Halfway There


Slowly but surely.


Whatever this bug is that I’ve got, it is nasty and has knocked me flat on my ass.  So tonight, I actually managed to pull myself together to cook dinner, but now I’m too wiped out to write about it.

Blargh. See you tomorrow for Top Chef.

Quick Fish Stew
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium carrot, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 bulb fennel, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 c. white wine
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
4 sprigs fresh thyme
hearty pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. cayenne
salt to taste
1/2 lb. halibut filet, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/2 rock shrimp, peeled and cleaned


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrot, onion and fennel and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the veg is starting to turn tender. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes more.


Pour in the wine and let it bubble and reduce by half.

love apples

Dump in the tomatoes, then add the thyme, pepper flakes, cayenne and salt to taste. Bring the pot to a simmer, and let go for 20 minutes.


Mix in the halibut chunks and rock shrimp and let the fish poach gently in the tomato.

Serve immediately.


9 thoughts on “Halfway There

  1. That looks really yummy.

    So glad to have you back for Top Chef. I was longing for your wit and insight after last week was seemingly all about Mike I. leaving, but oh no. Damn.
    You and I (and probably the world) share a hatred for that man. Here’s to hoping he gets booted tommorow!

  2. Glad to see you’re getting better! One question: Where do you find rock shrimp? I’ve never seen them outside of Florida! Not that I’d have a snowball’s chance in Hell of finding them here in Pennsylvania, but my curiosity has been piqued.

  3. welcome back! glad to hear you are on the road to recovery, and soup fits the bill. looks really delicious, fast, and hearty!

  4. I can get frozen rock shrimp here in Tx, but I’d substitute regular gulf shrimp.

    As for the cold/flu – we were both sick off and on for almost 2 months. It’s just a bad one going around this time.

  5. Next day leftovers were still awesome. The halibut held up well and the shrimp bites were delicious. And it had just the right amount of heat to cut through the remains of my cold. We will make this again. Hopefully soon.

  6. This stew looks amazing. Thanks for posting this recipe. Oh and by the way, you are not the only one who is sick these days. I don’t know what’s wrong but more and more people are starting to get sick, myself included. I have this cold for 2 weeks already and I feel like it’s never going to end. Hope we get well soon.

  7. burkie, i’ve got a bunch – once i’d made it, i was too tired to eat much.

    melissa, alas, we are now stuck with him for another week. after reading recaps of last week, i was so sure he should have been knifed.

    tina, saw ’em at fresh direct, and my interest was piqued so i bought some. thought they would be a nice change.

    cynic, thanks!

    lari, 2 months – say it ain’t so!

    brian, i’m glad you liked it, and i’m sorry it made such a mess of the kitchen.

    cursuri, me too! i think i’m almost there.

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