue cheese. Topped with sweet jelly vinaigrette, it's a summertime delight. With all cold...

Recipe: Spicy mayhaw vinaigrette dressing

Jul 19, 2012

The mayhaw is a southern speciality, and is celebrated in Louisiana, Georgia, and several other southern states. The mayhaw is a fruit that grows on trees which like swamps and warm temperatures. It has it's own individual taste, which many c...

Recipe: Macque choux corn

Jul 17, 2012
Recipe: Macque choux corn

I've just returned from a foodie dream trip to New Orleans. Foodie trip, because I ate my way through the city! Everything from old style down home cookin' to some of the newest and best chef's tasting menus. In the South, it's said with two sylla...

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