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…

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…

Italian Meatloaf Sandwiches

Meatloaf is a great make-ahead meal for a long cruise. It’s so easy to prepare and freezes well. And the meatloaf itself is filling and nourishing, whether you eat it plain or in a sandwich, hot or cold. This Italian Meatloaf was made and frozen the week before our cruise from Fernandina Beach to Charleston.…

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,…

Baked Salmon Provençal

Spring…finally! And thoughts turn to Provence. Le printemps dans le Sud de la France. And this salmon recipe has it. Asparagus, Herbs de Provence, a little truffle salt. Although salmon is not the typical Mediterranean poisson, it’s versatile and works great with this, and most any fish recipe.

Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

We have a very close sailing friend — for his privacy, we will refer to him by the title we use half the time anyway due to his own formidable culinary skills…The Happy Hindu — who will likely be booking a flight within minutes of this posting in order to keel haul me for my…

New Orleans Wop Salad

Laissez les bon temps rouler as our Mardi Gras celebration continues! Your Galley Pirates have debated for weeks what to do about this recipe; whether to be bravely authentic and, we think, culturally and historically enriching, or to trim to the winds of political correctness.  In New Orleans, this has traditionally been known as “Wop…

Puppy Paws

Are these not the cutest thing ever?!? Okay, you’re right…THIS is the cutest thing ever.  But in terms of puppy-related desserts for people, Puppy Paws are it.  And the deliciousness-to-difficulty ratio is off the charts.  Three ingredients, 10 minutes, no more skill than unwrapping a piece of candy.