Cat Fish and three recipes

Hi Folks-

Happy April Fools? Is that what one says? It’s what I’m saying :-).

I took the day off to clean the house having recently decided that I wanted to do it myself again instead of paying somebody. It feels very luxurious to be able to take the day to clean your house. I’m tired but it is clean exactly the way I like it and smells of lavender and lemons.

So I have a little batch of recipes I have been meaning to pass along. I really haven’t been cooking as much lately but I made a batch of paté for the store and brought some home, delicious if you like that sort of thing, that’s one.

Simple Pate

I doubled this recipe to make enough for a catering event and some to bring home. So easy, delicious and inexpensive.

1 stick of butter (don’t worry you don’t eat it all)

a pinch of thyme, salt and pepper

two cloves minced garlic

1 thinly sliced medium onion

1 # cleaned liver (cut out any cartilage or connective tissue)

1 glug balsamic vinegar

1 glug Brandy

melt the butter and add the first four ingredients (that includes the butter). Cook until onions are soft.

Add cleaned liver and let simmer in the butter about 4 minutes per side, flipping once, should still have a little pink left.

With a slotted spoon, pull out the liver and put in the food processor, add a TBL of Brandy and one of balsamic and a little salt. Make sure to get the onions in the there, and add three TBl of the butter. Pulse until finely pureed. Taste. Add a little more brandy and maybe some balsamic, salt or pepper. If it is too stiff add a little more butter. Stop when it tastes delicious. Put in a small ramekin, should make about four. To be totally fancy smooth the top of the pate and put a mere tsp of melted butter on top before chilling. Chill for at least an hour and then serve at room temperature.

My favorite way to serve it is with a baguette, sharp cheddar and a rich fruity jam, like plum, fig or blackberry.

As a last minute dinner, a quick breakfast or an indulgent dessert/ late night snack, my cottage cheese pancakes have been ringing the bell.

Cottage cheese Pancakes

2 eggs

1cup drained cottage cheese

¼ cup flour

¼ salt

2 TBL melted butter.

Beat together vigorously and cook medium sized pancakes in a non stick skillet. They will be delicate so wait until the top bubbles until gently flipping. These are a great quick breakfast, dessert, late night snack. Serve with a drizzle of syrup or a sprinkling of sugar, if you are Peter 🙂

And who knew, you can crave kale, and I have been, so here’s my go to on that:

Rubbed Kale salad

One generous bunch of Kale, washed, dried and cut thinly, discarding stems. Place in serving bowl

Sprinkle Kale with Kosher salt (less than a Tablespoon), a healthy drizzle of olive oil and about a quarters worth of lemon juice.

Get you hands in there and massage that Kale. The longer you rub the softer it becomes, I like to do mine for about 2 minutes. This is the base for a million ideas.

I like mango and walnuts or pepitas or sunflowers. It’s good with goat cheese or blue cheese. Pear would also work nicely.

So get the kale prepped, add your other ingredients and then gently toss with a slightly sweetened vinaigrette. I use a tsp of dijon, a tsp of honey or syrup, two table spoons of lemon juice or white wine vinegar, a smooshed clove of garlic and ¼ olive oil, shaken like crazy in a mason jar (I hate to whisk). Add dressing to taste. Dress very lightly, you’ll have tons of left over dressing (put it on salmon the next night)

Oooh and I just heard, Catfish tomorrow!!!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Catfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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