I think this is the longest I’ve gone, without doing a blog, in the last two years, which by the way, this month, is my second Anniversary! I have so missed you, Empty Nest Two Plates Full! I however, have been very busy. We are now in Mactawa, Michigan, our happy place! Before that, my Grandmother was in the hospital before we left, and I had to get our house ready for our Pet Sitter, leaving behind four dogs and two cats is not an easy feat, especially when they’re all on medication! It’s so hard to leave them, and I miss them so much already, but I know they’re in good hands.
We then started our long trek to Macatawa, Michigan, with a stop in our home town of Bloomington Illinois. We had so much fun, and were lucky enough to be invited to Steve and Debbie Anderson’s beautiful home, to stay for three nights. It truly was like a guest’s dream come true! They were so warm and welcoming, and their home was beautiful. There were fresh croissants, fresh fruit, fresh cookies, chocolate covered rice crispy treats, fresh granola, chocolate Texas cake, Godiva chocolates by the bed, and Pete’s favorite thing, every kind of beer imaginable in the refrigerator! A foodies paradise! She had bathrobes for both of us in the guest room! Thank you both so much for your wonderful hospitality!
The first night we were there, we met up with some old friends for dinner at Fred and Deb Wollrab’s house. We got to see Arlene and Al Barker, and talked about old times, and even had ribs catered from Ozark house!
The next afternoon I met up with an old friend for lunch at Bloomington Country Club, where my Father was the golf pro, always great memories when I step foot on that golf course. There is a certain smell, when you close your eyes, that brings me back to my childhood. That evening, I met up with some old friends, some of which I went to kindergarten with, junior high, and high school. It was so great to see everyone, and everyone looked awesome, I don’t think anyone has aged! I know Facebook has its ups and downs, but the upside is, you get to reconnect with old friends, some of which you never would have, if it wasn’t for Facebook! Thanks to Reva Howard, Sheri Marley, Patty Lynn, Lynn Dillow, Patt Miller, Debra Lu, and Horace Kowerko, for meeting me for Happy Hour! I hope we can make it an annual happening! We then went t0 a party hosted by Sarah and Jim Deutsch, we saw numerous old friends that we hadn’t seen in years, it was such a great event!
The next afternoon, I was so thrilled to see my old neighbors, my best friends growing up, Susan Lucas Greene, and Laurie Johnson Mueller. It was great talking about Pow Wow’s, and many pranks, and old stories. We had the best pizza to this day, that I’ve ever had, at Lucca Grill! Laurie and I then headed to her parents home, where I had some of the best childhood memories that I’ve ever had. Like for instance, Laurie’s brother Mike Johnson, handed me a cup and told me it was Cool Aid and to drink it. Laurie then said, we don’t have any Cool Aid, so I will leave it up to your imagination, what it might have been!
After all our reminiscing, Laurie and I headed over to my parent’s friends home, Harold and Nancy Hoeferle. They have known me since the minute I was born. Harold has had numerous strokes, and Nancy is a Saint for taking such good care of him. He still has that twinkle in his eye, and that wicked since of humor! It was great to see you Hardid and Nancy, you have both been such wonderful role models all my life!
Our last night in town, we were invited to another dinner party, at a friend of Steve and Debbie Anderson’s. I was in my glory, the lovely gentleman who hosted, let everyone bring their dogs! The food was fabulous, and we got to reconnect with some old friends at his house too.
On Mother’s Day, we headed to our little slice of Paradise in Macatawa, Michigan. Just a quick four hour drive from Bloomington. I can’t tell you how happy, our happy place is! There is just something about the Midwest, maybe because we grew up there, farm to table food, friendly people, green grass, staying on the Macatawa channel, and just watching the world go by. Which brings me back to this recipe of Walleye Piccata. I could lie and say Pete caught it, but he’s still waiting to catch the big one! So, they have a new vendor at the Farmers Market in Holland, Michigan, called DMS Fish Distributors. We bought a 1 1/2 pound fresh caught walleye. I love Piccata style, so I dipped it into flour, then egg wash, then flour again. Then sauteed it in olive oil and butter. Added capers, white wine, lemon, and some chicken broth, my mouth is watering, just thinking about it! They will be at the Farmer’s market every Saturday, and I have a feeling, since Pete hasn’t caught the big one yet, we will be frequenting them a lot!
I would like to thank all my follower’s for the last two years. This is still my passion, and even though I haven’t turned it into a business yet, however, someone did discover my writing, despite my lack of proper grammar, and I actually wrote two articles, for Mom.Me! I would love to have a cookbook someday, and hopefully this will happen soon! Thanks to all of you that follow me, and I would appreciate it, if you would share with your family and friends, the more people that know about the blog, the better for me! Leave me a comment, and let me know what your favorite recipe has been so far? Thanks for reading, all my love, Stacey
Recipe by Stacey Evans
• 1 1/2 pound Walleye, or other white fish
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 eggs beaten with 1 Tbs. water
• 2 Tbs. capers
• Juice of 1/2 lemon and the other half for garnish
• 1/2 cup dry white wine
• 1/2 cup chicken broth
• 1 stick salted butter (half a stick for the sauteing part, and half a stick for the sauce)
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. pepper
• more salt and pepper to taste for sauce
• garnish with fresh chopped chives
1. Rinse fish and pat dry.
2. In two pie plates, place the flour in one, with the salt and pepper, whisk together. In the other one, add the beaten eggs with water.
3. In a large frying pan or cast iron skillet, melt the butter and the olive oil over medium high heat.
4. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture, and then the egg wash, and back into the flour mixture.
5. Add fish to frying pan, fish side down, cook for 5 minutes or until just golden brown, turn fish over to skin side, and cook another 5 minutes or until just golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
6. In same pan, add the lemon juice, white wine, chicken broth, and butter, whisk together until slightly thick about 3 minutes.
7. Add the capers and cook another minute more.
8. Taste to see if you need more salt and pepper.
9. Add fish back in pan, and over low heat, spoon sauce over fish for 2 minutes.
10. Top with fresh lemon slices and chopped chives.