Friday, January 30, 2015

Salt Blocks, Super Bowl and Meditation

Dear Fish Friends,

Dreamy Dishes
Why would you prepare our spectacular seafood and then serve it on undeserving tableware? Now you can present your fabulous meals on these worthy vessels from Kathleen's Catch.

This beautiful Blue Crab Bay Co. stoneware is designed by Jose' Dovis, an Italian whose work "synthesizes the tradition of classic Italian majolica with early New England stoneware, reflecting the coastal life of the Chesapeake Bay." This stoneware is available in small quantities in our store and in larger quantities by special order.

My Customers Rock
Can you guess what this is?

It's a pink Himalayan salt block that Bob Stevens received as a Christmas gift. Bob is a kitchen adventurer willing to try any new culinary technique that comes along.

The salt block is 8" x 8" x 2" thick.

Bob picked up some beautiful shrimp from Kathleen's Catch and cleaned and butterflied them.   He misted them with extra virgin olive oil and cooked them directly on the very hot salt block for about 8 minutes (turning once).

The salt block cleanup involved nothing more than running warm water over it and gently scrubbing the food residue off with a plastic scouring pad - looked good as new afterwards, ready to cook the next meal.

What an interesting idea!  Bob said they were absolutely delicious and he is looking forward to trying more seafood on his new salt block.

This Week's Special
Tuna - $9.99/6 ounces

Catch to Go - 4 choices this week!

1. Hoisin Glazed Cod with Asparagus

2. Lemon Rosemary Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes

3. Catfish with Apricot Chili Glaze and Spinach

4. Baked Steelhead Trout with Toasted Almond Parsley Salsa and Roasted Potatoes

SuperBowl - It's this Sunday!  Are you ready?
Because I'm not really a big sports fan, I generally eat, read a book and nap in between the Super Bowl commercials. I may not know who is playing the game but I can guarantee the food winners!

- Shrimp platters

- Kathleen's Catch Jumbo Jumbo Jumbo shellfish platter (1 lb each of jumbo lobster meat, jumbo crab and jumbo shrimp) and for the serious fan who watches from home without a party and no distractions - a Jumbo Jr. Shellfish platter which is 1/2 lb of each.

- Buffalo Crab Claw Platter - 2 lbs. of Jonah crab claws with buffalo, bbq or Caribbean jerk seasoning

- Oysters - we shuck them for a quarter and and put them on ice. Now you can keep your eye on the game and avoid any football shucking injuries.

Valentines Day

Colin Kopel, Manager of Kathleen's Catch, has this to say about dining out on Valentine's Day. "It's a dumb idea because service is terrible and food is either undercooked or overcooked." Why not save yourself the agony (and the $) and do our Valentine's meal? It's completely easy and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the champagne while the meal is cooking. Three courses make this Valentine's Day fancy. And we do all the prep so it's Catch to Go easy.

1st course

Choice of:
Shrimp cocktail for two with cocktail sauce
Crab cocktail for two with cocktail sauce and Joe's mustard sauce 
8 oysters on the half shell with cocktail sauce and migonette


Two Beef Wellington and two 6-ounce Maine lobster tails

Choice of:
Two white chocolate cupcakes from Piece of Cake
Two red velvet cupcakes from Piece of Cake

Call us for more details and info on how to order your Valentine's feast.

Announcing Our Discount Freezer Sale!!!

Buy one package of fish out of our discount freezer and get one of equal or less value free!  

And Finally
Yes that is a picture of my granddaughter, Reilly, announcing our discount freezer sale at the playground in Duluth.  A friend sent me this earlier in the week:

"I was listening to the podcast On Being, which was playing an old episode with the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a proponent of walking meditation, and apparently leads all of his sessions by walking in front, holding the hand of a child. He says the child may distract from some of the focus of the meditation, but will add freshness. I thought, well, Kathleen already knows all about that."

Having three grandkids, a new puppy and a seafood market means I don't do much meditation.  But I like the idea of children keeping things "fresh".  

If you don't have much time for "focus" this week, at least try to keep things "fresh".


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