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Here are the latest pictures from the 5 o’clock rush kitchen for this week’s Weekday Wrap Up.

The pictures are the Dinner Spread we enjoyed at the trailer with friends. When we entertain at the trailer, or Glamping, there is always lots of food and lots of variety. And we utilize the charcoal BBQ for everything, even dessert.

Dinner Spread Menu included:

Main Dishes were Salmon steamed in foil, Fresh Caught Pickerel which was pan-fried, Smoked Scallops, and Chicken Breasts.

Sides were Wild Rice and Mashed Potatoes with garlic and brie. Mozzarella, tomatoes with Homemade Pesto and balsamic glaze. And a Spinach Salad with tomatoes and peppers.

Dessert was Grilled Ontario Peaches with Ontario Maple Syrup.

This is the last long weekend of the summer in Canada before school starts. :(

Back to more consistent dinners, after school activities and  the dreaded school lunches. :P

Have a great long weekend

Chef Kim

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Annual Darien Lake Trip

We have just returned from the annual trip to Darien Lake with four families and total of 12+ kids. Ranging in age from 18 to 12 years old.

Darien Lake is about 40 minutes from Buffalo. It is an amusement park that has all the great rides and attractions of the larger ones without the lineups. We think the short lines are due to the Americans are back to school in the area and for the most part the park is filled with thrifty Canadians. The kids think it is awesome as they can go in, as a large pack without adult supervision.

Kids Favourite Rides Motocoaster, Ride of Steel and Viper.

And my DS likes the ‘toilet bowl’ at Splashtown and I was chief videographer for his blog. LOL!

Fireworks and Laser show every night.

Darien offers lots of choices for those who love to camp. Basic tent, trailer rentals and cabins. Darien Lake Amusement Park | Lodging Overview.

The park is awesome location for us to pull our trailer and glamp!

And I’m not a ‘amusement park person’ so I enjoy sitting outside reading, drinking a few Caesars and enjoying the weather. At night we have a big campfire circle and tell hilarious stories of the day.

The kids have no cell service so they have a huge euchre tournament. Very old school.

Super excited with my purchases from the trip two NEW cookbooks. I can’t wait to use and review them for the 5 o’clock rush followers.

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NEW Cookbooks to test out

 

Hope everyone is ready for back to school.

Have a great long weekend

Chef Kim

 

Here are some pictures of the fun and of course the dinners.

Annual Darien Lake Trip

Catch of the Day! Pickerel and Silver Bass

We were lucky enough to enjoy this Pickerel and some Silver Bass for dinner from when my DH and DD went fishing on Lake Erie.

Look Mom! Dinner tonight is Pickerel caught on Lake Erie.

Silver Bass, is a fish that my DH and fishing buddy usually throw back when they are out on the lake. My DH decided to keep a few to give the fish a try. After doing some research, many fishermen do keep the Silver Bass and recommend soak the fish in milk for at least an hour or overnight.

Catch of the Day! Pickerel and Silver Bass

Pan Fried Pickerel with Green Beans on a bed of Cream Polenta

Pan Fried Pickerel with Green Beans on a Bed of Creamy Polenta

Mise En Place

Mise En Place for Fish

Mise En Place for Fish

  • Fresh Fish Fillets of your choice
  • 1 package of Fish Crisp 
  • 5-6 tbsp. of Emeril’s Essence
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • canola oil

Soak the fish fillets in enough milk to cover the fish for at least an hour or overnight; covered and refrigerate.

In a 12-inch Cast Iron pan, heat oil at medium high. Add enough oil so it is 1/4 inch deep.

In a shallow dish, add Fish Crisp and Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning | Emerils.com mix together.

Shake off excess milk from fish fillet. Dip fish into the coating mixture, and evenly cover fillet. Set aside and continue to coat each piece of fish. Discard remaining milk and coating mixture.

Pan fry in canola oil, approx. 2-3 minutes per side.

Do not add too many fillets into the pan at one time. The temperature of the oil will drop with every piece of fish that is added. The fish will be greasy and/or soggy. 

Better to fry in small batches for a crispy coated fillets.

For the Polenta side dish, I followed the package instructions with the addition of fresh corn removed from the cob, and grated Romano cheese.

Pan Fried Fish Fillets with Polenta and Steamed Green Beans.

Pan Fried Fish Fillets with Polenta and Steamed Green Beans.

I thought that the Silver Bass had a ‘sweet’ taste  in comparison to the bland taste of the Pickerel. But the texture of the Pickerel was much more favourable.

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Here are the latest pictures from the 5 o’clock rush kitchen for this week’s Weekday Wrap Up.

For more pictures follow the5oclockrush on Instagram

Chef Kim

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Weekday Wrap Up 4

I apologize for no Weekday Wrap Up post for last week. It was a busy week with my DD returning from her trip to Italy and the rest of the week spent at the trailer. So I assumed that no one wanted to see the pictures of burgers and dogs or our trip to KFC cause the weather was so soppy!

On the holiday weekend, the smoker was hard at work. This time, it was a pork shoulder, a side of salmon and a whole chicken.

Tip: Utilize the freezer and pack individual portions of leftover smoked meat and salmon for Back-to-School lunches. Pics included.

Here are the latest pictures from the 5 o’clock rush kitchen for this week’s Weekday Wrap Up.

For more pictures follow the5oclockrush on Instagram

This weekend our trailer park is hosting its annual ‘Pasta Dinner’. All the ‘Italians’ in the park make a homemade pasta and sausage for dinner with all the fixings. YUM!

No cooking for me on Saturday ;)

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.

Chef Kim

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