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…

Ahi Poke

Poke (pronounced poh-keh) originated from native Hawaiian fishermen, Lawai’a, who would slice up small reef fish and serve them raw, seasoned with whatever was on hand like sea salt, candlenuts and seaweed. So as Alex’s bachelor party set off to be the Lawai’a of the Atlantic…a little “under the weather” from bachelor party festivities and…

Duck Breast in Cream Sherry with Figs

Many people avoid duck breast because of: a.) its lack of availability; b.) the fatty consistency of its skin; c.) unfamiliarity with how to prepare it. Well, if you can get ahold of good duck breasts (I get mine at Graull’s) the preparation is honestly, very easy. The trick is rendering the fat to create…

Cucumber Gazpacho

A few weeks back we promised you a Cucumber Gazpacho recipe, reminiscent of my meal at La Poste in Panama City. As cucumbers are still ever-so-abundant in my garden, now is a good time to try to duplicate the restaurant’s delectable little shot of pale green heaven. They served this before the meal alongside some…

Soft Shelled Crab Benediction

This seasonal Chesapeake breakfast is a trifecta of not-so-easy culinary skills: perfectly poached eggs, sautéd soft shelled crabs and a hollandaise sauce. We were under way today with six people on board, including a film director who planned a 360º panorama VR filming of the event. It was 99º on the bay, 56% humidity, winds 0-5.…