Curried Chicken and Greens

Well.  After all my whimpering last week about how not-carefree the year had been, as I prepared my lucky peas for New Year’s Day, I turned the corner into the new year with a resolution to simply incorporate a little more paradise wherever I can.  So for a beautiful southern winter day and a late…

Peas, Greens, and Andouille Stew

One of the challenges of food blogging is how to select the photo that makes the food look best empirically vs. the photo that makes it look genuine in the context of your own reality (and, if you are remotely calibrated to your readership, their own).  I am going to be abruptly honest here: 2019 has…

Gingerbread Crew

If there is one thing the internet has done, it’s to bring home the fact that, with 6+ billion of us on this planet (most of us with smart phones), there is very little new under the sun.  That said, I just had the opportunity to wonder if I was the first person in the…

Dirty Bird

This pirate is not much of a sports fan.  I like sports … just don’t have the time or bandwidth to follow them fanatically*.  But Louisiana has this fabulous tradition of cooking the opposing team’s mascot — mostly a college football thing, they roast a Cochon de Lait when they play the Razorbacks, alligator when…

Cajun Catfish Courtbouillon

Happy National Catfish Day, Scallywags!  Okay, so a couple of introductory explanations.  First, here in Cajun country, it’s pronounced “Coo-BEE-yohn” with a silent “n” … which isn’t normal “en Francais.”  Second, it’s Cajun so it’s thick and highly spiced and stew like, as opposed to the french version which I am told is a delicate…

Cordon Bleu Chicken Fingers

Or as our guest sailor today would call them, “Doigts de Poulet Cordon Bleu.”  Ace and his dad Wendell joined us today to see how fast we could cross Lake Pontchartrain, sailing to New Orleans and back.  Your Galley Pirate wasn’t quite sure what eleven year olds eat, and surveyed several scalleywags who reliably reported…

Chicken Jalapeno Soup

Welcome to National Soup Month!  In the annals of made-up, commercially-exploitable holidays, this one’s pretty obvious.  It’s cold, you’re plum tuckered out with the challenge of packing a single buffet plate from a choice of twenty holiday dishes on offer, and maybe you’ve got a resolution to eat in a mildly more healthful manner.  Something…

Spinach Salad With Apples and Maple Vinaigrette

  This is a short-but-sweet recipe just meant to get the seasonal culinary juices flowing!  I served this recently with a bacon and sweet potato galette on an evening when we desperately wanted it to be autumn, but were still a couple of days early.  The combination gave us the satisfaction of seasonal flavors, but…

Grilled Peach Bourbon Julep

I looked it up: a “julep” is a genre of drink — the most famous but not only of which is the fabled mint julep — “consisting of a liquor (such as bourbon or brandy) and sugar poured over crushed ice and garnished with mint.”  This was a revelation when I made these delicious cocktails…

Asparagus Soup With Lemon and Dill (Asparagolemono)

Spring has very much sprung here in the South — beautiful weather with just enough warmth, no humidity, and some great winds!  That means two things: get the diver out to scrub our bottom (go ahead…indulge your inner 12-year-old boy and giggle…), and asparagus season.  This soup is from the Old Farmer’s Almanac and is…