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April 26, 2012

Chance Meetings and Cajun Catfish


At a Grammy's after party, hubby and I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting it up with John Legend. I introduced myself as 'a blogger' and rather than giving me the side eye or the requisite blank stare, he smiled and said, 'my fiance's a blogger too!'. As the drinks flowed and music blared, the convo eventually turned to they're pending nuptials, long term relationship musings and of course, we bragged about and showed him pictures of our beloved Boogie.

When I returned to PA, I googled his fiance, Chrissy Teigen's blog, and loved everything about it. So Delushious is brimming with hilarious, well told stories, pics and FOOD!  Homegirl's a serious foodie and her recipe highlights are the bestest.  

 Case in point, here's a recipe she shared from AllRecipes.com:

Baked Cajun Catfish 

          Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (8 ounce) fillets catfish
    Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; brush over both sides of fish.
  2. Place fish in a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10-13 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

I tried it tonight and served it with sauteed kale and spinach, plated on the finest styrofoam.
 

It was quick, easy and chock full of smoky deliciousness.  I'll definitely be revisiting this one very soon, next time with a little less garlic salt. Thanks Chrissy!

In other random news, and a part of the reason I felt so inclined to cook, Aunty, aka Boogie's God Momma is in town to help us move!  Peep that henna red :)

Who are your favorite food bloggers? What's the best recipe you've tried lately? 

47 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

Drool! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me, how do I get that color?

CURLYNIKKI said...

Aunt toney's been henna'ing for 2 years now. She had grown out her red box color (10 years of commercial dyes) and was henna'ing once a month or every 6 weeks. She recently revisited box color... 2 boxes, 6 weeks apart, but has since returned to henna for more gentle coloring and less shedding. She said it's worth it despite the difficulty in predicting tone/color, etc.

Anonymous said...

That looks delightful, I'm a big fan of catfish. Thanks for sharing.

KJ said...

That catfish looks delicious, it is healthier than what I ate for dinner. I won't even say what I ate. I have been trying to eat better but keep falling off the wagon.

CURLYNIKKI said...

^^^ me too KJ! I had two days of KFC and NOW I'm back on the wagon ;)

CURLYNIKKI said...

Also, it's important to note that I almost fried that fish, lol. I fried some catfish and oysters last weekend... there are no words. heaven.

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous you met my man!

Rhonda said...

Now that looks good!

Katrina A said...

Allrecipes is my favorite site for new recipes to try. I also like The Impulsive Buy for reviews of new food items in fast food places and grocery stores. And I like Picky Palette for often times more adventurous unique recipes, like chocolate chip cookies baked around an oreo, which a friend of mine made and said if you have a sweet tooth you'll love them.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check her out, thanks for the recommendation! That fish looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love Allrecipes and delish.com. Catfish is one of my favorites fish and I'll definitely be adding this to my list to try!

Anonymous said...

Your aunt's hair color is beautiful!

Jordan said...

I love anything with thyme, anything! This looks like a wonderful recipe and the best part is I already have everything I need, except for the catfish. I might make this tomorrow for dinner!

Elaine D. said...

Pioneer Woman is sooo my favorite. Her recipe's are easy to follow and she has pictures of each step too.... LOVE!

Anonymous said...

oh my i love divascancook.com. She is awesome!!!

Tasha said...

This is one of my favorite catfish recipes!!!! It's so funny seeing it posted here. I don't even like catfish but will eat this dish every week.

Anonymous said...

Aunty's hair is rocking!

CandyChelle said...

I loooove AllRecipes.com, I even get their daily dish sent to my email! It's my go-to site as a resource. However, my #1 favorite food blog is budgetbytes.blogspot.com. Beth over there makes a variety of great, healthy dishes for CHEAP! I make one or many of her dishes on a weekly basis. With pictures for each step and a price breakdown for each recipe, she's slowly becoming one of my favorite people.

Anonymous said...

My husband is Bajan and I'm not! LOL! His sister tried her best to teach me the classic Barbadian recipes, and I'm pretty good if I say so myself - but I'll never master "green seasoning".

*bows head and tiptoes off stage*

I found Cynthia's blog when looking for a pastry recipe and bookmarked it. She has changed the site's format, so you may have to search the links to find the recipes, but the photography will give you "food-gasms"

Cynthia Nelson's "Tastes Like Home"

http://www.tasteslikehome.org/

http://www.amazon.com/Tastes-Like-Home-Caribbean-Cookbook/product-reviews/9766375194/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

p.s. I am not Cynthia - just a Yankee girl trying to keep her husband happy!

~Thetruthisoutthere

Anonymous said...

