The freshest fish delivered to your doorstep

It’s cold outside …

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 | Comments Off

And, since your fish will be delivered right to your doorstep tomorrow, it looks like a perfect day to curl up with a book! Whether you walk to the library, order from Amazon, or download to a Kindle, stay cozy with a nice cup of tea and good book. Besides, reading sets a great example for our sometimes over-connected kids!

Some of our recent favorites are:

  • The Founding Fish by John McPhee
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
  • Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
  • Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska by Dean Adam
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    And, don’t forget the classics … Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea and Melville’s Moby Dick.

    Do you have a favorite fish book? Drop us a line and we’ll share with the crew!

    (And maybe next week you might want add in an order of chowder or bisque … just pop it in the freezer and warm it up on the next cold day!)

    Fish is good,
    Anamaria & Susan

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    Fish is good!

    Posted on Feb 28, 2013 | Comments Off

    Scallops Garfield

    Fish is good.
    Cooked fish is better.
    Overcooked fish is not.
    Overcooked fish is dry, uninspiring, and, oh-so-easy to do.

    So how do you tell if fish is cooked properly? When done, the flesh will change from translucent to opaque. If that is a relatively meaningless statement to you, fry an egg! Watch as the white turns from a see-through fluid to a solid white mass. At that point, the white is soft, moist and yummy. Cook it longer, and you get a dry, rubbery “better drown it in salsa” breakfast. The proteins in fish cook in a very similar way.

    Two words to remember are “residual heat.” When you remove cooking fish from the heat source, the exterior of the fish will be quite hot. That heat will continue to work its way to the inside and finish cooking the interior. So for moist, perfectly cooked fish, undercook it slightly and let that residual heat finish the job. You can always cook it a little longer if necessary.

    And to help you with the cooking, check out our revamped recipes page. We re-organized and added some of your recipes as well!

    Fish is good,
    Anamaria & Susan

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    Keeping it fresh … and local

    Posted on Feb 21, 2013 | Comments Off

    Congratulations! You’re eating healthier; you’ve added fresh fish as a regular part of your diet. But what about the rest of your meal? A balanced diet includes vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy, and more.

    As interest in buying local foods has grown, many towns have begun hosting winter farmers’ markets. While field grown tomatoes and fresh corn are still many months away, winter markets offer a bounty of goods.

    Local farmers bring fresh produce like kale, salad greens, squash, and root crops. Other vendors sell dairy products, baked goods, and even goodies like preserves and honey. These markets are a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers year-round and buy fresh foods you can feel good about feeding to your family.

    For a listing of local winter farmers’ markets check out the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture’s MassGrown website. They also are a resource for CSA (community supported agriculture) and pick-your-own farms.

    So take the kids and involve them in the meal planning process. You might be surprised at their willingness to try new and healthy foods!

    Fish is good,
    Anamaria & Susan

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    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Posted on Feb 14, 2013 | Comments Off

    Everyone talks about fish being a heart healthy food, but what is it about fish that makes it healthy?

    To find out, we took a look at the websites of the American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, and the Harvard School of Public Health.* What’s so good about fish?

    Omega-3 fatty acids These essential acids found in fish oil have been in the news a lot lately, with claims of reducing the risk of a wide range of medical problems. What seems to be agreed upon is that omega-3 fatty acids are very important for cardiovascular health. They are thought to reduce inflammation, keep cholesterol in check, reduce formation of blood clots, and may decrease the risk of abnormal heart rhythms.

    Brain food In addition to the known heart health benefits, grandma was probably right about fish being brain food. Research evidence is growing to support the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in the development of healthy brains. For both adults and children.

    High quality protein Fish adds high quality protein to your diet, without the high levels of saturated fats in other meats. And it’s cost effective; an 8-ounce fillet is 8 ounces of meat, no waste per pound to calculate for bones and excess fat.

