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Simple Cornmeal Crusted Pan Fried Fish

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We are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful friend who lives on a lake, is an avid fisherman, and loves to feed others. Our family has had the privilege of dining in his home numerous times over the years. His wife is the one who inspired me to start making homemade tartar sauce. (You can read that post and get the recipe here: Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce)

Tonight, our family will be dining in our own home, but we get to enjoy fresh bass that he not only caught, but filleted for us just yesterday. Have I mentioned how much he has blessed us?

It will work well with any thin, white fish (catfish, cod, bass, etc.)

Simple Cornmeal Crusted Pan Fried Fish

The Members

White fish fillets (we use 2 – 4 per person, depending on the size)

1 cup cornmeal (not cornstarch)

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon dill (I used dried)

1 teaspoon salt (we use Redmond’s Real Salt for its health benefits & flavor)

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional, to taste)

1 teaspoon black pepper or lemon pepper

Oil for the pan (I used coconut oil)

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The Method

Rinse fillets under cold running water. Shake as much excess water off as possible and place on paper towels (note: the frugal girl in me rarely uses paper towels, but it’s a must for this recipe). You don’t want your fillets to be dripping wet, but you also don’t want them completely dry or the cornmeal won’t stick, so resist the urge the urge to dry your fish.

Heat skillet on the stove on medium-high heat until hot. Add 2 Tablespoons oil to the pan and allow to heat for about 1 minute. You can test to see if your pan is hot enough by carefully putting a drop of water in the pan. If it sizzles and dissipates, it is time to cook.

Coat fish fillets in the cornmeal mixture one at a time. Add to hot pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes and then flip and continue cooking for 3-5 more minutes. Use care not to crowd the fish.

The fish should flake easily with a fork when done. Cooking time may be longer if your fish is thicker.

You may need to add oil to the pan for each additional batch of fish you are cooking. This cornmeal crust creates a very lightly breaded fish. If you would like, you may sprinkle more of the cornmeal mixture on your fish as it is cooking in the pan for a thicker coating. (I had not done this on the photo above, but did on later batches.)

If you are doing several batches, you can keep the fish you have already cooked in a warm oven or an additional covered pan as you continue cooking.

To freeze for a future meal, place fish on cookie sheets in the freezer for an hour or more until frozen solid and then transfer to a labeled freezer bag. To cook later, bake from frozen in oven until heated through or in a pan on the stovetop.

Serve with Tartar Sauce and fresh lemon, if desired.

What do you think? What is your favorite white fish? What is your favorite way to cook it?

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Shared at New Mrs. Adventures, Homegrown & HealthyFrugal By ChoiceThe Sustainable Couple, and Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

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Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Once upon a time I lived very close to a Trader Joe’s and shopped there on a weekly basis. One item that frequented my list was Trader Joe’s Tartar Sauce with Dill and Jalapeno. 

Then we moved far away. The nearest TJ’s was over 5 hours away. I used to joke that I missed TJ’s more than I missed my family. (Of course, that’s not true, but it made the cashier laugh).

When friends who know my deep affection for Trader Joe’s were going to be in the area of one, they always graciously offered to pick up a few items for me. I bet you can guess what was at the top of my list. Continue reading →

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Timing Is Everything

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And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? ~Luke 18:7 (NIV)

Recently, I sent a DVD to some young lads who enjoy the old western movies and TV series. I wanted to share with them my love for the old time westerns. You probably don’t have the same passion for such things, but those movies were predicable and fun to watch. I always knew that the good guys would win out in the end, the wrongs would be made right, and the cavalry would always show up just in the nick of time. Continue reading →

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a million little ways

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I have a friend who is a very talented artist. She has a degree in art, she teaches both adults and children in our community, and she astounds me with her abilities.

I used to look at her with envy appreciation and think that I have nothing to offer when it comes to art. Sure, I am other worthy things, but I am certainly not an artist.

One day, as she was teaching the children of our community at one of her “Summer Art Camps”, she asked the kids to raise their hands if they were artists. She explained to the kids that we are all artists. We may not all be painters or sculptors, but in one way or another, we are artists.

My thoughts went to our Creator. We were created in the image of God, and He is the ultimate artist of the universe. I, too, must then create art because my Maker created me to do just that. It is the same for all of us, whether we realize it or not. Continue reading →

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My #1 Rule For The Frugal Kitchen (& How I Just Broke It!)

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I’m sick to my stomach.

I just broke my #1 rule for my frugal kitchen.

I let 1/2 of a bottle of grapeseed oil go bad. Like really bad. It’s September and it expired in March. I don’t usually worry too much about expiration dates. (The chili that I am eating as I type this used a can of tomatoes that expired a few months ago.) But this smells rancid. It’s definitely bad. Healthy oils are one of the most expensive food items I purchase to feed my family. This would have been one of the last things I would have wanted to waste.

