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Ethnic

Arroz con Pollo (Spanish style)

11/13/2013 meps 0

I grew up eating a lot of Cuban Arroz con Pollo, a dish my mother learned when she lived in Florida. As a child, I naively assumed that all Arroz con Pollo was Cuban. But […]

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Holidays

Awesome Turkey Gravy

1/12/2012 meps 0

Gravy is a sauce and is usually just broth thickened with cooked flour. The broth-flour mixture doesn’t become thickened until the flour cooks, usually at boiling temperature. Most gravy tastes better if some of the […]

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Desserts

Balsamic-mint marinated strawberries

10/9/2007 meps 0

Big thanks to David Merwin for serving this on Sunday…it was the talk of the party! 1/4 C balsamic vinegar 1/4 C sugar Big handful of fresh mint 1 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered Mix […]

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Barry's family

Barbecued Lima Beans

3/8/2009 meps 0

Even lima-haters will enjoy this. It’s a family favorite from Barry’s Mom. 1/2 lb salt pork 2 C dried lima beans 5-1/2 C water 2 T vegetable oil 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic, […]

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Cakes

Beatnik Cake

3/5/2006 meps 1

This makes an excellent, long-lasting, moist cake. The texture is similar to carrot cake, but you cannot actually see the beets, so they are just a mystery ingredient. If you don’t garnish the cake with […]

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Barry's family

Beet hummus

9/23/2010 meps 0

1/2 lb pound beets, cooked, peeled, and diced 2 T tahini 4-5 T lemon juice 1-3 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 T cumin 1 T lemon zest 1/4 t salt 1-1/2 t sesame oil (optional) […]

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Quick Breads

Boston Brown Bread

1/9/2006 meps 1

Makes 2 loaves, but if you have a large enough roaster, you can easily double it. 1 C rye flour 1 C cornmeal 1 C whole wheat flour 2 t baking soda 1 t salt […]

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Cookies & Candies

Bret’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Bret Sutton at Expeditors International Affectionately known as COCCCs Oven 375. Makes about 100. 2 cups butter or margarine or Crisco 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 cups (packed) brown sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. […]

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Alcoholic

Caipirinha

5/8/2006 meps 0

The quintessential Brazilian cocktail. Pronounced ky-pee-REEN-ya. 1 lime 1 T sugar 1 shot cachaça (the ones in Brazil were so strong, I suspect a “shot” means about 4 ounces!) Ice Cut the lime into 4 […]

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Baked

Cake-in-a-mug

9/25/2013 meps 0

Serves 1-2. 2 T butter 2 T flour 2 T sugar 1 T dark cocoa 1 T semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 t baking powder 1 egg yolk 1 T water 1 t vanilla (vary the […]

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Cookies & Candies

Caramel-frosted Pumpkin Cookies

10/18/2009 meps 0

The cookie part of this recipe can also be used to make large pumpkin whoopie (woopie) pies. Fill them with white cream from the woopie pie recipe instead of the caramel frosting. 3 C sugar […]

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Cookies & Candies

Chewy flourless chocolate cookies

9/23/2010 meps 0

1-3/4 C powdered sugar 1/2 C cocoa powder 2 t cornstarch 1/4 t salt 2 egg whites 1 C coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or sunflower seeds (I think this recipe would also be […]

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Appetizers

Claudia’s Cheese and Peppers

5/1/2007 meps 2

This tasty appetizer – also known as a “horror d’hoover” – comes from Barbara Cole of s/v Complexity, who got it from Claudia Hendricks of Ogden, Utah. Along with their spouses, they learned to sail […]

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Alcoholic

Cynthia’s Sangria

3/27/2006 meps 0

We enjoyed this version of sangria during a south-of-the-border potluck aboard Wind Dancer. It’s sweeter than my traditional Schulte Sangria, and it goes down like adult Kool-Aid. The mandarin oranges and pineapple at the bottom […]

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Non-refrigerated

Delicious sauerkraut soup

1/31/2006 meps 0

This is an amazing soup, something that even non-sauerkraut people will love. My husband, who says he dislikes sauerkraut, goes back for seconds every time. This is another good offshore cruising recipe; you could substitute […]

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Baked

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Jane Fleetwood of Expeditors Easy, easy, easy…. That’s my motto. Three boxes (one dozen per box) of Duncan Hines (pretty sure them were DH) double chocolate muffin mix for making two dozen muffins. With […]

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Barry's family

Dream Bars

12/24/2006 meps 0

When Grandma used to send us a huge box of cookies every Christmas, this one was my favorite kind. She would wrap every cookie individually in plastic wrap, and I’d root through the whole box […]

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Desserts

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

10/31/2011 meps 0

2 C sugar 1/3 C butter 2 C flour 2 t baking powder 1 t salt 1 C milk 2 C blackberries 2 C boiling water Cream 1 C sugar with butter, add flour, baking […]

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Salads

Edible flowers for salads

6/24/2010 meps 0

The first time I saw a salad decorated with edible flowers, I was blown away and had to photograph it. Stuart Prado brought this to Barry’s 40th birthday party. Recently, Julia Wharton shared this list […]

