Pasta with Asparagus & Feta Avgolemono

It’s a beautiful day on the Chesapeake, with the sun filling the cockpit and hinting of spring to come. I’m jumping the season a bit but will take full advantage of any nice day in January. So my thoughts turned to asparagus. And I had all the makings for a wonderful avgolemono…silky Greek lemon and…

Ham Bone Soup

It’s a ham bone soup kind of day. A damp cold overcast kind of day. If you have any left over ham from the New Year’s buffet, this is a perfect use for it. Adding nothing but vegetables and broth, this soup is about as healthy as you can get ham to be. It’s based…

Endive, Apple & Walnut Salad

Happy New Year! I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a great 2021 after the roller coaster ride…or runaway freight train…of 2020. Staying healthy and eating healthy is probably top-of-mind for many of you. So Galley Pirates is starting off the year with a scrumptious salad. With candied walnuts and blue cheese, it’s not entirely…

Lobster Newburg

Happy holidays to all of you out there! Many are hunkered down weathering flooding, many are shoveling a foot of snow. No matter what your weather conditions, hopefully you are within your bubble of loved ones now. Or are dreaming about 2021 when you hopefully can be.

Almond Rum Balls

No, it’s not Friday. It’s Wednesday. Pump out day. Everyone knows it’s a good idea to tip the pump out crew well, especially on cold, blustery mornings. But hand them a bag of Almond Rum Balls along with their tip and you’ll have them believing in Santa again! And these aren’t your typical vanilla wafer…

Pork Chops with Satsuma-Horseradish Marmalade

You’ve heard me say it — Satsumas are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.  Ripening on southern trees between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are thoroughly seasonal, but refreshingly light and fruity in between gravy-covered meals.  Tonight, alongside a nice Satsuma mulled cider, we had lovely thick pork chops with a spicy Satsuma…

Satsuma Cider

A bonus recipe!  Merry Christmas from your Galley Pirates.  One of my favorite perks of the holidays down south is the arrival of Satsumas — sort of really big , easy-to-peel mandarin oranges, they ripen with the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas and make a nice, seasonal but fresh and fruity break between the hams…

Holiday Toffee

For whatever reason I thought it’d be a good idea to make toffee while I waited for the Wednesday pump-out boat. Cooking and pumping your heads is not an easy association to make* but timing is everything, and this time of year there’s no time to be wasted. This is such an easy recipe. I’m…

Willow Grouse with Pink Peppercorn Sauce

I’ve been making this recipe for years, but always with chicken, not with the wild game the recipe was intended for. So when my son-in-law presented me with Chukar, a partridge similar to grouse, I pulled this recipe out again. It’s from Finland where the willow ptarmigan, or willow grouse, is common. They are not…

Plum Cornmeal Cake

On the hook in Pelican Bay — a remarkably beautiful 85% protected anchorage on the southeast corner of Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay — this was supposed to be dessert at dinner our first night.  But the incredibly long and harrowing passage (getting INTO a narrow-inlet barrier island anchorage in a boat…