Cornsicles (or Tamales-on-a-Stick)

Who knew you could make tamales cute?  Who knew you could make them with shrimp?  This recipe came from a cookbook of Native American recipes from the American southwest and we had them as appetizers for our Dia de los Muertos dinner.  Sure, they would have been cuter with actual popsicle sticks, but takeout chopsticks…

Mahi Sashimi

Day four of our off-shore excursion from St. Lucia to the Galápagos….we caught a fish. Gary set out lines and caught the quintessential Mahi; the exact picture you see in every Caribbean tourist guide. Not only did it give us three dinners but it gave him an important contribution to the ARC’s twice-daily check-in: the…

Oysters Rocket Feller

Nothing says “Holiday Appetizer” more than oysters on the half shell, especially in the Atlantic region. This recipe is a variation of the traditional Oysters Rockefeller which originated at Antoine’s restaurant in New Orleans in 1899. It was created as a substitution for escargot, which apparently the French-descendent locals could not live without. To make…

Rockfish Bites

  Be wary, it’s Friday the 13th. Hopefully a friendly get-together is in your future. Docktail parties are huge in marinas. “Bring a drink. Bring an appetizer! Bring a seat (of sorts) to the end of E Dock! Sunday night. See you there!” You’ve been there, right? Check out your icebox and what do you find?…

Calamari (Kalamarakia Tiganita)

Headed south from Baltimore, it was a beautiful, but unfortunately, no-breeze kind of a day. Engine on, the waters were mostly calm except for the hold-on-to-your-beer power boat wakes that knock you everywhere. We were still loving Mediterranean food, dining the evening before in Little Italy. Fresh pasta, mussels, Pino Grigio…the works. Everything but Calamari.…

Zucchini Prosciutto Rollups with Pesto

  This past September we were on a day sail with Society of Broken Souls musicians, Lauryn & DJ. Having played on the rooftop of the Metropolitan the night before and gifting us their soulful music, I knew we should make them something special. Hmm. But Lauryn is one of those gluten-free types. Yeah, you…

Venison Paté

  Every now and then we Galley Pirates post a recipe that we understand nobody in their right mind is ever going to make. Yes, Vension Paté is just one of those recipes.  I have been challenged by this recipe time and again. But every time a fresh deer liver is presented to me (sacrificial for most hunters; no…

Bruschetta at Baltimore Harbor Light

I love the burst of energy that comes with Indian Summer.  The languid August heat breaks, winds pick up, and you sense that it all will end too soon, so grab as much of it as you can, while you can!  That goes double for summer crops.  Ripe summer tomatoes and bushes of fresh herbs…

Coconut Shrimp

This is not going to taste like the Coconut Shrimp you get at a restaurant. This recipe is a little lighter. It’s not deep fried so the flavor of the shrimp dominates, but with a light coating of coconut. Low in oils and low in calories, it’s a bit healthier too. This is one of our buddy…