Quick, Easy Shrimp Dip

Spontaneous entertaining is fun but it can catch you with your appetizers down. A while ago, I figured I had the bases covered if I kept some Kalamata olives, toasted almonds, and cream cheese on hand. I could always make little balls of cream cheese and roll them in cracked pepper, or flatten them with […]

Sharon’s Deluxe Meatloaf

Not all meatloaves are made equally. The one that follows was sent me by Sharon Frost in Calais who commented that it was the best thing for family gatherings, which we are likely to have in Maine summers, plus she wrote, “My mother made this many times for Legion suppers, etc. Good!” I’ll say. If […]

For a Crowd, Do Dijon Chicken

Chicken is such easy going stuff, amenable to all kinds of flavors, and manner of preparation whether stove top, oven, or grill. Most modern people don’t have to catch chickens, murder, pluck, and eviscerate them, and besides all that, we can buy vast quantities of all our favorite parts: breasts, thighs, legs, or wings. Little […]

Not-So-Plain-and-Simple Rhubarb Cakes

  Gingerbread with rhubarb was what Stephen Bergey, Belfast, remembered having for breakfast. He was pretty sure it was one of Brownie Schrumpf’s recipes. So we asked here a couple of weeks ago, and sadly no one seems to have Brownie’s recipe. In the process, though we collected a few other very good rhubarb cake […]

Plain and Simple Rhubarb Cake

The most popular conveyance for rhubarb seems to be cake. This week and next, we’ll treat ourselves to a couple of versions of rhubarb cake. This week’s is simple, gently flavored, nothing fancy on top, and it swallows up its rhubarb sweetly leaving only a small trace behind. Fresh out of the oven, the top […]