Friday, April 5, 2013

Fish Chowder Recipe + Birthday Celebration

Fish Chowder

Earl lived in Pensacola, Florida. I was born & raised in that city and met him
early in my life. He was best friends with Wallace Bond who was also a friend of mine. 
Earl was a wonderful cook, southern or anything else. 
This is a recipe for fish chowder from one of his books. 
I have cooked it many times. It is wonderful & easy.
I decided to make the chowder for Julia's birthday dinner.

The following recipe for Fish Chowder was handed down through a Pensacola family for at least three generations. 
It is so good it should only be served as a main course.

2 lg Onions, chopped
1 lg Bell pepper, diced
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 tbs Butter
2 tbs Flour
1 lg Can tomatoes
1 qt Water, hot
1-1/2 cup Potatoes, diced
1 lg Bay leaf
Salt & pepper
2 lbs Fish fillets
Lemon (optional)

Saute onions, bell pepper, garlic in butter until soft.
Add flour and cook 2 minutes. This is called a rue...
Add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes stirring all the time.
Add water.
Add potatoes and cook 15 minutes.
Add bay leaf, salt and pepper.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add fish fillets 15 to 20 minutes before serving. (I use a white fish)
Serve with crusty French bread.

Some of the ingredients for this EASY chowder.


Cooking the onions, green pepper and garlic.



Butter added to the pot.



I added the flour to make a rue - coating all the veggies.


Then you add the tomatoes.


I used flounder for the fish.

Add potatoes and then the fish.

The birthday table for my friend Julia Riva.

Julia is seeing her birthday cake for the first time.
 Happy Birthday, Julia!

The cake is easy and got raves as did the chowder.
I will give the cake recipe soon.
I served the chowder with a salad and French bread. 
And of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE!

It was a glorious night. 

Have a wonderful weekend!



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  1. A glorious and yummy night!! Happy belated birthday to Julia :)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, Peggy. Love fish chowder. Just had a similar seafood stew last Wed evening.

    1. I will tell Julia you said Happy Birthday. You are so sweet to comment, Loi.
      love peggy

  2. Peggy,
    You have succeeded in making me hungry as well as long for that beautiful cake recipe.
    Lovely table and how kind to celebrate in honor of your friend Julie's birthday!
    Wish her a happy year ahead full of sweetness and friends.

    1. You are so sweet to drop by + leave a comment. The cake recipe is shortly coming. I will tell Julia you said Happy Birthday. love peggy