Blackened Catfish Feast

I love being home. No pressure, no dress code, just relaxing and playing with the family. As usual, we fit in at least one movie day. Our pick was the rom-com “How do you know” and for how much I love Reese and the fact that it was set in DC, it still was a total cinematic failure. We killed time at the mall before the movie and picked up a couple much needed pieces of See’s Candy.

IMG_0097On the way home we stopped at a ginormous grocery store, Fred Meyer. A sort of Costco-Target-Safeway hybrid.
IMG_0101Another one of our household Christmas traditions is assembling puzzles. Sophie (sister) and I spent the afternoon puzzling by the fire until it was dinner-prep time.
IMG_0102The menu tonight was extensive. We had blackened catfish, roasted Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed greens salad with Bartlett pears & almonds and a side of crusty bread.IMG_0111We used Ina Garden’s Roasted Brussel Sprout recipe for these petit chou. IMG_0103IMG_0106IMG_0108The blackened catfish recipe came from Epicurious and uses the following ingredients:
2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
1/2 tsp dried thyme, crumbled
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 catfish fillets (about 1 pound)
1 large garlic clove, sliced thing
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
lemon wedges as an accompaniment

IMG_0114Combine first seven ingredients to make rub. Pat fish dry and sprinkle or rub spice mixture onto both sides of fish. In a large skillet sauté garlic in the oil and butter, then add fish. Cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. IMG_0116


The Top Chef herself in the appropriate chef-wear. A great first dinner at home Plate


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