Tag: Lent

Friday Fish:  Oven Catfish Nuggets with Potato Wedges and Apple Coleslaw

Friday Fish: Oven Catfish Nuggets with Potato Wedges and Apple Coleslaw

I know there are those of you who have no truck with frying up your fish and maybe even your potatoes, too. Occasionally, when feeling terribly slim or outrageously defiant, I do the same.  Like here:

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Friday Fish: Spicy Tomato-Shrimp Stew (Stove Top or INSTANT POT)

Friday Fish: Spicy Tomato-Shrimp Stew (Stove Top or INSTANT POT)

I’ve been on a roll lately adapting a few of my favorite stovetop soup recipes to the INSTANT POT (IP); you’ll have noticed if you’ve been reading along. It’s total fun and I’m hooked.

What’s an INSTANT POT?   Click here to learn more.

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Friday Fish:  Clam-Vegetable Chowder with Cheddar

Friday Fish: Clam-Vegetable Chowder with Cheddar

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If you’re from New England, I’m sure I just screwed the pooch with this chowder. But I’m from Chicago and chowder is a great meal I’ve mostly had in restaurants and on New England and Canadian cruises.

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Friday Fish: Favorite Easy Shrimp Meals

Friday Fish: Favorite Easy Shrimp Meals

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We had our first serious day of winter yesterday, April 4, 2017. It was beautiful, not too cold, quickly melting, and intensely hydrating for our gardens. We are grateful for water and for a day to make a big pot of vegetable-beef soup. Trees, small- huge limbs, and power were (are) down all over town due to the heavy-weighted snow’s impact.

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Friday Fish: Fish + Sweet Potato Chips with Spicy Blue Cheese Tartar Sauce

Friday Fish: Fish + Sweet Potato Chips with Spicy Blue Cheese Tartar Sauce

     YOU’VE GOT A FEW FISH LEFT TO FRY…

As the weeks of Lent run by interspersed with March Madness, spring storms, spring cleaning, baking for our church’s Just Peace workshop,

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Quick Salmon-Irish Cheddar Chowder for St. Patrick’s Day

Quick Salmon-Irish Cheddar Chowder for St. Patrick’s Day

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A little Irish music to set you up for a bit of cooking: click here.  And, in the Irish, as they say, “La fheile padraig!”  

I’ve been making Salmon Chowder for a good long while; there’s a really easy and light version in my soup cookbook, SOUPS & SIDES FOR EVERY SEASON.  If by chance you’ve made it, you’ll know it’s perfect spring or summertime fare for the day after you’ve grilled a big piece of salmon and don’t know what to do with the leftovers.  Likewise it’s for fall or winter if you’ve roasted a side of salmon for company and only used the big fat inner slices for the dinner table, leaving the skinny ends smelling up the fridge.  This year, though, I was into something a little different…

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            Late summer, 2014 in Dunsmore East, Ireland (the port for Waterford)

The Irish, along with my fair Scots, have some of the best salmon in the world, but more often make a mixed fish and seafood chowder such as Donal Skehan’s Howth Head Seafood Chowder.

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Mediterranean Chopped Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Chopped Tuna Salad

IMG_2231Some of my loved ones are crazy about tuna. About old-fashioned tuna salad, in particular. While I do like it, tuna salad –the mayonnaise variety we eat on toast or stuffed in tomatoes — isn’t my totally very favorite forever salad. I do, however, adore Tuna Niçoise or a grilled tuna salad like the one below I often make in the summer: Continue reading “Mediterranean Chopped Tuna Salad”

Smoky Green Chile-Shrimp Corn Chowder

Smoky Green Chile-Shrimp Corn Chowder

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I worked on a fresh pea clam chowder while I lived in the great city of St. Paul, Minnesota.  There, on any given beautiful early spring Saturday, the St. Paul Farmer’s Market would proudly boast a gorgeous array of pea shoots and tendrils…and not long after that, the peas themselves. That soup ended up in my soup book, Soups & Sides for Every Season and is a favorite with or without the fresh peas! (Fresh peas are often available year round at Trader Joes, as well.)

Fresh pea shoots–leaves, shoots, and tendrils from pea plants.  Yummy greens.

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Curried Green (Puy) Lentil Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, and Kale

Curried Green (Puy) Lentil Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, and Kale

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There’s little better pot of gold in the fridge than a lentil salad. Make that curried lentil salad and we’re nudging platinum; you’re rich! Full of protein (add rice for a complete protein), fiber, color, texture, and nutrients, it’s a hefty and quick supper that translates into a week’s lunches at home or work as it travels so perfectly well. Tuck it into a pita or a tortilla. Warm a big spoonful and eat with scrambled eggs; it will love you all the more. See below. 

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Lentils are that perfect landscape upon which almost anything can be planted, grown, and harvested. They’re a warming winter soup or a trusty spring salad. They’re a platter for big hunks of protein when need be.

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