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Walleye Chowder

Ice fishing season is in full swing here in Minnesota. Central Minnesota has most of the best lakes to fish on for walleye. This past weekend my husband and his friends braved the cold to camp on the ice and participate in this time honored tradition. Your spoils will be certainly enjoyed!


Walleye Chowder

serves 4-6


5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
3 tbsp butter
½ cup celery, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
¼ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups cold milk
2 cups cubed red potatoes (approx. 2 potatoes)
2 (8 ounce) walleye fillets, cut into chunks
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onions, sauté until softened.

Stir in flour to form a roux. Slowly whisk in the milk.

Add the potatoes and bacon and stir gently. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.

Add fish chunks and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes, or until fish is cooked through.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Note: Any white fish could be used in this recipe.

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Meal Swap: September 2015 Menu and Recipes

September 2015 Menu & Recipes

***All recipes serve 6 unless otherwise specified.***

Your Choice

Katie/Brittney: Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells


  • 1 package (12 Oz. Size) Jumbo Shells
  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ⅔ cups Hot Sauce⅓ cups Bleu Cheese
  • ⅓ cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • ⅓ cups Parmesan Romano Cheese
  • 2 cups Ricotta Cheese

Prep Day: Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Cut the chicken into small pieces, and then cook in a skillet over medium heat with the vegetable oil until no longer pink in the center. If any pieces are on the larger side, shred them with a fork once cooked.

In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the shells. Stuff each shell with as much filling as it will hold (it’s okay if some of them overflow a little). Place in your dish seam-side up. Wrap for freezing and freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw.Bake at 400ºF for 20–30 minutes or until heated through.

North American/European

Jenica: Big Kahuna Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle Teriyaki sauce (we used Lawry’s brand)
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 1 can sliced pineapple (or you can use fresh which would be even better)
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 large hamburger buns

Prep Day: Pound chicken breasts until they are about 1/4″ thick all around. Place in a large Ziploc bag. Combine Teriyaki sauce and brown sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 of the mixture to the freezerbag with the chicken and seal tightly. Place ther rest in aproper containers for freezing. Also package up ham, cheese and buns for freezing. Freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw. Marinade the pineapple with the rest of teriyaki. Open pineapple can and save a little of the juice in a bowl. Place chicken and pineapple on the grill (medium heat).

Brush with Teriyaki sauce every few minutes until chicken and pineapple are done– try to only flip the chicken and pineapple once. Either on the grill or in a frying pan, cook ham with a little of the pineapple juice until it becomes nice and hot. Slice open hamburger buns and place a piece of cooked chicken on each bottom bun. Top with cheese, ham, grilled pineapple, and bun top. Serve immediately with remaining grilled pineapple.


Leah:  Crockpot Mexican Turkey Wraps


Yield: 8 servings

  • 1lb. turkey tenderloins
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 envelope OR 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cups prepared coleslaw
  • 1 cups shredded Cojack cheese

Prep Day: Place turkey, veggies, and spices in a freezer bag. Shake it up and freeze. Place cheese and tortillas in another bag for freezing.

Serve Day: Thaw. Put turkey tenderloins and other contents from the freezer bag into a 4 quart crockpot and spriand water, cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours until turkey is cooked.

Remove turkey from crockpot and, using two forks, shred the meat into thin strips. Add 1 cup water and taco seasoning mix to mixture remaining in crockpot. Stir in shredded turkey, cover, and cook on low for 1-2 hours until mixture is blended and thickened.

Make sandwiches using turkey filling, coleslaw, shredded cheese, and tortillas.

Liz: Slow Cooker Southwestern Pork Chili


  • 1 pound lean ground pork (You can sub ground turkey if you don’t eat pork)
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped (about two cups)
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped (about one cup)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 14oz can of tomato sauce
  • 15.5oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Prep Day: Brown the ground pork on your stovetop, and take it off the burner allowing it to cool.

Label a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. Add all ingredients to the freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal and lay flat in your freezer for up to three months.

Serve Day: Thaw and cook in your crockpot on “low” setting for 6-8 hours. Break apart pork and serve.

I like to add chopped cilantro, two teaspoons of chipotle peppers (this is what makes it spicy), and fresh lime juice to the chili right before serving. Serve with sour cream, cheese, and avocado on the side.


Ashley: Chicken Stir Fry


  • 1.5 pounds chicken
  • 1 bottle stir fry sauce
  • carrots
  • peas
  • broccoli
  • onion
  • Sesame or Hot or Veggie oil

Prep Day: Bag chicken. Bag sauce and veggies separately. Freeze.

Serve Day
: Thaw both bags. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through with a little oil. Add veggies and sauce bag and cook until hot.

