LONGLEAF STORIES

full circle in the hundred acre wood

It’s easy to get in a rut. “What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know. What do you want?” And before you know it, scrambled eggs or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich begin to seem like the most viable alternatives after a long, busy day.

Actually, those are pretty great options. I love eating breakfast and then going to bed. It feels a little decadent.

Wednesday afternoon, Buck and I decided to go fishing for something special at Joe Patti’s Seafood. We left plumbers and the HVAC guys working on the house, and headed for the coast, which, lucky for us, is in downtown Pensacola, about 17 miles from our woods.

Buck picked out two nice scamp fillets and a container of lump crab, while I went over to Amangiari’s Gourmet Shop across the hall for a bag of Panko (Japanese bread crumbs).

It was a fun field trip, and when we returned home, all the workers were gone, serenity reigned. We enjoyed a sweet evening together and a good meal.

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To prepare, dust the fish fillets in flour, then dip in an egg mixed with two tablespoons of water and a smidgen of salt, then roll in Panko crumbs. Saute in two tablespoons of unsalted butter. When the fillets are just cooked through (about 8 minutes), deglaze the pan with a splash of dry vermouth. Top them with lump crabmeat which has been gently warmed with a lump of butter, and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.

The salad is spinach, mushroom and tomato. The potatoes came from our friend Harold’s garden.

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