Sunday, October 21, 2012

Semblence of Normalcy

 Jeff, his dad, and brothers went fishing a few weeks ago- charter guide and all!  So that means we have a ton of fish in our freezer right now.  But with Jeff always being gone working in BR, covering football games on Friday nights, doing a clinic at the local prison (and other fun stuff), we haven't had much of an opportunity to enjoy any of it.

So when we found out he would be home this past Friday night, I jumped at the opportunity to cook a real meal together, that didn't involve following directions on a box (ok so the broccoli was frozen, but whatever).  We had two redfish fillets that have been waiting for just such an opportunity.  I found a recipe on the Food Network website and tweaked it a bit.  You can find the original recipe here.  The recipe is from Brigsten's, a popular New Orleans restaurant.  The official recipe name is Broiled Fish with Shrimp and Jalapeno-smoked Corn Beurre Blanc.  Sounds fancy, right?!

I wasn't going to spend time smoking corn to use, so I just used Mexicorn from a can.  Also used regular melted unsalted butter where it called for clarified butter.  And can I just say, it was incredible all the same!

I mean seriously, look at that butter.

Fresh jumbo Gulf shrimp from our local grocery

The jalapeno corn compound butter would also be amazing spread on hot cornbread.  I plan on just making that part of the recipe again to keep in my fridge for things like that!  I made the compound butter and deveined the shrimp ahead of time, so everything was prepped and ready to go...the actual cook time was only about 20 minutes or so.

I used to cook meals like this on a pretty regular basis, but since Jeff has been living in Baton Rouge they have become few and far between.  I'll admit, we've gotten in a bit of a dinner rut.  It's easy to do when life gets a little crazy.  Residency and grad school have a way of forcing you to prioritize your time, to streamline your life.  Cooking creative, fresh meals has a way of falling by the wayside.  But, every now and then it's nice to slow down and enjoy the process of cooking a nice meal together! 

And enjoy drinking the rest of the "cooking" wine ;)

What helps you get back to a sense of "normal" when your lives start to get a little too hectic?

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