Monday, July 18, 2011

You can take the girl out of the south...

A few weeks ago I was watching The Food Network and chef Claire Robinson of "5 Ingredient Fix" was making some southern goodies.  Born in a small southern town in Kentucky meant I grew up eating all the good stuff--biscuits and gravy, corn-on-the-cob picked fresh from the garden and, one of my personal favorites, catfish.
Claire was making blackened catfish that made my mouth water (thanks in part to JB) so I just had to try it out.  The only thing I did differently was using blackening seasoning instead of the Creole seasoning.  It turned out AMAZING!!  I rounded the meal out with whole corn-filled corn muffins and fresh-brewed sweet tea with lemon.  Here's my end result and Claire's recipe which can also be found here.



Compound Butter:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives


  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • Compound butter
  • 4 (8-ounce) fresh skinless, boneless catfish fillets
  • 1/4 cup Creole seasoning (recommended: Tony Chachere's)
  • Whole chives, for garnishing


In a bowl, add the butter, Creole spices, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Stir in the chopped chives and set aside. The butter can be made ahead and chilled; bring to room temperature before using.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Preheat a large well-seasoned cast iron skillet or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Line the bottom of a 9 by 11-inch baking dish with the lemon slices and dollop half of the compound butter evenly over the lemon.
Evenly coat both sides of each fish fillet with 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning. Working in batches if necessary, add the seasoned fillets to the hot skillet, and cook 2 minutes on each side to just toast and brown the seasoning. With a spatula, carefully place the seared fish on top of the buttered lemon slices in the baking dish. Bake until fish easily breaks apart with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Immediately top each hot fillet with a spoonful of compound butter; transfer to heated serving plates and garnish with a few whole fresh chives crossed like an x over each fillet.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birthday Shopping Success!!

So I got one out of three of my "Birthday Wish List" items! But I am far from disappointed because I got a steal of a deal on some additional amazing finds!
My one item from my wish list I got was the Michael Kors MK5020 watch that I have been drooling over for MONTHS! I absolutely LOVE it! It wears like a piece of jewelry and compliments my too-tiny wrist without overwhelming it. The mother-of-pearl face is gorgeous and I love the little crystals!
My additional finds were purchased from this amazing little upscale consignment store I recently discovered. They only except REAL designer merchandise and everything goes through a rigorous test for authenticity. So I may not have gotten the Michael Kors tote or wallet I originally wanted, but I scored a gorgeous black slim leather hobo Coach bag for $68, a black Coach hobo demi (perfect size for a night out) for $39 and a black leather HOBO wallet for $18! They are all three in pristine condition and I LOVE them all!!
I topped my shopping spree off with a trip to Sephora where I stocked up on some new makeup: Mineral foundation by Benefits, a gorgeous sheer berry gloss by Sephora and black BAD gal waterproof mascara also by Benefit.
As if all this weren't fabulous enough, I got two free gifts too! At the consignment store, if you spent $75 or more you got a free VOLUSPA candle ($27 value). And since I am a member of Sephora Insiders I got a free birthday gift today which was a vanilla birthday cake scented all-in-one shampoo/body wash/bubble bath!
All in all, this was quite a successful shopping trip. I am thrilled and DH was surprisingly patient through the whole process! I know this is probably the last "me-focused" shopping trip I'll have for a while and it felt really nice (after I got over the initial guilt). JB is due soon and she is certainly going to be the star player around here! But that's okay, baby bargains are just as fun!