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FRIED AVOCADO with WASABE LIME DIPPING SAUCE

FRIED AVOCADO with WASABE LIME DIPPING SAUCE

Sometimes it’s unavoidable for me not to dirty a pile of dishes, but when the outcome is delicious it somehow makes all the effort worthwhile.  This was one of those times.  My little galley sink was full and the hand pump faucet really had its workout today. Because  all the mixing, dipping and breading could be done in stages  and the sauce made ahead I  washed up and put away what wasn’t needed.  That way it didn’t seem like such…

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MUSHROOM TARRAGON LEMON PATÉ

MUSHROOM TARRAGON LEMON PATÉ

I wanted to make an easy healthy appetizer for a recent docktails soirée but first I had to run it by my faithful taste tester.  I can always count on Francois to give a reasonably candid evaluation. Well, he loved it.  I meaned LOVED it! And the weirdest part was he thought it was creton, a typical French Canadian rillettes or terrine type of spread made primarily of pork and is quite often very fatty.  Well, this was neither fatty…

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PARSLEY GREEN ONION HUMMUS

PARSLEY GREEN ONION HUMMUS

So versatile when one night you are enjoying a fresh delicious cracker dip… So easy to make and will be a hit at your next docktails gathering. On its own with a cracker or add the crunchy tangy bite of an apple slice. …and the next night transform it into a tasty pasta supper… …add a salad of tomatoes, bocconcini and a fresh crop of onboard grown sprouts. PARSLEY GREEN ONION HUMMUS   Print Author: Galley Kat Ingredients 1 15…

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STEAKHOUSE BRUSCHETTA

STEAKHOUSE BRUSCHETTA

Want a back-of-the-boat treat for your next docktail get-together? One that your guests will be talking about for a good long while? This is it! And if you make the main components in advance (steak grilled, tomatoes etc tossed, cheesy base whipped and bread toasted), all you have to do is assemble at the last minute and you will look like the Galley Star that your boat friends have come to expect. STEAKHOUSE BRUSCHETTA what you will need 2 baguettes,…

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FULL MEAL CHEESY CHICKEN DIP

FULL MEAL CHEESY CHICKEN DIP

I’ve really been missing our cockpit dinners, especially cheese fondu. It’s one of the easiest meals. So little preparation and minimal clean up. Imagine a warm starry evening, perfectly chilled white wine, a little dip of this and a sip of that, great conversation with friends. All the best components for boat entertaining. I took my basic cheese fondu recipe and added chicken leftover from last night’s barbecue, added some chopped fresh kale leaves to the rich creamy wine and…

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FRENCH ONION MUSHROOM BRUSCHETTA

FRENCH ONION MUSHROOM BRUSCHETTA

The final in my cook-once-eat-three times recipe extravaganza. If you still have some leftovers from your French Onion Grilled Cheese (recipe here) and your French Onion Pasta (recipe here), here is a way to finish off your week in style.  No leftovers you say?  Well, make some more!  In a few hours those guests will arrive and I can promise they will love you even more for making the effort. Grilling the bread drizzled with olive oil has become our preferred…

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CHILI LIME CHICKEN WINGS

CHILI LIME CHICKEN WINGS

Happy Hour in the galley today so I prepared some wings in advance in a wonderful spicy marinade to grill in time for cocktails. I just threw together an easy side salad, chilled some beverages and with just 30 minutes of grilling we were ready to dive in… CHILI LIME CHICKEN WINGS what you will need 1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped 2 Thai chilis, chopped 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 1 cup parsley, tightly packed Freshly ground pepper Zest…

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BLUE CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC PINWHEELS

BLUE CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC PINWHEELS

My love affair with puff pastry continues. I made Cheese Straws with success (for recipe simply click on image) Next came my Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels, so easy and SO tasty (simply click on image for the recipe) Here’s another easy treat along the pinwheel line for your next Happy Hour using just 3 ingredients.   Two sheets of puff pastry, with a mix of roasted garlic and blue cheese. That’s it! Pure crispy, cheese heaven! BLUE CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC…

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GARLIC ROASTED MUSHROOMS

GARLIC ROASTED MUSHROOMS

Tapas is on the menu in our galley tonight. Simple, no-fuss tapas.   GARLIC ROASTED MUSHROOMS what you will need 8 oz button mushrooms 2 tbsp capers 3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced 2 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp butter 1/2 cup fresh minced parsley 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice throwing it all together Mix mushrooms, capers, garlic and olive oil together. Spread on a heat proof dish. I used a small ceramic pan that can be used on a…

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JALAPEÑO POPPER PINWHEELS

JALAPEÑO POPPER PINWHEELS

Quite often on the boat appetizers amount to opening up a can of something or tearing open a box of crackers or chips or opening a jar of olives. …still, when presented in an attractive fashion, you can make even the simplest look appealing. But when time allows, provisions are available and special guests expected, it’s so much fun putting in a little extra effort. These next little treats were surprisingly easy to make. Encouraged by the success of my…

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