Scones with Blueberries and Preserved Lemon

So what is a pirate to do when they wake up craving scones but the New Orleans weather is more Panama Canal than English Chanel?  Turn up the galley fan to combat the 400-degree oven, load them with fruit and serve them cold with a salad.  A pirate shan’t be denied her baked goods.  I…

Green Eggs and Ham

  I am Sam. Sam I am. Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? So these eggs aren’t really green. But they are poached to perfection and smothered in a green tomatillo sauce that is infused with roasted anchos, jalapeños and garlic. Hunkered down at the dock on Mothers Day, I had time on my hands…

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

  Quickest but most satisfying and hearty breakfast ever, particularly if you go with bake-and-serve biscuits.  I’ll post a good homemade biscuit recipe later (my mother’s Angel Biscuits), but wanting to get off the dock and into the wind quickly this morning, short-order food that sticks to the ribs was the plan.  Where I come…

Blackberry Almond Pancakes with Almond Butter Creme

This is a Galley Pirates exclusive that you’ll soon see on restaurant menus around the world. Yeah. Well, ok…maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. But this Almond Butter Creme Syrup is so decadent my skipper spewed out a stream of sailor words upon first bite. I always take that as a compliment. And the recipe is so quick,…

Soft Shelled Crab Benediction

This seasonal Chesapeake breakfast is a trifecta of not-so-easy culinary skills: perfectly poached eggs, sautéd soft shelled crabs and a hollandaise sauce. We were under way today with six people on board, including a film director who planned a 360º panorama VR filming of the event. It was 99º on the bay, 56% humidity, winds 0-5.…

Asparagus Omelette with Jarlsberg Cheese Sauce

The sun finally came through today, just in time for USNA Commissioning Week! It’s Annapolis’ rite of spring so what better way to celebrate than to prepare a dish with a local spring favorite…asparagus. The Chesapeake Bay area, with it’s loamy and sandy soil, produces some superb asparagus. I’m running late this morning, so this “breakfast” actually turned into…

Buccaneer’s Bacon Jam

  Bacon jam…two wonderful words, brought together.  When I mentioned this to my brother the first time, he said “what is THAT, and why haven’t I been embalmed in it?!?”  Essentially bacon and sweet onions caramelized together, this is a glorious condiment with cheese and crackers, or spread on a grilled cheese sandwich, perhaps with…