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What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Round 4 (fish/seafood)

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Tonight I made Cajun Baked Catfish! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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I used extra virgin olive oil instead of canola. And Chef Meg put me on to smoked paprika; having never seen it in the modest little groceries where I shop, I had ordered some online. This was my first opportunity to use it! The recipe calls for regular paprika, but I figured the smoky flavor would combine really well with the Cajun flavors.

Unfortunately my goofy housemate had brought home a WHOLE catfish (well, it was gutted & didn't have its head--but everything else was there), even though we had talked about steaks, filets or chunks. She thought she was saving $$, but I don't think she actually did. Anyway, it quickly proved impossible for me to get it off the bone raw, so I smeared both sides & the cut-open inside surfaces with the seasoning mixture & stuck it in the hot oven like that. It took much longer to bake than the recipe, because of being so much thicker; it ended up in the oven about 31 minutes.

I have eaten one small filet thus far & hereby pronounce this recipe GREAT! The whole fish seems to have a fishier smell/flavor than catfish chunks/filets normally do; I guess it's been rinsed less in preparation or something. But this was not a problem, because the Cajun spiciness addresses it just fine--maybe dealing with catfish fishiness was one of the reasons they came up with this spice combo in the first place! And the smokiness is not overwhelming, just right.

I love how easy this recipe is.

But next time I will definitely shop for my own fish (chunks).

  
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-AMANDA79- 3/6/2013 10:29AM

    Yummy!! emoticon
I don't trust anyone to go to the grocery store for me!


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INAFFIT319 3/6/2013 7:14AM

    Thank you! When I think of catfish, I always think of deep fried, southern style, greasy, and that's not so healthy. This is a nice varition!

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CARLYG8 3/4/2013 7:39AM

    My hubby loves to fish, and the freezer is always stocked with fish fillets ready to go, all year long. I try and try to get him to let me experiment with his fish, but he insists on frying it. He has no sense of adventure (laughs). You would think that he would have learned by now that some of his favorite foods and dishes are my "experiments"!

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MOTIV8N2LOSE 3/4/2013 4:50AM

    Cajun emoticon emoticon sounds yummy... emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/4/2013 4:09AM

    bravo for trying something new

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TINAJANE76 3/4/2013 4:08AM

    I'm there for anything that's Cajun! I also find catfish to sometimes be a bit "fishier" than other milder varieties of fish, but a nice seasoning blend can do wonders for it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Making it a habit?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I'm not sure how much I can do to persuade myself to go to bed at a good time! Of course it's important to start GETTING READY for bed in time to land there by 10:30-11. It often takes me about half an hour in all, because besides putting away whatever I've been doing, I put out the next day's clothes to make morning easier, plus the exercise clothes I'm going to sleep in (I wear regular jammies only when I know I'm not going to exercise the next a.m.); take my nighttime supplements; floss, brush teeth, set alarm, change into sleeping clothes.

Here at Spark I've had elements of good sleep habits set up as "other goals" for a LONG time. Being able to check those off, especially the "get to bed between 10:30 & 11" one, is nice, but it's delayed--can't normally do it till the next day, & then I'm not really thinking about it. So that doesn't give me much extra motivation.

Maybe just blogging about it will be enough for now to get me on track. Tomorrow I'll report on whether I hit that magic time window tonight!

  
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CARLYG8 3/4/2013 7:32AM

    Lullaby...and good night!...(laughs) I would sing to you, but the screeching would keep you awake!!

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The key habit

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The habit I'm most remiss with is getting to bed at a decent time that (if I sleep well enough) will allow me to be up the next morning in time for significant exercise. So much hangs on hitting that 10:30-11:00 window, & it is SO easy for me to let it pass as I play solitaire, watch Miss Marple on Netflix, read the news, or work on a freelance project. I'm more of a night owl (though not extreme) than a morning person. But because my work commute is long, & because I am constantly fending off insomnia (which means I need to avoid intense physical activity in the evening, among other things), evening exercise is not a good idea for me.

So this week I'll think about why bedtime is such a struggle for me & what strategies I can develop to address it at this stage of life.

In other news, I was well enough to drag myself to work yesterday ("drag" because I'm not yet perky), & today I actually plan to exercise. (On Saturday I don't have to exercise first thing!) I think it will be a series of strength training exercises rather than a video routine combining ST & cardio. Still trying to avoid coughing attacks.

P.S. Editing to add: Yesterday a.m. I weighed myself, & I decided to post my weight then so as not to have to bother with it today. But, after a week of "perfect attendance" in posting exercise & LTGL points on the Starfish tracking thread, that night I forgot to do that task before midnight! Doh. I've never won very many perfect-attendance prizes. emoticon

  
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KKLENNERT809 3/2/2013 10:57PM

    Enjoyed your blog, and I too struggle to get to bed by 10 or 1030. Getting a good night's sleep makes all the difference on your day! Let's both keep trying to get that good night's sleep.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/2/2013 8:51PM

    Aw man, that stinks about the perfect attendance. Theres always this week. You can do this!

