Roast Duck with Spiced Orange Bourbon Glaze

We thought you pirates out there might be tired of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey by now. I know co-pirate Kristin and I are. And knowing many of you are seafaring creatures, we thought waterfowl might be a nice alternative this Thanksgiving. So I went on a hunt for a duck….recipe, that is… and found this…

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…

Fig-Glazed Turkey Breast With Tuscan Beans

Okay so this might not look like much, but man was it delicious, easy, affordable, versatile, etc.  The turkey is miraculously moist, the white beans are swimming in a fruity, herby, poultry-drippings-rich sauce that just begs for a good hunk of bread, and the whole thing was made in less than an hour and then…

Satsuma Glazed Game Hens

Merry Southern Christmas, from your Gulf Coast Galley Pirate!  As mentioned a couple of weeks back, Christmas (dinner, at least) came early on Upward Wing to keep the calendar balanced.  That left the holiday provisioner with the challenge of 70 degree weather, calling for a lighter take on the requisite holiday overdoing-it.  And so, a…

Dia de los Muertos: Chicken Mole Poblano

Hola Piratas!  Welcome to Galley Pirates’ Dia de los Muertos celebration!  Dia de los Muertos — celebrated November first and second in Mexico and other countries or cities with a heavy Latin cultural tradition…in other words, cruising locales — is actually your Galley Pirates’ preferred holiday this time of year.  The tradition honors those who have…

Kuku Paka – East African Chicken

  This is an East African dish with Indian origins. Not surprisingly as the Indian culture permeates many of the cities of Kenya and the east coast of Africa. According to my sources, Kuku means “chicken” in Swahili and Paka is the Punjabi word for “delicious.” And delicious this is! Any dish with ginger, garlic, coconut and curry has…

Chicken with Poblano Cilantro Cream

It happens the first week of every January. The holidays are over and I’m craving Mexican food. I find myself deep into chile sauces and masa. Hominy and cilantro. Avocados and serranos. But what do you do if you have those “hold the garlic” guests on board? Well, check out this amazing dish that uses no…

Perfectly Spatchcocked

I was recently at a party where someone asked me “What is the benefit to…what is it you call…where you cut the chicken in half and flatten it?” Ah yes! Spatchcocking. One of my favorite words and definitely my favorite way to roast a bird. So much that I even spatchcocked yesterday’s Thanksgiving turkey! You can…

Turkey Drumsticks with Bourbon-Honey Mustard Sauce

I never get to eat the turkey drumsticks at Thanksgiving. They are always on others’ plates by the time I get my apron off and pour myself a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau. So to make up for it I created this “Fit for a Pirate” all drumstick dinner. The drumsticks are laid on top carrots, shallots,…