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Chef Joe's Cranberry-Orange Chicken
Joe Schadler of Celebration River Cruises in Moline, Illinois, loves this colorful make-ahead main dish. Passengers savor the sweet-tart taste.
When the Celebration Belle glides away from its Mississippi River berth in Moline, Joe finishes greeting guests and trades the boat's wheel for a chef's knife. Even in the rare world of modern riverboat captains, he's rarer still: one who doubles as a chef.
"I base everything on a lot of food and a lot of fun,'' says Joe, a 25-year veteran of the excursion-boat business. Passengers enjoy a floating feast, whether they're aboard the paddle wheeler for a five-hour sightseeing trip, a dinner and dance cruise or an all-day voyage. "When they get off, they can't eat anymore," Joe says.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® April/May 2009.)