Marine News from the Great Lakes

Galley Girl Cooks

Published: Saturday, August 28, 2010 7:00 am
By: Sue

Grills are being fired up; and all the galley goodies are hitting the tables! Life just doesn't get much better than this!

Boaters know to diet all winter long because it's impossible once the boats hit the water! Life is good on the Great Lakes! And the eatin' is even better!

And this is exactly where my story begins.

While passing around a platter of Zucchini Brownies, I had the fun pleasure of meeting a wise boat captain that knew a good brownie when he tasted it! Next thing you know we're talking great galley dishes. I (being shy and reserved... NOT...) made mention that what we really need in our (ok, his) boating magazine was help in the galley! I said, "Print some great recipes, tips, advice, add in a contest or two; and us Galley Gals & Guys will be in boaters' heaven!" Continuing, I exclaimed, "We are being neglected! What about us? Do you not realize the injustice of it all? Throw us a line! We're drowning in the boring same old, same old!"

What I never imagined I'd hear in his reply was, "Ok, here's my email address. Pictures are great – be sure to add a few!" Upon my stunned silence, my hubby moseyed over to me saying "Hon, what are you doing now?"

"What?" I said. "I couldn't help myself. He liked the brownies."

Alright! We're in! Yo Ho! Yo Ho, A Boaters Life for me! Does life get any better? I don't think so!

I love the Great Lakes! I travel all over and I love boasting that  "we live on the most beautiful bodies of water in the world – The Great Lakes!" I love boating, I love cooking, and I love sharing good eats!

Thanks, Erik, for listening and allowing me to live a dream – cooking on my boat and telling folks!

My goal with this column is to liven up your boating with super food that is delicious, galley-friendly, and that will keep your galley goodies the talk of the marina! I will work hard to share recipes that are doable, regardless of your galley size. I've cooked in teeny weenie galleys up to large yachts. We'll make use of your galley, your grill and even your dock box! If you enjoy this addition to Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, I'll look forward to sharing some of my all-time faves like "Galley Gear," "Secret in the Spice," "Booty Call" and "Rockin' the Dock." I hope you enjoy the fare and would love to hear from you. What would you like to learn or share with Galley Girl Cooks?

~ Sue

Of course, this all started over a platter of brownies, so I just have to start with that recipe!

Zucchini Brownies


1 ½ Cups Sugar

½ Cup Butter, softened

2 Large Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons Dutch Cocoa

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 ½ Cups Zucchini, grated, liquid drained

1 Cup Walnuts, rough chopped

1 ½ Cups Chocolate Chips

(I use Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips)


  • Pre-Heat Oven 350-Degrees
  • Prepare a 9" x 13" baking dish – Spray with non-stick spray or line bottom of dish with parchment paper
  • Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until light and airy.
  • Combine dry ingredients – flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, cocoa. Whisk to blend.
  • Add flour mixture and zucchini (alternating flour and zucchini) into the egg mixture. Mix until well combined but be careful not to over beat batter!
  • Stir in ½ of the chocolate chips and nuts into the batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle remainder of walnuts over top of batter.
  • Bake approximately 30 minutes.
  • Test with toothpick to make sure center thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove from oven sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top of brownies.

Wait a few minutes for chips to melt, then spread over top of brownies.

Yum! Moist & Delicious!

Look for my next recipe – The Black Pearl Salad – in Great Lakes Scuttlebutt's online-only edition in October!

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