1 LB Fresh Cleaned and Filleted Striper
2 Cedar Planks, Untreated and Soaked in Water for 20 minutes
cracked black pepper
Clean and skin the fish
rinse well and lay on top of a clean, and well soaked ceadar plank. we needed two for the sizze of our fish, so have extra in case you get really lucky while out fishing.
slice the lemon in half and squeeze one half over each planked fillet. snip sprigs from your sage, thyme, and rosemary plants (or use store bought, dried if you REALLY must) and lay them over the fish...lightly grind pepper on top.
have the grill at high heat and place fish topped planks on the grill. close the lid and check often. as the fish get more done (opaque) pour water or wine on the grill and shut lid to steam the fish through. this whole process took 15-20 minutes for a 4 pound fish. adjust accordingly, fish needs to be closely watched.
when complete, place planks on a baking tray and serve by placing on the table. everyone loved digging in!
(recommended: fresh garden salad and roasted potatoes)
What a busy Week! an old employer asked me to come in and cut for a big 'Meat Sale' that they have yearly, so after my desk job days this week. I geared up and went to work in the butcher shop again. It was so refreshing to move around some more and to see all the friendly faces I hadn't been around in so long. But boy! did i forget how tiring it can be.
So when friday rolled around, and my father wanted to go on a midnight fishing trip for Stripers, I sadly declined. I love fishing and I love going out with my father and husband, but quite frankly, at that point, i loved sleep a whole heck of a lot more. So much in fact, that when my husband gave me a kiss and headed out the door, I didn't make it 5 minutes before falling asleep with my mouth open on the couch.
The next thing i know I feel a drip on my face and open my eyes to something slimy hitting me in the face. i woke up, screamed and then promptly hugged my husband. the fish was a beautiful 4 Lb Striped Bass. Great Catch! annnnddd he brought it home for dinner, wonderful. while i was happy, his inquiry of if i was going to gut and clean it then was met with an eye roll as i shuffled off to bed. I've got know problem cleaning a catch, but 3am is NOT the time I usually have in mind.
the NEXT day, when i was well rested, i was happy to cook up and sit down to this beautiful meal with my family. from venison tenderloin to fresh eggs to fish caught the night before, there is nothing like newly harvested food that you worked for yourself. this recipe is not to complicated, but with ingredients this good, you really dont need much
While I love Striper, Trout is by far my favorite. What is your favorite fish to catch and cook?
This was a situation, where i made my life WAY harder then it had to be...i mean shrimp stir fry would have been MUCH simpler, but it was also one of those days that i felt like doing something special.
Hubby's favorite treat when we go to the mall is egg rolls and since the wrappers were on sale, i decided to try my hand at it. i was also pretty happy that i could pan fry these rather then deep frying... there is also the option of baking. right now it is much to hot for lighting up the oven where i am at.....i wonder...grilled egg rolls?
Shrimp Egg Rolls
Since my husband is so fond of pork chops.
i killed a pig.
and now, I'm experimenting with all the different ways to cook pork chops. this has by far, been his favorite 'experimentation' i have come up with yet. personally i thought the recipe would be too far from the breaded and fried goodness he usually enjoys to get approval. fortunately for me, my husband is has a diverse palette and is very fond of oriental flavors (this is a double score because when we go out to eat, its always sushi!)
this recipe whips up pretty quickly and had a cook time of, max, 30 minutes. if you have the foresight to prepare the marinade the night before, you'll be sitting pretty for a quick weeknight supper
Boneless Sesame Pork Chops
An important note: serve this with blue cheese coleslaw:
Its getting warmer around here, and as the layers of clothing come off, its becoming obvious that layers of something else is going to have to come off. by that i mean that its cozy to pack on a few pounds during the colder months.....but extra meat on the thighs does not look good in last years shorts. so in hopes of trimming up and not just buying new shorts, here is a light and delicious recipe that should satisfy even the most veracious of winter appetites.
Stuffed Spring Turkey Breast
What is your favorite spring meal?
This was a quick and easy side that went perfectly with buffalo wings. it was also a good way to change up coleslaw when my mind is to boggled with other things to invent a side OTHER then coleslaw. as you have probably noticed, i get myself stuck in ingredient ruts......like making 5000000000 different green bean recipes? what can I say? I am a creature of habit.
this particular coleslaw ruts has so far resulted in sriracha coleslaw (soon to come) and this particular blue cheese coleslaw. the addition of the celery tops added a nice 'buffalo wings' feel to the whole dish without adding too much crunch, so if you can, be sure to buy celery with leafy tops.
