One of America’s Favorites – Étouffée

September 16, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Crawfish étouffée, served at a restaurant in New Orleans

Étouffée or etouffee (French: [e.tu.fe], English: /ˌeɪtuːˈfeɪ/ AY-too-FAY) is a dish found in both Cajun and Creole cuisine typically served with shellfish over rice. The dish employs a technique known as smothering, a popular method of cooking in the Cajun areas of southwest Louisiana. Étouffée is most popular in New Orleans and in the Acadiana area of the southernmost half of Louisiana as well as the coastal counties of Mississippi, Alabama, northern Florida, and eastern Texas.

In French, the word “étouffée” (borrowed into English as “stuffed” or “stifled”) literally means “smothered” or “suffocated”, from the verb “étouffer”.

Étouffée is a dish of seafood or chicken simmered in a sauce made from a light or blond roux.

It is most commonly made with shellfish, such as crab or shrimp. The most popular version of the dish is made with crayfish (or “crawfish”).

Étouffée is typically served over rice.

Another version of crawfish étouffée

Depending on who is making it and where it is being made it is flavored with either Creole or Cajun seasonings. Although Creole and Cajun cuisines are distinct, there are many similarities. In the case of the Creole version of crawfish étouffée, it is made with a blonde or brown roux and sometimes tomatoes are added. A blond roux is one that is cooked, stirring constantly, for approximately 5 minutes to remove the “raw” flavor of the flour and to add a slightly “nutty” flavor, while a brown roux is cooked longer (30 to 35 minutes) in order to deepen the color and flavor.

Around the 1950s, crawfish étouffée was introduced to restaurant goers in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; however, the dish may have been invented as early as the late 1920s, according to some sources. Originally, crawfish étouffée was a popular dish amongst Cajuns in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana. Around 1983, a waiter at the popular Bourbon Street restaurant Galatoire’s brought the dish to his boss to try. At the time, most New Orleans restaurants served French Creole cuisine, but this Cajun dish was a hit.

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Seasoned Haddock w/ Mac and Cheese

September 11, 2019 at 6:27 PM | Posted in fish, Mac and Cheese, Stouffer's, Zatarain's | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Haddock w/ Mac and Cheese

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a Jimmy Dean Simple Scramble Cup – Crumbled Turkey Sausage, Egg Whites, and Shredded Cheddar Cheese. After Breakfast I went with Mom to Jungle Jim’s International Market in near by Fairfield, Ohio. Love shopping there. The biggest grocery store around! Picked some Boar’s Head Cold Cuts, Snapple, Half Runner Green Beans, 2 small Lobster Tails, and a Haddock Fillet. Too hot and humid to do a lot outside today, stayed in with the A.C.! For Dinner tonight I prepared Seasoned Haddock w/ Mac and Cheese.

 

 

 

Had not had Haddock in a while and it sounded good! I had purchased the Haddock from Jungle Jim’s earlier. I had already rinsed the fillets off in cold water and cut the fillet into 4 pieces. So to prepare them I seasoned them with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until the pieces were well coated. Shook off the excess and pan fried them in Extra Light Olive Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Haddock and Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Mix, the perfect combo. The Zatarain’s Breading and Seasonings are my favorites. I love this Haddock it cooks up so nice and easy and I love the flavor and how meaty it is.

 

 

 

Then for a side I microwaved Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cup. Frozen individual Mac Cups, just microwave and serve. Mac and Cheese in a single serving cup! Tastes great, excellent Cheesy Mac. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haddock

The haddock is a saltwater fish from the family Gadidae, the true cods, it is the only species in the monotypic genus Melanogrammus. – Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts
Haddock, cooked
Amount Per 1 fillet (150 g)
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.8 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 99 mg 33%
Sodium 391 mg 16%
Potassium 527 mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 30 g 60%

 

 

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups

Freshly made pasta with 100% real cheddar cheese

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups are just the right size of delicious

Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Mac Cups:
* 100% real cheddar cheese
* No preservatives
* Stouffer’s in a cup

NUTRITIONAL INFO
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 170
Servings Per Container: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11 17.00 %
Saturated Fat 6 30.00 %
Cholesterol 30mg 10.00 %
Sodium 560mg 23.00 %
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9.00 %
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
http://www.stouffers.com/products/detail.aspx?id=11406&c=0

Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

September 11, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Air Fryer Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Air Fryer Recipes with recipes including; Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken, Air-Fryer Popcorn Shrimp, and Air-Fryer Greek Turkey Burgers. Find these Recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
Cooking with an air fryer is a healthy alternative to deep-frying food. These healthy air-fryer recipes for chicken, shrimp, fish and more reduce calories and can help you meet your weight loss goals. Try our vegetarian air-fryer recipes for falafel and cheesy baked potatoes.

Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
Replicate the flavor, lovely burnished skin and moist texture of a classic rotisserie chicken with this easy recipe for cooking a whole chicken in your air fryer. With just a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of active time, you get a roast chicken with lemon and herbs that’s a remarkable doppelganger for a deli chicken right after it comes out of the rotisserie—before it gets shriveled and dried out from sitting in the deli’s holding case for hours. Serve this chicken with your favorite veggie sides for a healthy weeknight dinner or weekend supper. And if you’re hosting a dinner party, cooking your main course in the air fryer is also a great way free up oven space for casseroles, rolls and other dishes………………..

Air-Fryer Popcorn Shrimp
These air-fried popcorn shrimp get crispy and crunchy with very little oil. The unique flavors are inspired by Mexican fare, with a smoky, spicy dipping sauce and full-flavored shrimp coating. Look for the smallest shrimp you can find so they will cook evenly…………..

Air-Fryer Greek Turkey Burgers
Sharp raw garlic, fresh herbs and tangy feta cheese superbly flavor these turkey burgers. Since the patties are air-fried with very little oil, there’s room to add a bit of olive oil to the meat to keep the patties from drying out. Serve with air-fried zucchini fries……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/23202/cooking-methods-styles/air-fryer/

Healthy Fish Recipes

September 10, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Fish Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Fish Recipes with recipes like; Easy Fish Tacos with Kiwi Salsa, Moroccan Baked Cod and Vegetables with Chermoula Sauce, and Tortilla Chip Flounder with Black Bean Salad. Find these Recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Fish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious fish recipes including salmon, cod, catfish, tuna. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Easy Fish Tacos with Kiwi Salsa
These healthy fish tacos can be made with cod or any other firm white fish. A lively kiwi salsa and red cabbage brighten up the colors and flavors of the crispy tacos and complete this easy dinner recipe. The key to perfectly golden, crunchy fish is patience—let your oil get nice and hot before you add in the battered pieces. Dip an instant-read thermometer into the oil to make sure it’s up to temp before you get cooking………………

Moroccan Baked Cod and Vegetables with Chermoula Sauce
In this easy and healthy cod recipe, vegetables and fish are roasted on a sheet pan, then topped with chermoula—a classic Moroccan sauce made of lemon juice, garlic, paprika and fresh herbs. Ras el hanout is a Moroccan spice blend available at well-stocked supermarkets and online……….

Tortilla Chip Flounder with Black Bean Salad
This 40-minute recipe pairs a vibrant black bean salad with baked flounder. The flounder is coated in a cayenne pepper and tortilla chip crust adding a bit of heat to this Mexican-inspired meal……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Fish Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22779/ingredients/fish-seafood/fish/

Seafood Night – Stuffed Clams, Broiled Lobster Tails w/ and Sliced New Potatoes and Mini Ears of Sweet Corn

September 7, 2019 at 6:22 PM | Posted in potatoes, seafood | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Seafood Night – Stuffed Clams, Broiled Lobster Tails w/ and Sliced New Potatoes and Mini Ears of Sweet Corn

 

 

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. Almost a Fall day around here. It was around 54 degrees this morning and a high of 74 degrees. I guess it won’t be long. Got the cart out early and finished up some yard work. Then after Lunch it was all College Football watching! Love my Football! For Dinner tonight it’s Seafood Night – Stuffed Clams, Broiled Lobster Tails w/ and Sliced New Potatoes and Mini Ears of Sweet Corn.

 

 

 

 

Mom had been wanting Lobster Tail so I purchased a package of 2 Lobster Tails and Stuffed Clams fresh from the Seafood Department at Kroger. I purchased the Stuffed Clams from the Seafood Department at Kroger yesterday. They are Matlaw Stuffed Clams (Brand) that they carry in the Seafood Case. We have these every so often and love having them! For the Stuffed Clams I preheated the oven on 425 degrees. Lined a small baking sheet with foil and placed the Clams on it. I sprinkled some Sea Salt on them and a drizzle of Lemon Juice. When the oven was ready I baked the Clams until heated through, about 25 minutes. Meaty and seasoned just right, with a side of Louisiana Remoulade Sauce. It’s the perfect dip for all Seafood.

 

 

I bought the Lobster Tails from Kroger Seafood Department yesterday, package of 2. To make the Broiled Lobster Tails I’ll need; 2 lobster tails, 1/2 cup salted butter melted, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 large lemon or lemon juice.