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Cakes

Fig and Almond Cake

8/2/2011 meps 0

An excellent desert for gluten-free friends, or people who are unable to eat sugar, eggs, or dairy. 1/2 lb dried black mission figs 1/4 C almonds 2 t lemon zest Prepare the figs by removing […]

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Appetizers

Helen’s caramel corn

7/14/2004 meps 0

Fifi Fine brought a bag of this over to Cayenne, when we were living in a New Orleans boatyard. It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever eaten — impossible to stop. 5 […]

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Beverages

Homemade Tonic

1/5/2016 meps 0

This makes the best gin and tonic ever. 4 C water 2-1/2 C sugar (or more, to taste) 1/2 C (about 2 stalks) finely chopped lemongrass Zest and juice of 2 limes 3 T powdered […]

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Salads

Jacquie Caters Broccoli Salad

5/5/2006 meps 0

8 C broccoli florets, rinsed and drained 12 strips bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled 1/2 C shelled, salted sunflower seeds 1 C dried tart cherries 1-1/2 C mayonnaise 4 T raspberry or cherry vinegar 2/3 […]

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Quick Breads

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

3/7/2006 meps 0

A piece of this cornbread is a meal in itself! Judyrae Kruse published this recipe in honor of the Seattle Seahawks going to the Superbowl in 2006 — she called it “Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl […]

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Pies

Key Lime Pie

7/14/2004 meps 0

Original 1940’s Key West recipe 4 eggs 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1/3 C lime juice Beat yolks of 4 eggs and white of one until thick. Add milk and beat again. Add lime juice […]

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Cuban

Linda’s Cuban-Style Pork

5/6/2006 meps 0

(Note from Meps: As of this writing, in May 2006, I’ve heard that people who live in Cuba are not allowed to eat beef. They raise cattle and serve the beef to tourists, but Cubans […]

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Barry's family

Loraine’s Dip

7/14/2004 meps 0

Barry’s Grandma, Loraine, invented this recipe long ago, and gave it to some friends. Many years later, a woman served it to her at a party, saying, “Isn’t it funny, this dip has the same […]

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Appetizers

Lox Pizza

5/1/2007 meps 1

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 […]

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Beverages

Magic Zikr Chai

4/23/2017 meps 0

The best chai I’ve ever tasted was made by Hafizullah Sufi for his weekly classes. Here’s his original recipe. 1 cup fresh chopped ginger root 10 star anise 2 tbsp cardamom seed 1 to 1½ tbsp […]

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Alcoholic

Mai Tai Mix

2/8/2008 meps 0

Another party beverage offering from our friend Rob, also known as Don Roberto of the Spanish Coffee. Rob is also the person who first explained to me how to cook a turkey on a charcoal […]

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Cookies & Candies

Marilyn’s Basic Cookie Dough

4/26/2010 meps 0

Our friend Marilyn, of s/v Oryoki, makes the most wonderful cookies. Every time she makes them, they’re slightly different, but the chewy, satisfying basis is the same — and it’s much more healthy than your […]

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Appetizers

Marinated dates with proscuitto

4/16/2006 meps 0

This was originally called Hors d’Oeuvres Dates, which seemed like a pretty dull name for a really tasty appetizer. One of our friends, Steve Hulsizer, came up with a bastardization of the word hors d’oeuvres; […]

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Non-refrigerated

Marinated pear salad

1/31/2006 meps 0

Cruising sailors are always looking for a different way to serve canned fruit and long-lasting vegetables, like cabbage and onions. This recipe, which was published in the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch in 1981, is excellent for […]

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Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Mincemeat Pie Filling

10/18/2009 meps 0

This makes enough for one or two pies. It’s a farmhouse recipe, no precise quantities. The hamburger provides “umami” flavor that offsets the sweetness. About 2 lbs of hamburger A lot of raisins About as […]

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Cookies & Candies

Morale-Boosting Oatmeal Cookies

12/18/2010 meps 0

For a couple of years, our nearest active neighbor in the boatyard was a classic wooden motorsailor called Sea Fox. Bill and Kathy worked on the boat nearly every day, but unlike Flutterby, Sea Fox […]

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Alcoholic

Mrs. Rasmusson’s Glogg

7/14/2004 meps 0

(as per Margaret Swanson) 1 gallon white port 1 pint rum 1 pint brandy 1 pint vodka, grain alcohol, or aquavit Simmer 2 cups golden raisins in 1 cup water. Boil 2 cups sugar in […]

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Appetizers

Nora’s Secret Meatballs

3/19/2008 meps 0

For the whole story on this one, see Nora’s Secret Horror d’Hoover Recipe. The text below is copied verbatim from her comment on the above article. “O.K., O.K., here is the award winning family secret […]

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Cookies & Candies

Oatmeal Crunches

6/26/2006 meps 0

According to the 1972 cookbook we borrowed from Tina Morrison, entitled Cool Cooking: Recipes of Your Favorite Rock Stars, this was the Osmonds’ favorite “all-American” cookie recipe. Thirty-four years later, the cookies still taste great, […]

