Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fishing -- Fixin' -- Trip to the Cabin Lake

Our last family fishing trip for summer with the kids to the cabin on the lake . what a great time everyone had . Hubby and brother went out in the boat with the two older boys , both 13 , they love fishing with their daddies , ( think they love to hang out in the gallery) . The 3 girls  (mine 11 and 12 , niece 12) stayed with us , they are great help .2 little boys , 6 (mine) 7 (nephew) hung out with their sisters.
I want share with you our last outdoor meal  on the lake .
                                                                     Pan Fried Fish:

1          pint homogenized milk
6-8       ounces beer
1          egg, beaten well
2          tablespoons prepared mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Creole Seasoning, to taste
10-12   catfish or trout filets
2/3       cup cornmeal
1/3       cup flour
Salt & cayenne pepper, to taste
Creole seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder, to taste
 3/4       cup extra light virgin olive oil
¼         cup butter

Mix well the first seven ingredients; add fish filets and marinate at least 4 hours. Drain filets in a colander. Mix cornmeal, flour, and seasonings. Dip fish filets in cornmeal mixture and fry on medium heat, adding more oil as needed. Drain well and drizzle with lemon juice. Makes 4-6 servings.

            Zesty Tartar Sauce:

1½    cups mayonnaise
1       pickled jalapeno, diced
3       tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2       tablespoons green onion tops, chopped fine
1       tablespoon celery, chopped fine
1       tablespoon capers
1       teaspoon dried dill, optional
Mix together all ingredients; chill.

                                                                       Simple Slaw:
1        (l pound) bag shredded slaw mix
3        hard-boiled eggs, chopped
3-4     stalks green onion tops, chopped
¾       cup mayonnaise
¼       cup bottled Ranch dressing
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Crispy, fried bacon, crumbled, (optional)

Combine slaw mix with hard-boiled eggs and green onion tops. Mix mayonnaise and Ranch dressing; toss with slaw mix. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Blend in crumbled bacon, if using. Makes 6 servings.

Note: For a change of flavor, substitute Italian dressing for the Ranch.
                      Tomato Pie:
5 or 6      tomatoes, peeled and sliced
Salt, to taste
10           fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2          cup chopped green onion
1             (9-inch) deep dish pie shell, baked
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1             cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1             cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1             cup mayonnaise

Place tomatoes in a colander in the sink in one layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes. (If tomatoes are still juicy, place them between layers of paper towels to absorb remaining moisture.) Layer tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine grated cheeses and mayonnaise; stir. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes. Garnish top with additional chopped green onion and basil, if desired. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes 8-10 servings
Vegetable oil for frying
2            cups yellow cornmeal
1-1/2      cups flour
3            teaspoons baking powder
1            teaspoon salt
1            teaspoon sugar
1            teaspoon garlic powder
Black pepper and Cajun or Creole seasoning to taste
1           egg
1          (15-ounce) can cream-style corn
1/2       cup finely chopped onions
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Worcestershire sauce to taste

Heat vegetable oil in large frying skillet. Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Mix together the wet ingredients in a small bowl; blend until well mixed. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. (If consistency is too thick, add milk, a little at a time) Form batter into small balls and drop into hot oil. Cook until lightly brown. Serve with your favorite fish and fries.
                 Sausage Biscuits:
1         pound bulk pork sausage
2         cups biscuit baking mix
1         teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1         egg, beaten
1/2      cup water

1 .  Make sausage into patties , fry in non-stick skillet about 3-4 minutes each side , remove to paper towel to drain.

2 .  Mix all ingredients; drop by spoonful's on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350-degree oven until brown, approximately 25 minutes. These will keep well in a sealed container for several days.

TIP:1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese may be added.


  1. Nothing better than freshly caught fish that you panfry. Best way to cook fish, IMO. And with homemade tartar sauce? And hushpuppies? We're talking real feast here. Everything looks wonderful! Thanks so much.

    1. Hi John , I never met a person that don't like fish , they seem to taste better cooked outside in the open . Thanks for stopping by :) .

  2. Dear Nee,
    Oh my, I don't know which recipe to look at first..they are all fabulous and so yummy I am sure. Your trip to the lake must have been wonderful as the weather must be perfect for your time together with your family. These dishes are so great together..Love the fish, tomato pie, slaw, and hushpuppies...The Sausage Biscuits look really good too. But I would have to say that my favorite is the slaw and the tomato pie..have book marked these and will print them out... Thanks for sharing all of your splendid recipes. Have a glorious day dear friend...
    Dottie :)

    1. Dear Dottie ,
      The kids love the lake , yes , the weather is still nice but , can change at a moments notice . I think we may make a few more visits before closing the cabin down for the winter . The kids like decorating it for Christmas . We do spend a lot of time at the cabin . try all the dishes and add or subtract to make it your own . As you can see they all are fast and easy . Thanks for stopping by . Have a great week . Thanks for stopping by :) (HUGS) Nee

  3. Can I have them all? :D both outdoors and indoors :D

    1. Hi Medeja , yes , you can have them all . My kids eat the hushpuppies for snacks . Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Hi Nee, looks like you guys had a feast at the lake. Love the way you prepared the fish.

    1. Hi Cheri , we love the lake , lots of fishing and good eating . May get another chance to fish and cookout before we have to close the cabin down for the winter . Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. Hello Nee,
    I'm not very fond of fish but I do like to cook fish fillets for my big kids. They love pan-fried or deep fried especially Fish & chips ! I see that you all had a wonderful time enjoying these fabulous dishes outdoor :)

  6. Hi Karen ,
    Your kids will love this dish , be sure to make them the tartar sauce . Thanks for stopping by :)


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