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HHB4181 3/2/2013 8:40PM

    I do the same thing, sometimes just keep playing on the computer instead of going to bed. Looking at the computer screen probably isn't good for your insomnia either, right? That's a good one to work on!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/2/2013 8:40PM

    Good luck with getting control of a bedtime routine. Have you tried the Sleep Challenge team? I took that and it did help.

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AMYLONGHORN 3/2/2013 5:41PM

    Even though I go to bed around 11 p.m. every night, sometimes it is still a struggle for me to get out of bed when my alarm goes off at 7 a.m.! Snooze is my friend! We have a regular nightly routine of getting in bed and switching between watching Friends, King of Queens, and That 70s Show. I would like to try to read at night instead of watching TV...note to self: get a lamp for my nightstand!

Glad you are feeling better, Ruth!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/2/2013 5:40PM

    Me & you are two kindred spirits......I hate going to bed some times but I do have romantic notions about just laying under my covers warm & awake. I have to make myself go to sleep because the day I left behind was full of so much I just desire to savor every moment.....aaaahhhhhhhh

God bless Ruth!

Dee

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HEALTHY156 3/2/2013 3:58PM

    That is a great idea. I fight insomnia as well. Good luck!

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DONNACFIT 3/2/2013 2:29PM

    Great blog!! I usually always get enough sleep but now that we are into calving..it's not always the case..like last night we were out in the barn until after midnight trying to get a first calf heifer's calf to nurse....

Lots of excitment here on the ranch :)

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BEATLETOT 3/2/2013 2:21PM

    Hooray, I'm glad you're feeling better!!!

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MTULLY 3/2/2013 1:32PM

    The importance of sleep is definitely underrated. SP articles have been a font of information on the subject and have helped make me very aware of its benefits. Because you suffer from insomnia, it does make it that much more of a challenge, but I know you can do this! Good for you for making it a priority this week!

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The key habit

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The habit I'm most remiss with is getting to bed at a decent time that (if I sleep well enough) will allow me to be up the next morning in time for significant exercise. So much hangs on hitting that 10:30-11:00 window, & it is SO easy for me to let it pass as I play solitaire, watch Miss Marple on Netflix, read the news, or work on a freelance project. I'm more of a night owl (though not extreme) than a morning person. But because my work commute is long, & because I am constantly fending off insomnia (which means I need to avoid intense physical activity in the evening, among other things), evening exercise is not a good idea for me.

So this week I'll think about why bedtime is such a struggle for me & what strategies I can develop to address it at this stage of life.

In other news, I was well enough to drag myself to work yesterday ("drag" because I'm not yet perky), & today I actually plan to exercise. (On Saturday I don't have to exercise first thing!) I think it will be a series of strength training exercises rather than a video routine combining ST & cardio. Still trying to avoid coughing attacks.

  
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MOTIV8N2LOSE 3/2/2013 8:04PM

    I have the same issue,we can be the main problem why we can't sleep, you picked a good goal to work on. We must always take the time out for our health. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HONDURASDONNA 3/2/2013 2:07PM

    I've been reading a lot about the importance of getting a good night's sleep! Good choice, and good luck! emoticon

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This is a really bad cold

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I get sick only very seldom; when I do it's because the virus is super-nasty. This cough sounds like my agonized lungs are trying to turn themselves inside out--it's REALLY deep in my chest. I also have a headache (rare for me) & now also sniffles. Pity party! emoticon

But I'm thankful. My mortgage refinancing is moving forward. It looks as if I'll get a 15-year loan with an interest rate under 3%. Another step toward repairing the financial harm caused by X . . .

I've had NO energy for exercising; it feels as if it would stimulate my cough & thrust me into deeper misery. At least I'm able to keep up with work, mostly from home.

That's my quick update! Hopefully soon I'll be contributing to the Starfishies' "air miles." In the meantime, I'm getting PLENTY of fluids for the drink-your-water challenge.

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MTULLY 3/1/2013 9:39PM

    I hope you are feeling better! Love your new profile picture. So sweet!

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HHB4181 2/28/2013 3:52PM

    I have a really bad cold too and can't exercise either. But I'm so sick, I don't feel like it. It's a bad year.
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RUNNERRACHEL 2/28/2013 12:12AM

    Feel better! Sounds rough. I am glad you can work from home. So keep taking care of yourself. emoticon

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AMYLONGHORN 2/27/2013 8:47AM

    Feel better soon...sending good health juju your way!!

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BEATLETOT 2/27/2013 3:12AM

    Yeah, no exercise till you're well!!! emoticon

Which I hope is soon. Maybe if you're feeling up to it, you could do some yoga or Pilates or something. But when I'm not feeling well, even the thought of having to get up off the floor is enough to deter me from lying down on it!

My fella is leaving for a few weeks today, first to DC, then to Lima. Maybe after he gets back, we can get together. That way he can watch Baby Boy while I'm gone!

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STITCHINGNAN 2/27/2013 1:20AM

    I can sympathise as feel exactly the same as you and I am in. England , I expect the word virus will soon be said as it feels worse than any cold I have had ,,all we can do is wait for it to pass . Irene emoticon

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DEBBY4576 2/26/2013 11:10PM

    Hope you get better soon. I've talked to others with the big nasty cold this year, and they all say it really lasts too. Hope since you normally don't succumb, that you'll be over it real soon.

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