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


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...

Recipe: Chocolate Chili

Nov 22, 2013
Recipe: Chocolate Chili

I made this vegetarian black bean chili with some Venezuelan chocolate that was a gift from my favorite chocolatier. It was this year's entry into our local chili cook off. I realize Venezuelan chocolate is difficult to find, so  use any good grad...

Tagine of Fall Vegetables

Nov 18, 2013
Tagine of Fall Vegetables

Tagines are stews that are Moroccan in origin, usually cooked in a clay pot. Lacking a clay pot, I cooked mine in a covered enameled cast iron pot. The spice mix is a mixture of sweet, savory, and spicy and pairs beautifully with the fall vegetabl...

Jamaican Pork with Persimmons

Nov 13, 2013
Jamaican Pork with Persimmons

With persimmons in the market and ripening in coworkers yards, I've been looking for new ways to use them. I was so delighted that this tasted so good! Persimmons are a fruit that have sweet, yet subtle notes. They're a perfect partner for po...

Moroccan Chicken

Nov 8, 2013
Moroccan Chicken


This dish combines the tastes and colors of fall with oranges, apricots, and leeks. Add the Moroccan spice blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and cumin and there's something sublime that happens.

Ingredients:

1 pound skinless, boneless, chicken thighs or breasts
1 tsp olive oil
1 leek, sliced to make 1 cup...

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad

Nov 4, 2013
Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad

Here's a seasonal salad that's sure to delight. Roasting brings out the sweetness of these quintessential fall vegetables, making these already sweet vegetables taste even sweeter. Add some feta cheese and  pumpkin seeds, along with a tangy d...

Fall at the Farmer’s Market

Oct 29, 2013
Fall at the Farmer’s Market

Orange is everywhere this time of year. My haul from the weekend farmer's market included a large orange pumpkin (purely for seasonal decoration), a small orange kuri squash just the perfect size for a curry dinner, and some delectable orange and yello...

Butternut Squash and Garbanzo Bean Stew

Oct 14, 2013
Butternut Squash and Garbanzo Bean Stew

We had a power outage last night ... and I admit that I used it to a stealthy food advantage. It's amazing what people will gobble up when they can't see what they're eating. My veggie-adverse husband requested seconds of this ...

Swimming Rama, Chicken in Thai Peanut Sauce

Oct 7, 2013
Swimming Rama, Chicken in Thai Peanut Sauce

The name of this dish is somewhat misleading, the chicken isn't exactly swimming, but it is saucy! This used to be one of my favorite Thai dishes, but I stopped ordering it after I realized how high it was in calories. I've worked on an easy to make ho...

Wild Mushroom Ragout with Cheesy Polenta

Oct 1, 2013
Wild Mushroom Ragout with Cheesy Polenta

I found this exotic mushroom mix at our Sunday farmer's market this week. I thought this particular assortment was beautiful, and liked the combination of hearty shitake and king mushrooms and with delicate and subtle oyster an...

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