Cucumber Gazpacho

A few weeks back we promised you a Cucumber Gazpacho recipe, reminiscent of my meal at La Poste in Panama City. As cucumbers are still ever-so-abundant in my garden, now is a good time to try to duplicate the restaurant’s delectable little shot of pale green heaven. They served this before the meal alongside some…

Kotopita (Greek Chicken Pie)

What prompted me to make a full-on Greek meal tonight was not just the unusually dry, mid-70’s, Grecian-like weather we were having. Or that I needed a dinner to feed five. It was actually due to an over abundance of cucumbers in the garden. The cucumbers that you think aren’t bearing fruit until you discover one…

Langostino Rolls

It’s after July 4th…full on summer…and I’m craving Lobster Rolls. Tender sweet morsels of Maine lobster, dripping in butter on a toasted Hoagie roll. That was my dream. So I set off to the seafood market where upon I faced…sticker shock! Did I really want to spend upwards of $70 to feed 6 people sandwiches?…

Relish That Corn Salad

At a loss for what to bring to the July 4th dockside party? Forget the potato salad or deviled eggs that can bring on salmonella after a few hours in the sun. Go for this easy-to-make, heat-withstanding corn salad. Or is it a relish. I don’t know. It’s just good. And healthy. With corn, tomatoes,…

Kale & Quinoa Soup

This was the celebratory meal we made after crossing the equator into the southern seas heading toward the Galápagos. It was back in February but seems like just yesterday. As many of you know, crossing the equator is a big deal for sailors. It prompts all sorts of funky traditions like men shaving only half…

Eggplanchetta

Most of my creations start with trying to duplicate something delicious that I ate at a restaurant. Of course I usually try to finagle the recipe out of them first. But try as I did, I was unsuccessful at La Posta in Panama City where we were greeted with champagne and little eggplant appetizers along…

Cauliflower au Gratin

This is one of my favorite side dishes, based on Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris recipe. I like to think it has a little more nutrition and fewer calories than Potatoes au Gratin, but with all the cream and cheese, don’t get fooled into thinking it’s diet food. It’s from South of France, not South…

Quickie Quiche

Ready, set, …GO! We’re going to make this quiche as fast as you would round the first mark of the Wednesday Night Races! A quiche SO EASY you can add pretty much anything you have in your icebox. (although I wouldn’t recommend…say…chocolate…) Just have some eggs, onions, cream and cheese on hand and the rest…

Carrot Cake Mini-Bundts

Mmmmmm…moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting in a conveniently single-serving-sized (though the equivalent of three regular cupcakes) mini-bundt!  I made these for Easter, and particularly to share with marina neighbors — hence the perhaps excessive carrot-themed presentation.  But these would be delicious any time.  Throw some toasted coconut on top of the frosting instead…

Pork Pozole

Since we Galley Pirates seem to have a Latin American theme going here, let me throw in my favorite pozole recipe, that spicy Mexican soup that’s packed with a variety of Latin flavors. There are no two pozole recipes alike, but the one ingredient all pozole includes is hominy…peeled, puffed corn. It’s a great sailboat…