Cauliflower au Gratin

This is one of my favorite side dishes, based on Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris recipe. I like to think it has a little more nutrition and fewer calories than Potatoes au Gratin, but with all the cream and cheese, don’t get fooled into thinking it’s diet food. It’s from South of France, not South…

Garlic Truffle Fries

  My skipper just got back to the boat after a cold, wet, “sporty” race on a J22. He needed a nap, a beer and some carbs; not necessarily in that order. He didn’t seem to mind that I had a hankering for Truffle Fries today. Fries are those sides that everyone loves, but aren’t…

Maque Choux

  This is a great side dish with so many things.  With the corn, beans, and vegetables it’s all you need with a piece of meat.  Leftovers make a great dip with corn chips, or the base and dressing for a wonderful full-meal salad (tune in next week for BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad underway).  Best…

Fried Green Tomatoes With Bacon and Hollandaise

THIS, my maritime friends, is how the South does brunch on the hook. Tangy, juicy, late-spring, homegrown green tomatoes coated in a Parmesan crust and fried up in bacon grease, dipped in a zesty mock hollandaise sauce, with a main-course-sized side of Applewood smoked bacon. It’s like a BLT, but without that pesky lettuce, and trying…

Colcannon, For Cajuns

A happy Saint Patrick’s Day to our Galley Pirates faithful!  On this augustly Irish occasion we bring you a distinctively Irish dish…but with a New Orleans twist; if there’s a party to be had, our fair City will make it her own.  In all honesty, it seems to me that “colcannon” is something every child has…

Baked Belgian Endive with Oranges

Roasting leafy vegetables has always seemed a bit foreign to me. I didn’t grow up with Grilled Romaine or Crispy Kale. Leafy greens in my day were for salads only. But it’s all the rage now, and as I’ve discovered, it’s really nothing new. This Sicilian side dish has been around for generations. Using roasted Belgian Endive, it has…

Gobhi Masala (Indian Cauliflower)

  Top of the list of sailboat friendly vegetables: cauliflower and potatoes. They’re durable and can be stored in an airy food hammock for a good week or more. Filled with vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber, folate…and…and… Yawn. Seriously?? Cauliflower and potatoes? You’d rather fill your galley locker with granola bars, right? But you’ve never tasted those typically boring…

Baba Ghanouj

This middle eastern dip is one of my favorite foods, and that’s even after all my other favorite middle eastern dishes!  Captain Peter dislikes eggplant in any incarnation, including this one.  (Or maybe it’s the breath that results from so much raw garlic!)  So I wait for an invitation to a party and then gleefully…

Cilantro-Lime Sweet Corn

What’s a 4th of July celebration without corn-on-the-cob? It’s a staple along with burgers, beer and watermelon. But this year you can liven things up with sweetcorn dripping in lime zest, cilantro, cayenne pepper and of course, butter. No need to steam up your cabin with a pot of boiling water, you can make this in your…

Red Beans and Rice

In Captain Peter’s home town of New Orleans, this staple dish is made on Mondays, or “wash day,” because you put the pot of beans on the stove to simmer and when you are done with your day of toiling in the laundry, dinner is ready.  This may date back to an era of hand…