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


Arugula Salad with Fennel and Edamame

Apr 7, 2014
Arugula Salad with Fennel and Edamame

I've already made my first salad of the season with garden produce! Arugula is one of the first garden vegetables that I can use each spring. This year is no exception. I added some crunchy vegetables to add a counterpoint to the lettuce, along wi...

Hake in Champagne and Lemon Sauce

Apr 2, 2014
Hake in Champagne and Lemon Sauce

I recently saw some Hake when I was at Costco. The price was so right that I decided to give it a try. Hake is a member of the cod family, with sweet, white flesh and a nice flake. And, it's got good things going for it: low in sodi...

Roast Veggies with Poached Egg

Mar 27, 2014
Roast Veggies with Poached Egg


These vegetables are roasted to bring out their sweetness. They're served sprinkled with fresh herbs, then topped with a poached egg. When the egg is cut open, the yolk becomes the dressing for the vegetables. If you want your yolk to ride high, and be a bright orangey yellow...

Chanterelles with Pasta

Mar 13, 2014
Chanterelles with Pasta

If you see chanterelle mushrooms, get them! They may look delicate, but they hold up well during both preparation and cooking. They do, however, have a delicate taste, so be sure to use them in a recipe that is light enough to showcase their spect...

Roasted Winter Veggies and Penne with Brown Butter Sauce

Mar 6, 2014
Roasted Winter Veggies and Penne with Brown Butter Sauce

Roasted winter vegetables! Still here, even though it sometimes looks like spring outside. These have winter kale mixed in to make us think, or hope, of spring. Serve this at the end of winter, when you want spring to be here, but spring vegetable...

Grilled Endive with Gorgonzola Dressing

Feb 28, 2014
Grilled Endive with Gorgonzola Dressing

Grilling and roasting vegetables brings out their sweetness, grilling lettuce is no exception. Endive lettuce is relatively sweet to begin with, and grilling it makes it even more so. Add some cheesy dressing and voila, you're set to go. Many...

Quick Mushroom Sauce over Polenta

Feb 24, 2014
Quick Mushroom Sauce over Polenta

This mushroom sauce has layers of flavor and tastes like it took hours to make, but it comes together quickly. I've used premade polenta to also ease and hasten putting together the entire dish. The combination makes this perfect for a weekni...

Crab Cakes

Feb 18, 2014
Crab Cakes

 You may have noticed I like little cake shaped foods. Salmon patties, corn fritters, oatmeal pancakes, burgers. Maybe it's that little cakes remind me of burgers, one of America's great comfort foods. These crab cakes are mostly crab, a...

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...

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