Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Roasted Whole Red Snapper and...

My birthday is this week and I have been reflecting back over the past year.  It has been a year of change - change that I did not necessarily want.  “People are always telling me that change is good. But all that means is that something you didn't want to happen has happened.” - Meg Ryan

I had two kids at home, a sweet little dog and a nice, suburban home.  Well change is inevitble, kids grow up and dogs grow old...  The perfect home is suddenly too big and not quite what and where you want it to be.  Yes, with very mixed emotions we are putting our house on the market.  

While this year has been filled with change, it has not all been bad.  Matt and I not only got used to our empty nest but are enjoying our time together.  My recent health scare has really gotten me to ramp up my healthy eating and exercising.  I just got a clean bill of health and feel great.  (Thank you so much for all of the well wishes!)  We've seen both of our daughters settle happily into college life and look forward to their arrival home this week. Yay!  Life is good. 

On the food front - I made my own bread!  I finally picked up Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, a book that I have wanted forever.  I made the basic no knead recipe and boy was it good.  If you are a bread lover like me, this is a must have cookbook. 

I also cooked a whole fish!  Red Snapper was on sale at Whole Foods and despite my trepidation, the whole fish was super easy to make and just delicious.  I was inspired by this recipe on Food and Wine's website.  Parsley, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt, and capers with a little oil stuffed into the fish and roasted on a sheet pan at 425 degrees for 30 minutes - phenomenal! 
I think I will tackle homemade ice cream next!   (I attempted once before and it was a big fail.)

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful spring!  I am beginning to dream of farmers markets and CSA boxes... won't be long.


  1. I'm glad to hear you just got a clean bill of health, Jen! As far as putting your house on the market, I hope you and your hubby (and your lovely daughters when they come home) quickly fill your new home with beautiful memories.

    Both the bread and the fish look great! I've been dying to try that bread myself. :)

  2. Don't you just love that book...the bread is always so good. Can't wait to hear about your ice cream adventure.

  3. Congrats on the clean bill of health. One thing to rest easy about! We also speak of moving - I hate to drive and would like something smaller in the Cities (which we had and left two raise kids and furry creatures). I have been seeing the whole fish on a few blogs - oh my they entice. You have the perfect loaves and fishes dinner! And wishing that a Whole Foods come to neck of the woods! Change is good, Change is hard. Change is inevitable,m right?

  4. Life is sweet and that is good. Very good! Your fish and bread look wonderful. I'm so glad you have no health problems. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  5. All is good. No floods and too big is better than too small......health is wealth and if you have that, then all is right in the world!
    Have a wonderful bday Jen, maybe I will see you in Manasquan this summer.

  6. Meg Ryan's quote is so true!
    Happy Birthday, Jen.
    I'm glad you've gotten a clean bill of health! You must be thrilled.
    I hope you have better luck than I did selling your home. I finally took it off the market this month and will try again in the fall.

  7. Hi Jen, So glad to hear that you are doing better healthwise. Change can be tough for some of us, and adapting to newer roles in our lives is a chore in itself. We will, every now and then put a whole salmon on the grill...it always comes out delicious.

  8. Congratulations on your clean bill of health! This roasted whole snapper sounds amazing - I will definitely have to try it!