Archives for January 2014


Our first book review is in the February issue of Power & Motoryacht Magazine. This is exciting! Take care, Margaret Photo credit: Power & Motoryacht Magazine

Cruising Compass

Blue Water Sailing’s  website, Cruising Compass Journal, has featured Boat Food: The Cookbook for Boater’s recipe for Sweet Red Pepper Polenta Tarts on their blog  “For the Hungry Crew.  Here is the link to their post. : Take Care, Margaret Photo Credit: Blue Water Sailing Magazine

Air Plants

Winter is tough on gardeners.  Most perennial  herbs are dormant. It is too early here in Maryland to start our seedling for the spring. When my Southern Living magazine arrived, I scanned the table of contents for the container of the month article.  This months issue has an informative article on air plants. Air plants grow […]

Oatmeal to Go

This make ahead breakfast is perfect for hectic weekday mornings where ever breakfast is being served. In this recipe, I used fresh peaches but any canned fruit would be delicious. You will need (6) 2 cups jars with lids for this recipe. 2 cups oatmeal (non instant) 1 cup milk 1 cup yogurt 1/2 cup […]

Chicken Pot Pie

The aroma of a chicken pot pie cooking in the oven warms the heart. I have read many versions but I think you will agree that my recipe’s twist is a winner. Hint…. nutmeg I sometimes use a pre-made pie crust from the dairy section of my grocery store as well as the boxed pie […]

Kitchen Knives

The knives in the photo above are known as utility knives. They are all purpose knives for a variety of chopping, slicing and mincing. The key to using a knife is to keep the blade sharp. A knife with a sharp blade slices easily and works better. The knife on the bottom is known as […]

Seasonal Ingredients

Carrots, parsnips, yams and turnips are the most commonly used root vegetable. They are delicious and versatile. Epicurious Magazine has a Peak Season Map which provides an interactive map to see what’s fresh in your area, plus find ingredient descriptions, shopping guides, recipes, and tips. You pick your state and the guide will tell you what is […]

Motivational Speeches

I am a big fan of motivational speeches. You know, speeches that create a stir in your heart and nudges your mind into thinking.  There is a  speech that was written by Russel Conwell in 1887 that has not lost its relevance.  Yes, lives were hectic even back then.  The speech speaks of taking a personal […]

Seed Catalogs

At this time of the year, mail order seed catalogs start to arrive in my mailbox. With the cold weather outside, it is nice to site on the couch with a cup of tea and scan the seed catalogs and plan our garden. They hold the promise of warm days ahead. To help us with […]

Happiness is a State of Mind

I decided to get up with the sun today. The past few weeks, I have waited to the last minute to get out of bed. My days have started on a frantic note so I made the conscious decision to change this. I also have a lot to do this morning. The dogs were happy. […]

Bacon and Mushroom Quiche Tarts

Quiche has transformed the way I view breakfast. In the past, a breakfast bar or quick bowl of oatmeal would satisfy my morning hunger. Quiche was the game changer. I like to think of myself as a go with the flow kind of gal. Foods that are versatile fit the lifestyle of an outdoor epicurean. […]

Pumpkin Tarts

Look what arrived in my inbox today! The tarts are have no crust and are can easily be prepared at home and transported to the boat or where ever your trails takes you. I have adapted the recipe for our outdoor epicurean lifestyle. Thank you Libbys! 16 (2 1/2-inch) foil baking cups or mini cupcake […]

Simple, Approachable Fitness

I hope you will share in a common goal this year to become more flexible in body and mind.   It is easy to become complaisant in the winter months so I tend to read self improvement articles which gives me the nudge I need towards my goal. I stumbled upon a recent article in Metro […]

Good Reads

Check out this week pick of articles to read. These includes a collage making course, knives every cook should own, savory one meal dishes and your green thumb. Useful information on an collage online class. ( Equipment and kitchen techniques  are taught for knives. ( The recipe find of the week is comforting one dish meals.  ( Houseplants brighten every […]

Target Audience

Niche audiences and target marketing go hand  in hand.  Boat Food: The Cookbook for Boaters fills the need of the niche audience of boaters. It contains meal ideas and recipes for audience of people that love the water and outdoors.  The reason I wrote Boat Food is simple. I wrote it because I could not […]

Curry Chicken

Curried food is Far East version of chili. There are many variations depending on where the curry’s origin.  Curry is composed of an eclectic combination of spices. I make my own curry and the spices vary to what I have in my pantry. The spices include, chili, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground mustard, ground […]

Chili Weather

Baby it’s cold outside is an understatement. Like most of the nation, we are experiencing colder than normal cold. It is time like this that I am grateful for the vast blessings I have received. Chili is one of those dishes that has cooks everywhere boasting. Chili cooking contests can bring some serious cooks along […]

Fried Chicken

Imagine a hot piece of fried chicken that crackles when you taste a bite. The sound is as unforgettable as the taste of the rich chicken. I grew up without fried chicken. My mother was Irish and my father was Italian. It was not in my mother’s repetoire of family meals. So, when I married […]

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