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.

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Winter Comfort Food: Borlotti Bean Soup with Porcini Mushrooms

Feb 13, 2014
Winter Comfort Food: Borlotti Bean Soup with Porcini Mushrooms


This is the time of year to find freshly dried borlotti beans, or cranberry beans. Either name describes a dried bean that cooks within 60 to 90 minutes into a substantial, flavorful, dare I say, meaty tasting bean. I usually find these at the farmer's market, but I have also...

Lentil Stew

Feb 4, 2014
Lentil Stew

Here's a thick lentil concoction ... one of those dishes that was a spur of the moment, what do we have on hand, dishes that came out good enough to remember how it was made, and also good enough for my intrepid taste tester, otherwise known as husband...

Chicken Paprikash

Jan 30, 2014
Chicken Paprikash

I've been reading and re-reading posts about food from my hometown. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, and hometown recipes are as much of an ethnic melting pot there as they are in many areas of the US. Today's recipe is of Hungarian origin, an...

Spinach and Broccoli Salad

Jan 8, 2014
Spinach and Broccoli Salad

I developed this recipe for two reasons. First of all, I've got a hard time throwing out parts of vegetables. With broccoli, most recipes call for the florets, completely ignoring the stalks. I like to use all the parts, so this recipe uses only the br...

Hoppin’ John, aka Black Eyed Peas ‘n Rice

Jan 3, 2014
Hoppin’ John, aka Black Eyed Peas ‘n Rice

 Happy New Years! Foodwise, I celebrated the day with a dinner of black eyed peas, rice, and greens - a good combination for luck for the coming year. The peas bring luck and the greens bring wealth. Nice! This year, I made a hoppin' John dish in ...

Lemon Curd with Limoncello and Berries

Dec 18, 2013
Lemon Curd with Limoncello and Berries

Here's a winter dessert that's excellent when you want to prepare dessert ahead of time. You can make the lemon curd several days before serving, then put the dessert together the day you want to eat it. You'll see an ingredient here that I reserve for...

Penne with Winter Vegetables

Dec 13, 2013
Penne with Winter Vegetables

 I crave pastas when the weather gets cool outside, and now that it's downright cold, I want my pasta and I want it now! Here's a whole wheat pasta with a medley of vegetables that are easily available during the fall and winter months. The vegeta...

Multigrain Breadsticks

Dec 9, 2013
Multigrain Breadsticks

There's a cold snap here, and it suddenly feels like winter. That means I'm making soup and salad, which I think tastes best with a breadstick. It's hard to find whole grain or multigrain breadsticks anywhere, except in our home kitchens. Here's a reci...

A Better Cheese Plate

Dec 5, 2013
A Better Cheese Plate

The holidays means entertaining ... having friends and family come together to share special moments, moments we enhance with food, and snacks. I see cheese trays everywhere in the stores and advertisements - Trays laden with a variety of cheeses,...

Chicken Stock

Nov 27, 2013

Many of my recipes call for chicken stock. I usually indicate a low sodium stock. And, truth be told, I often use chicken stock out of the box. If I had my druthers, I'd always use homemade stock. It's easy to make, though it takes time on the stove. I...



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