Catfish Salad With Green Beans And Toasted Almonds With Champagne Raspberry Vinaigrette

Catfish Salad With Green Beans And Toasted Almonds With Champagne Raspberry Vinaigrette

div align="center"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfxIBHy6P8I/AAAAAAAAAzo/bWPqc6orwxU/s1600-h/salad1.jpg"img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID5042984866857762754" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfxIBHy6P8I/AAAAAAAAAzo/bWPqc6orwxU/s400/salad1.jpg" style="cursor: hand;" //a/divdiv align="center"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"Happy St. Patrick's Day, Irish. I hope your eyes are smilin'!/span /divdiv align="center"br //divspan style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"I am, indeed, a goodly amount Irish, with some Scots thrown in, and, we've been told, a smidgen of a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OsageNation"Osage/a, but that's never been proven. These are on my mother's side. Along patriarchal lines: warm French, cool English and a bit of Dutch round out my Heintz 57 lineage./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"/spanbr /div align="justify"span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Still, when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, I'm Irish./span/divdiv align="justify"br /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"And while I haven't gone and whipped up a quintessentially Irish dish today, I did go for the green with this tasty catfish salad which matches my mood for lighter fare./span/divbr /div align="center"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/Rfx8Uap3bWI/AAAAAAAAA0Q/D5MVK3zzDT8/s1600-h/jarherbs.jpg"img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID5043042372942261602" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/Rfx8Uap3bWI/AAAAAAAAA0Q/D5MVK3zzDT8/s400/jarherbs.jpg" style="cursor: hand;" //a/divdiv align="justify"span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Sprinkled with a href="http://www.frontiercoop.com/learn/savvy/celerysalt.html"organic celery salt /aand the crushed leaves of a href="http://www.claudiasherbs.com/shop/fantastic-fish-blend" target="blank"Claudia's Herbs Fantastic Fish Blend/a, the filets are quickly sauteed then placed atop a bed of crispy spring salad greens, followed by hot buttery green beans and a sprinkling of toasted, slivered almonds. A champagne and raspberry vinaigrette drizzled over and around finishes the dish./span/divbr /a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/Rfx8oKp3bXI/AAAAAAAAA0Y/iLOjk9Oj8Mc/s1600-h/herbs2.jpg"img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID5043042712244678002" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/Rfx8oKp3bXI/AAAAAAAAA0Y/iLOjk9Oj8Mc/s200/herbs2.jpg" style="cursor: hand;" //abr /span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"The organic herb blend used here is a combination of lemon basil, chives, dill, thyme and celery leaves, but the flavor that comes to the forefront is the celery. Pair that with celery salt and strongemcelery/em/strong really speaks out loud in this dish. Nicely so.br /br /Where does this herbal blend come from? /spanspan style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"a href="http://www.claudiasherbs.com/" target="blank"Claudia's Organic Herbs/a /spanspan style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"is a local company run by Claudia Holzinger on her family farm in a href="http://www.google.com/maps?q=Orleans,+CA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title"Orleans/a, a beautiful spot on the a href="http://users.sisqtel.net/rbley/96history.html"Klamath River /aabout 35 miles as the crow flies from our a href="http://www.redwoods.info/?gclid=CKCEj96KYoCFRgYgQodSFOPFQ"coastline/a. She's famous for her green and dried garlic and her produce is widely sought after by local restaurant chefs. Fantastic Fish Blend is available locally year-round and strikeClaudia doesn't have a web site./strike can now be ordered online their new a href="http://www.claudiasherbs.com/" target="blank"web site/a./spanbr /div align="justify"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms;"br /span style="font-size: 85%;"/span/span/divdiv align="justify"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"/span/divdiv align="justify"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"Celery, which is /spana href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"rich in vitamin C/span/aspan style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;", is recognized as a blood pressure reducer and may be helpful in reducing blood cholesterol levels. It was first used for /spana href="http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/publications/vegetabletravelers/celery.html"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"medicinal purposes /span/aspan style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"by the Romans and Greeks before it was used as a food./span/divdiv align="justify"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"br //spanspan style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"One of three ingredients that serves as the flavor base for many French and Creole recipes, celery is found in the ema href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cajuncuisine"Holy Trinity/a/em - onions, bell peppers and celery - and is what every good jambalaya begins with, while a /spana href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD99367535,00.html"span style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;"mirepoix/span/aspan style="font-family: trebuchet ms; font-size: 85%;", carrots, celery and onions, comprises the beginning of many a fabulous French stew. /span/divdiv align="justify"/diva href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfyGUap3bZI/AAAAAAAAA0o/xAP9r0idTQ/s1600-h/whb1yr.jpeg"/abr /a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfyGeqp3baI/AAAAAAAAA0w/PkJOnHBbQ1o/s1600-h/whb1yr.jpeg"img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID5043053544152198562" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfyGeqp3baI/AAAAAAAAA0w/PkJOnHBbQ1o/s320/whb1yr.jpeg" style="cursor: hand;" //abr /div align="justify"span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"/span/divdiv align="justify"span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"a href="http://kalynskitchenlinks.blogspot.com/2005/12/weekend-herb-blogging-weekly-recap.html"Weekend Herb Blogging/a, which orginated with the wonderful Kalyn of a href="http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/"Kalyn's Kitchen/a, is being hosted this week by Becky of a href="http://keylimecoconut.blogspot.com/"Key Lime and Coconut/a. a href="http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/07/establishing-some-rules-for-weekend.html"Click here /ato find out about this popular and fun weekly event./span/divbr /div align="justify"span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"/span/divdiv align="justify"span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"The only thing left to do now is eat and enjoy!