Earlier this week I received a copy of Fred LeBlanc’s new mini-coffee table book, Windjammers Downeast as well as an accompanying set of beautiful photo postcards.
I met Fred when I was at the American Sail Training Association where he was always extremely generous with his images. He’s dedicated his work to helping promote this very unique fleet of tall ships that sail along the beautiful Maine coast.
So next time you are heading over to someone’s house for a summer dinner, you might want to skip the predictable bottle of wine and cut flowers and present them a copy of Windjammers Downeast; especially if they’re sailors or just love the sea. It’s about the same price and it’ll bring enjoyment much, much longer.
Time’s running short for holiday shopping but Sea(cret) Santa has a few unique maritime ideas still in his sea bag.
Who’s the most important on a ship? The captain? Well, only if the captain is also the cook! Well, Captain Annie Mahle wear both the captain and chef hat aboard the Maine windjammer J. & E. Riggin. From her great Artichokes and Asparagus blog:
I am a mother, wife, friend, captain and chef in Maine. My husband and I run the Schooner J&E Riggin, a Maine Windjammer that takes 24 guests each week out for a one-of-a-kind adventure. We are a green, all about the food, happy family vacation for big grown ups and little kids.
Captain Annie is also a cookbook author. From At Home, At Sea;
We’re all about slow cooked food—before everyone else started talking about it. When you’re cooking on our schooner’s antique cast iron woodstove you have to be.
If you’re looking for authentic Maine food and recipes from the sea, Captain Anne’s cookbook is for you. Explore our site and you will immediately know that Anne cares about food, not only in what and how she serves it, but also in where and how it came from. If Annie can make these delicious, comforting recipes in her galley, sometimes at a 30 degree heel, on a wood stove, then you can make them anywhere!
Here’s a bonus preview of Captain/Chef Annie making one her daughter’s favorites:
YouTube – Cheesy Garlic Bread
Bon Voyage and Appetite!