Friday, November 21, 2014

Boating Meals Put Wind in Your Sails

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Pantry Recipe of the Week
    Every week we present a recipe that requites no fresh food. Use what you have on hand, of course, but these recipes can save your butt in emergencies. An ample pantry is insurance you can eat. 

 Sweet ‘n Nutty Beets
    Canned beets are a versatile pantry food to serve hot or cold, pickled or buttered.

2 cans cut beets
1 tablespoon honey or syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2  tablespoons sugar
    While beets heat in their liquid, heat oil in a nonstick skillet and stir-fry pecans, gradually stirring in cinnamon and sugar.  Drain beets well, drizzle with honey or syrup and toss with sugared nuts. Serves 6. 

Galley shortcut of the week: Make Apple Nachos. Dice an 8-ounce package of process cheese (e.g. Velveeta) and heat in a heavy pot over low heat (or in a  microwave or double boiler) with a can of apple pie filling. Spoon over tortilla chips as for nachos. 

Galley tip: flavored syrups sold in the coffee aisle are a clever shortcut for the galley cook. Stir into hot and cold drinks, drizzle over desserts, blend into batters.
See more of Janet Groene’s shortcut recipes for the small galley.

Make snacks cheaper, healthier with homemade snack recipes.

Galley Recipe of the Week

Taste of Asia Noodlerama

Eat this one-dish meal right out of the containers that ramen noodles come in. 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cans, 10 ounces each, chunk chicken
10-ounce can chunk ham
Large onion, diced
Large red, yellow or green sweet pepper, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 to 6  individual trays ramen noodles

20-ounce can pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 bunch scallons, trimmed and thinly sliced

    Heat oil in a large wok or soup pot.  Drain chicken and ham, saving juices in a measuring cup.
Brown chicken and ham. Continue to stir-fry while adding onion, pepper, and garlic with juices and just enough water to keep it from burning while ir braises.  Cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes until onion and pepper are tender.
    Add boiling water to ramen trays and flavor packets according to package directions.
Seat aside, cover and let steep. 

     Drain pineapple, saving juice. Whisk pineapple juice, ketchup and soy sauce
with cornstarch. Stir into hot chicken mixture until it thickens. Fold in pineapple, heat and spoon chicken mixture over hot ramen. Garnish with scallions. Eat right out of the trays. Serves 4 to 6

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cook on the Boat, Eat on the Boat

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Pantry Recipe of the Week
    Each week we present a recipe that calls for no fresh ingredients. Use what you have, of course, or just bag together everything needed for a recipe and keep it on hand in your lockers for an emergency.
Peppy Bean Spread
15- to 16-ounce can refried beans
Small jar or can salsa (8 to 12 ounces)
Small jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
Small can diced chilies, drained
2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobe

    In a bowl, mash beans with a fork. Work in remaining ingredients. Serve on crackers,
biscuits, bread, tortillas, what have you.

Bonus Recipe of the Week
    Turn plain breakfast cereal into a razzle-dazzle treat with a sprinkle of this topping.
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ sticks butter
1/3 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
Pinch salt
2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
½ to 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
½ cup (or more to taste) dried fruit such as cranberries, golden raisins, snipped apricots
    Bring sugar, butter, milk and salt to a boil for 4 minutes by the clock. Stir in fruit and nuts.  Pour out in a thin blob on a sheet of waxed paper. When it cools and hardens, chop coarsely and keep cool and dry. Sprinkle on hot or cold cereal, desserts, pumpkin pie, fruit salad, etc. 

Always have healthful, homemade snack mixes on hand by making them yourself. Saves money and also lets you fine-tune mixtures to your own diet (e.g. low salt, soy nuts instead of tree nuts, no gluten).  Bag by the cupful for portion control and slip a couple of bags into your pocket for standing watch. Easy recipes here.

Galley Tip of the Week: Make fresh fruit salad and stir in 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar for each 2 cups fruit. Add more to taste and serve with a sprinkling of coarse sugar. 

See more of Janet Groene's recipes for the small but smart galley here

Galley Recipe of the Week
Skillet Sausage Stew
    One burner, one skillet makes one hearty but shortcut crew meal thanks to a great sausage.
1 pound your favorite lean,  bulk sausage
1 teaspoon dried, crumbled rosemary
Large onion, diced
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
15-ounce can diced carrots, drained
15-ounce can sliced or diced potatoes, drained
15-ounce can kidney beans
    Fry out sausage In a large skillet, breaking it up as you go. Gradually add onion until it’s
limp. Stir cornstarch into cold water. Add mustard and stir cornstarch mixture into the sausage over low heat until it thickens. Stir in vegetables.  Cover, reduce heat and cook 3 to 5 minutes to heat through. Serves 4 to 6.