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Feb. 6, 2012 7:26 am 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2015 5:50 pm
Living here in the Caribbean, we eat a lot of fresh fish and lobster, all of it caught by husband, T. We've had lobster boiled and steamed and grilled, but we tried baking it for the first time this week, and I think it's my new favorite! We have friends here this week staying in a condo so… MORE
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Jan. 30, 2012 8:00 am 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 9:50 am
My husband and I went vegetarian for about a year, for no real reason, we just kind of were tired of eating meat. Gradually over the last year we went back to being meat-eaters, and the only meal requests he makes now are "Meat and a Vegetable". Really, he'd be happy with a piece of meat and… MORE
Jan. 14, 2012 6:51 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2012 7:59 am
I suspect it is always papaya season here in the Virgin Islands, but my neighbor's tree has been especially prolific lately. If you have never had papaya, it tastes like a sweet melon, but the texture is denser than a melon, almost like cooked squash. It is a bright orange color inside,… MORE
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Dec. 21, 2011 10:17 am 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 7:10 am
The Christmas Winds are back here in the Virgin Islands, and they are driving me crazy! During the rest of the year, we see mild winds, but at the end of December we see tradewinds blowing 20-30 knots- constantly. They howl through the trees, toss the boat around, and bring very cool nights.… MORE
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Dec. 12, 2011 10:17 am 
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011 5:53 pm
One of our favorite things to do in the evening is to take a sunset happy hour cruise in our dinghy...this time of year though the sun is almost set by 5:30, when we are getting home from work. We have had a lot of rain this week, but the other night the skies cleared to reveal a gorgeous… MORE
Nov. 30, 2011 7:47 am 
Updated: Dec. 24, 2011 6:56 pm
We such a small oven on the boat that cooking a turkey is out of the question, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I asked my husband to make his famous turkey and cranberry chili. He won’t tell me the recipe, but it involves turkey and dried cranberries. I set off for some of the ingedients,… MORE
Nov. 21, 2011 7:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2011 6:59 pm
Despite living in the West Indies for nearly 10 years, we don’t often cook West Indian cuisine. My preferred meal is any kind of carb and lots of cheese (favorite food= fried mozzarella sticks). Not a lot of cheese in West Indian cooking. Curiously, goats are raised here and goat meat is… MORE
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Nov. 15, 2011 7:42 am 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 3:46 pm
Our dinner highlights this week were definitely Tapas and Fondue! We love to have tapas dinners on the boat…small bites, small plates, small table! We usually eat in the cockpit of the sailboat, and our table is maybe a foot by two feet. Tapas nights are also a great way to use up random… MORE
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Nov. 7, 2011 8:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 12:15 pm
One of the best things about living in the Caribbean is the (usually) great weather. This week however was gray and rainy and almost cold at times. Though bad for the island visitors, the residents love it when it rains! We do not have a fresh water source other than the rain, and most people… MORE
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Oct. 31, 2011 11:23 am 
Updated: Dec. 12, 2011 7:29 pm
Wow- a whole year has passed since my last blog post! No, we haven’t been off sailing around the world or swept away by a hurricane…still on a little island on our sailboat in the Caribbean.  As you may know, my husband and I live in the Virgin Islands on our sailboat. It is very expensive to… MORE
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Barbara K

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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
My favorite things to cook
I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
My cooking triumphs
My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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