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Fried Smelts , A Meme, and A Request

Over the next months most of us will be eating out fair share of Turkeys, Geese,duckings, and other game to celebrate the holidays depending on our cultures and regions. Some people like the Italians even manage to create seafood feats around the holidays.
A fish that has always captured my attention and liking has been the lowly smelt. I'm not sure of its popularity in other areas of the world, but in the this salt water fish found at the mouths of rivers,can be found Midwest, and even east and west coasts. Tiny and and sardine like that are eaten by salmon and lake trout and are often served fried or eaten whole and live. Used as bait, they are relatively cheap and very good for you. The roe is used as a garnish for many sushi.
Michele of Big Black Dogs turned me onto a great fish fry batter from Tyler Florence for fish and chips that I wanted to try out with my bag of flash frozen smelts. Rice flour, seltzer water, baking powder,egg, salt and pepper make a crunchy light delightful batter that cant be beat. Try it. These fried smelts even tasted good the following day in a sandwhich with some sauce and squeezed lemon

My new blogger friend Jamie at Life's A Feast( where has this sensation been hiding in my world, I'm so out of it!) awarded me The Over the Top Award. Never has that been so true. Now you all know I'm awful with sort of thing but I will answer this One Word Meme because its' my Birthday and I'm just fooling around today.

1. Where is your cell phone? Hand
2. Your hair? Nappy
3. Your mother? Heart
4. Your father? Peace
5. Your favorite food? Asian
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Wine
8. Your dream/goal? Success
9. What room are you in? Main
10. Your hobby? Cakes
11. Your fear? Poverty
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Europe
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something you aren’t? Unsure
15. Muffins? Meh
16. Wish list item? Weightloss
17. Where did you grow up? D.C
18. Last thing you did? Email
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. Your TV? On
21. Your pets? None
22. Friends? Many
23. Your life? Fascinating
24. Your mood? Wishful
25. Missing someone? Marc
26. Vehicle? Audi
27. Something you’re not wearing? Cosmetics
28. Your favorite store? Pete's
29.Your favorite color? Burgundy
30. When was the last time you laughed? Night
31. Last time you cried? Friday
32. Your best friend? Mommy
33. One place you go to over and over again? Store
34. One person who e-mails you regularly? Marc
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

Now I have to choose 6 bloggers to follow suite.

Jeanne Cooksister
Louise Month of Edible Celebrations
Michele Big Black Dogs
RJ Flamingo Flamingo Musings
The Duo Dishes
Marye Baking Delights

I know a lot of the over the Top People because birds of a feather flock together, just Im not so sure many actually do Memes. So it's hard to choose.

I'm awful at promoting myself. I guess that's something I need to work on more this year. I created this wonderful recipe ( Chestnut Stuffed Sesame Pork Chops with PAMA Balsamic Reduction) for the PAMA contest. I need you to make this Birthday Girl happy and vote for me. Vote every day if you like, because I really want to go to Aspen for the Food and Wine Classic. I think this recipe is worthy of that. Vote Here.

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toni said...

I haven't eaten smelts since I was a girl. I remember loving them, so thanks for this!

Love learning a bit more about you. I went to school in DC (GW).

Your chestnut stuffed pork chops are definitely award worthy!

Michelle said...

I was looking at fresh Smelt the other day. I might just get some and fry 'em up! In MI the running of the smelt is like a religiuos holiday!

YourChestnut Stuffed Sesame Pork Chops with PAMA Balsamic Reduction sounds amazing!

Thanks for the Award/Meme! You are too sweet!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I voted for you! What a lovely recipe!

Yummy fish too!

Good to learn more about you!



The Duo Dishes said...

Thanks for the shout out! And good luck with the contest! That'll be so fun.

Nina Timm said...

Happy Birthday COCo!!!! Are smelts anything like white bait???Looks light and crunchy all fried up, yum!!!

Paz said...

My family loves smelts. Happy Birthday!

Paz xoxo

RJ Flamingo said...

Hmm... I'm not a fish or pork person, but even I can appreciate how terrific these look! :-)

I've accepted your tag and played along. Drop by and see my answers. :-)

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Birthday Courtney!!! I'm so upset with myself. I knew your birthday was coming but I took the month of November off from blogging cause the grandkids are coming for a visit and I have been SO busy!!!

Thank you so much for the meme, I'll "play" when I get back to blogging. I hope you had the happiest birthday EVER!!!

I haven't had smelts in ages...

SKM said...

I LOVE smelt! When I lived in Wisconsin, we'd call it schmelt and oh man this brings back some favorite memories. :)

Núria said...

Your creation looks fantastic Courtney! I'm going to vote right now :D.

Núria said...

Oh, I couldn't vote after all, I don't have a Facebook profile and the link sent me there. Sorry. But I think you deserve to win :D