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Cookies & Candies

One-of-each peanut butter cookies

1/16/2010 meps 0

I ate some of these crispy, gluten-free cookies at a party last week, and Carol said she got the recipe from Pam. Then Pam said she got it from someone else, who got it from […]

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Meat

Original Brunswick Stew

11/25/2012 meps 1

At the 2012 Brunswick, Georgia “Rockin’ Stewbilee,” this was one of my two favorite stews. So imagine how excited I was when Tom Bullock, a volunteer with the hospital, sent me his recipe! You can […]

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Brazilian

Passion Fruit Mousse

1/31/2006 meps 0

This stuff is awesome! Thanks to Almuht Dear-Jossy for the recipe. 1 C concentrated passion fruit juice (you can find this at stores specializing in Brazilian products) 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk 1 can […]

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Salads

Patty’s Zippy Broccoli Cherry Salad

5/5/2006 meps 0

4 C broccoli florets, rinsed and drained 1/4 C dried tart cherries 1/4 medium red onion, sliced thin 1/4 pound lean maple-cured bacon, in bite-size pieces, cooked and drained on paper towels 1/4 C sour […]

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Desserts

PECAN PIE

7/14/2004 meps 0

Margaret’s mother’s recipes were often like this first one — just a list of ingredients and no instructions! 1 stick oleo 1 C white sugar 1 C karo syrup 1 C pecans 3 eggs Probably […]

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Salads

Pickled Olives and Celery

2/12/2007 meps 0

I’ll always remember February 11, 2007 as a milestone in my life. That was the day I first ate raw celery and really enjoyed it. The olive flavor (which I love) completely eradicated the raw-celery […]

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Barry's family

Pork Curry Hot Pot

9/16/2011 meps 0

2 lbs lean boneless pork, (cut into 1 inch cubes) (I use leftover pork or other meats) 2 T margarine/olive oil (unnecessary if already cooked) 1-1/2 C sliced onion 1 C chopped peeled raw apples […]

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Cakes

Red-white-and-blue rhubarb cake

7/24/2012 meps 0

This is a beautiful summertime treat, and kids love it! 5 C sliced rhubarb (if it’s not very red, you can mix it with a few drops of red food coloring) 1 3-oz package strawberry […]

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Salads

Roasted Beet Salad

3/7/2006 meps 0

You could also try this with canned beets for a quick and easy salad. 2 lbs beets, rinsed and trimmed 1/3 C red wine vinegar 1 C sliced red onion 2 t cumin 2 T […]

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Baked

Shirley’s Strawberry Shortcake

7/20/2011 meps 0

1-1/2 C flour (whole wheat) 1 t baking powder 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t salt 2 T sugar 1/2 C shortening 1-1/2 C cornflakes, crushed to 1/2 C 3/4 C buttermilk 1. Stir together […]

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Meps' family

Shrimp Olive Aspic

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Margaret’s Mom, Esther Schulte. She always made this for the holidays. I recently ran across a Gene Hovis version of this where you put it in muffin tins or custard cups, and after it […]

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Barry's family

Southwest Beanpot

7/14/2004 meps 0

Sharon and Dave’s new favorite version of chili 2 lbs ground beef 1 onion, chopped 2 T flour 1-2 T chili powder 1 t cumin seed 1/2 t salt 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 8-oz […]

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Recipes

Spinach Souffle

3/23/2010 meps 1

As far as I’m concerned, this was the winning recipe at the Beaufort Backstreet Pub’s first (hopefully annual) Meatloaf Off. It’s totally creamy and decadent and rich, and you can easily double or triple it […]

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Holidays

Sweet Potato Casserole

4/18/2007 meps 0

We had this mouth-watering casserole just last week at a dinner party in Vero Beach. It was a hit, along with the marinated pork loin and the broccoli slaw and the custard-topped cake. Eight of […]

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Cookies & Candies

The Best Oatmeal Cookies

4/5/2008 meps 0

This recipe comes from our young friend Eliza, who will be 9 in about a week. Her math class made several batches of these cookies — including a half batch, a doubled batch, a three-quarter […]

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Brazilian

Vegetarian Feijoada

6/21/2006 meps 0

Like Cuban black beans, feijoada is nothing special to look at. But a visit to Brazil opened my eyes to the colorful presentation of this dish. Consider colorful tablecloths, banana leaves, or the edible garnishes […]

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Sauces

Will’s Amazing Orange Sauce

2/20/2007 meps 2

I have no idea what the quantities were for this, except that he used 3 oranges and about 1/3 of a large jalapeno. The rest of the ingredients were added “to taste.” This was fabulous […]

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Dips

Will’s Sweet Pepper and Water Chestnut Dip

6/12/2007 meps 1

Will brought this to Barry’s birthday party, and everyone there wanted the recipe. “Yum, what’s the crunchy thing in there?” everyone asked. It’s the water chestnuts! Will admits the recipe wasn’t completely original — he […]