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…

Smokey Sloppy Sliders

If any of you have spent time in Iowa you might be familiar with the traditionally popular Maid-Rites. These little “Sloppy Joes,” or as they call them “loose meat sandwiches,” are what kids grew up on in Iowa. Predating McDonald’s by almost 30 years, I’m guessing they were the vision of what fast food sandwiches…

Caprese Pasta Salad

It’s tomato season!! They’re ripe and fresh off the vine in every market. Plum tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes…you name it. So off to Graul’s I go to get a pound of local tomatoes in a variety of colors. I’m going to mix my favorite Caprese Salad with a little pasta to create a satisfying…

Salmon en Croute

Creating what I call the Pescatarian version of Beef Wellington, this entree gives a spectacular presentation, but with surprisingly little effort. It requires no more than a baking sheet and some parchment to bake; a small bowl to mix herbs and butter. Then if you can fancy the puff pastry into the shape of a…

Breakfast Crunch Wraps

Just like the convenience of a drive through Taco Bell, my skipper and I got to sit in the cockpit while guests Aly and Jamie created “made to order” Breakfast Crunch Wraps for us! No cooking for me this morning. This was paradise! I ordered mine with the works and ducked down into the galley…

Jerk Turkey Balls

If you love the flavor of Jamaican Jerk Chicken but find it’s not terribly convenient to make or consume offshore, you need to try these great turkey balls made with traditional jerk ingredients. Meatballs, along with meat pies, are the perfect hardy cruising food…packed with protein, carbs and tummy-soothing spices. You can make ahead and…

Duck Breast in Cream Sherry with Figs

Many people avoid duck breast because of: a.) its lack of availability; b.) the fatty consistency of its skin; c.) unfamiliarity with how to prepare it. Well, if you can get ahold of good duck breasts (I get mine at Graull’s) the preparation is honestly, very easy. The trick is rendering the fat to create…

Lump Crab Loaded Nachos

There are few dishes that a Marylander won’t add crab to (although I have yet to see Crab Smoothies, but…) so Crab Nachos is definitely a no-brainer. With tons of cheese, sour cream and of course, Old Bay, these nachos are creamy and delicious. Yes, quintessential “Texas Meets Maryland!”

Sicilian Seared Tuna

I was recently asked to prepare a gluten free, sugar free meal on board Night Town. I’m surprised I haven’t needed to make a gluten-free meal before, but I was certainly up for the challenge. And in reality, it’s not a challenge at all. Fish, meat, vegetables, no breads…healthy for everyone! So it was great…

Spinach, Feta & Sun Dried Tomato Egg Cups

A grab-and-go breakfast is never overrated on a sailboat. These can be eaten under way with nothing more than a hand and a napkin. There’s no limit to what you can put in them. Add some bacon or sausage for your meat lovers. Plus they can be refrigerated or frozen ahead. Make a few dozen…