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Cape Cod Stuffed Quahogs with Chorizo

Lauren Collins

Quahogs are in season now on Cape Cod, and what better way to celebrate than with a homemade stuffed quahog recipe!

If you're a New Englander like me, then you know a stuffed quahog when you see one.  Just to be clear, a stuffed quahog is also known as a stuffed clam - quahog just sounds cooler.

Stuffed quahogs are one of those quintessential summer meals that you can't miss out on when you're on Cape Cod. During the summer you can usually find stuffed quahogs on most restaurants' menus, but stuffed quahogs are also a delight (and much healthier) to make at home.

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Pesto Seared Cod with Linguica & White Beans

Lauren Collins

The title for this recipe could be so much longer, because there is just so much going on in this dish!  But that doesn't mean the ingredients list is a mile long, or that it will take you all day to make this!

The best part is that after you're done with dinner, you have linguica stew for leftovers!  A win win in my book.

The combination of pesto and buttery seared cod, all paired with crumbled linguica, creamy white beans and fresh lacinato kale in a simple and flavorful broth are what makes this dish so good - you just can't have one without the other in my opinion. 

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Sweet Chili Scallops with Collards & Bacon

Lauren Collins

Succulent, delicate and meaty scallops are transformed into little pieces of candy, seared and glazed, then served up with savory Carolina rice and quick cooking collards and bacon.  There is just no telling how you'll ever save any for leftovers. 

As part of my weekly summer recipe series, I'm really excited to share this recipe with you!

I don't suspect many of you will be heading out scalloping after reading this post, unless you have a giant boat made for scalloping, so maybe this isn't necessarily a "catch and cook" type of recipe, but more so a recipe to enjoy a locally caught and in season delicacy to support your local fishermen.  

We have so many scalloper boats here on Cape Cod, and just like oysters, chances are the sea scallops you buy from the fish market were caught in these waters.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Lemon Rosemary Sauce

Lauren Collins

Salty prosciutto, flakey wild-caught cod, fresh lemon juice and fresh rosemary sprigs come together to make this Prosciutto Wrapped Cod an absolutely irresistible and easy dish to make.  

Worthy of restaurant status, this whole recipe comes together in about 20 minutes!  If you're bored with the usual baked fish with breadcrumbs and butter (like me), then this is what you need.

Cod is locally caught here on Cape and is available all year, especially in April and May.  Codfish used to "pave the bottom" when the pilgrims arrived, and for centuries Cape Cod was #1 in the world for codfish.

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Haddock Florentine

Lauren Collins

I don't want to toot my own horn, but we've got a real winner on our hands here.  This is freshly caught, local haddock, served with a lightened up florentine sauce that is seriously restaurant-worthy.

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and this could very well be the answer to "What should I make her for Mother's Day?!" 

Today's recipe is a super creamy, rich and totally delicious florentine sauce, full of fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes, that only looks and tastes like it has tons of butter and cream in it!  In this healthier version, I used light whipped cream cheese and a few other goodies to create a cheesy, rich yet healthier sauce for the haddock.

This all may sound like a long, complicated recipe that will take you hours, but I promise you, this will take about 20 minutes from start to finish and most of the ingredients you probably already have in your fridge!

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MFCC Apparel Pre-Order Cut Off Date is Quickly Approaching

Lauren Collins

The cut off date for our spring apparel pre-sale will be Sunday, May 5th, so now is your chance to stock up on some new MFCC gear for the summer!

Orders are expected to ship on or before Memorial Day weekend.

Members should make sure to use their discount code at checkout to receive 20% all items.  There are camo hats, men's and women's short and long sleeve tees and sweatshirts, women's fleece vests and men's baseball tees available.

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Tautog with Creamy Tomatoes and Cornmeal Fried Okra

Lauren Collins

Whew that's a big recipe name, huh? Well let me tell you, tautog with creamy tomatoes and cornmeal fried okra will be your new best friend this spring.  

If you are a fisherman yourself or you're married to one like I am, you know that this is tautog season here on Cape Cod. Thankfully for me, this means fresh caught fish!

Springtime in New England always brings a big sigh of relief.  The long winters we endure can seem to last a lifetime. When the sun shines, the birds start chirping, and flowers, plants and trees start to bud. You know winter is finally done and it couldn't be a better feeling!

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There’s a New Weekly Summer Recipe Series Starting Next Week!

Lauren Collins

After my rise to fame on this past season of MFCC TV, it has come to my attention that it is my duty to give the public what it wants...more cooking your catch recipes!

I'm kidding, I am not famous, but I am excited to share with you 22 new ways to cook your catch this season, every Sunday starting next week through the end of September!

Starting next Sunday, April 28, there will be a new recipe posted each week on the blog, giving you new ways to cook your catch or how to use locally sourced shellfish and other types of fish.  

