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YUMMY DIPS and SPREADS part 2: CHEDDAR HORSERADISH GUINNESS SPREAD

YUMMY DIPS and SPREADS part 2: CHEDDAR HORSERADISH GUINNESS SPREAD

Of the two Trader Joe’s spreads tried on a recent trip to Rhode Island the Beetroot Hummus was tasty but the Cheddar Horseradish Spread was my fave. …very zingy and cheesy! Here is my attempt to reproduce that yummy cheesy zingy goodness… CHEDDAR HORSERADISH GUINNESS SPREAD 4 cups shredded aged cheddar 8 oz cream cheese or goat cheese 1 tbsp dijon mustard 3 tbsp strong horseradish 1 tbsp cider vinegar 1/2 cup stout dash Tobasco sauce dash Sriracha sauce dash…

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YUMMY DIPS and SPREADS part 1: BEETROOT HUMMUS

YUMMY DIPS and SPREADS part 1: BEETROOT HUMMUS

On a recent visit to Rhode Island, for a Marine Systems/Marine Electrical Workshop a friend and I stopped at Trader Joe’s to buy some food for our hotel room. My first visit and what a treat! …lots of yummy temptations… My friend suggested we find things we have never had before.. Great idea! …so we bought Beetroot Hummus (among other things) Bright pink and pretty darned tasty. It made a great bed picnic treat after a long day on the…

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FIREY ROASTED CHICK PEAS

FIREY ROASTED CHICK PEAS

Chick peas are a staple onboard R.E.D. I kept several cans with us last year and used them in salads and stir-fries. Easy and healthy. For this next one why not break out your pressure cooker and within 40 – 45 minutes you can have a good quantity at a fraction of the cost of canned.     FIREY ROASTED CHICK PEAS 2-3 cups cooked chick peas 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp smoke paprika 1 tsp garlic powder 1…

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QUINOA BITES

QUINOA BITES

Over the holidays Francois’ daughter served these yummy little morsels for a pre-dinner treat. I thought they would be a great addition to my boat recipe repertoire… Easy to make, they also will be a healthy protein-packed snack onboard this coming season… …a few simple ingredients…   QUINOA BITES 1 cup cooked quinoa (about 1/2 cup uncooked required) 2 eggs 1.5 tbsp tomato paste 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/4 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1/2 tsp…

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SPINACH BITES

SPINACH BITES

These little spinach morsels are great for a little happy hour treat or a small pick-up snack any time of day. Kids will love these too (a great way to inject some greens into their diet) SPINACH BITES 1 package of fresh spinach, finely chopped 2 green onions, minced 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup panko crumbs 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup melted butter 1/2 cup grated cheese (to your taste, I used a mixture of parmesan and aged cheddar)…

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LEMON RICOTTA SPREAD

LEMON RICOTTA SPREAD

photo by Wolfram Schubert Hey there Galley Peeps, the Kat will be away again, this time only briefly. Here is something yummy to snack on while I’m away… …ricotta, artichokes, spices and some tangy lemon…   …mix it all together…     LEMON RICOTTA SPREAD 2 cups ricotta 1 lemon, juiced and zested 2-3 cloves garlic, grated 1 can artichokes, well drained and chopped 1/2 cup grated parmesan 1 tsp dried chilis 1 tsp dried chives 1/2 tsp sea salt…

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ASIAN CHEESE BALL

ASIAN CHEESE BALL

Super easy and tasty treat for your guests over the holidays. We made this several times and each time it disappeared within minutes. Serve with rice crackers. Perfect for gluten intolerant guests …. and those who really like a little zing on their crackers…. ASIAN CHEESE BALL 1 package of cream cheese 1 tbsp chili sauce 1tbsp freshly grated ginger 1 tbsp freshly grated onion 1 clove garlic, grated 1 tbsp soya sauce or Bragg seasoning 1 tsp sesame oil…

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#17 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

#17 – 44 CLASSIC FRENCH MEALS YOU NEED TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

A few years ago on our way back from a trip to Portugal we made our routine stop at the duty free shop. One of the sales people encouraged me to buy a complete Bloc de Foie Gras… ‘Madame, it is on sale, just 99 €’… Well why not? So buy it I did. You would think that because the sales person had to know we were returning to Canada that they would also be aware of any import restrictions…

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HALLOWEEN HAPPY HOUR

HALLOWEEN HAPPY HOUR

Now that we are back on land for the ‘pre-spring’ season (‘winter’ has been obliterated from our vocabulary) I’m bringing back Friday Happy Hour. It will be the one day each week when instead of Galley Kat making supper, we will enjoy snack-y type foods usually made in advance…. …and drinks of course. I saw a picture of a great Fall-inspired cheese ball on Pinterest and thought it the perfect Halloween Happy Hour treat… I pulled out my 60’s style…

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ITALIAN FENNEL BLACK PEPPER PRETZELS

ITALIAN FENNEL BLACK PEPPER PRETZELS

The other day we had to drop by our local Volkswagen dealer to have my key battery changed. Darn thing no longer recognized me and wouldn’t let me open the door. Anyway, the sales agent who sold us our tow beast was just arriving and with her she brought a big bag of Italian pretzels that her Momma had made in the early hours (apparently 05:00) that morning. The staff converged on her like flies to honey. We sampled one…

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