Chipotle Grouper with Potatoes

I asked my daughter to make snowy grouper filets over potatoes, onions, and peppers.  I did not know it would evolved into such a delicious meal so I asked her for the recipe. Snowy grouper has a mild sweet fish flavor making it perfect to lay on top of potatoes. Here is my daughter’s recipe:

“When I made this dish, I improvised and didn’t measure the ingredients, but for the sake of this recipe, I’ve estimated how much of each ingredient was used.

Chipotle Grouper with Potatoes

Ingredients –
5 servings of grouper or similar fish fillets, cut to 1/4-1/2” thickness
6 medium sized gold potatoes, diced
1 medium sized tomato, diced
1 cup frozen diced onions & peppers (aka sofrito mix)
1/2 cup chipotle ranch salad dressing
1/4-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
olive oil to taste
salt to taste

Serves 5.

Directions –
1. Set oven to broil, 450 degrees.
2. In a glass baking dish or aluminum foil lined pan, combine diced potatoes, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil and salt, then toss ingredients together until blended. Spread the mix evenly along the bottom of the pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine fish fillets and chipotle ranch dressing until fillets are well coated on both sides. Discard remaining dressing.
3. Lay the dressing covered fillets over the bed of vegetables, and sprinkle panko bread crumbs over the top until well covered.
4. Place pan in the preheated oven and broil for 15 minutes, until the bread crumbs are toasted on top. Turn off broil setting and continue baking at 350 degrees for another 15 minutes.
5. If desired, serve with additional chipotle ranch dressing on the side. Enjoy!”

Snowy Grouper Recipe

Enjoy it with a nice white wine, my family loves Moscato when eating fish!Grouper Recipe

Fisherman’s Quick Fish Recipe – My way with options

OK so you are tired just came home and want a quick meal of your fresh catch. Well here it is, this can be found in many recipe sites and can be modified as much as you want, after all you will be eating this dish to your liking.


Fresh fish
Grated cheese
Salad dressing of your choice
A bag of potato chips


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C). Use aluminum foil to cover a baking pan.
In a bowl, marinate the fish fillets in the salad dressing for 10 minutes.
Crush the chips and toss the shredded cheese and crushed chips together.
Place the marinated fish fillets in the baking pan and top with the cheese/chip mixture.
Bake, uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes or until the fish is soft or flaky (test with a fork).

Want it healthier?
You can use plain corn flakes instead of chips or baked veggie chips.
You can use lite dressing.

Want it like potatoes Au Gratin and fish?
Cook it longer at lower heat and then let it cool and store in the refrigerator over night, take it to work and at lunch time microwave it covered.

Want it crunchy?
The darker the cheese the crunchier the chips.Just don’t burn it!


Below is a pic of the Hogfish and Permit on the same baking pan.

Fisherman's recipe 1

Below is the Hogfish with some extra cheese and chips. If you use a sweet salad dressing it may get stuck on the aluminum foil so try to avoid that.

Fisherman's recipe 2

Below is the Permit with the crisp cheese. You can see the flaking of the fish on the sides.

Fisherman's recipe 3-The Permit

Sip some wine and enjoy the meal!
Enjoy fish the way you like it! A nice glass of white wine will go well, but I prefer a nice Vintner’s Red Premium Wine.



Cozumel Snorkeling Adventure February 15th 2014

One of our stops on the 4 day Cruise was Cozumel. We had no idea on what to do here. I had been there before but had gone to the mainland to Playas Del Carmen and then we went to visit Tolum. On this trip we were 25 people including my grandson, yes I have a Welcome Centergrandson 🙂 So we decided to wait till we got there and figure out on what to do. To go to Playas Del Carmen it would have been $45.99 per person just to get on the ferry and get dropped off at Playas Del Carmen for some shopping, history, and then go to a resort’s pool and beach access were we could also snorkel for an additional cost. I had read before that Cozumel was a great place to snorkel and I remember small man made beaches where we could go and adventure by our selves but when we got there these little beaches by the Cruise Ship docks were gone. Well, I had to do what us males hate to do, I had to ask for directions to the nearest public beach. The minute we got to the docks I asked some of the local tour guides waiting on their customers. They were very helpful and told me that a Taxi cab to the nearest beach would be about $5 per person and showed me the way to go get them. As we approached the exit out to the Welcome Center of Cozumel we saw drivers dressed in white and with ID tags hanging on their necks. They were from a Taxi company, it seemed to be the only one in the Welcome Center area. We were offered a fare of $25 per person and this included $7.5 to go to a resort, $7.5 to get back, and access to the resort and it’s amenities. When we got there we had access to the pool which looked nice, chairs, beach chairs, hammocks, ladder access to the water, and surprisingly a free Tequila tour in which you are basically obligated by your taste buds to purchase a bottle. We haggled the price to $20/person 🙂 and off we went in two packed fairly new vans.