I purchased this oil for making homemade mayo, salad dressings, and skincare. Somehow, it got pushed to the very back of a deep cabinet and forgotten about. Ugh! Waste makes me unhappy because I simply cannot afford to throw away food. When I think of the millions of starving people around the world, it makes me feel even worse. Continue reading →

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The Valley

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the-valleyContinuing the theme of valley and mountaintop experiences, today I’d like to share a poem with you in hopes that it encourages your walk.

If you missed the first three in the series, you can read them here: The Mountaintop Experience Part 1, Part 2, and 10 Reasons We Need Not Fear The Valley.

We’ve been visiting the idea that our mountaintop experiences are appreciated only after dwelling for a time in the valley. We’ve also looked at the truths found in Scripture that cause us not to fear our valley experiences.

Today, I’d like to share a poem and the story behind it. Continue reading →

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10 Reasons We Need Not Fear The Valley

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10-reasons-valleyI recently shared my thoughts about the mountaintop and valley experiences we all go through in life. If you missed that, you can read The Mountaintop Experience: Part 1 and Part 2.

Today, I’d like to share a bit of encouragement with you if you find yourself currently in a valley. I’d love to give you 10 reasons from Scripture that we don’t need to fear our valley experiences.

Humanly speaking, it is difficult to do anything but fear during our trials, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Let’s consider His word: Continue reading →

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Messy Beautiful Love

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I just finished Darlene Schacht’s brand new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages.

I am passionate about beautiful marriages and read as much as I can on the subject. This is one of the best books I have read on marriage.

“In an age when wives pride themselves on being right, Darlene shows the power of doing right. The timeless truth in this book will help any marriage.”                        ~Arlene Pellicane (author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife)

Using wit, personal examples, Scripture, and a very honest look at the pain that results from choosing less than God’s best for us, this book is an incredible encouragement to any married couple.

She reminds her readers that

Continue reading →

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The Mountaintop Experience – Part 2

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A few days ago, I posted The Mountaintop Experience. If you haven’t read that, you can click here to do that. We’ll wait for you.

Welcome back for part 2. I almost didn’t post this because it is so short and sweet, but it was requested that I do, so I hope you are blessed by it.

If ye then be risen with Christ, set your hearts on things above, not on things on the earth.  ~Colossians 3:1

We need to look up with our eyes and with our hearts.  Whether we are stuck deep in the valley or we are on top of the mountain praising God, we need to look up.

We need to keep our eyes on our Savior. Continue reading →

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Living On Purpose

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Philippians 1:12-26 

 “…according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” ~Philippians 1:19-21 (NKJV)

One of my duties in Viet Nam was to be part of a sniffer team. As a component of this duty, I had to fly in a helicopter. A sniffer was a machine designed to pick up the scent of the enemy below, traveling at a moderate rate of speed and at tree-top level. As part of my routine before the mission, I prayed. You might think, yeah, I would too! But the substance of my prayer was not to save me from death, but that in the “heat of battle”, I would not dishonor my Lord. Continue reading →

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The Mountaintop Experience

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Today, I have the privilege of sharing A Sermon On The Mount at our Annual Ladies’ Retreat. As you cannot be with us, I wrote a shorter version to share with you. Imagine yourself hiking to a mountaintop, finding a seat on a rock, and considering the following:

The thing about mountaintop experiences is that we don’t appreciate them until we’ve spent some time in the valley.

When I think of the three most recent valley experiences I have had, I don’t exactly remember them with fondness.

I’m not going to try to convince you that valleys are fun. They’re not. Continue reading →

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Dancing on the Head of a Pen

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I had the privilege this week of reading Robert Benson’s short, yet beautifully penned book Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life.

In a quest to answer the often asked question “Can you tell me how to write a book?”, he has written an almost poetic manual for the writer who attempts to do just that. In a style that is a joy to read, yet easy to understand, Mr. Benson takes the reader on a personal, yet helpful, journey in his art of putting pen to paper. Continue reading →

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Flax & Chia Egg Replacers

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I have chickens, but I also have teenagers.

For our family, fresh eggs are a frugal protein source and something we eat a lot of! So, while we have chickens in the backyard, I sometimes find myself running low on eggs.

What is this mom to do when the mood to bake strikes, but the egg supply is less than stellar? I have borrowed a trick long used by vegan bakers. Enter flax and chia egg replacers. Continue reading →

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The Life Jacket

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Several years ago when we were camping at our favorite campground, we hiked up to our cherished spot in the rocks overlooking the beautiful Lake Ellen. There is a great rock that we like to jump off and into the water. The first time I do it each summer, I admit it is a bit intimidating. After the first time, however, it does get easier as you learn to trust the safety of the water below.

