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The Storm of the Centruy and Two Variations on Cod Chowder

It is finally Summer in the UP.  We recently had some devastating floods here, which in itself is a major anomaly.  Hancock and Houghton are not on flood plain; we are on hills, with a canal bisecting the two communities.  What happened in the early morning of June 11, 2018, was over seven inches of rain came down in the span of about 4 hours.  Sunday morning (Father's Day) after the rain subsided is when the damage happened.  The storm drains gave way and roads washed out, bridges and footpaths destroyed and several people being displaced from their homes.  It was a fluke and is being touted as the Storm of the Century.  Never in my lifetime have I seen such a thing.  Here are a few photos to prove my point.




The clean up is underway but it is going to be a long way to recover.  The National Guard was called out as well and they have been here repairing infrastructure for over a week.  #CopperCountryStrong


I wanted to share two great recipes that I have tried recently, both very s…
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Memorial Day Getaway: Chefusion and the Creamery, Green Bay, WI

Our nephew graduated this weekend from Libertyville HS in Illinois; it was a very large school in a Chicago suburb.  510 graduates!  Quite a difference from the 50 or so we have commence each Spring in Hancock, MI.

We had Chicago Deep Dish pizza from Lou Malgnatti's (yum) for the Grad Party and on our way back home, we spent a night in Green Bay and visited with Ron's sister for a day.  Downtown Green Bay seems to be awakening somewhat; there are several restaurants and shops on the river and also, many of the previously abandoned and boarded buildings in the downtown streets have been re-purposed as trendy apartments and eateries.

We went to a small plates restaurant and  Jazz club.  The place was called Chefusion.  It is an eclectic and nicely upscale place located on the 2nd floor on an old downtown building.  The food and atmosphere were great.  I had a three course small plate meal consisting of choices of first course, entree and dessert.  I also added lobster bisque for…

Sole with Soul - Fab Foodie Mama is Eating Clean

I have blogged quite a bit in 2018 so far.  I don't create a post unless I have something to say or something to share that I think others may enjoy.  But gladly, I have been cooking quite a bit and have been adventurous in my cooking (and eating), therefore, I have been much more prolific recently.

I hope you are enjoying these easy and delicious recipes.  What you will see here is another meal from Sun Basket, titled:  Sole with Green Harissa and Warm Carrot-Celery Salad.  It was a very nice combination of flavors,  from the spicy harissa to the sweet currants in the warm carrot and celery salad.  I can tell when I am eating clean;  I have energy after eating instead of feeling bogged down.  This is another keeper.  I'd like to make again with trout or walleye, some of the great fish options native to Lake Superior.  The harissa sauce is common in North African cooking and is a chili pepper condiment that can be used on almost everything.  It is made from cayenne, parsley, …

#Sun Basket Meal Bags Have Arrived

I am really enjoying the meal boxes that I have been getting over the past several weeks.  I love the fact that food in not wasted; they only give you what you need to make the number servings you are preparing, and the variety of options has been quite appealing.  Foodie Mama is a FAN!

This week, I tried Sun Basket.  (In previous weeks I tired Hello Fresh and Home Chef).  Sun Basket markets itself as more of an organic choice over the others.  All of the fish is wild caught and all of the produce is organic.  The two dishes I have tried so far have been ones I would definitely make again - or order again in my next Sun Basket Box!

Sun Basket also allows you to choose from any of the meals form any type (vegetarian, pescetarian, meat lovers, gluten free, low carb, etc) so I liked that versatility, also, you can select as little as 2 meals per week, whereas the others I have tried, the minimum was 3 per week.  One more plus was Sun Basket allows you to change your protein (eg:  scallop…

Spicy Asian Cod Cakes - Thanks, Home Chef!

I made another Home Chef meal today for Mickayla and I.  Spicy Asian Cod Cakes.  They were excellent.  I had never made and fish cakes or crab cakes before.  These turned out delicious, except that I burned the green beans (so I substituted spinach in my version).  Some of the spice packets and mixtures didn't provide ingredients so I will guess here at the exact contents.

As I sit here writing this, about 20 minutes after eating, the noodles have almost immediately made me tired.  Ugh.  When will I learn?  But it tastes so darn good!  I could have left out the pasta and been satisfied with just the cod cakes.  I will definitely make these fish cakes again, perhaps next time with a honey mustard or lemon based dipping sauce instead of the Asian flavoring and skip the noodles.

Next week I will try a vegetarian Sun Basket brand meal kit.


Spicy Asian Cod Cakes from Home Chef (2 servings)
Ingredients:
4 T Olive Oil5 oz Spaghetti4 oz Green Beans12 oz Cod (thawed, if frozen)1/2 C Panko …

Not Rocket Science...plants just make you feel better

I have blogged a lot recently about trying to eat more of a plant based diet.  I've been going along pretty consistently for a couple of months now and it is amazing how much better I feel when I eat mainly vegetables, lentils and (mainly gluten free) grains.