First things first, got a local beer. Victoria, very refreshing semi dark beer.

Victoria Beer

Below is a panoramic view of the resort.

Cozumel Resort Panoramic 2

The Tequila thought might make you see a second image 🙂

Cozumel Resort Panoramic

From inside the restaurant (they charged in Dollars not Pesos) and the pool.

Panga   Cozumel Resort

The beach area.

Beach in Cozumel

Getting ready to snorkel and in the water we went. By the way we were told that snorkeling was included but they did not tell us we had to rent the equipment. Luckily I brought a few sets of my own for everyone to share.

snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico   Cozumel Mexico

snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico 2

The water was amazingly clear so we were able to enjoy it to the max.

snorkeling Coxumel Mexico   reef in Cozumel Mexico

The corals were healthy but not much variety in this area.

snorkeling Cozumel Mexico

reef in Cozumel Mexico   snorkeling in Cozumel

There were a lot of artificial reefs being populated by corals, seafans, invertebrates, and of course fish 🙂

Cozumel Mexico Sargent Majors and snappers

I just went back to these rocks, had to do a second pass.

Sargent Major Fish in Cozumel Mexico

Can you see the ballyhoo in the pic below? Great camouflage. Click on the picture to make it larger.

Hidden fish

A beer bottle rock?

Sargent Major fish in Cozumel Mexico

After the beach we had no time to pass by Maragritaville, very disappointing on  that but we had a big group so I did not dare to ask the driver for a quick stop and so we went shopping instead. Word of advise, the shops right in front (flea market like) give you free tequila shots when you shop but the prices are a bit high. Just walk a few blocks down and you will get great discounted prices but no free tequila shots. If you are on a budget take my advice if not take the tequila shots, they are included in the price.

shop in Cozumel

All good things must come to an end and so back to the Carnival Victory ship we went. We missed our dinner at the main dinning room but we were surprised with a midnight Mexican buffet (USA Restaurant Style). It was good and the fruit carvings were nice to see.

watermelon Mayan  Watermelon sculpture

                                         ice sculpture

The next morning it was brunch instead of breakfast and for dessert a nice piece of banana cake.

steak and eggs

banana cake

I never had the chocolate melting cake so I ate a piece and it was great. So I brought the recipe with me 🙂

                                        Chocolate Melting Cake

Here is the whole family.

Group Picture 1

I did say you force  yourself to buy the tequila from the “free” Tequila History and Taste Tour. 🙂  And when you go they do sell some $5 a bottle of tequila in the shops by the Welcome Center. Inside the shops they also had some good ones at 2 for $16.50. But “Doña Jose Licor De Membrillo” Tequila Liquor was a winner to my taste buds and the family almost unanimously agreed and bought their own bottles of it. This is not a drink to mix, just a drink to savor each day 1/2 ounce at a time after dinner so we can remember Cozumel Mexico with great taste in our mind.

Doña Jose tequila

K.I.S.S. Fish Recipe

Keep It Simple Stupid and it will taste like the fish it should taste like! K.I.S.S. FISH! BABY!!!