 

 

 

 

 

Then to prepare the Lobster; I first turned on the broiler and let it preheat. Next I grabbed some kitchen shears to slice open the lobster tail lengthwise to expose the meat inside. Placed them on a small, ungreased baking sheet that I lined with foil. Then in a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Drizzled that over the lobster exposed lobster meat.

 

 

 

 

 

Placed the baking sheet 6 inches beneath broiler and let broil until the meat was no longer translucent, about 9 minutes. Watch them closely so not to overcook them. Serve immediately with lemon wedges or squeeze lemon juice over lobster meat just before eating. Then just Enjoy! These came out so good. Fantastic flavor and the lobster meat was tender. Got to have these again, been too long!

 

 

 

 

 

For one side I heated up a can of Del Monte Sliced New Potatoes. I use a lot of Del Monte Vegetable Products, always delicious and store a lot longer than fresh Vegetables. To prepare them I emptied the can into a small sauce pan. Heated it on medium heat until heated through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For another side dish I boiled some Green Giant Mini Ears of Sweet Corn. It’s frozen Mini Ears of Sweet Corn and you just boil for 10 minutes and you have some of the Sweetest Corn you can find! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matlaw’s Stuffed Clams
Set Sail for Something Different for Dinner Tonight!

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With families today looking for healthier and more flavorful meal options than ever before, seafood lovers young and old will enjoy discovering new items in the frozen seafood section that are convenient, affordable and tasty. That’s why, Matlaw’s, creator of America’s #1 Seafood Appetizer, has introduced a full line of products that the whole family will love.

From classic New England Style, Bacon and Cheese, Chorizo or Chili Lime Stuffed Clams served in a natural clam shell; to Crispy Original, Barbecue, or Coconut Popcorn Shrimp; and Southwest Tortilla Breaded Cod, Jalapeño Breaded Cod, or Pubstyle Battered Cod, these exciting new flavor combinations are sure to have family members asking for more every night of the week.

For many families the Stuffed Clams have become a favorite. Each natural clamshell is filled with a delectable matlawsbreadcrumb stuffing with clams, green and red peppers, and delicate spices, and individually frozen to insure freshness and flavor. They’re great on the grill and so easy to prepare. Instead of turning on the oven and heating up the kitchen, simply wrap in a foil “boat” and place right on the grill on medium heat for 25 minutes. Pair with a crunchy green salad and top with butter and lemon, (or a dash of hot sauce for the truly adventurous), is all it takes to satisfy the family.

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Seasoned Gulf Coast Grouper w/ Baked Tater Tots

September 4, 2019 at 6:44 PM | Posted in fish, Ore - Ida, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Gulf Coast Grouper w/ Baked Tater Tots

 

 

 

It’s a special day today, My Dad would have been 98 today! We miss you and love you Dad.
To start this Friday morning off I had a Jimmy Dean Simple Scramble – Turkey Sausage, Egg Whites, Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Love these, so easy to prepare and make a good Breakfast. Plus they are only 150 calories and 3 carbs per cup! Sunny and 85 degrees out today, with a high pollen and mold count! So I wasn’t outside a whole lot today with my allergies as they are. Got the leaf blower and cleaned off the deck and driveway areas. Not a whole lot going on today. For Dinner tonight its a Seasoned Gulf Coast Grouper w/ Baked Tater Tots.

 

 

 

 

I was out of the Gulf Coast Grouper until my friends got back from Florida a couple of days ago. They dropped off a couple of bags of Grouper they had caught a few days ago from the Gulf Coast. I had the fillets in the freezer, laid a fillet in the fridge overnight to thaw. I rinsed the Grouper in cold water and dried it on a paper towel. To prepare the fillet I seasoned it with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the fillet in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added the Zatarain’s Seafood Breading Mix Seasoning. Shook until the fillet was well coated. Shook off the excess off. Then got the Cast Iron Skillet out, sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Cooking Spray and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Heated the skillet on medium heat. When the skillet was ready I added the Grouper Fillets, frying about 3 1/2 minutes per side until golden brown. Grouper is so meaty and flavorful.

 

 

 

As my Grouper was cooking I preheated the oven on 425° to bake some Ore Ida Tater Tots. Just bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes and done! The Tater Tots come out golden brown and delicious! I served them with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Mango/Tea to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grouper – Firm texture, white meat with large flake and a mild flavor. Extra lean fish.

