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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Broccoli Salad

This could become your go-to salad because of its ease of preparation. It makes a great lunch of leftovers and is delicious.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. The Best, Always, Margaret      

Boat Food and Pasta Capri

Boat Food’s Outdoor Epicurean continues with a series of real crowd pleasing pasta salads. This salad can be made ahead of time and place in a cooler to take to a game, a boat or your dinner table. Pasta Capri is perfect for a warm weather night. Enjoy.

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 […]

Burgers stuffed with Blue Cheese

This should become your go-to recipe for delicious burgers.  You can vary the cheese you.  I like it because it keeps the cheese from falling out of the rill when you first take a bite. Top the burger with your choice of condiments.   Enjoy!  

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!

The Creative Lunch Box

This is first in a series in which I want to share with you easy, nutritious and inviting away-from-home meals that your children will enjoy. Home prepared lunches sends the message to your child that they are loved. It is unrealistic to think there won’t be days when your schedule does not permit the time […]

Tomato and Basil Linguine

This delicious sauce makes meal time a snap to prepare but tastes like you took a long time to prepare. Enjoy!

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