My husband went first and then called to our sons so that they could jump off of the rock, into the water, and into his arms. We were trying to encourage our younger son to jump in without his life jacket. He could swim. His daddy was right there to catch him in his big, strong arms, but that little boy knew that the water below was deep. We tried to convince him that he didn’t need his life jacket, but he clung to the safety and assurance that it brought to him. It made me think about the things that we cling to rather than jumping confidently into the arms of our Heavenly Father. Continue reading →

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Roasted Potatoes & Veggies w/ Sausage

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Love and Respect

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I wrote a post recently called the good news about marriage (and a giveaway!)

Reading that book prompted me to write this post. You see, in her book, Shaunti Feldhahn discussed the idea that most unhappy marriages can be transformed by understanding the simple (but not always easy) concept of love and respect in a marriage. It should come as no surprise that this is a Biblical concept. That’s because it was God who instituted marriage, therefore He should be (and is) the ultimate authority of how this union is best cared for. Continue reading →

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A Home With God

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“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” ~John 14:23 (NKJV)

Wow! Imagine that, God wants to make a home in you and me. He doesn’t want to be a weekend retreat house or a vacation cabin. I don’t think He’s even thinking about a retirement home. I believe God is looking for a permanent dwelling place for His Spirit to set up residence, allowing us to have an intimate fellowship with Him. Continue reading →

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the good news about marriage (and a giveaway!)

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good-news-bookI recently had the privilege of reading Shaunti Feldhahn’s new book the good news about marriageAs the subtitle reveals, this book debunks “discouraging myths about marriage and divorce”.

Through groundbreaking research, this best-selling author shares surprising news about marriage. She shares that the actual divorces rates are often projected, inflated, and misrepresented. Shaunti offers many surprising studies that challenge the statistics we have all come to accept as fact.

Most marriages, she writes, not only last a lifetime, but they are happy. Shaunti also presents evidence that remarriages are much more successful than we’ve been told. Continue reading →

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One-Bowl Glazed Lemon Cupcakes

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My mother-in-law left a bag of lemons for me after her last visit here. As you might imagine, I am certainly making use of them, especially when it comes to dessert! That being said, I do have Chicken Piccata on the menu this week. It’s not something I make too often as it isn’t a favorite of the boys in my family, but it certainly is one of mine. Anyhoo, I digress.

Back to dessert…

Upon tasting these cupcakes, my husband commented that they taste like a Lemon Dream Cake from Coco’s Restaurant and Bakery. We no longer live anywhere close to that restaurant, but that used to be my requested birthday dessert. To have my husband compare the tastes is a huge compliment, especially when I can guarantee that this version is healthier.

But don’t take my word for it. Or his. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading →

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The Power Of Encouragement

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Never underestimate the power of encouraging one another!

Yesterday, I shared about my experience of using Scripture to overcome a fearful situation. You can read that post by clicking here.

To recap, I was sharing about my fear and trepidation of climbing up a ladder and onto my roof so that my husband could shoot a photo for the cover of my ebook. (Click here to learn how you can get a FREE copy).

I shared a lesson that I learned about really believing God’s Word.

Today, I’d like to share the second lesson I learned. Back to the story… Continue reading →

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Do We Really Believe It?

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ladderI know we all believe the things we read in God’s word, but do we really?

I was challenged in this area just last week. My husband was helping me shoot a picture for the cover of my ebook. If you missed that post, you can read it and see the picture by clicking here.

He, being on the roof many times, thought it would be really cool if we got a shot of me (having never been on the roof) up there with my arms lifted to the sky.

I thought it was a great idea! That is, until I got about halfway up the ladder. I told him I didn’t think I could do it, but he encouraged me to just keep climbing. I did, but instead of climbing up, I climbed back down, stepped onto solid ground, and told him that I just couldn’t do it. Continue reading →

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Did You Know You Can Freeze A Whole Peach?

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frozen-peachesIt’s true!

I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Heavenly Homemakers. You can read Laura’s post here.

Shortly after reading her post, our family was blessed with a box of peaches that was turning quickly. We enjoyed them fresh, I experimented with several delicious recipes, and I knew I had to try freezing them whole. It is the easiest method I have found for freezing peaches. Continue reading →

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Let Your Light Shine

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“that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” ~Philippians 2:15 (NKJV)

The Book of Exodus gives us one example of a shinning face:  Moses had gone up to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God. Scripture tells us that, when he came down from the mountain, “he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with God.”  Continue reading →

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Fresh Peach Sauce

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Contentment

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I wonder how many of us are truly content with the lives we have.

How much time do we spend grumbling, complaining, and wishing our lives were different?

Do we lie awake at night with worry, or rely on a substance to get us through the day?

Do we let our circumstances determine our attitude?

For most of us, times are tough. Whether we are dealing issues surrounding health, finances, or relationships, life isn’t always easy. Continue reading →

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