KISS Fish with potatos and salad


Your favorite seasoning and not too much of it since you do want to know what your fresh catch really tasted like.
Sliced Onions
Sliced Bell Peppers
1 teaspoon of any butter or margarine ( the healthy stuff works too)
A pinch of salt and ground pepper


Keep – your fish fresh clean

It – should be in small individual portions

Simply– marinated for 10 minutes or less with your seasoning

Stupidly – wrapped in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven at 375 degrees  for 15 minutes then uncovered for another 5 to 10 minutes or until a nice color is obtained

KISS Fish in aluminum foil after baking

Eat it with a small salad and baked potatos. Always K.I.S.S.

Smoked Fish Dip Recipe With a Twist

This is a recipe that was shown to me on the forum. I have modified it with my own little twist. Amberjack or Almaco Jacks mixed with a 3 to 1 portion of King Mackerel, Bluefish, or Jack Crevale, yes Jack Crevale. This Smoked Fishmix makes a great combination, but if you do not like too much of a fishy taste then only use white meat fish. You can smoke the fish on a grill, just go out and but the wood chop container and wood chips. I do soak the woodchips in a 1 part cooking wine and 1 part water. On one side of the grill I place the wood chips and a can of water, the water vaporizing helps to keep the fish from drying out so much. You do not want to eat too much of a chewy dip.The heat is only turned on the side with the soaked chips. I cover the other side of the grill with aluminum foil and spray it with canola or peanut oil. Turn the grill on and preheat until you see the smoke rising, then place the fish in the grill I place the fish over it.

For every pound of smoked fish:

Jar of good Mayo
Teaspoon of deli mustard (optional)
Fresh Dill—two packs
Kosher Salt

Adobo seasoning mix <-The Hispanic Twist- or  -> any Tropical seasoning Mix–Come on give it some flavor PLEASE do the twist!

½ ounce of vinegar
Fresh lime
Diced onions- 2 parts white onions 1 part red onions (if preferred)
1 Red pepper
1 pepper (green or any nice color you prefer)
Diced celery – only one small branch
Sour cream – half the amount of the Mayo—if the dip is to be stored over a week,  mix the sour cream before use


You can season the fish with Adobo for 10 minutes in the refrigerator (in a covered bowl) and then smoke it. After smoking the fish for about 20 to 30 minutes, bake in the oven for another 10 minutes and let it rest until it is cool. Shred the fish down with a fork and knife and then use a food processor to completely separate it .  Add a pinch of Adobo seasoning, just a dash for extra flavor. You can also season the fish and then bake it. If you add the seasoning and bake it the seasoning will adhere more, I like for it to be loose in the mix.

Smoked Fish chopped     

In food processor (or by hand) cut the dill, celery, onions, and peppers and soak them in the lime juice, vinegar, and a dash of salt mixture  for an hour and then drain it. Save the juice to increase flavor if needed.Keep second pack of fresh dill by itself as you want the dill flavor to not absorb the lime and vinegar.

Vegies Choped  Vegies Finely  Choped

Place the shredded fish in a big bowl place a layer of the veggies and mix it.

  Added vegies to finely chopped smoked fish  Dry ingredients mixed  

Once mixed add 2 parts mayo 1 part sour cream and the deli mustard (optional) until it’s all mixed and then add the sour cream to make it creamier.

Added mayo and sour cream

Add the fresh dill until you get the taste you are looking for. Continue to mix everything until you have a complete paste. Place in air tight containers and store in the fridge. Let it sit in the fridge over night and enjoy the next day. Without sour cream I’ve had dip for 30 days, for some reason 5 pounds of dip will not last in my house. With sour cream I do not like it over 7 days in the fridge. It becomes watery, just mixed it before serving but it kind of looses flavor in my opinion.

All ingredients mixed

Serve accordingly with crackers. It goes well with a glass of wine or a nice cold beer.

Dip mixed with sourcream   Dip no sour cream

Enjoy and don’t be afraid to change the recipe to make it your own. I just gave you an idea, like someone else gave it to me. Pass it on.

Bridge Fishing- Super Moon Permits 3-19-2010

Part of the crew

We have all heard of the super moons and the blue moons, so this one was it. We just had to fish during a moon that brings in rough tides and lots of bait trying to swim through it. What a perfect hunting ground it is for fish in those bridges, they have the cover to hunt and so we were thinking it may be a good opportunity to go. We started fishing in Channel 5 at night and had some fun with Tarpons as we sometimes do, manytimes we do not intend to catch them but since they are so plentiful in those bridges is almost inevitable to not catch one. Here is Nilson’s account for one of those times as it happened on this night.