I've been having a lot of fun writing up these recipes, and Ryan has very much enjoyed the taste testing portion of this project too!  Each recipe was created to be easy and with not a lot of ingredients...because no one wants to attempt a 30-ingredient recipe!

All of these recipes are either my very own, inspired by dishes I've had while traveling, or some variation of a dish my Mom would make me growing up.  I really hope you enjoy them!

Here's a breakdown of just a few of the recipes to look forward to this coming season.

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Spanish/Sierra Mackerel Catch and Cook | Costa Rica 2019

Lauren Collins

Life in Costa Rica is in many ways similar to life on Cape Cod. Yet there are also many, many differences.

One BIG difference is that here in Costa Rica, it is very possible to catch a fish and then find yourself eating that same fish for lunch less than an hour later.

You can do the same thing on Cape Cod, but not during January and February! Fortunately the weather in Costa Rica is sunny and hot year-round.

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6 Highlights From The 2019 Costa Rica Fishing Adventure

Lauren Collins

Today through April, Ryan and I are going to feature a new post each Saturday morning about this past winter's group trip to Costa Rica. We're going to have some fun with this and call it "Costa Rica Saturdays!"

This past winter in Costa Rica were joined by My Fishing Cape Codders Jane and Tom Simpson, Tom and Patti Dromgoole, John and Michelle Silva, Mike and Lisa Hollander, and Ryan's dad, uncle and sister.

It's not easy for me to describe Playa Zancudo, the town where Ryan and I like to call home for a few weeks each winter. Yes the beaches are beautiful, and the weather nearly perfect, but that's not everything.

You just have to see it for yourself. To meet the locals, to experience the fishing and the natural environment, and to look a scorpion in the eye and not be afraid (among other things)!

It's bit of an art to go from enjoying the "comforts of home" to immersing yourself in this Costa Rican lifestyle of bugs, scorpions, dust, intense heat and humidity. Take it from me, a girl who loves to eat brie and sip Prosecco.

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Behind the Scenes of Episode #6: Catch & Cook Striped Bass

Lauren Collins

The second season of My Fishing Cape Cod TV is airing every weekend on NBC SportsBOSTON, now through the beginning of March. This season of My Fishing Cape Cod TV has definitely been the year for the Collins women to get on screen!

Last weekend in episode #3, you may remember watching Ryan's mom Kathy as she reeled in some of the biggest stripers of the entire season by trolling the tube and worm.

This weekend in episode #4, we included a "cooking your catch" segment to help give you some ideas for what to do with your catch! Our cooking the catch episode was a lot of fun to film.

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Behind The Scenes Of Episode #5 | Tautog Fishing With My Wife

Lauren Collins

I hope you enjoyed this weekend's tautog fishing episode on My Fishing Cape Cod TV!  Not only was it my big debut in front of the camera, but also my big debut going tautog fishing.

Leading up to this episode, I had been told that tautog were in thick and heavy, so I knew my chances were pretty good that I might actually catch something.

In this behind the scenes post, I'll take you through the day, starting with where we launched, our bait techniques (which were more than a little gross for me) and how I managed to catch the biggest fish of the day.

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Public Service Announcement: We Need to Learn How to Spell “Stripers”

Lauren Collins

This past year I have had the great opportunity to learn a lot about fishing (whether I wanted to or not).  If you've sent us an email over the past year, chances are it went to me first, because Ryan is literally never home in the summer.

I answered many of your questions, always by first asking Ryan what the answer is, and then responding to your emails as if I know everything there is to know about fishing.

You were probably very impressed, right??

All kidding aside, I can now tell you what setup to use at the canal, I can change your password for you, give you helpful advice on fishing around the Cape and refer you to the forum when I've run out of answers.

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Exploring Puerto Vallarta Mexico (and dorado tacos)

Lauren Collins

Even the locals will tell you that some parts of Mexico are not to be dealt with.  You hear all the stories, but just like everywhere else in the world, there are those hidden gems you just have to see to believe.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is just that - a true gem nestled among mountains. The seaside city is so wonderful you just have to see it to believe it.

As usual, I found a great fishing spot for Ryan, even if I didn't mean to.  Nine years ago, my parents and I came here for a week and we all fell in love with the old town, known as Zona Romantica. We knew we had to someday come back.  

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My Fishing Cape Cod Holiday Gift Guide

Lauren Collins

I'd like to say I am very good at a lot of things, but most importantly, it would be shopping! I realize though that I am speaking to a "fisher people audience" who would probably prefer to never hear about nor speak about shopping.

But people, the holidays are coming.  Tis the season to give gifts to friends and family, and there is nothing worse than being in a crowded mall and waiting in lines. You will encounter crying children and frazzled adults!

And then all of a sudden you realize you forgot to buy wrapping paper, so back out you go into the apocalypse that is holiday shopping. So this year, instead of hitting the mall and big box stores, lets shop online at the MFCC website!

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