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Seafood Stuffed Peppers June 28, 2012

Filed under: Fish,Leftovers,Quick and Easy,Seafood — hmills96 @ 6:48 pm

It is 106 degrees today in Indy. 106!!!! The next 7 days are supposed to be over 100 degrees. This is craziness. I’m starting to think someone switched my Hoosier State with Arizona. It’s so dry–I’m not sure I have ever experienced a dry heat like this. It usually gets pretty hot in August, but we have storms every other day to balance things out. I couldn’t tell you the last time it rained here. The grass looks like straw, and the rumor is that the 4th of July fireworks are going to be cancelled.

So of course, what do I do when it’s hot? Turn on the stove and the oven. Yeah…great plan Haley. But, today was really stressful, and that means it was kitchen playtime. I had sauteed an extra bass filet the other night and it needed to be eaten, and my bell pepper was begging to be roasted. This was really great, much more my style than rice stuffed peppers. You could use anchovies in this, if that’s your style, or salmon. Really any seafood. These quite spicy enough for me, I’ll maybe add sriracha or cayenne to it next time.


Seafood Stuffed Peppers
Adapted from

1 bell pepper, cored and seeded
Olive Oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Cooked fish of any kind
Your choice of herbs, minced (I used basil and dill)
Red Pepper flakes
1/2-1 cup breadcrumbs (I used crackers)
1 egg, beaten with 2 TBSP warm water
1 cup cheese (I used Italian Blend, again, use what you like)

Preheat broiler.

Sautee garlic in oil. Add flaked fish, herbs, and crumbs. Cook for two minutes.

Stir in beaten egg. Add cheese, and more water if needed to make a soft mixture.

Stuff peppers with egg mixture.

Place back in pan, and roast under broiler until peppers are starting to blacken.

Remove and enjoy!

You could definitely roast these in a baking pan if you were doing multiples. Or make the filling ahead of time, freeze, and then stuff and roast the peppers as you want them. Or these would be great on a grill! Gotta love flexible recipes!


Tuna Salad February 9, 2011

Filed under: Cookout/Potluck,Fish,Quick and Easy,Salad,Sandwiches,Seafood — hmills96 @ 11:57 am

I posted the other night on Facebook that I had never had tuna salad before. My friends couldn’t believe that I had never tried it! It’s such a popular thing around here, where mayo-based salads are king at graduation parties and funerals.

I’ve only just recently started to enjoy mayo salads, and usually, I have to make it myself with the olive oil mayo. The original stuff is just way to…Mayoie. Plus, tuna was not something my mom ever kept around the house or cooked with. But, I’m on the lookout for really cheap, filling meals, and tuna is definitely inexpensive.

Overall, I enjoyed this. Simple, but good. It made enough for 4 sandwiches.

Tuna Salad
Adapted from

12 oz can of tuna
3 Tbsp olive oil mayo
3 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1/8 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Easy enough? Gotta love those kinds of recipes!


Pasta with Sardines and Sun-Dried Tomatoes January 17, 2011

Filed under: Fish,Italian,pasta,Quick and Easy — hmills96 @ 7:26 pm

There’s just something about trying a new ingredient. Something you’ve never tried before. It opens so many new doors, new flavors.

I remember the first time anyone introduced me to sardines. It was in our high school Home Ec class (or whatever they were calling it then). My teacher pulled out a can of sardines and dared people to try them. Well, I have to admit, I didn’t have the balls at that time. Or the palate either. Boy did I miss out.

Lately I’ve been curious about them. I think it’s probably from watching Anthony Bourdain eat the bigger, European version on his show. They always look so good. The great thing about them is that they are really rather inexpensive. Cheap food is good on my budget right now. Toss in some sun-dried tomatoes and oh man your taste buds come alive. Seriously, don’t be a doubter, try this.

Pasta with Sardines and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Adapted from

8 oz fettuccine
Olive Oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tin sardines, boneless
6-8 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon, divided

Start your water boiling, salt it, toss your pasta in.

Heat oil over medium heat, add onions. Cook the onions until they are just soft, add garlic. Cook for about another minute. Add sardines and tomatoes. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into sauce. Cook until pasta is done.

Add 1 ladle pasta water to sauce. Drain pasta and add it to the sauce. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over pasta, stir to combine. Serve immediately.


