EAST COAST HODGE PODGE with SEAFOOD

How can you resist all the fresh produce these days?  I certainly couldn’t on a recent trip to our local farmers’ market.  A big bunch of carrots, new potatoes, fresh green and yellow beans, some shelled peas made the base of one of my favourite East Coast dishes.   Hodge Podge is a sort of soup, sort of stew depending if you make it thickened […]

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FRESH DIGBY SCALLOP and GRILLED CORN CEVICHE

Fresh is the name of the game here in the galley today.  Our local market just got in some fresh (never before frozen, or soaked in sodium tripolyphosphate) Digby scallops all plump and juicy.  Some green tomatoes and farm fresh corn on the cob came together to produce our supper tonight. I was feeling a little oink-ish and bought a whole pound of the little […]

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CAJUN FOIL PACKETS

Grilling time folks and this rather tasty meal could never be easier.  Just gather all your ingredients together. Divide amongst four sheets of foil and season liberally. The limiting ingredient is the potatoes (depending on the size), so when they are done the rest will be fully cooked, about 20-30 minutes and the corn was so juicy and tender it didn’t even need added butter. […]

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CAPTAIN COOKS WARM POTATO and ZUCCHINI SALAD with SPICY GRILLED SHRIMP

It’s been far too long since I did a Captain Cooks post and what better way to kick off summer than with one of his yummy grilling recipes.  This one is so easy and the best part for she-who-is-in-charge-of-the-galley is there were so few dishes to wash up after…just one serving bowl, our dinner plates, forks and knives.  Oh, and Captain’s wine glass.  Can’t flip […]

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TAGLIATELLE with MUSHROOM ESCARGOT CREAM SAUCE

Every time I cook with snails I feel kind of fancy for some reason.  I don’t know if it’s the French word ‘escargots’ but it sounds very exotic. It’s a surprisingly inexpensive addition to a meal as one little can is more than enough for two of us and because I added them to this very rich mushroom sauce ladled over buttery pasta it became […]

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BAKED GREEK SHRIMP with TOMATOES and FETA

Now that the weather is improving…slowly…but any improvement is welcomed… I’m beginning to make plans for summer boat life.  This means easy quick meals, prepared with simple fresh ingredients. Tonight’s meal was one of those winners…so much so that although I made enough for two servings we both wished we could have gone back for seconds. Onions and lots of garlic sent wafts of intoxicating […]

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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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DECONSTRUCTED EGG ROLLS with SWEET and SOUR SAUCE

More and more I’m appreciating the beauty of using my pressure cooker.  A little sauté time and one minute under pressure and bang we were ready to eat.  In fact, it took less time than making the sweet and sour sauce and that took just five minutes. I kept half the cabbage slaw to add after pressure to give a little extra crunch to the […]

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH AGLIO e OLIO with SPICY GRILLED SHRIMP

In keeping with our Whole30 reset, I made a typical pasta dish for tonight’s dinner using spaghetti squash to replace the ‘forbidden for now’ grain,  and since spaghetti squash is rather bland on its own, I spiced it up with some very zesty grilled shrimp and lots of garlic. I also omitted the Parmesan as per Whole30 regs but it would have added another layer […]

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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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