Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

Easter just happened to fall on my skipper’s birthday this year, first time ever. And all he wanted was to attend Easter service at St. Mary’s then head across Spa Creek Bridge, hop on the boat and go for an afternoon sail with friends and family. Since his favorite Carrot Cake has already been featured…

The Crab Quesadilla Blues

Lots of celebrations coming up this weekend…Kentucky Derby on Saturday (don’t forget your Mint Juleps!) and Cinco de Mayo on Sunday! From bourbon and fancy hats to Tequila and great music, this weekend has it all. So to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo we’ve got a “Blues x 2” treat here for you… blue…

Filet of Beef au Poivre

When you have the hankering for a steak but don’t have an available grill, Steak au Poivre, or better yet, Filet Mignon au Poivre is always a winner. It’s an elegant dinner that you can prepare in short order, perfect for that haiku cruise with your skipper. The image above shows a juicy medium rare…

German Apple Pancake

The thing about Easter is it’s always still a little chilly — spring, no doubt, but not necessarily warm.  Pirate Kristin grew up in Boston where you wore wooly tights under your frilly Easter dress, and not infrequently “got lucky” … colored eggs are easier to spot in the snow.  Even down here in the…

Cordon Bleu Chicken Fingers

Or as our guest sailor today would call them, “Doigts de Poulet Cordon Bleu.”  Ace and his dad Wendell joined us today to see how fast we could cross Lake Pontchartrain, sailing to New Orleans and back.  Your Galley Pirate wasn’t quite sure what eleven year olds eat, and surveyed several scalleywags who reliably reported…

Personal Trifles

A trifle makes a spectacular presentation on any Easter buffet. But even this Galley Pirate, who typically puts form over function, doesn’t have that large glass pedestaled trifle bowl onboard. Not on a sailboat, no siree. That said, I’d love to hear from any Galley Pirate who does! But most sailors do have large plastic…

Spinach Strawberry Salad With Fried Chevre

After a sail across the lake from New Orleans this morning we tied up at the local bulkhead by the yacht club for lunch.  But why go to the yacht club FOR lunch when you can have this exquisite bistro lunch aboard within minutes?  So, while my skipper did an oil change on the diesel,…

White Chocolate, Pistachio and Strawberry Blondies

I am always looking for good dessert options that require neither complex equipment (there are actually some times when good old-fashioned winch-arm-power and manual beaters do not replace a stand-up or otherwise electric mixer) or a freezer (soooooo many good ice cream/sorbet/granita recipes!) — and these fit the bill.  They aren’t like the blondies you…

Fried Rice With Spring Vegetables

Fried rice is one of my favorite dishes to turn to when you aren’t quite sure what you have the fixings to make.  If you’ve got leftover rice and some kind of vegetables, plus the pantry staples, you’ve got a delicious one-bowl meal.  The key is having the rice really be old and cold (you…

Chilaquiles

…or, “how to eat chips and salsa for breakfast without explaining yourself.”  This is one of my captain’s favorite breakfasts, making it a real shame that this is the first time I’ve made it for him…and is our twelfth wedding anniversary!  I had never heard of it, so when he and his mom — who taught…