Cookies!

Getting consistency with the end result of baking cookies can be challenging. I came across these tips before I hosted my first cookie exchange years ago. Thought just about now would be a great time to share. Good luck…. Flat: If you want your cookies on the flat side, you can do some or all […]

Savory Nuts

Nuts are a great go to snack.You can add or subtract ingredients such as dried cherries, coconut or raisins. Pack this up in a reusable container and pop it in your lunchbox or purse for a healthy and nutritious snack. 1 cup almonds 1 cup unsalted cashews 1 cup pistachio nuts 1 cup peanuts 1 […]

Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies are Rocky Road Ice Cream’s cousin! These chewy, brownies hold up very well for school time snacks. I make the brownies the night before school and let the brownies cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (This is an extra step but makes for easier cutting.) Use a […]

Local Charter Boat Business Woman Writes Cookbook

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 04:34 PM EST Baltimore, MD : It’s a big hobby with very little space. Many Marylanders love to sail the harbor or the bay, but space is a premium on board the boat. That prompted local sportsfishing charter boat businesswoman Margaret Blackwell to feed the need for a boat cookbook. […]

Boat Food Book Tour 2013

Margaret Amoroso Blackwell holds a poster of the cover of her book. A sign for her husband’s charter boat business is in the background. Wow! We started off the launch of Boat Food: The Cookbook for Boaters on a very positive note. The local paper did a terrific job on making me look like I […]

Teamwork

Teamwork is the topic of my posting today.  I believe the desire to help one another is developed as we grow as a person.  My experience over the last two days has emphasized this. While doing a search on the internet, I discovered that my website was hacked.  Someone had injected code in my header […]

School Lunches

Is it just me or are school lunches getting boring to pack? When school began, I was gone ho on packing delicious and visually appealing lunches. I enjoy planning a meal the kids would enjoy in my absence. O.K., let’s be honest, I have no idea if my nutritious lunches were traded for a candy […]

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 […]

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