News // Dec 7, 2021

2021 Holiday Recipe Collection

  • Jennifer Crowley Fyke

‘Tis the season for gathering with family and friends. Coast Guard Culinary Specialists from across the country shared some of their favorite dinner and sweet treat recipes that are sure to impress your guests.

Culinary Specialists are enlisted Coast Guard members deployed on cutters at sea, and at remote stations and larger units. Their daily routines can vary, but almost always include creating recipes, procuring supplies, prepping meals and snacks for busy crews, and keeping the galley well stocked.

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Petty Officer Plotz and the Army's Culinary Arts Team at the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics.

For Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery Plotz, assigned to the Cutter Sockeye in Bodega Bay, Calif., a typical day starts at 6 a.m. with breakfast and continues straight through to late-night bites for shipmates serving the overnight watch. In between, he is charged with small boat operations and deck evolutions. He competed with the Army’s Culinary Arts team, which represents all branches of the military, at the world’s largest international culinary art exhibit, the IKA Culinary Olympics, in Stuttgart, Germany in 2020. The team won a silver medal for the braised pork dish highlighted here.

2021 holiday recipes main dishes
Braised Pork Belly | Butternut Chicken Skillet | Vegan Ropa Vieja
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Mildrum, assigned to the Cutter Katmai Bay in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., shared his favorite recipe for Creme Brulee.

“Let me start by saying that this recipe is by far the most simple and easy way to impress your crew with minimal ingredients,” noted Mildrum. “I was in the food industry for more than 10 years before I joined the Coast Guard. No matter if you’re a novice or you’re an experienced chef, this recipe is tried and true like Coast Guard Blue.”

2021 holiday recipes desserts
Banana Bread | Pavlova

Sweet Treats and Dessert
Banana Bread

Creme Brulee


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