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In Honor of Thanksgiving…

In Honor of Thanksgiving…

It’s the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., so the Holland America Blog team is slowing down today and tomorrow. On Monday, we’ll resume our full publishing schedule. For those who celebrate, enjoy the holiday! And … don’t forget to snap a photo of you with your fabulous Thanksgiving Dish Contest recipe and send it…   read more of “In Honor of…”

Rudi’s Recipes: Chocolate Pecan Pie

Rudi’s Recipes: Chocolate Pecan Pie

Here is the last recipe for the Thanksgiving Dish Contest. It’s the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving meal… Here’s a terrific variation on one of the most popular holiday pies. Be sure to cut small slices — it’s rich. — Rudi Sodamin Chocolate Pecan Pie Yield: 12 servings INGREDIENTS Pie Crust: 1.5 cups all-purpose…   read more of “Rudi’s…”

HAL Donates Mattresses in Fort Lauderdale and San Diego

HAL Donates Mattresses in Fort Lauderdale and San Diego

Holland America Line regularly collects valuable and reusable goods from the fleet for donation to charities serving those in need. On October 14, Statendam off-loaded 88 crew mattresses at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and donated them to the Food For The Poor organization. The mattresses were shipped to Haiti to help those who…   read more of “HAL Donates…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Fountain Grass

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Fountain Grass

Nature offers so many wonders, and traveling the world allows me to see all kinds of plants and flowers. Though this fountain grass isn’t the most colorful, I find beauty in its simplicity. Yes, there are a lot of attractions and monuments to photograph in each port, but sometimes the natural elements provide the most…   read more of “Explorer’s…”

Cruise Diary: Culinary Arts Center

Cruise Diary: Culinary Arts Center

Pamela Baade, Holland America Line’s manager of corporate giving, is currently sailing the eastern Caribbean on board Eurodam and will be updating us regularly throughout her cruise. Greetings from Eurodam! Today we enjoyed a demonstration in the Culinary Arts Center with party planner Beth and the ship’s specialty restaurant chefs. In addition to a cooking…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Holiday Recipe: Brown Butter Gnocchi with Roasted Squash

Holiday Recipe: Brown Butter Gnocchi with Roasted Squash

Enjoy this next Thanksgiving recipe for our Thanksgiving Dish Contest! Brown Butter Gnocchi with Roasted Squash Yield: 10 Servings INGREDIENTS: 3 lbs Gnocci, frozen 3 oz. Butter, soft room temp 6 oz. Butter, clarified 1 Tbsp. Sage, chiffonade 4 oz. Asiago Cheese, thinly sliced 5 Shallots, minced Balsamic reduction 4 oz. Brown sugar 3 oz….   read more of “Holiday Recipe:…”