SHRIMP IN BUTTERY BEER SAUCE

I made these delicious little morsels for a recent cocktail-with-friends evening.  SO GOOD!…and so easy! I was so caught up in the preparations that I totally forgot to take more pictures.  Maybe one was all I needed.  Look at those succulent pink creatures bubbling in that tasty beer butter sauce.  I made them in advance then gently heated just prior to serving to take the […]

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EASY CHEESY ARTICHOKE DIP

What to do with all that leftover holiday cheese?  Make a dip!  Add some greens, seasonings and a can of artichokes and voilà, dinner is served.  Anyway for us tonight it’s dinner with all the main components: protein, veggies with a side of bread and crackers. It made the perfect I-don’t-really-feel-like-cooking lap picnic. When we are onboard with no oven this dip can be ‘cooked’ a […]

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SHRIMP GUACAMOLE CANAPÉS

This is the second of two new recipes I wanted to try out for an upcoming cocktail party.  I was really encouraged with the first one – little Croque Monsieur bites. It was so good I ended up making full-sized Croque Monsieur that night for dinner. Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur recipe here This next one, too, received rave reviews from my official but not-entirely-unbiased taste […]

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SMOKED SALMON CROQUE MONSIEUR

“OH MON DIEU!”…translated….”of all things holy, this was one amazingly delicious sandwich”…and one worthy of bumping all my scheduled posts to have it published today. I am in the midst of preparing a menu for an upcoming cocktail gathering.  Just a simple casual affair to bring together  a small group of friends for some bubbly, a few nibbles and lots of good cheer. Usually I […]

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THAI SHRIMP with MANGO COCONUT SAUCE

This is a happy Happy Hour in the making.  Holiday season inspired and super easy to prepare…and I can now guarantee they are taste-tester approved. It’s fun presenting these as little individual servings….mango sauce served up in shot glassses or little port glasses. Let your guests grab a few extra shrimp on individual plates. So good!  So easy!  I’m now wishing I had made more. THAI […]

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ASIAN-INSPIRED MEATBALLS with CUCUMBER SALAD

‘Tis the season filled with shopping, facing crowds, traffic. The season filled with over-scheduling.  The season filled with stress for some.  Well, if I can offer you just one super easy and super delicious recipe to serve to your guests, one that can be prepared a little in advance then I am one very happy Galley Kat. This post is actually two recipes in one […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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