Another allrecipes fan over here!

Anonymous said...

p.s. I made Cynthia's 10-minute "microwave" cou-cou and it was BANGIN!

I didn't have red herring but served it with salt-fish gravy!

Wonderful

~Thetruthisoutthere

Sophie said...

Oh that looks so yummy! I also like that this story basically began "one time when I was chilling with John Legend..."

And I also am a fan of allrecipes! It's got a huge and diverse selection, which is important for this recent college grad and all the other culinarily and monetarily challenged people of the world who want to live on something other than cup noodles without going broke(r).

Anonymous said...

I like allrecipes. I also like Divascancook.com I was sold when she made red velvet pancakes.

sarah said...

I live for good blogs. I follow a number of them for the food porn alone. Check my profile for a list of them, but some of my faves are:

Spoon Fork Bacon
Not Without Salt
Sprouted Kitchen
Shutterbean
A Cozy Kitchen
Pioneer Woman

MelMelBee said...

Nik.....Girl....I went to that website and all I could do was utter this prayer:

"Dear Lord, you know I can't cook worth nothing...You know that even this girl's professional-looking pot set makes me nervous. Therefore, PLEASE send me a husband that is a foodie and a "chef" so our family will not be relegated to live off of tuna fish sandwiches and breakfast foods...AMEN...Oh and one more thing God....you know I've been working hard on this lil diet, but that frosting covered popcorn and those oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies are gonna cause me to go fall completely off, over, and possibly through the wagon....AMEN"

MrsDjRass said...

Melmelbee--- Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Legend?! Wow! Great story and thanks for sharing her blog :0D

Anonymous said...

Also I totally agree with melmelbee... Dangerously good looking treats over there!

Charlie kl said...

I'm grateful for these food blog recommendations! This cajun catfish recipe gives me life! How hot is it?

Anonymous said...

Dinner's served! Cooking this tonight!

Alyssa Joy said...

OMG tried it and it is d-lish :)

Anonymous said...

Only you CN! I love how this story starts off. John Legend sounds real down to earth!

Anonymous said...

"Plated on the finest styrofoam" made me laugh out loud. You are crazy! LOL

I'm a major foodie, so this post is right up my alley. Check out How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. He also has a blog. I purchased his cookbook and it literally tells you how to cook everything.

I also like the blog My Life Runs on Food by Sanura Weathers.

Anonymous said...

He is not a blogger but he is my favorite iron-chef Bobby Flay! And the runner up is iron-chef Simon.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious!!!!

bonni said...

I LOVE divascancook.com LOVE! I have made several of her dishes and every single one has been FAB!

mmhaiti said...

I'm from Scranton, and met John a couple of times when he was playing here and in NYC- when he was still John Stephens. He played with my friend Tara, who is now his back up singer ( the one with THE HAIR - you should interview her ) - this is about 8 years ago , and you could tell then that he was going to BLOW up , and he is just the nicest, sweetest, most down to earth guy. I had his first CD that he was selling out of his trunk, before he got signed , and I loaned it to a friend - worst mistake EVER :(.

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Nikki,
Thanks for sharing the recipe, but more importantly....How did your Aunt get that BEAUTIFUL red henna hair????? I'm due for henna, and am LONGING for red hair.
Sincerely, Respectfully and anything else that will get a response :)
Etoy

Anonymous said...

Auntie's hair is ALL THAT! FIYAH!!! I WOULD DYE FOR THAT COLOR!:)

K.Yancey said...

Hands down, my favorite food blogger and site is Elise at simplyrecipes.com. The food is delicious and simple to make. I enjoy that she has you cooking things with ingredients that you never thought would meld, but her site and recipes never disappoint.

iri9109 said...

i love Resha aka @KanyeBreast of Carnaldish.com. Moptop Maven also had good recipes.

Anonymous said...

Auntie!s hair is Gorg!!! As far as my Fav cook blogger it's divascancook.com. She has a Great site wonderful and "keep/get a Man recipes" or the recipes that make u the best hostess. . Lmao
Kenni P

Anonymous said...

Luv your Aunt's hair color--Now I can look forward to knowing how my hair will look when I am completely gray. I get a lot of compliments with the streaks of henna color that's taking over the gray I have.

Anonymous said...

My Mom is like 70% gray and I recently started doing henna treatments on her TWA. She loves it but my Dad hates the orangey-red hue. How do I make it a deeper shade like a darker brown, almost auburn? Like what your aunt's hair looks like here. Any suggestions anyone?Thx

Decemberpumpkin said...

i wish i have tried some new recipes they all look great

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