Spiced Glazed Catfish August 10, 2010

Filed under: Asian,Fish,Quick and Easy — hmills96 @ 7:06 pm
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This summer has been HOT. I think I say this every summer, but it seems like it is hotter than last year. I was not built for Indiana summer. Give me fall and winter any day. I’m fair-skinned and I burn easily, and since I got sun poisoning at the beginning of the summer this year, my heat sensitivity has dropped to nil.

So when J and I found ourselves suffocating at his unit’s annual family picnic Sunday, I knew we had to find somewhere to cool off. We called Canoe Country and headed out to float down the river in inner tubes for the afternoon. I would recommend this to anyone with a free afternoon! It was only $20 for the two of us for four hours, which was really probably too long in a tube. I would recommend the 2.5 hour trip. Save the longer trips for canoes and kayaks, which also looked like lots of fun on a day when we are feeling more active. The prices are not much higher either. The river felt so good!

Oh, and I didn’t get sunburned because I have a new floppy straw hat to protect me! Isn’t it the greatest?

I debated on posting this recipe. It was good, but not great. I think the problem was the spices I used. The original recipe calls for Chinese five-spice, but I didn’t have any, so I tried to make up a blend of “orientalish” spices. However, my spice cabinet is made up of mostly Italian based herbs and spices so that was not easy. There was too much curry powder in this mix. But the concept of this recipe is a good one, play around with the spice mix you use. If you can find an Asian based mix, or five-spice, definitely use that. In the end, I decided to post it because I finally took a really great picture! Is that sad?

Spiced Glazed Catfish
Adapted from Noble Pig

2 catfish filets
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp clove
1 tsp red curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 ground pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp brown sugar
Half a bell pepper, cut into bite sized pieces

Sprinkle both sides of filets with spice mix. Combine soy sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl.

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish and peppers and cook about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, turn fish over and pour sauce over fish. Bring to boil and cook until fish is cooked through.

Serve fish with peppers and sauce.


Bad Blogger Lady December 2, 2009

Filed under: Fish,NaBloWriMo,Quick and Easy — hmills96 @ 4:06 am

Well, I failed the NaBloWriMo challenge. I was doing SOOO good! But I have been bringing hours worth of paperwork home at night, and have not been feeling well on top of that. I have not really cooked anything in a long time, just quick easy things, if I cook anything at all. I had a doctor’s appointment today, and some tests over the next two days to see what is going on. Hopefully we can get it all figured out, I really miss cooking.

I did cook tonight, just some quick steamed fish. It was delicious, but I was almost too tired to even do that! I cheated a bit here and used a bottled sauce, so this is more of a “how-to” than a real recipe.
Asian Steamed Fish
2 fillets white fish (I used catfish, use what you have on hand)
1 cup of your favorite stir fry sauce (I used General Tso’s)
Red pepper flakes
Sesame Seeds
Soy Sauce
Heat 2 Tbsp oil over Medium high heat. In a separate dish, coat fish in sauce. Sprinkle red pepper flakes and sesame seeds on both sides. When oil is hot, place fish in pan and cover. Cook for approx. 5 minutes, or until flesh flakes with a fork. Serve over rice.

Finally Friday! November 7, 2009

Filed under: Fish,My Recipes,NaBloWriMo,Quick and Easy — hmills96 @ 3:26 am

Oh Friday nights. They are like a huge sigh of relief. Except usually, I come home and relax. Tonight…not so much. Why not? Well, I am entering a cheesecake contest tomorrow. A nearby winery is having their annual holiday festival, and a coworker and I are entering the contest. She is pretty famous for her cheesecakes, and has even shipped hers to California to be tested by a restaurateur! Me, it’s just an experiment. I’ve never made a real cheesecake before and I thought it would be fun to try! I’ll post that recipe tomorrow, once I can see how it turns out.

Because I was busy making the cheesecake, I didn’t cook dinner. We ordered a pizza instead. Oh No! I have to post SOMETHING for NaBloWriMo! So I have for you tonight is one of my old standby recipes. It’s one of those that I don’t really have a set recipe for, or even know where it originally came for. I often will buy catfish or other whitefish on sale, and freeze each fillet individually in small baggies, then leave one out to thaw if I know I’m going to be alone for dinner. Just throw together a salad, or some SteamFresh veggies and you have a pretty good meal.
Pan-Fried Catfish
1 Fillet Catfish
Your favorite spice rub
Melt a pad of butter in a skillet over medium high heat. While butter is heating, rub spices into both sides of fish. Place fish in pan. Fry on both sides until meat is flaky, just a few minutes each. Put on plate and pour any extra butter over the top.
See, easy!!