Blue Cheese Cole Slaw
Here is another of my favorite quick side dish recipes (why do they all seem to involve green beans??!!) Anyway, I originally made these beans to pair with 'Caveman Drumsticks', which went over well. these pretty much make a light and spicy vegetable addition to any meal. the Japanese mustard powder gives them an oriental twist that makes them perfect for soy marinated main dished. Enjoy!!
Honey Mustard Green Beans
There has been a pasta revolution going on in my house. I like to have a couple boxes as back up for a busy night, but I haven't been breaking those out lately. rather there are NEW, or rather old, pastas that have come into play.
First I introduced you to Bucatini Perciatelli.....
Aaaaand now my husband had invited over the new kid on the block. Long Ziti. Yes, you heard me right, this pasta not only lacks a funny name, but it is shaped liked ziti and measures the length of your average piece of spaghetti.
the key for making these?
one Heck of a big pot and a truly delicious sauce. personally, i wanted to make Vodka Sauce, but we drank all the vodka....soooooooo i made Brady sauce. Quite frankly, it was pretty good, good enough to make me forgo picking up vodka for my pasta sauce next time i have the urge to make a creamy tomato sauce.
the addition of the brandy (though only a small amount) sweetened the sauce more then vodka would have. this allowed me to add less sugar and complimented the smooth, rich taste of the light cream well.
as for the big pot, these noodles are thick, none bending and take awhile to cook. to get them all in the water at relatively the same time, you need a high water level.
Long Ziti With Brandy Sauce
we went on a pig hunt. was is fun, yes. was it hunting, not at all. was it a little disturbing, sure. basically it was 375 for a 300 lb pig, which was a good deal. another plus was that you got to hunt it! here i am thinking wild boar in the swamps of the south. what we really killed was an Amish raised pig on an island in the Suskie. we had a really good time, and the price was right for the meat (especially since we butcher it ourselves. but i felt a little bad shooting a domestic animal with a box and arrow....i didn't drop it immediately and this was not the 'wait for the animal to bed down and bleed out' sort of hunt. i ended up finishing him with the gun, but i would have much rather just shot the thing in the head like we do the ones in the head. its quick, its painless, i feel a lot better about it.
don't get me wrong. i LOVE to hunt. there is something very beautiful about stalking, or sitting in cover, waiting for the right moment to draw and release, then watching your kill drop or tracking the blood trail. its part of human nature, the same way its part of a cats nature, or a dogs nature. its just dulled in us from generations of easy living. likewise, a cat or dog doesn't really find interest in a toy until your shake it and move it around. give it some Fight! these pigs didn't have much fight to them, they just kind of hung out.
i would go again, especially for the price, i had a great day with my father and husband and my best friends husband, but when i can raise or buy my own pig for cheaper...ill definitely go that route. Or just bring an AR-15 the next time i go hunting farm pigs.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Pin-Wheeled Chops
Ahhh... Mother's Day weekend. My brother FINALLY came in from D.C. and the whole family was together for the weekend. awesome. what better way to start that off then with Friday night dinner and a trip to the pond?
for dinner we needed something quick, and though i had a bottom round and a sirloin venison roast defrosted in the meat bin, there was NOT going to be time to cook a roast and mashed potatoes after work if we wanted to go fishing. so i dug around in my brain and remembered all those lunches my husband brought home uneaten. what was the culprit in these instances?....the ultimate: Steak and Cheese.
i mean....who can resists the wafting smell of frying onions on a cast iron grill....then you add the smell of beef?!?! no cold sandwich could compete with that.
what else could be so fast, tasty and easy as shave meat smothered in fried onions and melted cheese on a super fresh loaf of Italian. we had a winner. with three pounds of meat i fed a crowd (4 grown men and 1 lady) but keep in mind that there is a lot of cheese and bread going on here. i also had a green salad and guac with chips. feel free to make this recipe with beef as well, but whatever red meat you use, be sure not to over cook.
Have you ever just had one of those days, or weeks, where the work is just GRUELING? the kind of heavy physical labor that makes you want to come home, destroy a plate composed entirely of meat and the nap on the couch until 'beer time'?
my husband does.
So for the days, or weeks, where hes in this type of pattern, i make meals i can imagine a caveman eating. I like this recipe and i tend to rely on pork ribs, and turkey wings heavily as well... Its something about the bone gnawing that makes me feel I've fed him well. Ha!
Caveman Drumsticks With Caramelized Onions
Samantha Lee Gornowicz