Category: Most Requested

  • Tea-poached pears stuffed with cream cheese

    Tea-poached pears stuffed with cream cheese

    This recipe works for 4 large, 6 medium, or 8 tiny pears 8 oz boiling water 4 spice tea bags (any mixture of orange spice black tea, apple-cinnamon herb tea, Good Earth, or chai) 2 T sugar 2 oz cream cheese Combine the water, tea, and sugar and steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the…

  • Campfire-roasted onions

    If you’ve ever eaten a deep-fried “blooming” onion, you’ll find this to be a relatively healthy variation. You can do them in a campfire or use a charcoal barbecue. 2 large sweet onions, such as Walla Walla or Vidalia 8 T brown sugar 1 t ground chipotle pepper (for a spicy version) or Hungarian paprika…

  • Pan-seared tuna

    Pan-seared tuna

    Years ago, I bought a 12-oz bottle of Floribbean Key Lime Oil at an airport on my way home from Florida. Once I got it home, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I finally realized I was trying to use too much at once, and that a little drop goes a long, long,…

  • Goombay Smash

    The original Goombay Smash recipe is a secret, passed down from mother to daughter at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee bar in New Plymouth (Green Turtle Cay), Bahamas. As you can see from the photograph below, you might need to have a non-alcoholic alternative on hand, such as my Virgin Goombay Smash. At the Blue Bee,…

  • Lox Pizza

    Served by Karen, of s/v Panta Rhei, at the 2007 Puget Sound Cruising Club “Horrors de Hoover” Contest in Liberty Bay, Washington. There’s a photo of Karen’s boat in the article about the contest. The Lox Pizza did not take first place, but it was the loveliest entry there. Spread cream cheese on a purchased…

  • Blender Sangria

    This was the most beautiful course of our Valentine’s Day dinner this year. We took so long to photograph them, they sort of melted…but still tasted heavenly! 2 C red wine 2 C orange juice 1/2 C frozen blueberries Handful of ice cubes or crushed ice Splash of triple sec or apple vodka Club soda,…

  • Mini quiches

    You can make these on the weekend and then grab a couple for breakfast each day. They’re also a very elegant brunch offering, and you can easily make a vegetarian version. 1/2 C ham, diced (or substitute bacon) 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated 1 small onion, diced 5 oz frozen spinach, thawed (1/2 package) 1/4…

  • Cream cheese-filled chocolate cupcakes

    I’ve read a lot of hype about baby boomers and cupcakes lately, but that’s not why I came up with this recipe. It’s simply my penchant for finger food that you can just pick up and eat. I love cake, but a beautifully decorated cake is intimidating at a potluck, and people may look at…

  • Pressure Cooker Bread

    This works well on boats of all sizes that don’t have an oven. 2 t sugar 1-1/2 t salt 1 T yeast 1-1/2 C water 2 C white flour 2 C whole wheat flour 2 T oil Dissolve sugar, salt, and yeast in water. Let stand 5 min. Blend in flour and knead well. Allow…

  • Cake Mix Brownies (super-easy!)

    Lots of people are searching the web these days, wondering how to make brownies from a cake mix. It’s easy — although there is a lot of debate about whether they are an adequate substitute for brownies. Please read the comments below before trying this recipe — there are votes both “for” and “against” the…