Chilled Strawberry Bisque (Carnival Cruise Lines)


This is a refreshing chilled soup/bisque that tastes more like ice cream than a soup! It’s sweet, creamy and delicious! Great for those hot cruise days when you just want something refreshing before dinner. When the staff serves you they put some fresh strawberries in the middle of the soup bowl and pour the soup tableside in front of you. So very elegant and fun at the same time! (the pics I found online because of course I forgot to photograph my own when I had it last time, so thank you to those online who did post pics!)

This recipe comes from Carnival’s Cookbook “Carnival Creations” that I got over 20 years ago. Amazing cookbook. The recipe is super easy to make too!



  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • sugar to taste


Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Add sugar to taste.

Chill overnight.

Serve in chilled soup cups or shallow bowls.

Serves 6


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Escargot Bourgignonne

Full disclosure, this blog post appeared on my other site What’s Cooking at the Genua’s? almost 8 years ago! I’ve updated the copy a bit but it’s still the same delicious recipe.

Escargot Bourgignonne


Cruises are a wonderful thing. In the last 27 years I’ve been on 19 (20 this January 2019), so far. Most (12, soon to be 13) of them on Carnival Cruise Lines. My husband John and I take cruise vacations over all others for the most part. Sure we used to go up to my family’s summer place in Maine and we just fell in love with Hawaii but that’s different. Cruises are wonderful. You get treated like royalty. No making your beds or cleaning your room! It’s wonderful. Someone cooks for you 24/7 and cleans up! Gotta love that! But one of the best things about cruising is that you get to try all kinds of food that you would normally not have. Escargot for instance. I had them on my very first cruise and I’ve been hooked ever since! I don’t care that they are really fancy slugs. It’s my way of payback for all damage slugs have done to my gardens over the years!

Anyway, I’ve had them in many different styles. This version is pretty popular. On the cruise ships you get them this way or even covered in cheese! Cheese, garlic, wine, oil…All very tasty! Every cruise we take we always look forward to the night we get to eat snails! I would eat them more if they served them more. This recipe is actually from Carnival Cruise Lines. I bought their cookbook on my 2nd cruise, which was actually my first Carnival Cruise. A few years back there was a shortage of the little buggers because of weather conditions where they’re from, but they came back! YAY!  But I digress…Escargot! This recipe isn’t very hard and you can get cans of the little guys in pretty much every supermarket. They are in the tuna/canned fish aisle. I do prefer the ones they served drowned in butter and garlic, with bread on the side for dunking! Heavenly! Serve in an escargot dish or a shallow bowl. Whatever you have will work! 


¾ cup butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons white wine

1 tsp Pernod or anise-flavored liqueur (omit if you don’t like anise)

Pinch grated nutmeg

1 can escargot, well-drained

1 tablespoon chopped parsley



1. In a large frying pan, melt butter over high heat; stir in garlic and onion. Cook until tender but not brown.

2. Stir in wine, liqueur, nutmeg and escargot; season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10-15 minutes or until flavors are blended. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serves 6

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Alchemy Bar’s Cucumber Sunrise (Carnival Cruise Lines)

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Yes, another cocktail. Hey what can I say,  I love new and refreshing cocktails on a hot summer day, on a cruise, in the Caribbean…Anywhere really! And anyone who has cruised on Carnival knows all about the Alchemy Bar! It’s a great bar, if you can get a seat or place at the counter! Always popular. They have a list of drinks they’ll make but they like to be creative too. So be adventurous if you dare!

cucumber sunrise

This is a simple cocktail that takes no time at all to make. The recipes call for specific brands of Vodka but just use whatever you like. No judgement here. I added the video from Carnival Cruise Lines at the bottom.


  • 2 oz Belvedere vodka (or your favorite vodka)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Monin watermelon syrup (or other brand if you can find it)
  • 2 cucumber wheels
  • 3/4 oz orange juice


  1. Drop the cucumber wheels into an empty pint glass (or cocktail shaker). Muddle those wheels.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Add ice, then cover it to prepare for shaking.
  3. Shake it for five seconds or so, then strain with a fine strainer if possible into a chilled glass. 
  4. Garnish with a cucumber wheel on the glass!

Serves 1


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