Caprese Pasta Salad

It’s tomato season!! They’re ripe and fresh off the vine in every market. Plum tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes…you name it. So off to Graul’s I go to get a pound of local tomatoes in a variety of colors. I’m going to mix my favorite Caprese Salad with a little pasta to create a satisfying…

Cantaloupe Cocktail Hour

In Pirate Caroline’s anchorage, it’s Eastern Shore ‘Loupe season; in Pirate Kristin’s it’s not nearly so romantic.  We have four seasons here in southern Louisiana: football, Mardi Gras, crawfish, and hurricane; and we’ve just entered the latter one.  No storms yet — it’s early — but the heat and humidity make sailing a very catch-as-catch…

Spinach Strawberry Salad With Fried Chevre

After a sail across the lake from New Orleans this morning we tied up at the local bulkhead by the yacht club for lunch.  But why go to the yacht club FOR lunch when you can have this exquisite bistro lunch aboard within minutes?  So, while my skipper did an oil change on the diesel,…

Asian Grilled Shrimp Salad

This is one of those “well, duh” recipes — simple, but so very easy and satisfying that I’m just going to risk getting “duh”-ed at to remind you that you should make this a few times a month, particularly if you have easy access to good shrimp.  Proof that it’s easy?  We had it as…

Dead Man’s Greens

This recipe popped up in the paper a few months back as “Kilt Greens” and I thought “well okay, let’s see how the Scots do their veggies.”  Turns out, it’s not Scottish — but quintessentially American, from Appalachia.  I asked my North Carolina native neighbor and she said her mom served them all the time…

Spinach Salad With Apples and Maple Vinaigrette

  This is a short-but-sweet recipe just meant to get the seasonal culinary juices flowing!  I served this recently with a bacon and sweet potato galette on an evening when we desperately wanted it to be autumn, but were still a couple of days early.  The combination gave us the satisfaction of seasonal flavors, but…

Relish That Corn Salad

At a loss for what to bring to the July 4th dockside party? Forget the potato salad or deviled eggs that can bring on salmonella after a few hours in the sun. Go for this easy-to-make, heat-withstanding corn salad. Or is it a relish. I don’t know. It’s just good. And healthy. With corn, tomatoes,…

Vietnam-easy Caramel Chicken and Cabbage Salad

Apologies to those expecting a bright, springtime, Easter-bunny recipe today instead of a “down in the teak-lined salon of a North Atlantic sailing vessel” vibe, but we’re finishing out Pirate Kristin’s Southeast Asia binge series today.  Springtime will return next week (it’s not like most of the country is feeling remotely vernal right now anyway). …

Green Tomato Salad With Satsuma Cane Syrup Vinaigrette

Caught you off guard, didn’t we?  You got up and checked your e-mail this morning thinking “it’s the Friday before New Years…Galley Pirates is going to have something rich, or boozy, or both…maybe a cocktail made with bacon fat!” (don’t laugh…we have those in New Orleans).  But instead you get…a SALAD?  With fruit AND vegetables? …

Cactus Paddle (Nopales) Salad

This salad turned out tasting as good as it looks, which I will admit surprised me a little bit.  When I suggested including a few Southwest Native American recipes in our Dia de los Muertos menu, I had to admit that “my people” (I’m of Indian heritage) ate a lot of things because … well…