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…

Sweet Potato Salad

Struggling to relate this post to Columbus Day (or Annapolis Sailboat Show) weekend, I typed “Columbus Sweet Potato” into Google…and got the following history of the sweet potato.  I shouldn’t be surprised; I knew it was a great cruising recipe because sweet potatoes store well and are found in most parts of the world where…

Watermelon Gazpacho

Happy Labor Day ye scallywags!  The last hurrah of summer…still warm, and maybe we’ll get some good Indian summer days ahead as well.  If so, take advantage of the farmstand bounty of watermelons, tomatoes and cucumbers and make some of this healthy and refreshing gazpacho.

Greek Salad

A fresh Greek Salad is found alongside every Greek meal. And it can be a meal in itself with the addition of some gyro meat or grilled chicken. Be sure to add Kalamata olives. I thought I had a jar of olives on board Night Town this evening, but alas… a Greek Salad with no…

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite fallback recipes because they’re not even really a recipe…they are “assembly instructions.”  Your ingredients are bell peppers, ground meat, prepared grain, aromatics and seasonings, and cheese…within each of those categories, you have an enormous range of choices, making this one of those “Lord have mercy what do I…

Jerk Chicken Pies

Meat pies are undoubtedly one of the most satisfying on-the-go meals when you’re cruising. We mentioned a similar recipe, Jamaican Meat Pies, last season. This is a slightly spicier take on those, using chicken instead of beef. But warning: they are time consuming to make, so plan ahead and be prepared. The right atmosphere will…

Weavers’ Warm Potato Salad

The challenge this week was to create a special dinner aboard for Mother’s Day that would please both my mother, who loves her fresh fruits and vegetables, and her friend Gary who likes meat and potatoes and wonders why you would bother to eat vegetables when that is what meat eats.  Enter Captain Peter’s grandmother’s…

Shrimp with Mango and Plantains

After a great time at the Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival and an easy sail up the coast, we find ourselves hunkered down in Charleston, due to an early surprise: the first named subtropical storm of the season…the earliest ever…Ana. With seas of 15 feet and gale force winds up to 60 knots on our nose,…

Shrimp Scampi on Angel Hair Pasta

Still humming tunes from the Swinging Medallions we headed north from Amelia Island to Charleston on Gary and Torie’s Hylas 54, Solitude. With an 80 ft mast, there was no dreaming of puttering up the Intercoastal. But fortunately, we were blessed with fairly calm seas under way, and were able to continue the 52nd Annual Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival celebration,…

Reubens on a Reach

This super easy, hot and satisfying sandwich probably doesn’t need an explanation. We all know what goes in a Reuben, but do we ever think to actually make them? They’re Pub food, after all…to be made in one of those kitchens that Guy Fieri visits. But what’s good in a Diner or a Bar &…