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Rainy Day Baking: Cinnamon Raisin Buttermilk Bran Muffins

Cinnamon Raisin Buttermilk Bran Muffins | www.chefjenswitzer.com
You'll often find me in my galley of our Hatteras motor yacht on rainy day.  This weekend was no exception.  Saturday was a wash out so I decided to bake muffins.  My husband had been asking for bran muffins for an easy week day breakfast so I pulled out an old recipe that I had in my recipe box.  This recipe box is filled with all the family favorites that I collected growing up.  You know, the hand written, food stained recipes that remind you of warm family memories?

Quick and Easy Entertaining: Stroganoff Meatballs and Teriyaki Chicken Drummettes

Last minute entertaining is something that has never bothered me; however, I know it stresses other people out. Last night was one of those nights were I made the call to entertain instead of going out.  The cable guy was coming over to fix our cable and the only time slot was from 4 to 6 pm.  We had originally planned to meet friends out for happy hour that night so our choices were, wait until the work week and have to deal with the cable guy then or bring the happy hour to our home instead.

Condensed Cream Soup from Scratch

I grew up in the Midwest, rural Minnesota in a small farming community of Breckenridge.  The Midwest is home of casseroles and hot dishes, the comfort food of the north country.  Although often joked about, the cold winter really do cause you to crave that kind of food. Hot and creamy casseroles held together by can of a creamy condensed soup is standard. Canned soup is a staple of the Minnesota hot dish.

After leaving the frozen tundra for the south in recent years, I still love a good casserole and crave that comfort food on the 2 chilly nights each winter in Florida.

Pecan Chicken

While cruising in the Bahamas I made Pecan Chicken for dinner one night. I served it over rice with candied carrots on the side.  My husband LOVED the pecan chicken and he generally doesn’t get excited about food so I knew this was a winner.  I also think it would be a “kid-friendly” weeknight meal.


The recipe is my adaptation of Southern Living’s Our Best Chicken Recipes publication from 2013 called Chicken Cutlet in Pecan Sauce.

Save yourself valuable time by purchasing thin cut chicken cutlets instead of pounding them yourself.

Yorkshire Pudding

This past week we had a wonderful group dinner at our marina with a number of friends.  It began with prime rib as the main course on the grill. Another boat added garlic mash potatoes, I added the Caesar salad and there was carrot cake for dessert.

As there were several Canadians in the group, including the host, there was a request or two for Yorkshire Pudding.  Well, I have never made it before so I was hesitant to volunteer as the resident personal chef.  But I was convinced by a friend that we should do it together as she has made it many times and I needed to learn as there are many Canadians in Florida.

Stuffed Peppadew Peppers with Gorgonzola and Garlic

This is a quick and easy appetizer that gets rave reviews and looks great too!

Peppadew Peppers Stuffed with Gorgonzola and Garlic
Peppadew Peppers Stuffed with Gorgonzola and Garlic
  • 1 jar of peppadew peppers, drained
  • 1 block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon garlic seasoning blend, preferrably Garlic Galore by Wildtree
  • 1 (4 ounce) container of gorgonzola crumbles, 1/2 ounce reserved
  • milk, as needed
  • parsley, minced for garnish

In a bowl combine all filling ingredients and stir until combined, adding milk as needed to thin. Break down any large chunks, as needed.

Buttermilk On Board

While in the lower part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas, we planned a day of exploring on tender to Destiny.  We call her Destiny's Child. This necessitated a hearty boaters breakfast. My husband loves pancakes and bacon so I have provisioned accordingly for just this occasion.  

I brought a quart of buttermilk with us for the first part of the journey.  I used part of it to marinate chicken breast for chicken parmesan the night before.  (It results in very tender chicken so I recommend trying buttermilk as a marinade.

Osso Buco Cruiser's Style

While in Compass Cay in the Bahamas, I needed a change of pace from grilling out interchanged with pasta.  I decided to get the veal shanks out of the freezer and leverage the pressure cooker that I had to make osso buco.  Slow braising in a propane powered oven in a warm, humid climate just do not mix all that well.  We love to have the AC off when there is a nice trade wind blowing. The pressure cooker is a great go to gadget!

This is the recipe that I resulted in an osso buco that tasted like it had been braised for hours in the oven:

Bahama Adventures: Compass Cay Lobster Bisque Pasta

Friday nights are potluck night in Compass Cay, Exumas.  We were looking forward to a fun evening with the other boaters in the marina.  Since it has been a windy week, the marina is full of all types of boats from a 34 sailboat to 100 plus foot mega yachts.  We were looking forward to a fun night with the friends that we have made here which are as varied as the boats they own and operate.

It was also a great opportunity for me to get my creative culinary juices flowing.  What to bring?

Dr. Pepper Pot Roast, A Wildly Good Comfort Meal

Cruising this winter on the ICW, we got hit with the polar votex and enveloped in a cold for a couple of days.  Comfort food is what sounded good to me for those days.  I had a beef roast in the freezer and contemplated what I could make with it in my crock pot.  My first thought was the traditional Pepsi pot roast but I did not have any regular Pepsi on-board.  I did have; however, Dr. Pepper from when the girls were here over the holidays.

So, why not use that?  So that is just what I did.

Sensational Sunrise Breakfast

The sun was slowly rising to peak over the horizon on a beautiful Saturday morning and the smell of freshly brewed coffee was wafting through our boat.  Anchored near Crystal Lake in the back bays the Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach for the weekend, I was taking in the beauty of Seashore State Park while I sipped my first of cup coffee that morning. 

Morning coffee is one of my favorite times of the day when out boating with friends, whether we are relaxing on the aft deck or enjoying the view from the bow.

Holidays Aboard

This is an article that I recently wrote for the Virginia Beach Sail and Power Squadron newsletter.  I hope you enjoy it as well!
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The weather is turning colder now and the holiday season is fast approaching.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner!  For some, the boating season has all but ended and you are busy getting ready for the holidays and all fun and festivities they bring.

Introducing the Galley Gourmet

My husband, Jamie and I have been essentially living aboard our 56' foot Hatteras Motor Yacht, the Destiny now for two years.  Prior to purchasing our motor yacht in 2011, I was a life-long resident of the Midwest where I was a cabin girl with a pontoon boat.
 
For me it was a significant adjustment to transition from a suburban home with a gourmet kitchen to a motor yacht with a modest galley.  At the same time I moved east and launched a second career and Jen's Personal Chef Services.
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