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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Perch & Pickerel Fish Fry

Perch & Pickerel Fish Fry
November 30, 2007

I've quite busy in the kitchen the past week catching up on the basics like making yogurt and peameal bacon as well as freezing several pounds of acorn squash, rutabagas and sweet potatoes. On the canning front, I canned six 500 ml jars of homemade spaghetti meat sauce and the same amount of carrots. Wednesday I experimented with pressure cooking pork hocks to make a tasty soup with dumplings but it needs a bit more tweaking before I write about it. Thursday's dinner was home canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches made with real cheddar cheese. So even though there was a lot going on there wasn't a lot to write about. Last night a group of us went to an all you can fish fry fund raiser.

Food events are always a lot of fun and this was no exception! This fish fry was part of a series of food events put on by this group. The setting was a small hall in a very rural area about a forty minute drive away. The fish did not disappoint. I really should have labelled the fish. The pickerel was deep fried (top) or pan fried (right) and the perch (middle) was pan fried. Sides included French fries, corn, peas & carrots and coleslaw. There were cheese, raw vegetable and gerkin platters. The choice of drinks ranged from alcoholic to non-alcoholic. Afterwards there were two meat draws and it was some really nice looking cuts of beef. One from our group won tow T-bone steaks. These were a good inch and a half thick! So if you get a chance, do check out the smaller food events in your area. They tend to be excellent value for your dollar. Most are quite good and an enjoyable way to spend an evening.

We are off shortly to visit a couple of our kids and babysit grandbaby :) so will be gone for the weekend. I'll be doing a little cooking while away with a couple of special things planned so be sure to check back Monday.

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