Jul 30, 2014

What's the Haps Wednesday {Because I'm Happy...}

Last week, the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research released the happiest and unhappiest cities in the United States.

The top 5 cities are all in one state: Louisiana!  

Considering our economy, education system, environmental issues like oil spills, hurricanes and flooding, poverty, and that we are sinking into the Gulf, it might be hard to believe that we have much of anything to be happy about.

(I take these studies with a grain of salt anyway)

But apparently good food, music, strong family ties, love of friends and "passin' a good time," and our laissez les bons temps rouler, joie de vivre approach to life can overcome all of the problems we face.

I mean, how can you not be happy listening to this:

Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters perform at Vermilionville's Bal du Dimanche

Today.com followed this Happiest & Unhappiest City study with "Why people in Louisiana are so happy (and how you can be too)."  It's an interesting read and confirms what I suspected.

My favorite quote from the article:
"Nobody makes a gumbo for one."

Jul 28, 2014

Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation and Grilled Herb Butter Redfish

There's nothing like catching and/or growing your supper.
Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace

It's not necessarily less expensive than going to the store, but it's guaranteed to be fresh.

Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace

Like the redfish a few weeks ago, this  Grilled Herb Butter Redfish was prepared "on the half shell" (with scales and skin left intact), making the fish more suitable for grilling.

Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace
(Speaking of grilling, excuse the condition of the grill.  
We recently got a new one since the one above was falling apart.)

The fish fillets were basted while grilling with a butter and herb mixture.  I used basil, garlic chives, thyme, and oregano, but any mixture of herbs you have will work.

Grilled Herb Butter Redfish | Ms. enPlace

The redfish I've been cooking with lately were caught in the Lake Hermitage area.

In October, my dad took me to see the Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project.  I took many pictures of this dredge project.

This past spring, my uncle and I talked about coastal erosion and wetland loss at a family gathering (yeah, we're real party animals).  We got to talking about diversions vs. dredging,* so he took me out to see the site of the dredge project again.

*  Dredging: sediment is dredged up from the Mississippi River, pumped through pipes, and deposited in areas to create marsh.
Diversions: (also called sediment diversions)  divert fresh water from the Mississippi River into marshland.  The water carries sediment, which is deposited in the marsh.  A picture of a diversion can be found here.

I was amazed to see definite progress.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

Land being built..and staying put.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

There was no mistake that more land exists now than before, created by river sediment being pumped in and delivered by these pipes.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

This project seeks to create marsh that was lost due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

It's very strange to see so much heavy equipment out in the marsh--where I've sunk up to my thighs many times.  But it's working.
Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation project

Print It!

 Grilled Herb Butter Redfish
1 1/2 lbs redfish fillets (prepared on the half shell)
6 TBSP butter
1 TBSP chopped fresh basil
1 TBSP chopped fresh garlic chives
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2-3 pinches black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Heat a grill to medium.  Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan.  Add the herbs, lemon juice, pepper, and paprika and simmer for about 2 minutes.  Reserve about 2 TBSP of the butter for serving.

Place the fish skin side down on the grill and baste with the butter mixture.  Continue basting periodically while grilling until the fish flakes and is cooked through.  My fillets took about 12 minutes and were about 1" thick.

Drizzle the fillets with the reserved butter and serve immediately.

More herbs...
Toasted Orzo
Greek Herb Spread | Ms. enPlace
Herby Cherry Tomatoes | Ms. enPlace

In the past...
Alligator Po Boys w/ Caramelized Onions & Creole Mayo | Ms. enPlace
Summer Salad w/ Blackberry Thyme Vinaigrette | Ms. enPlace

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Wednesday Whatsits Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
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Say G'Day Saturday

Jul 27, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 144 {potluck}

Happy Birthday to my mom!
Her birthday is Thursday.
My great grandpa said See ya in the gumbo! 
instead of "good-bye."
It means see ya out there in the mix.

Gumbo is a mix of various ingredients.  
And no two people make it the same way.
To "make a gumbo" means much more than cooking.  When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.

I invite you to join this POTLUCK PARTY every Sunday night.
Bring whatever mix of ingredients you'd like.

Ms. enPlace

Top Five Features
(based on your clicks)

   Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Bake  
from Love Bakes Good Cakes
This Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Bake is pure comfort food! Wide egg noodles and a meaty sauce with a creamy middle layer, all topped with Cheddar cheese! #comfortfood #easydinnerideas #pasta

Spicy Sweet-n-Sour Meatballs
from Adventures in Life with Great Food  
Spicy Sweet-n-Sour Meatballs from Adventures in Life with Great Food

Baked Chicken, Lemon and Pea Risotto
from Bizzy Bakes
  Baked Chicken, Lemon and Pea Risotto from Bizzy Bakes  

Chicken Souvlaki & Orzo
from Living the Gourmet 
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Navajo Frybread--Indian Tacos
from Turnips 2 Tangerines
Navajo Frybread--Indian Tacos from Turnips 2 Tangerines

I liked...
Leek and Mushroom Quiche 
from A New York Foodie
Leek and Mushroom Quiche

Sole with Capers, Cornichons, and Brown Butter Sauce
from Simple Living & Eating 
Sole with capers, cornichons and brown butter sauce- simplelivingeating.com

The Boy liked...
Pudding Popsicles 
from Joybee, What's for Dinner?
Pudding Popsicles:  A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.

Best Meatloaf With A Chutney Sauce
from With a Blast 
Best Meatloaf with a Chutney Sauce ~ Best ever Meatloaf baked in a Chutney Sauce and then served together #Meatloaf #Dinner #EasyMeatloaf

Greek Pizza
from Love Bakes Good Cakes & Nap Time Creations

The Husband has gone bananas over your recipes (he told me to say that)...
Banana Pudding From Scratch 
from Yesterfood 
Banana Pudding From Scratch  from Yesterfood

Banana Rum Cake 
from Living the Gourmet

In honor of my mom's birthday...
For starters:
Artichokes w/ Lemon and Chive Dipping Sauce 
from Our Sunday Cafe
 Artichokes w/ Lemon and Chive Dipping Sauce  from Our Sunday Cafe

And then:
Feta Meatballs in Eggplant on Pesto Pasta 
from With a Blast
Feta Meatballs in Egglant on Pesto Pasta ~ Delicious weeknight dinner with a twist ~ Low-Fat meatballs wrapped in Eggplant over pasta #PastaDish #Meatballs #LowFat

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