ASPARAGUS and BOW TIES

ASPARAGUS and BOW TIES

This pasta dish made for a nice lunch for our charter guests on the back deck of the yacht after a morning full of snorkeling and walking the beach looking for exotic seashells.  It’s pretty light and very summery with the fresh, bright and crisp asparagus. I remember sitting on the back deck and enjoying […]

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BANANA RUM SALSA

BANANA RUM SALSA

This easy recipe is a modified version of the classic recipe for Bananas Foster which was created in the 1950’s in New Orleans, LA where the Port of New Orleans was the port of entry for bananas shipped from Central and South America.  In 1951, the Owner of Brennan’s, Owen Edward Brennan challenged his talented […]

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Hurricane Storm Tracking, Circa 1989 in the Caribbean-The Antiquated Method

Hurricane Storm Tracking, Circa 1989 in the Caribbean-The Antiquated Method

I was sorting through some of my “Ideas” folders for new ideas for some topics of discussion to share with you and I came across an old paper hurricane tracking map for Hurricanes Dean – August 1-5, 1989; Hurricane Gabriel, September 3-6, 1989; and last but not least, Hurricane Hugo, September 13-18 and moving on […]

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Bucatini Pasta with Roasted Chestnuts, Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

Bucatini Pasta with Roasted Chestnuts, Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

During the winter months, there’s nothing more warming and comforting than wonderful pasta with hearty chestnuts, a wonderful winter squash, a creamy cheese, some sautéed leeks and a splash of vermouth! Please don’t let the roasted chestnut deter you! Chestnuts are easy to find now. You no longer have to wait for the Fall/Winter seasons […]

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Antipasti D’Cortona

Antipasti D’Cortona

The Holidays are a special time of the year. You hopefully get the opportunity to enjoy them with all the important people in your life. Holiday dinners and buffets are always fun. I love to make antipasti because of the wide assortment of toppings for the salad. There’s always something for everybody. About 15 years […]

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Pinecone Holiday Cheese Spread

Pinecone Holiday Cheese Spread

It seems like this year just flew by … We’ve had our more than fair share of scary hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, threats of nuclear attacks, and needless to say, our own personal heartbreaks and scary moments. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to some fun family holiday season, and we all deserve it! So, now I […]

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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving, and I especially love all the spice and yummy pumpkin desserts … There’s the pumpkin roulades with their tasty cream cheese frosting oozing out of every roll; there’s the traditional pies … pumpkin, mincemeat, apple, squash, and sweet potato and we can’t forget all the delicious […]

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Flavorful Ice-Cubes Performing Double-Duty

Flavorful Ice-Cubes Performing Double-Duty

It’s summer again, and we all have to keep hydrated!  We all should be drinking an abundance of fluids, and on a hot summer day, who doesn’t like a refreshing cold drink.  If you’re like me, you also do not love that the ice cubes dilute your tasty beverage! I’m sure you’ve noticed how your […]

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Caribbean Duck Breasts

Caribbean Duck Breasts

Over the many years I spent in the Caribbean and cooking aboard various yachts, I’ve of course made lots of recipes that are island themed.  It’s interesting that this is a “Caribbean” duck breast recipe because duck wasn’t always easy to find in the earlier years, but has become a lot easier to find with […]

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Breakfast Waffle Panini

Breakfast Waffle Panini

Fun fact:  Did you know that the term for one panini is panino?  Panino is the term for several paninos… who knew! Breakfast aboard a private yacht was usually a rushed sort of time if we were getting underway early that morning, but I always tried to make breakfast interesting and fun.  I found that if […]

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Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese

Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese

Ziti with Portabella Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese About 14 years ago, I worked on a yacht that was owned by a prominent businessman who resided in Puerto Rico. He didn’t normally like us to have the boat in San Juan, except when we were bunkering fuel from a barge in the harbor. One […]

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Cruzan Rum Cake

Cruzan Rum Cake

 Way back when I lived on a 43 foot sailboat (a Mason 43 Custom Catch) and worked in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and before my life as a yacht chef.  This recipe was extremely popular and became a staple in the West Indian yachting social circles along with the use of the […]

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