Archive for June, 2009

Back home from Block

Arrived back home in Savannah at 0500 this morning.  8 days of feeding the pallets of 12-14 crew and racer chasers (I include myself very loosely in the latter category).  Another great time with the crew of this yacht racing program called “DARING”.  It is a joy to cook for this group of sailors and sailor lovers and cousins of sailor lovers and questionably sailor cousin lovers….nuf said.  The owner, John and his wife Katrina, along with their captain Jim run a top of the line program and I feel blessed to be included in it.  It was nice to skip away from the sweltering heat of Savannah to go to the rainy, foggy, chilly conditions of Block Island, RI for this years Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week XXIII sponsored by Rolex….Okay, I’m lying the weather was dismal, but the living was HOT!  Below are a few images from the week.  I wish I had gotten one of the entire crew before they left.  The team finished in the top third of their class and took home two pieces of hardware.  For all my foodie following people, I included a small dinner journal…I can’t remember what I made for every meal.  This will have to do.  Until next time Daring…stay on second.

Daring...being daring

Daring...being daring at the starting line

The Daring crew's home on Block Island...as always top shelf.

The Daring crew's home on Block Island...as always top shelf.

"The Driver" enjoying the 10 minutes of sun that week

"The Driver" enjoying the 10 minutes of sun that week

My home all week...The IKEA kitchen with a sweet Thermador range...a place where Karl continued to practice bad kitchen skills and close walk behind me when I was using a dull knife

My home all week...The IKEA kitchen with a sweet Thermador range...a place where Carl repeatedly practiced bad kitchen etiquette and "close walked" behind me when I was using a dull knife

Looking into the kitchen

Looking into the kitchen

Looking out from the kitchen (sorry sailors, this is a food blog afterall...I gave you that first picture)

Looking out from the kitchen (sorry sailors, this is a food blog afterall...I gave you that first picture)

In the middle of setting a table...only seated 10 usually 2 had to sit in the "Galley Cafe"

In the middle of setting a simple table...only seated 10 usually 2 had to sit in the "Galley Cafe"

The apricots were perfect...sweet with a bit of tooth.  I stuffed them with blue cheese and broiled them for a minute.  Topped with a toasted walnut.  A great appetizer.

The apricots were perfect...sweet with a bit of tooth. I stuffed them with blue cheese and broiled them for a minute. Topped with a toasted walnut. A great simple appetizer.

Tom Armstrong...arriving back at the house seconds in front of the Peloton each day

Tom Armstrong...arriving back at the house seconds in front of the Peloton each day

The Peloton...DAVID and...

The Peloton...DAVID and...

PAM

PAM

The crew that was left on the last night...out at the Yellow Kittens

The crew that was left on the last night...out at the Yellow Kittens Tavern

Me, Craig from Avalanche and the creepy ceramic elephant man overall regatta winner trophy....Excuse me race committee guy...can I exchange this for a Rolex?

Me, Craig from Avalanche and the creepy ceramic elephant man overall regatta winner trophy....Excuse me race committee guy...can I exchange this for a Rolex?

The final sunset on the last day of the Regatta....a perfect ending.

The final sunset on the last day of the Regatta....a perfect ending.

For the foodies…this is the dinner menu from the week.  I don’t even remember the breakfasts, lunches and apps.  With just under 350 individual meals and apps. served by me alone,  I couldn’t get too adventurous. I just tried to keep it fresh, flavorful and simple.

Saturday June 20, 2009

Sea Scallops sauteed and served with a salad of local micro greens and a Bing Cherry Salsa.

Dessert:  Southern Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sunday June 21, 2009

Watermelon Wedge Salad, Spicy Chipotle Jalapeno Cornbread, Timothy’s Kentucky Chicken Chili

Dessert:  Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Old Fashioned Butter Cream Frosting

Monday June 22, 2009

Mashed Potatoes with pan roasted garlic, Asparagus spears sprinkled with Fleur de Sel, Roasted Tenderloin of Pork with a Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Dessert:  Just from the oven Chewy Ginger Cookies

Tuesday June 23, 2009

Cornbread Panzanella Salad, Raw Corn and Radish Salad, Lemon Rosemary Organic Roasting Hens

Dessert:  Lemon Blueberry Pies

Wednesday June 24, 2009

Organic Salad of Roasted Beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and mixed greens with a light lemon vinaigrette, Fresh Wild Caught Lobster Mac and Cheese

Dessert:  Boca Negra (flourless rich chocolate cake) with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Thursday June 25, 2009

Tortilla Soup, Chipotle  Spiced Fresh Shrimp and Flank Steak Soft Taco Bar

Dessert:  Tres Leches Cake

Friday June 26, 2009

Fresh Peach and Feta Salad, Homemade Pizzas:  Pesto and Shrimp, Chicken Sausage and Prosciutto, Margherita

Dessert:  Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you again Daring crew for your sense of humor:  John, Katrina, Jim, Pam, Tom, Dave, David, Martha, Gonzo, Preston, Carl, Josh, Zoe, Jill and Virgina

Peace

Trash Talk

I am always on the hunt for cool containers I know will photograph well with food in them.  I just spotted this Hobnail Opalescent 4 footed sugar bowl from 1886 recently on ebay ($9.99).  It was missing it’s lid, but in perfect condition.  I love the color, texture and the fact that it is antique yet very modern.  I’m sure you will see it soon in a photograph near you.  For now it is a sweet vase in my home.  Like the blue hobnail, I am a HUGE fan of white.  I picked up this white sugar bowl (again missing the lid) in Herman, Missouri when I was junking with my mom and dad ($2.50).  I used it in a beautiful and simple photograph for Paula Deen’s cheese straws on pauladeen.com.  Also, in her cousin Johnnie Gabriel’s cookbook, Cooking in the South.  Finally, I am in love with globes.  I guess because I have traveled so much for work on boats, but I think it is based in my past since I was always dreaming of exotic places to go when I was a little girl in Missouri.  I spotted this 1970’s era schoolroom globe at Habersham Antique’s Market in Savannah and love how it looks as a centerpiece on our dining room table.

1886 Hobnail Dark Blue Opalescent Glass sugar bowl from LaBelle Glass Company

1886 Hobnail Dark Blue Opalescent Glass sugar bowl from LaBelle Glass Company

It's a vase

It's a vase

Paula Deen Cheese Straws seen on pauladeen.com

Paula Deen Cheese Straws seen on pauladeen.com

Same dish used in the cookbook "Cooking in the South" by Johnnie Gabriel.  Grits with Pancetta

Same dish used in the cookbook "Cooking in the South" by Johnnie Gabriel. Grits with Pancetta

Globe Trotter spin with the globe

Globe Trotter spin with the globe

Globe as a centerpiece

Globe as a centerpiece