Shepherd’s Pie Made Easy

I can’t believe I’m the Galley Pirate lucky enough to happen upon Shepherd’s Pie as dry blog-powder.  This is the third of our series “Ace the Eleven Year OId Comes Aboard and GP Panics About What to Serve Him.”  Ace is a camping aficionado, so I figured Shepherd’s Pie had to be in his repertoire. …

Pheasant Mushroom Cream Soup

Happy day after Thanksgiving! Or Black Friday as many call it. We will still be on our boat celebrating a pirate’s favorite holiday as this publishes so no shopping for us. I just wanted to share with you the soup we served at our Thanksgiving feast. Don’t think for a moment this can’t be made…

Pumpkin Pierogis

Having drinks in the cockpit with friends we thought we knew, a “past life secret” slips out. Nancy and her mother had a pierogi business, Pirogi Priest, in her earlier days in Connecticut. They made each pierogi by hand to benefit a children’s charity started by a local Catholic priest, then sold their pierogis nationally.…

Dirty Bird

This pirate is not much of a sports fan.  I like sports … just don’t have the time or bandwidth to follow them fanatically*.  But Louisiana has this fabulous tradition of cooking the opposing team’s mascot — mostly a college football thing, they roast a Cochon de Lait when they play the Razorbacks, alligator when…

Fatteh and Fatoush

End of summer special, here, from your southernmost Galley Pirate.  A little Levantine leavening for your Friday.  Fatteh is one of my favorite dishes at my favorite Lebanese restaurant, and just didn’t seem that daunting — the word actually means “crushed” or “crumbs” … imminently achievable standard in a galley — so I went looking…

French Persimmon Tart

I had lunch with friends last week in Alexandria. What a treat! Little did we know, Kathy was bringing gifts for all of us….a big bag of fresh persimmons from the tree in her front yard. I learned a few things about persimmons. There are generally two different kinds, the Fuyu and the Hachiya. It…

Calaveritas

Happy Dia de Los Muertos, Skallywags!  We decided on a slight twist to the traditional cookie for the Mexican holiday, adding cardamom to the mix and … well … eye patches to a few of the mateys, because how can you have a bunch of skulls and not a few eye patches on Galley Pirates. …

The Great New Orleans Ferdie Po’ Boy

These are so over-the-top you don’t even find them at every po’ boy restaurant in New Orleans.  Pioneered by Mother’s Restaurant, this classic is variously interpreted as a roast beef po’ boy with ham and cheese or a ham and cheese po ‘boy with roast beef debris.  Mother’s didn’t have cheese — it was just…

Chicken Tostadas With Homemade Refried Beans

This is one of my go-to recipes for when I have leftover cooked chicken.  And refried beans are one of those things you could just eat from a can … in this version they are still mostly from a can, but soooo much tastier.  Here’s a fun story: I made the above platter of five tostadas for…

Reuben Flatbread

Do you want something super yummy and super easy to take to your next football party? Something filling, great with beer, and no one else will be bringing? Well, you’ve got to try this “Reuben without the sandwich.” A flatbread piled high with pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. If you buy a pre-made pizza crust,…