I don’t know about you, but as we “mature”, I find it more and more difficult to give my husband a birthday present. What I mean is, something other than the standards. Things like socks, shirts, or his favorite meal. I still do all of those things but wanted to do something he would really enjoy.
We went to a beautiful vineyard with fantastic wines in Eden, Maryland. Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery. It was fantastic! Our close friends and our children where on hand to make it a party. He got some wonderful cards and gifts and drank some great wine. Our daughter brought the most amazing marshmallow doughnuts from a bakery in Baltimore. It was a fantastic day and he loved it. I still had one other card up my sleeve.
I just happen to know the captain of “0 Dark Thirty” and his wife. He charters fishing trips from Taylors Island, Maryland. A beautiful boat, and he knows these waters like the back of his hand. I contacted his wife and she had him contact me. A fishing trip was born. This information I didn’t divulge until the day of his birthday. He was so excited, but I was too. I found a birthday present he would always remember and would definitely enjoy. No boring socks here….haha!
That’s Captain Bruce Abbott and my husband Joe, holding our dinner for today!
The bottom right is my husband kissing his fish. One of our friends came from Connecticut just for this trip. I think it is safe to say, he and his buddies had a fantastic day. Many thanks to Captain Bruce Abbott. Check out his Facebook page. I added the link above. If you find yourself in this area book a fishing trip with the “0 Dark Thirty”. You’ll have memories to last a lifetime and a fantastic day.
I have a beautiful rockfish fillet; I am going to cook it on the grill. It’s simple and very tasty. Should you find yourself the beneficiary of a rockfish fillet you might want to give this one a try. By the way, rockfish are also known as striped bass. Striped bass or “stripers” are also called rockfish because they like to nestle in the nooks and crannies of reefs and ledges.
Here’s the recipe. I can not wait for dinner! I am going to have it with a salad and a stuffed artichoke casserole. My friend Barbara gave me that recipe, and it just so happens, it will be my next blog. So don’t forget to come back y’all!
GRILLED ROCKFISH FILLET
- Rockfish or Striped Bass fillets
- Olive oil
- Lemon slices (optional)
- Old Bay seasoning
- Herbes de Provence
- Fresh ground pepper
- Line a large sheet pan with non-stick foil. Use plenty of foil and you will be using it at the end to encase the entire fillets.
- Place the fillet or fillets on the sheet pan, skin side down, after rinsing and patting dry with paper towels.
- Lightly brush the meat side of the fillets with olive oil.
- Put small thin pats of unsalted butter across the top of the fish. (These will melt and distribute over the fish during cooking.)
- Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning across the fish. Keep in mind that too much can be overpowering. I like to see it but not completely cover it.
- Sprinkle lightly, the herb de Provence over the fish
- Place very thinly sliced lemons on top of the fish. (If you aren’t a lemon lover you can omit this step)
- Lightly add some fresh ground pepper
- Bring the foil up and over the fish to cover it. You will want to do this loosely, but completely enclose it, so you can check the process easily
- Place on a hot grill, checking after the first 15 – 20 minutes.
- When the fish flakes easily and is opaque, it’s done. (Ours took about 18 minutes.)
Til next time,