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Saturday
Aug072010

Thumbs Up!

Salsas are a quick and easy way to enliven virtually any main dish.  Added bonus—children of all ages seem to love salsa--incorporating it into the menu can increase the chance of earning a Thumbs Up! at your family dinner table.  There are a wealth of wonderful salsa recipes and ready-made salsas available, offering an extensive range of flavor combinations.  Warming the salsa can also give it a totally different affect.    

Example:  Ranchero Catfish, which I developed for the Catfish Institute years ago.  It continues to be a family favorite.  This recipe is a great way to get children to like catfish--and to help cook, crushing the tortilla chips.  Place chips in a well-sealed food-safe plastic bag and crush with rolling pin.  I find children are much more likely to try something new, if they take part in the preparation.

Ranchero Catfish
4 Catfish fillets, 4 - 6 oz each
1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
2 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup of your favorite salsa 
Optional Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.  Cut each catfish fillet in half. Rinse in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.  Mix crushed tortilla chips and chili powder in a shallow dish.  Mix lime juice and oil in another shallow dish. Dip catfish in the lime mixture, then immediately dredge in the seasoned tortilla crumbs to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle catfish with any remaining tortilla crumbs.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.  Warm salsa in a small saucepan over low heat.  Arrange catfish on serving plates and spoon salsa across the center. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro, if desired, and serve.
4 servings.                    

For a sampling of delicious salsa recipes, visit: http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=salsa+recipes&x=0&y=0

 

Monday
Aug022010

Welcome Fans of Food

Welcome to the new food site on the web called Fan of Food.  This site is designed to discuss and endorse (become a FAN of) hot new food trends from the home kitchen, grocery store, farmers market, restaurants, and anywhere else we find food we love.  Stay tuned for more soon!

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