About Michael

Hi, and Welcome to Cooking for Pirates.

Pirate Foods are a variety of meats, cheeses, fish, fruit, nuts, vegetables, breads, lots of herbs and spices, fermented, pickled, smoked, dried, salted, most always accompanied with beer, wine and rum.

Cooking for Pirates is unique in its vibrant tastes, deliberately created textures, and nutritious ingredients. It’s for preparing hearty meals at home. Some are quick and simple to prepare. Some take several hours of elaborate preparation over a Sunday afternoon in the kitchen by yourself, or with family or friends.

So, Welcome. Stay a while and Enjoy.


I love the freedom and adventure of travel, the camaraderie of friends, and sharing great food and strong beer, fine wine, and grog. One hobby of mine is exploring t

Food has always been something special to me since I was very young. In my early 20’s, I was paying good money in restaurants for food that didn’t quite provide enough value. Traveling introduced me to a lot of local fare and that  broadened my perspective of what really great food can be.

So, what’s better than to cook at home and create tastes and aromas to fit the way I like to eat? The result is great tasting Comfort Food. Now my own style has emerged and that’s what I’m sharing in these pages.

Why the reference to Pirates? Pirate lore is a hobby of mine. I’m reading several books, listen to sea shanties, follow FB Groups, post pirate jokes, and follow Pirate Festivals from Jamaica to New Orleans to the UK. Food, rum, tall ships, and thar be Women Pirates. Thar’s even a Jolly Roger kilt that I have me eye on. Doing research, I found: What did Pirates eat? And it was, ‘OMG, this is the way I cook!’ I must have been a Pirate in another life. This is Pirate Comfort Food. And at the end of very satisfying meals, I often think, “Arrgh, this be the way to cook, Matey!”


I’m sharing this because I’ve received complements such as, “You’re blowing a hole in my diet, I’m going back for my  4th serving.” “You can’t get stuff like this at Razoo’s.” “You can’t get anything like this at the Cheesecake Factory.” “Oh, how delightful.” “I hate to tell you, Michael, my parents were like a couple of little piggies, saying, ‘Oh my God, where did you get this? Who made this? This is so good.” I could almost hear the oink, oink, snort, snort as they hunched over their plates and quickly forked full bites of a ‘modified’ spaghetti sauce into their happy, mystified faces.

Also, I’m sharing because there are things that I’ve learned that could help you be better cooks, be healthier cooks, be more unique cooks, expand your repertoire of recipes, be sought after cooks.

And for ye who be Pirates, ye’ll be happy cooking some authentic, some tradtional foods that Privateers enjoyed years ago.

So, ye be onboard?


The purpose of this blog is to make this a site that provides a deeper understanding of cooking Comfort Food for the present cook and the initiate. To show you a way to be a better, more engaging, more exploring cook. To be healthier and create more satisfaction with ‘you are what you eat.’

The goal to this blog is to present in detail the comfort food recipes that I love. These are unique, delicious, healthy recipes that you will love, too. Included will be descriptions of techniques and ingredients. Just to provide a means to explore the world of cooking at home for fun and health.

And to enjoy it more, I’ll be making healthy comfort food with ingredients that Pirates used and maybe even be sharing a bit of the Pirate world that is so fascinating to so many these days. Maybe many modern Pirates will join with us for Pirate party recipes and welcome other buccaneers into their homes for fun and frolic.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Or you can always drop me a line at michael@thewaytocook.com.



All the best,


The Way to Cook – Cooking for Pirates

Pirate Mike

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