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What’s for Dinner? Fried Fish and Cabbage

29 Mar

IMG_0598Since I picked up some cabbage on sale, I knew an upcoming dinner would have to include it.  With the holidays quickly approaching, I decided we would have fried fish and cabbage.  Even though I’m on a quest to healthier eating, I gave into friend fish rather than baked or broiled since it’s what my kids like best.

I used Tony Chachere’s Cajun Fish Fry mix.  I never know whether I can trust these pre-made mixes to season my food to my liking.  Knowing how bland I find some marinades and pre-made mixes, I lightly seasoned my Tilapia after rinsing it and patting it dry.  Following the directions on the box, I mixed one cup of milk and one egg.  I emptied the mix into a ziplock bag and let my oil heat while I arranged everything.  An organized kitchen is something I MUST have while cooking.

Once the fish was ready to cook, I chopped the cabbage.  I put a few tablespoons of Olive Oil into the pan.  Once it was heated, I added the cabbage and covered it, IMG_0604stirring occasionally.

I fried the tilapia fillets in batches of three.  They were laid to drain over brown paper bags.  Paper towels can do the same job, but there’s something about brown paper bags that keeps fried foods crispy.  Once the cabbage began to wilt (maybe 10 mins or so), I added a cup of water, seasoned it with seasoned salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  I covered and let it cook while stirring occasionally.

The fish was delicious as was the cabbage.  While my cabbage normally comes out spicy (from the black pepper and sometimes I used crushed red pepper), it didn’t this time.  It was good, but I like it better when it’s spicy.

 

 

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My New Found Friend: Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker (Review)

29 Mar

IMG_0634At the insistence of my eldest son, I finally broke down and bought a waffle maker.  I hate having a different small appliance for each and every thing, however I am hoping it will inspire him to cook more.

While shopping on Amazon, there were several waffle maker options and I decided to buy the Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker.  Maybe it was the name or maybe it was the adjustable browning level, either way, it would be a nice addition to my kitchen. About $30 + tax and two business days later, my precious waffle maker had arrived.  The next morning, I rushed to open it and make the best waffles ever.

It was a disaster.

The first waffle was stuck to the upper and bottom portions of the waffle maker.  What the hell did I do wrong? Waffle making is not rocket science! After another ugly looking waffle, I went back to the directions.  I finally found where the instruction booklet suggests seasoning the waffle maker before first use.  I was appalled that it wasn’t under instructions for use, but off to the side.

My Pam cooking spray spared me the embarrassment of anymore ugly looking waffles.  I still have two more pet peeves: Even on the highest browning setting, the waffles are awfully light and not really crisp at all.  According to the instruction booklet, darker waffles are crispier.  This is not the case. Next, I had to use Pam each and every time I made a waffle.  What’s the point of non-stick?  I wouldn’t be so peeved if the directions clearly told me to use oil/spray with each waffle.  Instead, the note next to the directions says I need to season the waffle maker as if it is a cast iron skillet.

Overall, I like my waffle maker.  It comes with a limited 3yr. warranty which is more than most appliances, small or large, carry.  The indicator light shows when the appliance is ready to use, cooking, and finished cooking.  Once I got the hang of it, the waffles came out pretty good.  I made chocolate chip pancakes to break my baby in (pancake mix + chocolate chips).  Now I’m looking forward to banana pancakes, or maybe we’ll try the fruit pancakes from the Cuisinart Recipe Booklet.

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