NUTRITION
Nutritional values for approximately 4 ounces (114 grams) of raw, edible portions
* Calories 110
* Calories From Fat 20
* Total Fat 2 g
* Saturated Fat 0 g
* Cholesterol 55 mg
* Sodium 65 mg
* Total Carbohydrates 0 g
* Protein 23 g

 

 

Ore Ida Tater Tots
If it’s not Ore-Ida, it’s not Tater Tots.
With their crunchy outside and fluffy inside,Tater Tots® potatoes are as tasty as they are fun. We should know, we invented them! Try them in our Tater Tots Casserole and other yummy recipes.
SERVING SIZE 86g
CALORIES 160
FAT 8g
SODIUM 420mg
CARBS 20g
http://www.oreida.com/en/Products/T/Tater-Tots#.Wv2wFKQvzIU

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Simple Grilled Salmon for Diabetics

September 3, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | 2 Comments
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Simple Grilled Salmon for Diabetics. Salmon Fillets seasoned with Olive Oil, Salt, and Lemon Pepper. That’s it, it’s ready for the grill! The Dish is only 141 calories and 1 carb! The recipe is from one of my favorite sites, the Diabetes Self Management website. At the Diabetes Self Management website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Simple Grilled Salmon for Diabetics
Easy enough for even the most inexperienced chef, this delicious seafood dish is perfect for your Labor Day barbecue! And with only about 15 minutes of preparation required, you can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying good food.

Preparation time: 2 minutes. Cooking time: about 12 minutes (may be increased or decreased depending on fillet’s thickness).

Ingredients
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
1 (4-ounce) salmon fillet
Pinch of salt
Pinch of lemon pepper
Wedge of lemon

Directions
Preheat grill to medium heat. Rub olive oil over salmon, coating evenly. Sprinkle with salt and lemon pepper. Grill salmon over medium heat about 6 minutes on each side, or until it flakes easily when pierced with a fork (for ease in turning salmon, a grill basket coated with cooking spray or a wide metal spatula can be used). Remove any skin. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Yield: 1 serving.

Serving size: 1 fillet.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 141 calories, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 240 mg, Fiber: <1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/simple-grilled-salmon/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 31, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Grilling Shrimp………

When grilling shrimp, always thread them onto the skewer lengthwise, so they won’t curl on the grill. They’ll also be less likely to fall into the fire. Grill on!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 29, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Love those Lemons…………..

Grilling fish can be frustrating at times because the skin inevitably gets stuck to the grate, particularly when grilling salmon. Avoid this by placing a few thin slices of lemon or lime on the grill, and the the fish top. Not only will your cleanup be easier, but the citrus flavor will also taste great with seafood. Now grill that fish!

Ohio Festivals August 28 – September 2, 2019

August 28, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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August 28-31, 2019 – The Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport, Ohio
Come enjoy hot butter flavored sweet corn served fresh on the cob and piping hot. Bring the whole family to experience a wide variety of delicious foods, large midway, tractor pulls, square dancing, contests galore, farm animals, historical exhibits and top-name country music entertainers while strolling the shady Historic Lions Park.
http://www.sweetcornfest.com/

August 28-September 2, 2019 – Van Wert County Fair – Van Wert, Ohio
Includes Apple Festival, Rib Fest, Old Fashioned Farmers Days, and much more.
http://www.vanwertcountyfair.com/

August 30-31, 2019 – PigMania Hilliard State Championship BBQ, Steak and Music Festival – Hilliard, Ohio
The 2 day festival includes numerous local and national BBQ & Steak vendors selling awesome food, live bands both Friday and Saturday, a professional steak competition, a people’s choice BBQ contest, and a charity rib-off where people can sign up and judge ribs. Plus a slew of professional BBQ & Steak teams from around the country competing for over $5,000 in cash prizes. Bring your lawn chairs for the music & events! Tickets Only: $5.00 per person, $10.00 after 7:00 pm. Kids 12 and under free. **Calling everyone who can cook a great steak, enter our ACSA Pro/AM steak competition on Friday night, its only $100 entry fee and we provide the steaks for you!
https://pigmaniabbq.com/

August 30-September 2, 2019 Obetz Zucchinifest – Obetz, Ohio
The festival continues to celebrate the wonder that is the zucchini. Experience the first-class entertainment, great food and fun rides.
http://www.obetzzucchinifest.com/

August 31-September 2, 2019 West Jefferson Annual Ox Roast
West Jefferson, Ohio
Held annually over Labor Day weekend, our festival is the only festival that cooks 5,500 lbs. of beef underground. Join us for family oriented entertainment, food, rides, arts & crafts, parade, pageant, bike tour, car show, watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contests, and much more.
http://www.westjeffoxroast.org/index.html

August 31-September 2, 2019 Milan Melon Festival – Milan, Ohio
This celebration features rides, games, contests, antique car show, and live musical entertainment. The Grand Parade is on Sunday afternoon. The famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet are the must-have treats. It’s all found in charming Milan, Ohio. Attendance: 50,000
https://www.shoresandislands.com/local/events/milan-melon-festival?id=24356

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