    Two servings Most health sources recommend two servings of fish per week. What does that mean? The Heart Association considers one serving to be about 3.5 ounces, or 3/4 cup, of cooked fish. And yes, how you cook the fish does matter, keep the fried fish and buttery cream sauces to an occasional indulgence.

    And like all health-related information, consult your own medical resources for full information. Nutritional guidelines are always being updated and research is bringing new data to light every day. For your family’s best health, remember to eat a variety of healthy foods.

    Healthy habits start young. We hope to make it easy to build healthy habits for all our families by delivering the freshest seafood right to your door.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Susan & Anamaria

    P.S. They say dark chocolate is good for your heart, too!

    American Heart Association
    Mayo Clinic
    Harvard Public Health

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    Delivery Schedule Update!

    Posted on Feb 11, 2013 | Comments Off

    Since many of our customers observe Lent and would like to enjoy a healthy meat-free meal on Fridays, we will be changing our delivery day from Wednesday to Friday during the Lenten season.

    Beginning this week and through March 29 ALL deliveries will be made on Friday.

    Please remember, our fish is so fresh that you can keep it in the fridge for three days or freeze it for future use.

    Thank you,
    Anamaria & Susan

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    It’s fresh! It’s raw. Now what?

    Posted on Feb 7, 2013 | Comments Off

    Fresh Fish Recipes to You

    Your fresh fish is in the kitchen, but now what? If you haven’t been eating fish regularly, you may need some preparation suggestions. The good news is that there are so many easy ways to cook fish, most are quick, and there are many kid-friendly recipes, too.

    For new ideas, we like to search allrecipes.com. It’s a great interactive community with recipes submitted and reviewed by real people from around the world. After you select your fish variety for the week, pop over to allrecipes, enter it in the search box at the top of the screen and be inspired!

    What did we make this week? Anamaria made Asian Salmon, a quick poached salmon with soy, scallions and sesame oil. Susan made the kids happy with fish tacos! See our recipes page for these and other recipes we enjoy.

    We’d like to add your favorite recipes to our collection, too. What does your family enjoy? Drop us a note or share your recommendations on our facebook page!

    If you would like a comprehensive fish cookbook for more in-depth knowledge, recipes for special occasions as well as the basics, the folks at the New England Mobile Book Fair recommend The Cooks Essential Companion: Fish Without a Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore.

    Fish is Good!
    Susan & Anamaria

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    The freshest fish

    Posted on Jan 31, 2013 | Comments Off

    Our goal of incorporating more fish into our families’ meals was simple. Where to buy that fish wasn’t so easy. Standing at the fish counter you can only guess at its freshness. How long has it been in the case? How long did it take to travel from the boat to the store? How was it transported?

    Difficult questions to answer. So you buy on trust.

    We found a trusted partner in Sea Jem Imports, Inc. Sea Jem is a premier seafood processor and distributor located in Boston’s Fish Pier. For over 20 years, they have provided top quality fish and customer service. To continue to meet their goal of exceeding customers’ expectations, they in turn have developed a trusted network of fisherman around the globe.

    We trust Sea Jem to supply our family and yours with the freshest of fish. Our confidence in our choice was confirmed recently when we got an early morning phone call from Sea Jem. It seems that one of the varieties we had offered that week just didn’t look good enough to their buyer. They suggested another variety and we then contacted our affected customers regarding the change. Sea Jem risked not making a sale because of their commitment to providing only the freshest fish.

    Sea Jem also recognizes that we are providing fresh fish to home cooks and often suggest new fish varieties and recipes … such as this week’s Gulf of Maine sustainable pollock or fresh Martha’s Vineyard scallops.

    We hope that you will feel as confident buying your fresh fish from us as we are with Sea Jem Imports.

    If you have any questions regarding any of the varieties of fish we offer, please let us know! Or is there a variety that you would like to try that we have not offered?

    Fish is Good!
    Anamaria and Susan

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