I have SO much more energy when I don't load up on the meats, the refined carbs and all the sugars I had been eating for so long.  Don't get me wrong, I do indulge.  In fact, I turn 51 on Friday and will make sure I have a piece of birthday cake.  My goals will simply be to EAT MOSTLY PLANTS and to GET LIGHT!

I made up this soup recipe this morning because I was craving something spicy and also wanted to have a vegan day.  This really was made from things in the cupboards.  Alter as you like.  It's just soup, you know.  Have fun with it. :-)

GET LIGHT!
   - Foodie Mama



Spicy Bean Soup
Ingredients:

2 T Olive Oil
1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic or equivalent minced garlic
1 Can Diced Green Chilies w/ …

Home Chef Food Box - Meal #1:

Home Chef is another one of the food box companies and I just tried my first meal today.  It was a very comforting dish called:  French Onion Shrimp and Grits.  This was quite good.  I would say that if I were to make it again, I'd reduce the amount of grits to about 1/4 cup (vs about 1 cup)  and use larger shrimp.  The grits seem to overtake the meal, and I'd prefer the shrimp to be the star.  It still was quite tasty, and as I said, so comforting.

Enjoy!
 - Fab Foodie Mama

French Onion Shrimp and Grits
Ingredients:

6 oz Butter
6 Chives
1 Shallot
8 oz Shrimp
1/2 c Instant Grits
2 oz Grated Parmesan
1 oz White Cooking Wine
2 oz Sour Cream


Directions:

Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small pot Peel and halve the shallot.  Slice into thin stripsMince chivesPat shrimp dry, and season both sides with 1/4 t salt and a pinch of pepperStir grits into boiling waterreduce heat to low and stir constantly until smooth (5-7 minutes)Stir in Parmesan, 3 oz of butter, 1/4 t salt, and a …

Food Mama loves Cinco De Mayo

I have been enjoying my food boxes.  I had my second week of Hello Fresh and now have also tried Home Chef.

In observance of Cinco de Mayo, which also happens to be my Mom's birthday, I made some Crispy Chickpea Tacos from Hello Fresh.  This dish was good.  It lacked some of the flavors from herbs and spices I came to expect from Hello Fresh, but good nonetheless.  The favorite thing for me about this recipe was the roasted chickpeas.  This was a nice, fresh dinner for 2.

To all my followers, I am now fabfoodiemama.com as well as foodiemama.net.  I just got another domain name.  Sadly, foodiemama.com is too expensive for this mama to fork out the dough (ugh, sorry, but I love puns)


Crispy Chickpea Tacos
Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas (~13.4 oz)
1 T Southwest Spice Blend - included with the box; I can't tell exactly what is in here but you could experiment with some chili powder, salt and pepper or google it
1 Bell Pepper
1 Red Onion
2 Scallions
1 Lime
1 Avocado
6 Flour Tortillas

Love the Grilling Cheese - Saag Paneer

When I received my Hello Fresh box a few weeks back there was a great recipe titled: Grilled Cheese and Veggie Jumble

That dish was just delicious and it was the 'grilling cheese' which was the best part.  I had not used it before in any of my cooking and after looking on line, it is just paneer, the Indian cheese that I love in my favorite dishes Saag Paneer and Palack Paneer.  I had noever tried to actually make either of these recipes, but I decided to give it a try.  Rachel and I found a recipe for Saag Paneer on AllRecipies.com and gave it a go!  We had it with naan and stuffed yellow peppers.   You can modify the heat to your liking.


Saag Paneer
Ingredients:

12 - 16 oz fresh spinach
1/2 lb paneer, cubed into 1-1 1/2 pieces
3 T oil (vegetable oil or olive oil)
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 roma tomato, diced
2t cumin
1t ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
2t garam masala
1 t tumeric
1-2 T sambal oelek (or other hot chili paste)
1/2 C whipping cream
salt to taste

Directio…

Spring has Arrived

We have had a long, seemingly never ending Winter this year.  It just hung on and did not want to let us go.  Today however, we can say that Spring is here to stay - we saw 62 with blue sky abounding.  There were a few predictions of a Wintry mix on Friday, but nothing came to be.  It was sunny all weekend and it is still 48 degrees now, Sunday evening at 8:30 PM.

I had a busy weekend; cleaned some closets, loaded up bags of clothing for charity, gave my laundry room a good Spring cleaning and assorted other chores that I had been putting off.

It was also my nephew's 3rd birthday so I went to my brother's house for a little party.  He is a hoot and a cutie.  He was rushing through the pizza and cake to get to the presents!

Ron and Will have been in Chicago all weekend for the first Guts Frisbee tournament of the season; the Illinois Indoor.  They play on Team Shottle Bop; our party store being the sponsor.  And guess what?  THEY WON IT!  I watched the final match on a live str…