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Whole Roasted Snapper

First of all, for those of you who have so sweetly been asking, I wanted to let you know that my parents, family, friends, and their possessions in the Outer Banks are fine.  As you might know my dad, Capt’n James Rosemond, lives in Morehead City most of the year running his dive charter, Tortuga Charters.  He lives on Fisher Street, a block away from the family vacation home, the Swamp House.  Because Irene hit the area so directly (landing on Cape Lookout, the lighthouse shown below), MHC was in serious danger.  Thankfully the Swamp House only flooded, something it is prepared for, and Pap’s house was dry and safe.  We were very, very lucky, and my heart goes out to those who were not so fortunate.

While we were in MHC last week for our vacation I had the opportunity to try something I’d wanted to do for a long time- to stuff and roast a whole fish.  Tuesday afternoon, our night to cook, Dan and I headed to the local seafood market and picked up three pink snapper.  We had gone for red vermillion snapper but my new bff at the market recommended pink as it has “the same flavor for half the price.”  I love that kind of advice.

We stuffed the snapper with rosemary, thyme, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil, bathed them in white wine, and then let them roast.  We paired the fish with couscous, a cucumber, tomato, and feta salad, and a sauvignon blanc.  One thing that struck us as when ate was that despite smelling amazing, the fish was still pretty subtle.  It was tasty, but didn’t have the flavor punch we were hoping for.

When we evacuated MHC to come back to Baltimore we were sent home with the leftovers (including a whole fish- my friend at the fish market suggested 3 fish for 6 adults, his family apparently eats much more than mine).  We enjoyed the fish for dinner this week with a  simple sauce- browned butter, white wine, garlic, and rosemary.  It gave the fish exactly the flavor boost we were looking for, a perfect addition to the meal.

Despite a looming hurricane our week in Carteret County was wonderful, easily one of the best family vacations we’ve ever taken.  And since the Swamp House survived to see another hurricane I look forward to doing another couples vacation next summer. Maybe next year we can actually catch the fish we cook!

Whole Roasted Snapper

feeds six adults

2 medium-large pink or red snapper

3 lemons

Bunch of rosemary, put some aside for sauce

Bunch of thyme

7 cloves of garlic

Salt & pepper

Olive oil

1/2 bottle dry white wine

1 stick butter

Have the market scale, gill, and clean your whole snapper.  When you get home, open up the cavity and drizzle olive oil inside.  Then sprinkle in salt and pepper.  Chunk your garlic and add 2 cloves to the inside of each fish.  Split the thyme and rosemary between the two fish, leaving a little to put on top.  Slice your lemons and put 1 whole lemon inside each fish.

Line two baking pans with foil. Lay down 1/2 lemon and 1/2 garlic clove in each pan.  Put the fish in the pan and top with remaining herbs.  Drizzle with olive oil and add 1 cup of wine to each.  Bake for 35 minutes at 400.

While the fish are baking, make your sauce.  Over very low heat combine butter, a bit of chopped rosemary, and the last clove of garlic, chopped.  Allow to simmer until the butter has browned.  Add 1/2 cup white wine, and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Set aside.

When your fish is done serve it whole.  Use a fork or a knife to open the fish up, peeling the skin back.  Allow your guests to pick the meat out.  Serve with the sauce on the side so that people can add it as they please.

 

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B’Eat More Pie Fest

Some of you might know about this already, but I wanted to take a moment to announce a really exciting upcoming festival that I am co-founding.  The B’Eat More Pie Fest is Baltimore’s first pie festival, taking place Sunday, September 11 from 12-3.  The festival will include a pie contest (with both sweet and savory categories), a pie raffle, live music, vendors, and activity tables.

The festival is free to enter, family friendly, and all proceeds benefit the Heart’s Place Shelter.  For more info, see the festival’s site: http://beatmorepie.com/

Hope to see you there!

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A Week at the Beach

This past week we took a little trip to North Carolina.  It was cut short by Irene and mandatory evacuations, but nevertheless it was wonderful to see friends & family.

A Week at the Beach from elena rosemond-hoerr on Vimeo.

Here’s what we did:

On Friday we drove to NC after work, taking the long (and rainy) route down 301 to my parent’s house in Durham.

Saturday was the main event of the weekend- my cousin Elizabeth’s wedding and (lots o’ fun) reception in Raleigh.

Sunday we had lunch at Geer Street Garden in Durham with my friend Julia and my mom, and then drove down Route 70 to Morehead City for a couples’ weekend.

On Monday we watched the rain from the porch and then, after fueling up the boat, headed out to Cape Lookout. That night my sister Lauren and her boyfriend BJ made us Louisiana shrimp and fish tacos (yum!).

Tuesday our fishing/diving trip was blown out, so we relaxed for a while and then took the dogs over to the Radio Island beach.  For dinner Dan and I made jalapeño crab cakes and whole stuffed pink snapper.  Afterwards, there was drinking and dancing.

On Wednesday (another blown out offshore day) we loaded up the boat and headed to Shackleford Banks. On the way we spotted some birds, put out fishing lines, and trolled for a while. Afterwards we took a little harbor cruise of the Beaufort waterfront. That night we got all dressed up and headed out to Beaufort for a special birthday dinner (the Capt’n was 53!). After an amazing dinner we headed back to the swamp house for peach and blueberry mountain pie.

Lauren & BJ headed home Thursday morning, so Dan and I walked around Beaufort watching people board up their storefronts, did some fishing, and went out for burgers with the parents.

After helping the parents with some hurricane prep, we headed home Friday.

It was a lovely week.

Music:

1- The Canals of Our City by Beirut
2- Ocean Grace by Jump, Little Children
3- Starman by Seu Jorge
4- In the Sun by She & Him
5- A Pirate Looks at Forty by Jack Johnson

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