Spanakopita

I can’t get enough Greek food and Spanakopita is one of my favorites. This recipe is the classic individual “triangle” pies. But it can also be made as one large pie by placing 6 or so sheets of buttered Phyllo dough on the bottom of a cake pan, layer on the filling, then 6 more…

Smokey Spicy Salmon Spread

I’m new to the world of Storage Wars. You probably know more than me. From my understanding storage units get auctioned off to people who see only a glimpse of the contents yet take a gamble that there may be things of value in them. So that’s how I came into possession of a circa…

Sailor Jerry’s Champagne Grapes

With few fireworks or parades this year, the 4th of July sort of snuck up on us. It’s been a hot summer so far which means the holiday weekend calls for something cool, yet somewhat celebratory to make up for the lack of big BBQs and parties. These booze-soaked grapes are the perfect little treat…

Patacones (Tostones) with Mojo Sauce

As face-to-face socializing (or rather mask-to-mask, 6’ apart) begins to open up in our world, I’m dreaming about future get togethers on the dock. No hugs, no handshakes, but maybe a few beers and some munchies? Maybe some fried plantains? It brings back memories of sailing into Shelter Bay, Panama with the 2018 World ARC…

Holiday Crab Rangoon Cups

I had Crab Rangoon at a restaurant last week. It was one of their week’s specials, and knowing I was going to make a version of it for the upcoming Parade of Lights party, I thought I’d give it a go. Hmmm. Well, I realized how not to make my Holiday Crab Rangoon Cups…seemingly all…

Cocktail Crackers

My friend Carol introduced me to these gluten-free, practically carb-free home made crackers, or as she calls them “burned cheese cookies”. They may sound odd but they are absolutely perfect for cocktail hour. Gin & Tonic cocktails to be precise. Something about that crisp refreshing gin, sweet medicinal tonic, then paired with these salty, semi-charred…

Lump Crab Loaded Nachos

There are few dishes that a Marylander won’t add crab to (although I have yet to see Crab Smoothies, but…) so Crab Nachos is definitely a no-brainer. With tons of cheese, sour cream and of course, Old Bay, these nachos are creamy and delicious. Yes, quintessential “Texas Meets Maryland!”

Prosciutto e Melone

  No, it’s not Friday. We’re just getting an early start to kick off Cantaloupe Weekend! Maryland’s Eastern Shore muskmelons are coming into full season about now and you might be lucky enough to get some, Maryland-grown or not, for your upcoming 4th of July dock party. Today I’m going to show you the Italian…

Jalapeño Pirate Poppers

  These knock-your-socks-off poppers came by way of fellow food lover, Alex. With roots in Ecuador and a family legacy of great cooking, she brought these stuffed jalapeños to a party in Baltimore a few weeks ago. I’ve had Jalapeño Poppers before but none with a kick like these! The secret? Well, it wasn’t the…

Clove Hitch Pizza Bites

It’s been a while since we practiced our knot tying. The last time Galley Pirates had a knot tying exercise was Bowline Pretzels. Well, we won’t stop there. One of my favorites knots that is oh-so-easy and oh-so-easy-to-forget is the clove hitch, another “Quick! Tie a line around that piling!” knot. It’s only two loops…