Seed Catalogs

At this time of the year, mail order seed catalogs start to arrive in my mailbox. With the cold weather outside, it is nice to site on the couch with a cup of tea and scan the seed catalogs and plan our garden. They hold the promise of warm days ahead. To help us with […]

Happiness is a State of Mind

I decided to get up with the sun today. The past few weeks, I have waited to the last minute to get out of bed. My days have started on a frantic note so I made the conscious decision to change this. I also have a lot to do this morning. The dogs were happy. […]

Bacon and Mushroom Quiche Tarts

Quiche has transformed the way I view breakfast. In the past, a breakfast bar or quick bowl of oatmeal would satisfy my morning hunger. Quiche was the game changer. I like to think of myself as a go with the flow kind of gal. Foods that are versatile fit the lifestyle of an outdoor epicurean. […]

Pumpkin Tarts

Look what arrived in my inbox today! The tarts are have no crust and are can easily be prepared at home and transported to the boat or where ever your trails takes you. I have adapted the recipe for our outdoor epicurean lifestyle. Thank you Libbys! 16 (2 1/2-inch) foil baking cups or mini cupcake […]

Target Audience

Niche audiences and target marketing go hand  in hand.  Boat Food: The Cookbook for Boaters fills the need of the niche audience of boaters. It contains meal ideas and recipes for audience of people that love the water and outdoors.  The reason I wrote Boat Food is simple. I wrote it because I could not […]

Chili Weather

Baby it’s cold outside is an understatement. Like most of the nation, we are experiencing colder than normal cold. It is time like this that I am grateful for the vast blessings I have received. Chili is one of those dishes that has cooks everywhere boasting. Chili cooking contests can bring some serious cooks along […]

Fried Chicken

Imagine a hot piece of fried chicken that crackles when you taste a bite. The sound is as unforgettable as the taste of the rich chicken. I grew up without fried chicken. My mother was Irish and my father was Italian. It was not in my mother’s repetoire of family meals. So, when I married […]

Writer’s Corner

When I started Bobeetza’ Kitchen in 1994, the marketing world was slightly different. Social media marketing and news feeds did not exist. With Boat Food, I am taking the old school way of marketing for the time being. Yes, The Outdoor Epicurean has presence in social media with Facebook, Pinterest ,RSS feed and Twitter. I […]

Fudge Rum Balls

Luscious, melt in your mouth fudge is shaped into 1 inch balls and coated with a sugary pecans. These fudge balls ship well as they are not as fragile as some cookies. They stay fresh for overseas mailing. Last year, I made 2 batches and sent them overseas to my niece who is serving in […]

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 […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

These cookies are moist and their texture is chewy. Individually wrap each cookie in plastic wrap and store in a resealable plastic bag.  This will make the cookies easy to pack for lunches, where ever the lunch box happens to be. Enjoy.     1 package Spice Cake Mix 4 large egg whites 1 cup […]

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 […]

Smoked Venison Sausage

Welcome to deer season. As you may remember, I grew up in New Jersey, a Jersey girl. Living just outside of Manhattan, deer hunting and making smoked venison sausage was not something that my family experienced. In the 1990’s, I lived in Eastern Europe, Romania to be exact. Butchering was something that was always done to prepare […]

Bookworm: Recipes for smooth sailing: South County woman writes book on boat food

Margaret Amoroso Blackwell discusses her new book, “Boat Food: The Cookbook for Boaters,” over coffee at the Happy Harbor restaurant in Deale. Her husband, Rick, is a charter boat captain. Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 am By THERESA WINSLOW [email protected] Perhaps it’s no surprise Margaret Amoroso Blackwell wrote a cookbook. As a math teacher, […]

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 […]

Hummingbirds!

The last hummingbird of the season visited the last bloom on my geranium. How do I know it will be the last time the hummingbird comes to visit for the year. Well, for one, geese have shown up. This the first sign the seasons are changing. We had a hard frost last night which my […]

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 […]

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