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What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

Bourbon
Broiled Speckled Trout
Roasted Asparagus on Top
Hollandaise Sauce Over the Top of it all
Roasted Reds and Sweets on the side.

favorite fish dish

Butter Cats ~ A local name for a bullhead cat?

A land remembered ~ Pat Smith?

Oct 21, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition

Fresh Farm to table.

Fresh in from Kentucky-Bourbon
Fresh Catfish...From a farm up north of me.
Fresh Mustard Greens...From a farm behind my house.
Fresh Meal (cornbread) From a nearby mill.
Fresh Sweet Potato & Pecan Bread pudding...Sweet Potatoes & Pecans from a farm behind my house.

Beignets other than CDM

Morning Call. IMO the best!

Oct 17, 2014
Uncle Bob in New Orleans
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favorite fish dish

I love a fried filet, over a bed of rice, smothered in a creole sauce.

Oct 16, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

favorite fish dish

The vast majority of catfish I eat is Sans ketchup. French fries as well.

Oct 16, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

Tough beef in stir fry

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This

Oct 15, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

favorite fish dish

If it was a pond raised fish I understand. Some folks just don't care for it. These fish are fed a grain (corn/soybean) based feed that floats. In this case they are top water feeders. The 'muddy' flavor that some people report is IMO not caused by mud, but rather fish harvested in hot summer months where algae has grown to high levels. The fish eat some of the algae giving it a characteristic 'off' taste. Before a pond it harvested, and small sample is taken and taste tested. If the taste is off...for whatever reason... farmers will often times delay harvest. Size can also affect the taste of the fish. IMO smaller being better.

Lots of Ketchup huh? Lots of beer too! :)

Oct 15, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

favorite fish dish

Catfish do live in/on the bottom layer of aquatic life. Feeding on other live smaller fish, crawfish, worms, snails, aquatic plant life etc. Some will eat carrion.. mostly dead fish, crawfish, decaying plant life, bugs etc. if found, and hungry. The fish I was referencing in my initial post is a variety that feeds primarily on live 'bait' fish etc. Even small fry of their on species.

They taste similar to...chicken! :) ~~ Seriously,taste can vary depending on species, environment, diet and how prepared. Generally hard to explain. Like trying to explain how chicken taste to someone who has never eaten it. Yard birds taste different (some would say better) than caged birds. Wild caught catfish taste different (some would say better) than farm raised. In general it would be a mild tasting fish.

The setting can enhance the taste/experience of eating fish on a river bank, sand bar etc. As can eating venison stew at a deer camp, cooked over an open fire. And anyone who has ever eaten a watermelon in a watermelon patch (especially if it belongs to someone else)knows of what I speak. ;)

Oct 15, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

favorite fish dish

Having just returned from a recent trip I'll say this one:

A variety of Catfish with many 'aliases' along the Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, Missouri, etc, rivers... A few, but not all include Flathead, Motley, Yellow Cat, Opelousas, Bashaw, Shovel Head, Tabby, and Goujon... Their diet consist almost totally of live fare...Other fish, crustaceans etc. Their flesh is very white, clean and sweet regardless of their size making them one of the most prized wild caught catfish for fishermen.

How prepared: On a Mississippi River sand bar. Someone brings along a cast iron skillet and a bottle of peanut oil. Another brings a small bottle of ketchup, and a loaf of 'light bread'
A small propane stove is fired up, the filet knife goes to work, and before you know it...Delicious fried catfish right out of the river.. usually washed down with cold beer.. as Ole man river jus keeps rollin along.

Beef stew

All I'm gonna say is....'First you make a roux'

Oct 15, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

Can anyone help i have a picky 11 year old who is also a pescatarian?

Follow the advice of his pediatrician.

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

BBQ chicken got rained (stormed) out. Plan B was shrimp poboys, onion rings, and beer...or tea. No shrimp or onion rings left, but ya can drop by for a beer or a piece of chocolate pie and coffee. Watch the roads...they're wet!!

KFC recipe

Before pressure frying in a regular pressure cooker not designed for the purpose, be sure to call your local hospital's burn unit. Tell them that you will probably be arriving by ambulance within the hour.

Steak salting

^^^^^^ This

Oct 12, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Hadn't thought of that one in years.....

Oct 12, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #330 -- The Glorious Month Edition! [through Oct 18, 2014]

Corn.......... In a bottle.
Catfish ...... in peanut oil
Cornbread..... with jalapenos
Collards...... with salt pork, tasso, and andouille.
Casserole..... Sweet potato variety.
Cream......... Chocolate ice variety.

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Move South. Problem solved! ;)

Oct 10, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Stay home. Find another woman. Good luck!

Cobbler - batter on top or below the fruits?

Yes ma'am, I'm an American by birth and a Southerner by the grace of God!

Oct 06, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Little brown-eyed girl wanted two slabs of loin back ribs <out of the freezer>, so I charcoal/wood grilled them. One dry, one wet.

While doing some work in the garden, I accidentally up rooted a big hand full of mustard plants...about 6-8 inches tall. Washed, sniped the roots off, then a quick saute, in olive oil, salt, a hint of bacon fat, and an ever less hint of garlic.

Some leftover very plain sweet potato casserole.

So pretty simple: Ribs, Greens, Sweet potato.

Lots of left over ribs if ya wanna come by. Lots of bourbon choices. I'll leave the porch light on....

Spatchcocked Turkey advice needed - any success stories and tips?

<<<<Second thought was a 25 lb bird, once opened up, is gonna need a BIG pan!?!>>>>>

A big grill is the way to go. Smoked turkey is tasty.

Oct 05, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking
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Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

My name is Uncle Bob and I approve of this message!

Oct 04, 2014
Uncle Bob in Not About Food

help me create a simple rustic dinner menu

Sounds like your plans are made. 6/10

Oct 03, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

OLIVE OIL AND MY SKIN

Thank you!

Oct 02, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

Questions on thanksgiving post...

1. I prefer meringue.
2. Inject your flavorings. Google Cajun injector.
3. Make a rice dressing. Or a cornbread based one.
4. Have fun.

Oct 02, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking
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OLIVE OIL AND MY SKIN

<<<<Lucini is from Italy and was recommended as authentic on another site.>>>>

Link?

Oct 02, 2014
Uncle Bob in General Topics

Another Brisket Question

<<<<<Is it ever REALLY necessary to sear a brisket before oven braising it?>>>>

Only if you want it to be good!

Then again, if you don't, the sun will come up in the morning. :)

Oct 02, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking
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Sweet Potatoes

90 to 120 days is typical. It's not uncommon for sweet potatoes to bloom.

Oct 01, 2014
Uncle Bob in Gardening

What's for Family Dinner?

I would encourage you to participate in the WFD thread. Tell everyone what you feed your kids. I'm sure you will receive a lot of encouragement, feed back, ideas, and support. It's what those folks that post there frequently do. Have fun!