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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remember When

I can remember the time before computers. Yes, I am that old but I do not act it! I amazed how technology has taken over our lives. I truly do not know anyone who does not have at least one computer in their home. I have to laugh at my Captain. He is retired from […]

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!

Vegetable Soup

The days of spring can be chilly when Mother Nature wants to remind us that she is not quite ready to let us bask in warm sunshine quite yet. For these types of day, I recommend a bowl of hot vegetable soup. This is something that warms the inside of your tummy and heart. Of […]

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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