/span/divbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"strongCatfish Salad with Green Beans and Toasted Almonds/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS;"strongDrizzled with Champagne-Raspberry Vinaigrette/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongemChristine's Original Recipes/em/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongIngredients:/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfxJWHy6QAI/AAAAAAAAA0I/BymqsWnQ1h8/s1600-h/cr4.jpg"img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID5042986327146643458" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/RfxJWHy6QAI/AAAAAAAAA0I/BymqsWnQ1h8/s200/cr4.jpg" style="cursor: hand;" //a/spanbr /br /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongfor the vinaigrette:/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1 ounce a href="http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=121121&prrfnbr=159400"champagne vinegar/a/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1 ounce a href="http://www.kozlowskifarms.com/product/55/13"raspberry vinegar/a/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1 heaping tablespoon a href="http://www.amazon.com/Maille-Dijon-Mustard-7-5-oz/dp/B0004MU38I"dijon mustard/a/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"pinch kosher salt/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"pinch sugar (or Splenda)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"several grinds a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/whole-black-tellicherry-peppercorns"black pepper/a/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"3 ounces a href="http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FH19BC/102-1545024-5936154?SubscriptionId=1NP56Y8QKPN1AZERGY02"roasted/a a href="http://www.latourangelle.com/products.html"walnut oil/a/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"3 ounces extra-virgin olive oil/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongPreparation:/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"In a glass jar or measuring cup, whisk together the vinegars, mustard, salt, sugar and pepper./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Slowly whisk in the walnut oil, then the olive oil, until the mixture is thickly emulsified./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Set aside and keep at room temperature./spanbr /br /a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1Y70pM/Rfx-r6p3bYI/AAAAAAAAA0g/4TVuamc72wc/s1600-h/wgreenbeans.jpg"img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGERPHOTOID5043044975692443010" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/AlQP1_Y70pM/Rfx-r6p3bYI/AAAAAAAAA0g/4TVuamc72wc/s200/wgreenbeans.jpg" style="cursor: hand;" //abr /br /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongFor the Salad:/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"4 fresh catfish filets/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1/2 teaspoon organic celery salt/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1-2 tablespoons Claudia's Fantastic Fish Blend, crumbled/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Freshly ground black pepper or a good a href="http://www.mccormick.com/productdetail.cfm?id=6566"pepper medley/a/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1 teaspoon good olive oil/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1 teaspoon unsalted butter (or a href="http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html"Earth Balance/a)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Enough organic spring salad mix for 4 plates/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1 - 1 pound package frozen, organic green beans/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or Earth Balance)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongPreparation:/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"The green beans may be prepared by microwaving or steaming./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"strongThis is what I did:/strong/spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Place the frozen beans in a glass dish, dot them with Earth Balance and some kosher salt, place a lid on top and microwave on high for 5 minutes./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Remove the lid, give the beans a stir, replace the lid and microwave an additional 4 minutes on high or until hot and tender-crisp./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and set aside./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"/spanbr /br /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"While the beans are cooking, place a teaspoon each olive oil and butter in a skillet large enough to hold the fish filets and bring to medium high heat./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and sprinkle 1/2 of the celery salt and 1/2 of the herb blend and a few grinds of the pepper on one side of each filet./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Place the filets in the skillet, herb side down, and saute for about 4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Flip the fish over and sprinkle with the remainder of the seasonings. Cook until the fish is done, about 4 minutes more./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Arrange the salad mix on plates./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Lay a piece of sauteed catfish on top of each salad, followed by a generous portion of green beans./spanbr /span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 85%;"Drizzle with dressing and serve./spanbr /br /br /br /br /br /br /br /divspan style="color: #660000; font-family: arial; font-size: 78%;"strongCopyright 2005-2007, /strong/spana href="http://christinecooks.blogspot.com/"span style="color: #660000; font-family: arial; font-size: 78%;"strongChristine Cooks./strong/span/aspan style="color: #660000; font-family: arial; font-size: 78%;"strong All rights reserved. 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