“Plenty of poons at night. As soon as it hit water I put the rod down & it bended twice. I thought I had a nice Grover- it hit hoo plug. Then I see this poons jumping up in the air & I’m still fight him. He then heads under the bridge & I am thinking game over. I tip the rod down on the 7 ft rod as much as I can. He then does a U turn & come out the other side of the hole. So he wraps me around & now is in front of me jumping. I got him back in & was till fight when he took one final jump & the 1x wire hook came off. The poon was about 50+ Rory & the guys said it had to be more. It was damn fun with 15lb line & wimpy rod.”

We appreciated the awesomeness of the moon and as we were doing so a bird decided to stop by and watch it with us. Then it left and came back to steal some of our bait but this time it got tangled in our lines. We took our time getting it out and let it fly away unharmed.

Super Moon night  Super Moon

Untangling a bird  Untangling a bird

The morning time came and the first permit hit Nilsons bait, after fighting it for a bit the permit won by wraping Nilson around a pylon. The second bite was on Rory’s bait and after another nice fight Rory also lost his battle to the pylons. Up next it was me I did the same o’l same o’l the left to right in between pylons dance. The permit move to the right I went left the permit went left I went right always trying to keep the line in between the pylons or as far away from them as possible. I have lost so many of them as well but not this time. Ricky was up next as if we were on a line for permit hits, Ricky did the dance as well, he put pressure on and was also able to land his permit. Nilson kept trying but for some reason he lost all the battles.

Ricky and Herbert with double header permits

Then Rory got another turn at it, he ran like hell to his rod not giving the permit a chance to the pylons and got in the fight on a good crazy positions being able to win a nice price, an invitation to eating permit for dinner for weeks to come. Here is Rory’s account on what happened:

“Was a great time with the crew, lots of laughs, that little permit fought harder then any bigger one I’ve caught, got him on an Accurate 870 w/ 30 lb mono so couldn’t horse him too much with the light line, he took off under the tunnel so I had to lie down on the ground and stick half my body out of the hole in the wall of the bridge, and hold the rod straight down and fight him lying on my stomach…thank goodness I was using a 10 ft rod, anything shorter and I would have lost him for sure.” Nilson added “Rory fighting that permit was epic! I was setup on Rory side with the bridge net & Herb on the other side with the net since the permit went under tunnel. We weren’t going to lose that permit.” Sometimes teamwork is what counts.

Rory and his permit

As Ricky says, there always someone with a bad juju, last time it was me at Sebastian Jetty with loosing redfish after redfish and this time it happened to be Nilson and the permits. So in one of the bridges we decided to get a group picture commemorating this day.

KWC - Key West Crew

From left to right is Ricky, Nilson, Rory, and Herbert

We hit a few more bridges afterwards as we did fish for 2 days straight. Below is a picture of an endengred Key Deer we saw as we were on our way to anotherone of the bridges.

Key Deer

Having brought sleeping bags kept us warmed up from the chilled nights. On this night we definitely had to thank John and his wife for an awesome coffee and breakfast. As always it was great pleasure fishing with John and his mellow sound. He retired in the keys and he’s loving fishing with a passion. John landed some short groupers and had his fun with the Tarpons on swimbaits.The rest of the days came with plenty mangrove snappers in the 11” to 12” inch range, the tarpons kept on harassing our baits, a few Spanish macks were caught, and saw some eagle rays jump up in mid air as they many times do. On the last nigh of fishing we ended sacrificing a permit for an awesome ceviche made right on the bridge, I must say it a perfect fish for it. Ricky took his time filleting it and let me tell you not a morsel was wasted.

Ceviche Recipe

Below are pics of the delicious Permit Ceviche.  Ricky cut the fish in small cubes mixed it with onions, bell peppers, and cilantro then added lime juice and a bit of white vinegar. Let it marinate for one hour in the cooler and then served it with crackers.

ceviche 2010

Permit Ceviche 2010

You can see the original report and everyone’s individual account on