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Sep 262014
 

Easy Seafood Cracker Spread

The other day when out shopping, we stopped at one of  our favorite seafood restaurants for a nice dinner before heading home. Upon bringing our cold brews to quench our thirst, she also brought a plate of crackers and a spread to top them with which we never had been given there before. Of course I had to ask what it was and she told me it was a fish spread. Next question was what was in it, expecting the answer to be “Well I can’t give out the the ingredients” she surprised me by telling us exactly what was in it. I told her about our site and that I wanted to try to copy it at home so I could share it with you because it was so tasty. The restaurants version had two different kinds of fish in it and not having any on hand, I made my version with some crab meat I had tucked in my freezer. We told her how much we enjoyed it and when we asked for the tab, she surprised us again by bring us a take-out container with 2 more cups of the spread along with extra crackers. First time we ever had a waitress tip us and it was happily taken home for another treat! Gotta love it!!!!

Easy and Tasty!

Easy and Tasty!

Easy Seafood Cracker Spread
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup cooked fish, shrimp or crab meat, minced
  • ½ teas Old Bay Seasoning (more or less to taste)
  • Crackers or even celery and carrot sticks
Instructions
  1. Combine the softened cream cheese with the seasoning and seafood of your choice.

Great for those football parties with some nice cold brew to wash them down. This dip should not be kept too long in the frig, so only make what you think you can eat within a day or two. Enjoy…… It’s OBIF!

Mar 222014
 

Dixie Puppies

I think I got it! Not long ago, I talked about some hush puppies that Kenny and I had at a local restaurant that had a sweet side to them, and last night I think I nailed it. I found an older recipe by a Gerthie Teal in my casserole cookbook from the Church of God Ladies dated 1970 and with a few minor changes and some guesswork, they were ever so tasty. I love the older recipes as they seem to always leave something out of  the mix that would be important to the cause and in this case it was the temperature to fry them in and the amount of milk to make the batter! I did like the recipe for the fact that it does not call for self-rising flour or corn meal which is not always in my pantry, most of the time but, not all the time. We had another fish night, as Tilapia was on sale again this week at our local Publix store. Their fish is advertised as being farm raised, fresh and never frozen, so when I went to buy our Tilapia, I asked the counter person just where the fish hailed from as I am becoming alarmed over our food industry’s lack of regulations regarding the food we consume here in the U.S. I was not overly fond of the fact that the fish was not homegrown in a sense, but the fact that they came from where they did put me at ease, well at least a little. The fish came from Costa Rica. I’ll have to check into that before I buy any more.

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Dixie Puppies
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup cornmeal (yellow or white)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1/ tbsp baking powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp, packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teas sea salt
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • Milk? I used about ¾ of a cup or just enough to make a light, moist batter as you don't want it stiff.
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
Instructions
  1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the egg and enough milk to make your batter light and moist; stir in the onion.
  3. Let mixture stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls into oil heated to 365 degrees, being careful not to overcrowd.
  5. Turn when puppy rises to the top to brown other side, being careful not to overcook.
  6. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
  7. Repeat until all batter is used, keeping cooked puppies in a low setting of your oven to keep warm.

 

By far the best recipe I have found to date………..Enjoy and it’s time to PARTY, it’s Saturday!

P.S. Check out the link for the Tilapia, you can actually buy babies and grow your own; I have gotta check into this some more as we love our fishies!!!!!

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