December 14th National Bouillabaisse Day

It seems a bit odd that after Thanksgiving we should be talking about bouillabaisse. Most of us still have left-over turkey in our refrigerators and now we are talking about fish soup!?!  Well, if you are not fond of fish this day may not be your favorite.

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This dish comes to us from the Mediterranean Sea area where fish dishes are prevalent. It can have nearly any kind of fish in it but most contain Cod, Snapper, Flounder, Halibut, Sea Bass, Monk Fish (Any white fish) or it may contain all of them.

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The dish seems to have come from France, Marseille to be exact. Here’s a popular recipe from the area. It is also popular in the United States around the New Orleans area which, of course, use to be a part of the French colonies.

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You really do have to enjoy fish to enjoy Bouillabaisse. I have had it before and it does taste pretty good, normally a little spicy, but I d have to admit it smells pretty strong. It is somewhat healthy and maybe a welcome break from all the turkey and mashed potatoes you’ve had that comes with the season.

How to celebrate – Have Bouillabaisse for supper tonight. Save up all your left-over fish from dinners and put it in your soup, or stew. Visit New Orleans or Marseille.