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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maryland Crab Cakes

In the spirit of Independence Day, I am sharing with you my Maryland Crab Cake recipe. It is beyond delicious. I am a transplant to the South where we did not eat crab cakes. My southern husband says they are spot on! The Best, Always, Margaret

Grilled Vegetable Pizza

  If I could bottle a fragrance, it would be of a grilled vegetable pizza. Seriously, this is delicious. I would probably eat it everyday. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! The best, always, Margaret

Day Trips

The Outdoor Epicurean encourages day trips. We live in or near interesting towns and weget so caught up in our daily routines that we forget to go out and see what beauty is around us. It does not have to be expensive. It is good advise to pack a light lunch and water for the […]

Socks and Bulbs

I am finally getting around to preparing my Amaryllis from the winter holidays. While I was sorting the laundry,  The Outdoor Epicurean finds herself with a lot of mismatched socks.   An idea hit me.  Why not use the mismatched sock s to store my bulbs.  The fabric will let the bulbs get air and the […]

Can Do Spirit

I love this time of year when the strawberries are in full bloom. I remember as a child attending a strawberry festival every year with my family. We would get a string on our wrist and this would entitle us to eat as many strawberry shortcakes as we could. I thought it would be fitting […]

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

The Outdoor Epicurean has a delicious mushroom recipe that could become your go-to appetizer. You can substitute shrimp or a mild fish in place of the crab meat. Enjoy!

Oriental Style Pasta Salad

      The Outdoor Epicurean thinks this could easily become one of your go to recipes.  The pasta salad is pretty as a picture and just as delicious.  It is vegetarian and is a  great picnic food or contribution to a potluck and church supper. I have taken it to work as a quick […]

Easy Dinner Pasta Salad

The Outdoor Epicurean is beginning a series of pasta salad recipes that will make you life a lot easier. The beautiful of pasta salad is that it can be made and advance. If the recipe calls for fresh ingredients, they can be added at the last minute. Pasta salad can be beautiful as well as […]

What do you think we eat?

We have all heard the expression “You are what you eat.” For a person who painstakingly packs the lunchbox of their child, we know that we will never find out if your healthy lunch was traded for a bag of chips and a candy bar. That is unless you volunteer for lunch duty every day. […]

Getting a Signal from The Outdoor Epicurean

Margaret The Outdoor Epicurean has taken a retreat to finish the editing of Boat Food, The Cookbook for Boaters. I left the everyday scene of family, pets and routines. Captain Rick and I ventured to an island off the coast of Maryland where wild houses run and the ocean waves are hypnotic. The abode is […]

Special Outings

My eldest daughter and I finally had a day to ourselves. It is a cherished time even though she lives and hour away. We are generally entertaining the grandchildren at the same time. In depth adult conversation is limited. We ventured into town and checked out the new restaurants that had recently opened in downtown. […]

The Season of Promise

A slow and steady rain has soaked the earth of our farm with promise. We planted our first rows of peas on Saint Patrick’s Day. They are sprouts. The sprouts are symbolic of relationships. Similar to a plant, they need attention. In our everyday, hectic lives, it is easy to lose focus on what is […]

Lunchtime Dip It!

This is a continuation of a theme I started, Lunch Box ideas. Here is a creative way to get your child to eat vegetables.  It is salt free and can be fat-free depending on the cottage cheese used.  Send your child to school with a bag of their favorite vegetables and they are good to […]

Brilliant!

This is a fresh and delicious salad that can be made in minutes.  It make a welcoming statement at any party or in a lunch box.  Simply brilliant!

Family Time

We took a break this weekend from mowing the lawns, laundry and housework. This was the last weekend before the Trophy Fishing season opens up. I will not see my Captain on a regular basis until December. I consider him fortunate to have a job that does not feel like a job. He loves fishing […]

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