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Monday, June 12, 2017

Smoked Bacon, Garlic, Scallion, Pepperjack Pull Bread (again)




I should make this at least once a week. It's easy and so tasty!!
I start by frying several pieces of bacon. The more the merrier.



 Set the bacon aside, add butter to the bacon drippings...



Sautee scallions and garlic in the butter, bacon drippings....


Score a loaf of bread. Dense bread works best for this. It holds up to the drizzle of butter and bacon drippings...


I used pepperjack and mozarella cheese this time...


Stuff the cheese into the crooks and crannies....



Then spoon the sauteed onions and garlic in too...
Make sure to spoon the butter and bacon dripping into the cracks and pour any extra over the top of the bread.


Into the smoker with a kiss of hickory...



I cover the bread first, until the bread is heated through and the cheese is melty...


Then uncover the bread and let it crisp up a bit...


Top with the crisp, cooked bacon...and a few chopped scallions.



Ready to dig in!







I grabbed a piece while it was hot and gooey...













I love the way the butter and bacon drippings soak into the bread.... :)








Poured a glass of wine...



and called er good.



I can make a meal out of this. A few "pulls" of bread and a glass of wine. Pretty much all I need.

Things are going great here! The garden was slow going for awhile but the tomato plants are doing better and I see a few blooms. The new baby chicks (replacement hens) are feathering out and growing fast. New ducklings will be here this week.
I haven't had the time to go camping, which goes against my grain. lol Should have been out there months ago. I'll figure out a way...
Hope everyone is doing well and having a good spring. Keep safe and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 9, 2017

More of That Summertime Catfish With Crawfish Etouffee



 I cannot deny...this is one of my favorite meals. It's a real comfort meal for me. The catfish was some from one of my fishing trips last summer. I went with a cornmeal fish fry coating on some of the fish and blackening seasoning on the rest.  The crawfish etouffee doesn't take long to make.

I make the blackened seasoning first. I use a variation of Paul Prudhomme's recipe.

His recipe..
1 TBS sweet paprika (I used smoked)
2 1/2 tsp salt ( I used about half)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper (I used 3/4 tsp)
3/4 tsp white pepper
 3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
and 1/2 tsp oregano



Next I saute onions, garlic, peppers and celery in butter...



Make a blonde roux using butter and flour...





Added shrimp stock, the sauteed veggies and some of the blackened seasoning... (to taste)




Then the crawfish tails...


and fresh parsley...


I let the etouffee simmer on low while preparing the catfish. 


Seasoned half with a cornmeal catfish coating, and the other half with blackened seasoning...



Heated a skillet with about an inch of oil to fry the cornmeal fish first...


I had to set up the little cooker out of the wind. It was one of those "better have rocks in your pockets days or you will blow away"!


Fried til golden...





Cleaned the skillet and fried the blackened fish in butter...



I added way too much butter for some reason. lol Made it hard to keep the seasoning on the fish!



More wild turkeys walking around the farm...they pretty much live here now. :)


Made some blackened shrimp too...





Topped one blackened and one fried catfish with the etouffee...


A big bite of the fried catfish...



...and a bite of the blackened...




I don't have a favorite, I love both of them!!  I know I've made this before but it's just something I need to make every few months to remember how good it is. lol


Everything's going great around here. Still cleaning up and repairing the ice storm damage. Not sure when I'll catch up but that's ok.
 I have new baby replacement chicks, Baby ducks will be here next week. New batch of barn kittens. Lots of activity going on around the farm. :)
Hope everyone is doing well, thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wild Turkeys, Catfish n Okra



The wild turkeys have been thick around the house this spring. They seem to be used to me, they aren't afraid of me when I walk around the farm doing chores. They like to gather underneath the horse feed troughs, catching any spilled grain. The dog leaves them alone,  he knows they are welcome here. :)


I enjoy watching them. Won't be long before the hens go off to sit on their nests and the toms will disappear for awhile. 



This was actually an indoor meal!
Grabbed some of last summer's catfish out of the freezer and okra from last year's garden..



made a cornmeal fish fry with lemon pepper, cayenne, salt and a touch of flour...


Used my handy Bass Pro thingy...





I love this thing, It' coats the fish perfectly...






Fried til golden....




I like to use the same fish fry mixture for okra . Dipped the okra in an egg-milk bath first that had onion and garlic powder added.  Then into the handy Bass Pro thingy for a coat of fish fry...


fried til golden too...



I can eat these like popcorn!






Went with a Henry's hard soda to wash it all down....













I love fried catfish and okra. Such a simple meal but it tastes so good.

Haven't had the chance to go fishing yet this year but I'm ready! There are still a few fish fillets in my freezer, but I'm overdue for a good camp trip and some campfire cookin'.

The weather has been pretty nice here the last week or so. I'm still working on the chicken coop and garden. It's the kind of work that makes you tired at the end of the day, but it's a GOOD kind of tired. I sleep well. :)

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Thanks for stopping by!