Month: August 2016

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Taste the USA

Taste the USA

Did you know many of us choose our holiday destination on food.  I wanted to enjoy A taste the USA. When we chose to go to America it was for various reasons mainly its somewhere we had all wanted to go. Once booked I started to take an interest in the cuisines available in San Francisco, it was a variety of taste-bud exploding foods, such as Clam Chowder, food vans, so much so they have a huge area where the vans meet everyday and you can walk round, decide and just chill, sadly we didn’t get to any of them so I have tried to re-create something we didn’t get to try and a few we did.

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I was unable to purchase clams here not even in tins so changed my menu slightly but its still something I wanted to try and never got the chance to.

My taste the USA night Menu

Cioppino Fish Stew (recipe below)
Fry Chicken with ranch dip (ranch recipe below)
Chicken Pot Pie with lumpy mash (as requested by little man)
Pulled Pork sandwich
New York Cheesecake

I will not be going to give you the recipes for all as most can be found on my other blog cakesphotoslife. today is the Cioppino and the homemade ranch dip

Cioppino ingredients

Cioppino Fish Stew
Original recipe from Foodnetwork (I have highlighted alternatives)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup butter
    1 rib celery, chopped
    1 onion, diced
    1 can crushed tomatoes (28-oz)
    2 cups clam juice or fish stock
    2 cups white wine
    4 cloves crushed garlic
    1 lemon, juiced
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 bay leaf
    1 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 Dungeness crab (about 2-lbs), cracked and cleaned, or 1-lb frozen crabmeat thawed (Tinned crabmeat)
    2 pounds halibut fillet, cut into 1-in slices (cod fillets)
    24 large prawns, peeled and de-veined (Cray fish tails, I don’t like prawns)
    12 mussels (I couldn’t get fresh so bought a prepared with garlic and white wine sauce)
    1/2 bunch Italian parsley, chopped

cioppino stew


In a large pot, on medium-low heat, melt the butter with the olive oil and saute the celery and onions until soft, about 10 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the seafood and fresh parsley. Simmer on low, uncovered, for one hour.  Add a splash of water if the sauce gets to thick. Furthermore taste for salt and add as mush as needed.
Add the crab, shrimp, and halibut, and simmer covered another five minutes. Add the mussels, cover the pot and simmer for 3 minutes more, or until the mussels open. Finally turn off the heat, and stir in the Italian parsley.

Homemade Ranch Dip Ingredients

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
    2-3 tablespoons sour cream
    1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    1 teaspoon mixed herbs
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
    a dash of balsamic vinegar


Finally place all ingredients into a jar and shake well, if you don’t think you have shaken enough, shake some more. (my neighbours probably laughed at me dancing around the kitchen shaking a jar of dip)

This recipe was originally found on Cakesphotoslife and has been replaced on here.