Nicole: Asian Shrimp Stir Fry


Serving Size: 6 each (recipe makes 2 meals)

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 bags frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 2 lbs. frozen cooked shrimp (tails-off)
  • rice (you provide)

Prep Day: Combine coconut milk, broth, fish sauce, curry paste, and honey in a bowl. Mix well. Put into gallon size freezer bag: 1 lb. shrimp, 1 bag veggies, and 2 cups coconut curry sauce.

Serve Day: Heat on stovetop over medium heat until desired temperature. Serve over rice.

Kellie: Chicken Cordon Bleu


  • 3 large chicken breasts, filleted
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 slices ham
  • 6 slices swiss cheese
  • 1 – 8oz. package dry stuffing
  • *1/4 cup butter, melted (you provide)

Prep Day
: Combine chicken, milk, and soup in freezer bag and freeze. Put ham and cheese slices in small bag and freeze. Bag stuffing separately and do not freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw both bags. Pour a little of the soup mix just to coat the bottom of your slow cooker. Layer chicken breasts over the sauce. Cover breasts with two slices of ham and one slice of cheese. Pour the remaining soup over the chicken. Sprinkle the stuffing over the top and drizzle butter over the stuffing. Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Anna: Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula


Servings: 4 (Individual pizzas)

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 cup dried figs, stemmed, quartered
  • 1/2 cup Marsala
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 pear, cored, thinly sliced

Prep Day: Heat 1/2 Tbsp. oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot; stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Add figs, Marsala, and rosemary. Increase heat. Bring to a boil. Add 1 cup water. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring often and adding water by tablespoonfuls if too thick, until figs are soft and jam measures 1 1/4 cups, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cool and pack for freezing. Place in gallon freezer bag.

Pulse 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, bread flour, 1 1/2 Tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 cup water in a food processor until dough forms. Divide into 4 pieces. Wrap each in plastic airtight and place in freezer bag.

Prepare a bag with arugula, pear, and cheese for refrigeration pack.

Serve Day: Thaw contents of bag. Let the dough rest and rise until soft, 2–3 hours. Once the dough has risen, preheat oven to 450°. Roll out each dough piece on a floured surface to a very thin 10″ round. Cover with a kitchen towel.

Place 1 dough round on each of 2 baking sheets. Bake for 3–4 minutes to partiallycook. Repeat with remaining dough.

Spread 3–4 Tbsp. fig jam over each crust; scatter 2 oz. goat cheese over each. Bake in batches until crust is crisp, 4–5 minutes.

Toss arugula, pear, and remaining 1 tsp. oil in a large bowl; season with salt andpepper. Top pizzas with salad.

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Minnesota Delights: Blackbird Café Walleye Po’boy

Blackbird Café Walleye Po’boy

For Cajun mayo:
2 tsp. black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. whole fennel seed

1/2 tsp. whole mustard seed

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, minced

1/2 Tbsp. fresh sage, minced

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1 pinch cayenne

1 c. mayonnaise

Salt, to taste

For pickled red cabbage:
1 medium red cabbage, shaved (about 4 c.)
1/2 medium red onion, shaved

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. champagne vinegar

1/4 c. water

1 Tbsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

For fried walleye fillets:
3/4 c. finely ground Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. fresh bread crumbs

1/2 c. cornmeal

3 Tbsp. flat parsley, minced

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. cumin

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

All-purpose flour, for dredging

3 eggs, beaten

Canola oil for frying

2 1-lb walleye fillets, pin bones removed, flesh cut into six equal portions

For assembly:
6 focaccia or ciabatta roles, halved lengthwise
Salted butter, at room temperature

To prepare Cajun mayo:
In dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast peppercorns, fennel seed, and mustard seed until fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes. Allow spices to cool, then grind in spice mill. Combine ground spices and remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To prepare pickled red cabbage:
In large bowl, combine shaved cabbage and onion. Set aside. Combine sugar, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper in saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar and salt dissolve. Pour hot liquid mixture over cabbage. Let cool for a few hours before using.
To prepare walleye:
Combine Parmesan, bread crumbs, cornmeal, parsley, paprika, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper on plate. Place flour on a separate plate. Place beaten eggs on third plate. In deep fryer, heat oil to 350°F. Dredge fillets in flour, then egg wash, and finally cornmeal breading. Fry fillets until golden brown; when finished cooking, they should float. Remove to paper towel-lined plate.

To assemble:
Butter each side of halved rolls and broil, butter side up, until golden brown and toasted. Spread Cajun mayo on each roll to taste. Add pickled red cabbage using slotted spoon, then add walleye fillet.