Gingerbread Crew

If there is one thing the internet has done, it’s to bring home the fact that, with 6+ billion of us on this planet (most of us with smart phones), there is very little new under the sun.  That said, I just had the opportunity to wonder if I was the first person in the…

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…