Captain's Caribbean Calendar - JANUARY

Gluten Free Cheesecake with Pussers Rum Raisin Sauce
One of our guests last week has Celiac Disease…No problem, Thanks Pusser's Rum!!

GINGER CRUSTED GLUTEN FREE CHEESECAKE WITH PUSSER'S RUM RAISIN SAUCE

Recipe By: Chef Julie Brown
Yield: 12 individual cheesecakes

CRUST
1 cup Mi-Del Gluten Free Ginger Snap Cookies, finely ground in a food processor
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

CHEESECAKE
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg

PUSSER'S RUM RAISIN SAUCE
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup Pusser's Rum
1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions:

Heat oven to 325°F.

Combine ginger snap crumbs, sugar and butter; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin cups and bake for 8 minutes.

Beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed, until blended in. Spoon over crusts.

Bake 25 to 30 min. or until centers are almost set.
Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Combine the raisins and rum in a bowl and let soak for 30 minutes.

Just prior to serving, melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the brown sugar. Bring to a boil, whisking until smooth.
Add the rum and raisins and boil until thick.

Let cool slightly before serving.


Notes:

For smaller desserts, I use an individual cheese cake pan...very similar to a muffin pan but has removable bottoms. You can use a muffin pan in its place, but be sure to use liners for easier removal.


Captain's Caribbean Calendar - OCTOBER

Learn About Chartering

Hatteras heading back into the water

Guests always wonder what it takes to get ready for the boating season.

Every October, we head back to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor where McGregor has been hauled out for the summer. We spend several weeks doing maintenance and various jobs that our charter guests rarely see.

This year, after some research with our good friends at Sam's Marine and combing the Hatteras Tech Talk forum, we tackled a big project. Taking apart our 8" diameter exhaust risers, reinforcing a few of their fittings, and replacing all the hoses was a bigger job than we expected!

We also drilled a 3 3/4" hole in the bottom of the boat (YIKES) so we could install a transducer for our new Garmin GPSMAP 741xs. Not only is it a chart plotter, GPS, and fish finder, but we can now tell our guests some very important information - The Temperature of the Water…which, has been a balmy 82 degrees.

Next up on the project list was to take out the old fiberglass battery boxes, replace the floor with a new sheet of 3/4" marine plywood and fiberglass it in. The finishing touch was installing new heavy duty Todd Marine battery boxes.

Some yearly maintenance includes sanding McGregor's bottom and laying a fresh new coat of bottom paint. As if that's not enough, Captain Tim gets his workout in by waxing the hull and cabin top.

It is always an exciting, yet anxious day when the 100 ton Travel Lift comes to pick us up and carry us to the yacht basin….Back in the water, where McGregor II belongs!


Captain's Caribbean Calandar - SEPTEMBER

Snow is coming and Captain ready.
Why do I keep thinking of the saying,

The Beach is Calling and I must GO


Captain Tim in Colorado

Captain's Caribbean Calendar - AUGUST

Goat Cheese Poppers with Blueberry Beet Salad.
Add a little Lemon Ginger Vinaigrette...
Could be a keeper!

Yacht Charter Recipe Ideas


Gourmet Salad by Chef Julie

Captain's Caribbean Calendar - JULY

After several weeks of bilges and batteries,
it's now time for flowers & veggie gardens!!!

Chef Julie's Garden