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,…

Watercress Salad with Mango & Avocado

This colorful salad is the perfect combination of sweet and peppery, tangy and mild ingredients. When choosing your mango and avocado for this salad make sure they are not overly ripe. You’ll want everything to hold up being tossed around in the dressing and watercress.

Ahi Poke

Poke (pronounced poh-keh) originated from native Hawaiian fishermen, Lawai’a, who would slice up small reef fish and serve them raw, seasoned with whatever was on hand like sea salt, candlenuts and seaweed. So as Alex’s bachelor party set off to be the Lawai’a of the Atlantic…a little “under the weather” from bachelor party festivities and…

Piña Colada

An army of Koa warriors is infiltrating our saloon armed with Piña Coladas. That’s the way I like to fight! And since we’re boat people we’re going to make this recipe simple, no power tools.

Cocktail Crackers

My friend Carol introduced me to these gluten-free, practically carb-free home made crackers, or as she calls them “burned cheese cookies”. They may sound odd but they are absolutely perfect for cocktail hour. Gin & Tonic cocktails to be precise. Something about that crisp refreshing gin, sweet medicinal tonic, then paired with these salty, semi-charred…