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Recipe: Sicilian Eggplant Caponata by Guest Chef Sarah Grueneberg

Recipe: Sicilian Eggplant Caponata by Guest Chef Sarah Grueneberg

Guest Chef Sarah Grueneberg sailed on Volendam this month and conducted cooking demonstrations in the ship’s state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center. Grueneberg is the executive chef at Spiaggia in Chicago, Ill., and was a finalist on “Top Chef: Texas.” Grueneberg shared her delicious recipes, and we’ll be featuring them in a few posts over the coming…   read more of “Recipe: Sicilian…”

Cruise Diary: Valentine’s Day on Zaandam

Cruise Diary: Valentine’s Day on Zaandam

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband are cruising again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon will chronicle their cruising experience for us on the blog. Enjoy!

Rudi’s Valentine’s Recipes: Sweetheart Sugar Cookies

Rudi’s Valentine’s Recipes: Sweetheart Sugar Cookies

Enjoy another one of Rudi’s Recipes for Valentine’s Day. SWEETHEART SUGAR COOKIES To decorate these cookies, sprinkle them with confectioners’ sugar or drizzle them with chocolate sauce. YIELD: Two to three dozen INGREDIENTS: 14 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 drops vanilla extract 2…   read more of “Rudi’s…”

Rudi’s Valentine’s Recipes: Risotto with Butternut Squash and Arugula

Rudi’s Valentine’s Recipes: Risotto with Butternut Squash and Arugula

RISOTTO WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND ARUGULA YIELD: Four to six servings INGREDIENTS: Squash 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Dressing 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly…   read more of “Rudi’s…”