Peachy Pound Cake with Rum Glaze

I’m a little late with this post. Peaches are about to be replaced by persimmons in your supermarket, if they haven’t already. But this is a solid pound cake recipe, so substituting any firm tree fruit such as pears or apples will work well. And of course a rum glaze is oh-so yummy on pretty…

Lemon Chess Pie

Chess Pie is a southern thing. The name assumably derives from verbal auto-correct. “It’s just pie” in the south comes out “Jes’ pa” which auto-corrects to “Chess pie.” It’s one of those pies that’s delicious, but unless you are familiar with it, you really have no idea what’s actually in it. The original Chess Pie and…

Clafoutis aux Framboise

Clafoutis aux Framboise. The name sounds so elegant, but this classic French dessert is easily made with the most basic of ingredients. Originally from Limousin in central southwest France, clafoutis are traditionally prepared with cherries but most any fruit can be substituted. Today we’re are using beautiful fresh raspberries.

M’Hencha (Coiled Snake Pastry)

M’Hencha (translates to “coiled snake”) recipes are as varied as the Moroccan chefs that create them. But they all do seem to have one thing in common: the instructions start out with “…combine in an electric food processor…” So you think I would be smart enough not to challenge that. Smart enough to realize that…

Thai Mango and Sticky Rice

In March, just before we all went into lockdown, this pirate spent two weeks in northern Thailand eating her fill of delicious khao soi, som tam and khao niao mamuang every day.  Grateful to make it home before borders were closed, she nonetheless went into Thai food withdrawal, and the first dish she was compelled…

Scandinavian Almond Cake

There’s something about the simplicity of the old world pound cakes that are utterly romantic. The minimal basic ingredients; traditional recipes that have been around for hundreds of years. You’ll want to treat your love…whether a man or woman, a cat or a dog, a friend or a relative, real or imaginary…to some classical music…

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…

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. …

Blueberry Grunt

A Fungy, a Grunt and a Cobbler. This is not the beginning of a joke or a scene from Wizard of Oz. They are all similar dishes of poached fruit with a dumpling-like topping simmered into a gooey, puffy dessert. Their roots are maritime Canada and New England; ground zero: Nova Scotia. And the preferred…