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Pan sauce for chicken

De-glaze with white wine...and a little chicken stock.
Reduce by about 1/2.
Stir in crushed tarragon...a pinch of salt
Turn off the heat and gently stir in several pats of unsalted butter. When it's melted pour over chicken.

Sides for Jambalaya and other dinner guest advice...

No.... it's not wrong per se. but in many areas you would be tarred and feathered for even suggesting it. :) There's "red" with tomatoes, and "brown" with NO tomatoes, and "white" for those who otherwise can't cook the dish. The red version is usually seen in the greater N.O. area while the brown is usually seen in Cajun country. Exceptions can be found in both areas.

Jan 24, 2015
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

Sides for Jambalaya and other dinner guest advice...

A salad and bread is all that is needed.
Bananas Foster or Bread Pudding with a kick butt bourbon sauce. Or a platter of pralines. A pot of strong hot coffee with the dessert is a must, and bonus points if it's coffee and chicory!

Please God....don't put tomatoes in the Jam.

Jan 24, 2015
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

Does anyone still eat crabapples?

The only thing better than crab apple jelly is wild plum jelly.
Then there's huckleberry cobble.....oh wait!

Jan 18, 2015
Uncle Bob in General Topics

First time posters

This thread delivers!

Jan 16, 2015
Uncle Bob in Site Talk

How do you pronounce your foreign food phrases?

With a southern accent......

Slow roasting a venison shoulder

I would suggest a braise of some type too. I make an occasional 'pot roast' from shoulder. More often than not, I bone it out to grind for 'burger' or sausage...or to make a stew.

Dec 28, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

<<"I'm very happy here and now. It's a great life.">>

BOOM!!

Dec 23, 2014
Uncle Bob in Not About Food

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Fruit Cake Cookies. ~~ The first batch, baked a week ago has been hit hard.~~~ I wonder if it's the bourbon.....Hmmmmmmm

Dec 20, 2014
Uncle Bob in Home Cooking
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Fish & Chips - What kind of fish do you like?

<<<<<<<<The ONLY time a fish other than cod is acceptable is in a deep south "Cajun-ish" fish fry where catfish is the norm.>>>>>>>

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

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

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 [through 10/26/14]

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