Monday, October 15, 2007

Catfish Wins in Southern Living Cook-Off

October is a busy month for festivals, fairs and food cook-offs down South, and no bake-off is more prestigious than the Southern Living Cook-Off where catfish once again has proved itself popular.

Tuscan Catfish with Sun-dried Tomato Aioli recently won the Quick Weeknight Favorites category, and its creator took home a $10,000 prize. You can check out the recipe here on the Southern Living Magazine website. The dish will be featured in the January 2008 issue of the magazine and appear in the 2007 Southern Living Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Not only was a catfish recipe a category winner, the cook is not from traditional Catfish Country. Michael Cohen came all the way to Birmingham from Los Angeles, Calif., to prepare his dish in the contest finals. Catfish isn’t just a southern food anymore!

Catfish also found its way to ESPN this past weekend. Did you watch the Auburn vs. Arkansas football game on TV? Former Penn State/Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback-turned-sports analyst Todd Blackledge visited The Catfish Hole restaurant in Fayetteville, Ark., for his weekly Taste of the Town segment. He had their all-you-can-eat catfish fillets and hushpuppies, and he was impressed. I found a newspaper review of the featured restaurant here.

Have a great week!

9 comments:

the feathered nest said...

Wow! That's very cool.

Manuela

Nunnie's Attic said...

Good to see that people are finally learning what I already knew...catfish is good food!

I had to think for a minute about Todd Blackledge. He was a back-up quarterback during the terrible reign of Bubby Brister.

Love,
Julie

Sweet Remembrance said...

Yay...A California boy won!
I love, love, love catfish...
Priscilla

2 LMZ FARMS said...

Maybe they are coming around to our way of thinking(eating). Hope this finds you doing good and hope you and yours have a blessed evening.
Laura

Cris said...

I have to try catfish one day... What a great recipe he came up with!

Belinda said...

Wow! Catfish is going gourmet! That did sound like an especially tasty way of preparing it, I have to agree. Hope all is going well with you, Janet...have a good weekend! :-)

GardenGoose said...

sounds like a yummy recipe too.

JANET said...

I appreciate your visits and comments! These southern cooks are going to have to really work to catch up with that tasty California catfish cuisine!

Kristen said...

That is great! It is hard to find great catfish around here.