Author Biography

In our last post, we started a dialogue on assembling a winning book proposal. The title page,table of contents and concept overview were addressed. In case you missed it, the link is: http://www.theoutdoorepicurean.com/2013/10/book-proposal-2/. Author Biography is the next component of the book proposal. Guidelines of biographies should only include your culinary experience, your writing experience […]

Book Proposal

It is worth your time and energy to write a book proposal. A book proposal is your first impression to a potential publisher. In the competitive world of publishing, this could provide you an edge in the market. There are probably hundreds of book proposals that come across a publisher or agent’s desk each month. […]

Cookbook Ideas

Deciding on a cookbook idea takes a lot of thought. It takes patience and perseverance to select a cookbook idea that will have a buyers market. The bottom line for the publisher and the bottom line for the book distributor is… will the book be profitable? At the end of the day, profit is the […]

Old Fashion Book Writing

Old fashion book writing is how I went about getting Boat Food published. There is software available but I feel old fashion book writing is more romantic. People have asked my technique so I have decided to blog about old fashion book writing as a blog subject. What is old fashion book writing? I am […]

Authentic Pizza Dough

Welcome back to The Outdoor Epicurean.  Today, I have enclosed my favorite recipe for pizza that is a snap to make.  Pizza dough Authentic Pizza Dough Recipe Type: Main Courses Cuisine: Italian Author: The Outdoor Epicurean Prep time: 15 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 4 The pizza dough can rest up to 1 week […]

Back To School

It is that time of the year again. Traveliing down the road, I am stopping for school buses carrying loved ones safely back and forth from home. As you might know, my children are all grown so I do not have the newness that young parents feel about sending the children off to school. Our […]

Boat Food Update

Margaret I do believe that I am finally finished with the editing of Boat Food. My labor of love, Boat Food, was sent to my editor yesterday. I felt the way I did when my daughters went off to kindergarten. I know I sound dramatic but it is the truth. I will let you know […]

Nature as Design

As I was preparing for an outdoor dinner party, I swept the front porch. Coffee, our 14 year chocolate lab, resides there most of the time. She loves to greet anyone who comes by. Even the postman brings her treats. I noticed this spider web on the posts by the front steps. My first inclination […]

Lunch Box Blues

The Outdoor Epicurean knows it is difficult to remain enthusiastic when it comes to take from home lunches or an office lunch.  As a former teacher, I would bring the leftover dinner from the night before and heat it in the teacher’s lounge.  Most students do not have this option. While we make our children’s […]

Outdoor Living

Captain Rick and I recently returned from a trip to Maryland’s Eastern shore. We were camping which meant no running water or electricity at the state park campsite we were staying at. There were bath houses and running water to wash pots and pans but for the most part, it was rustic. The campground we […]

Creative Lunch Boxes

Remember when lunch boxes came in medal boxes with a black handle. I was lucky enough to find this gem of a lunch box at our local thrift store. The asking price was $1.00. I placed the lunch box in my cart and immediately called my sisters. Like myself, they love a good find. I […]

Back to School

August is the month of many changes. There are new adventures for everyone. I was happy to read in our local paper, the community is accepting donations for school supplies. I was recently at a store where the shelves were just lined with crayons, paper etc. I was sad that I was no longer in […]

Laundry Solutions Simplified

I live in a very rural area where we are on a well and septic system. I am a city girl, New Jersey, to be exact, and we were on city water and sewer. I never realized the difficulty, until recently, did not realize how well water can wreak havoc on our clothes. When we […]

Watermelon

A true sign of summer is watermelon. The cool and refreshing sweetness is something I look forward to each year. To extend the season of freshness, I have taken to freezing diced watermelon and placing the cubes in freezer bags. So, my experiment continues. I have used the frozen watermelon in place of ice cubes. […]

Tulips in Winter

I remember growing up of a commercial for a bath product whose byline was ” Calgon take me away”. Life does present us with moments in our everyday lives where a phrase similar to this one is used more than once. So how do we cope with hectic lives? Being in the moment is one […]

Green Beans 101

I awoke with Captain Rick for his fishing charter. He leaves before the sun rises so I took the opportunity to pick our two rows of green beans in the coolness of the morning. I had some interesting company while I was out in the field. A young doe was not the least bit flustered […]

Baked Zucchini

We continue with our series from garden to table.  Zucchini is delicious when baked with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.  Since the tomatoes are not ready in the garden, I am using canned tomatoes.  Please substitute fresh if you have them.  You will need 3 cups of chopped tomatoes for this dish. If you have any […]

Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce

I was going to make the traditional dipping sauce for our fried fish last night.  Then I got to thinking what if……………  the what if turned out to be a combination of flavors which, as Captain Rick stated “The sauce knocked my socks off.” translation….. he liked it.) I hope you do as well.  Please […]

Braised Short Ribs

While having lunch with a girlfriend, I decided to bring my husband a sandwich from the restaurant. Captain Rick had been working on the boat all day and I was certain that a sandwich would bring a smile to his face. My husband is a man’s man,a charter boat Captain who does not eat sprouts […]

Zucchini Bread

Today continues with The Outdoor Epicurean’s second installment in our Preservation Kitchen with the thoughts of excess zucchini in the garden. In previous posts, we covered zucchini relish, donating your bumper crop to a food bank or meals on wheels, and zucchini chips. Zucchini bread with cranberries is one of the mysteries in the bread […]

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