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…

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…

Satsuma Creole Cream Cheese Pie

T’was the night before Christmas…or so we claimed, and comported ourselves accordingly!  Having land-obligations for the actual holiday, Upward Wing had Christmas dinner aboard with friends this past weekend.  With weather in the mid-70s, your southern Louisiana Pirate wasn’t feeling rich stuffings or green bean casserole or pumpkin pie.  Enter Satsumas, a local crop cousin…

Chiles en Nogada

Feliz Navidad?  I admit, I’ve had a poblano binge underway.  But I think the driving force behind my craving this week for Chiles en Nogada — a Mexican ceremonial dish created to mirror the colors of the Mexican flag — was the fact that (1) I categorically ban any Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving, but (2)…

Sweet Potato, Poblano and Chorizo Hash With Eggs

Happy day-after Thanksgiving!  A day when your faithful Galley Pirates seek to help you solve your various leftover challenges.  We’ve had the ultimate post-Thanksgiving Day turkey sandwich, turkey tetrazzini, a lovely turkey quiche, even a Manchego turkey pizza. This year we confront the fact that Captains cannot resist a bargain, so if you send them…

Stuffing Stuffed Biscuits

This is a great accompaniment to any Thanksgiving turkey you were not able to stuff traditionally, such as the Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast or deep-fried turkey that you landlubbers love. You get all the flavor of stuffing in one little easy-to-eat biscuit. And they are not only easy to eat, but very easy to make.…

Serrano Ham-Wrapped Tuna Muffulettas

This lunch aboard 50-foot trimaran Firefly in late October en route to San Diego from Newport Beach was an outrageously good riff on a Susan Spicer recipe, itself a twist on the traditional Italian sandwich created in New Orleans.  When you are cruising down the California coast toward the start of the Baja Ha-Ha rally,…

Prickly Pear Margaritas

Now doesn’t that just say “yeah…get the blender and some ice baby…it’s time for margaritas!”  No, no it doesn’t.  In fact, it doesn’t say “eat me” or “drink me” in any language.  Other than, perhaps, that of an indigenous peoples with no local watering hole serving gourmet cocktails.  The Native Americans made do, making peace…

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…