Something Different & Easy Skillet Fish Dinner

      Normally I would give a story, a tip, something else. Today, is a little different, as we got the world this afternoon that my niece, at the age of 36 has passed away after a multiple years battle with cancer. She and her husband were pastors at a Reformed Church in  Stanton, New Jersey with 2 younger children. Life is not always fair, and this is one of those times that we all hate to hear about. My Mother, passed away at age 58 (also my age at the time or writing) of colon cancer, which was bad enough, then about 7 years ago we lost my younger sister at age 60, no kids and a performing pianist who perform internationally. My Father who is still with us at nearly age 92 is in fairly good health, hey look at any 92 year old jalopy and you're going to find some things going on it no matter how good it looks LOL. But has now said goodbye to 2 wives, a daughter, and now a granddaughter. As I spoke to Dad today about my niece Becky passing away we both were able to reflect a bit, grieve, and laugh together. We understand that there is for many of us a higher calling and hope that this is not all there is, and our hope is not early based. This concept may be foreign to some, "too religious for others, and just ridiculous to others. But this is what we hold to, and it is what enables us to see past the ugly of today into the beauty of tomorrow. For us life is not necessarily about the finite, relatively short span we have here on this earth but about the infinite eternal with the one who made us. Some of us do not take the time to spend thinking much on this, we push it to the back of our minds, until something like this happens. But her and her husband were so committed to it that they gave their lives to spreading the hope of tomorrow and the peace of today in being co-pastors. Talk about were the rubber meets the road, do they abandon what they have believe because of caner or do they hold onto harder what they believe to give them comfort through it all. So young, so much from out eyes ahead, but the one who made her called her home. Now what do we do with it from there? Do we heed the call or do we craw back into our holes ignoring the signs hoping it never effects us. The bell will sound, the time will come, when the time is up, what will we give in accountability for what decisions we have chosen while here on this side of the eternal. Something to ponder, something to think about. death is not a lover of life and gives no regards to age, creed, religion, race, life's preferences, it will come, what will be your response? I pray you do not have to deal with this, or that when the time comes your ending is a peaceful one, and until then you are able to live life to the fullest. 

And may that fullest be able to include some wonderful times right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Local businesses, this week I have been really hungry to go out, first for breakfast and one of the places that I love to go to is the Hole-In-One in Orleans. Only problem is working so much during the week does not allow me to go out much. Working out of my home I do not go out and drive by someplace that I would stop in. So I have to plan my weekends and Saturday mornings is when I like to go and this time of year is the best because I don't have to wait long so I get to sleep in longer before going to eat. Hole-in-One has great food, great baked goods and great atmosphere. And they have good parking out back and I have several different ways to get there. And best of all is they don't brake my piggy bank to enjoy a good breakfast. All right in the heart of Orleans. 
      Another place we love to go to when we are out and about is DJ's Family Sports Pub in Hyannis right behind the railroad tracks off Willow. My problem is I love their wings so much that I forget that have so much more. So from time to time I have to force myself to look at the rest of the menu, and behold the ribs, are total YUM, and their burgers are excellent as well. I could just go up and down the menu and brag on it all but hey, why don't you just go and check them out for yourself, and don't forget then do deliver (limited distance). 
      There are so many places I want to try and so little time and not enough money to do it with. If only I could win the lottery or make the right investments or, this or that or, or, or. Really? I also good well enough that why spend all my money on eating out when I can cook it myself. LOL. Anyway We all need a kitchen break from time to time so get out while you still can and visit some of our local best and enjoy a good meal out. We have so many excellent places that really there is no excuse to say you can't find someplace good to eat.  
      Welcome my friends, and I hope that this visits finds you in good health. As we look at the wanters around Cape Cod, the months of February, March, and April seem to have been those that have seen the most in ship wrecks then other months. It is said on several sights that 50 mile stretch from off Chatham to around Provincetown contains over 3000 shipwrecks over the years. In February of 1942 it is suspected that a cargo ship went down as the result of being torpedoed. In February of 1952 a tanker broke up about a mile off Monomoy Island. And back in February of 1907 a schooner caught fire and sank northeast of Nobska Light.  (You can check out Wikipedia, National Park Services Site NewEngland.com and more on these and more.) Lately we have not had to worry about much going on around us and for that we are most grateful. But the dangers are still there and quite real to smaller crafts and fishing vessels and we need to keep them all in mind when this time of year comes round. We do not need any fatalities due to negligence or not being aware of the changes that have been going on through the winter months. The winds that howl echo the voices of too many spirits with unsettled business and seeking loved ones that gets very eerie sometimes, and we don't need to add to those numbers. There are those evenings like this week with the rising of the full Snow Super moon that it seems to be the most active, and from time to time one can grab a glimpse of a spirit within the spray of the the beacon light, of the fog and haze that is illuminated by the light of the moon. They are there, then not, than a voice, a cry, then silence. You just feel bad for them hoping that sometime somewhere they can find what they are looking for and lay down for eternity in rest. Not all believe in these, but they have not spent much time with me is all I can say. Anyway, I hope the weather does not play bad tricks on you and take you places you wish not to go or end up in situations that are not of your planning. And may the winds be still and sun rise higher and higher and be the warmth on your back. Time to get back to the chores around this station, I hope you great week ahead of you and may it be even better if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      As I noted last month this year it is a surf & turf year, the odd months we will do turf and the even surf. So fish it is for this month. With as much as I cook and as much as my mother cooked, and knowing that I used to be a fish monger in a meat and fish market outside Philadelphia many years back, the one things I feel the least skilled at in the kitchen is cooking fish. This year I am looking to add more fish to my diet and not by going out more to eat either. A couple Sundays ago I got some monk fish and baked it and turned out pretty darn good if I don't say so myself. But I will be seeking out other recipes like the one I have today to offer. Also sheet-pan, one pot/pan, and even crockpot seafood recipes. My all time favorite however is the oven just because of the ease of it and the lower calories. So, I hope you join me this year as I get more comfortable with cooking seafood, cause we know I have no problems eating it. Now on with the show:
 
      This week's recipe: Easy Skillet Fish Dinner
 
      2      ribs      celery, chopped
      1      cup      green pepper, chopped
      1      cup      onion, chopped
      2      tsp       olive or canola oil
      4      each    plum tomatoes, chopped
   1/2      tsp       salt
              dash    pepper
      1      lb         cod, haddock, or other white fish
   1/2      tsp       seafood seasoning (my favorite Old Bay)
                          Hot cooked rice
                          Hot pepper sauce
 
      In a skillet, saute celery, green pepper, and onion in oil until almost tender. Add tomatoes; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with fish fillets and sprinkle with seafood seasoning. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6 minutes. Break fish into chunks. Cook about 3 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Service over rice. Service with hot pepper sauce if you like.
 
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