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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

Jul. 22, 2010 5:54 am 
Updated: Jul. 25, 2010 1:06 am
One of the few disadvantages of living on a sailboat is that we don't have a grill. We tried once, mounting a small one on the side of the cockpit, but flames so close to the fabric awning made me way too nervous! So whenever we get the opportunity to grill, we go a little nuts (ok, mostly hus MORE
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Jun. 26, 2010 4:12 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2010 11:01 am
How many tomato plants can you grow on a sailboat? I'm not sure, but I have a lot! A few weeks ago I planted 2 full packages of tomato seeds in containers, one was a jelly bean variety and the other something larger. Well, every single seed grew! I have been busy transplanting them as they have MORE
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Jun. 21, 2010 5:58 am 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2010 10:18 am
Don't worry! We are on a budget, but not that much of a budget! Dogfood sandwiches are just one of the many ways we are trying to trick our dog into eating. After some rapid weight loss, she was diagnosed with some liver damage resulting from a bout of tick fever she had years ago. The liver… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2010 11:09 am 
Updated: Jun. 16, 2010 5:41 am
Another great dinner provided by my spearfisher extraordinaire husband- fish tacos! (And he did everything from catching to cooking!) A few days ago he caught a permit, which is a gorgeous, firm fish with a mild taste, and is excellent for any cooking method. He made two nice fillets and… MORE
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Jun. 9, 2010 6:35 am 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 7:53 am
Isn't it great when suddenly you like a food that you thought you hated? For me- green beans. Yuck. I probably haven't touched them since...well, probably since I was a kid and couldn't leave the table until I finished all my veggies. Oh, I do eat green bean casserole at Thanksgiving, but… MORE
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Jun. 1, 2010 6:16 am 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2010 11:26 pm
Well, my beets were smoking, and not in a good way! Confession: I have never prepared fresh beets. My impression was that they take forever to cook, and difficult to peel, and the canned ones are just fine! A restaurant on the island used to serve a veggie burger with beets and goat… MORE
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May 26, 2010 10:40 am 
Updated: Jun. 3, 2010 5:15 am
Yep,  we had some dueling lobster dishes for dinner last night! T caught three gigantic lobsters the other day, and we invited some friends to the boat to share with us. I had bought some pie crusts on sale to make pot pie, so my dish was Lobster Pot Pie. Thanks to all on the recipe… MORE
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May 23, 2010 7:43 am 
Updated: May 25, 2010 5:40 am
I do most of the cooking in our household- husband is great at the meats/fish/lobster dishes, and I do pretty much everything else. This week though, he dominated the kitchen! He started out the week with a tomato/egg/bagel stack...I bought this tiny egg pan that fits just one egg and… MORE
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May 16, 2010 9:29 am 
Updated: May 18, 2010 4:12 am
For the best salad ever! Our lettuce was finally ready to eat this only took 3 months! I wasn't sure we could grow lettuce here in the Caribbean, and I had a hard time keeping him cool and damp, but he grew up beautiful! We used one bunch and added some spinach, tomatoes from the… MORE
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Apr. 21, 2010 5:32 am 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2010 6:39 am
  Step One: Send your husband out to catch a lobster Step Two: Have him grab a crab, too! Step Three: Spear a big fish... Step Four: Make a fish stock and add wine, potatoes, tomatoes, and  carrots. Throw in a packet of bouillabase seasoning (cheating? maybe...but "we"… MORE
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Barbara K

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South Bend, Indiana, USA

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Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
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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