Fish so ugly only a grill could love

I was prepping for my regular segment on Tampabay’s CBS 10, and decided to feature seafood, just so I could show off this brag photo! I went to Cox Seafood, a local fishmonger in Tampa, highly recommended by my friends the Culinary Sherpas, to pick up some fresh seafood to talk about on-air.

Since I’m all about teaching Andrew and Nathan my work so that I can retire in five years, I brought Nathan with me to the fishmarket and CBS studios.

At the market, Nathan and I chose the plump scallops, oysters and some clams. Lately, Nathan’s been obsessed with fish*, and Mrs. Cox told me that I should show Sheephead fish, as it just arrived and is in season. Wow, was that sucker fresh! It’s grayish, white and black thick stripes were gleaming in the light, so into the bag it went.

My buddies over at CBS are always so friendly to my kids, that I’m considering bringing my kids on set every day, duct taping a video camera to their forehead and calling it Kids Incorporated (hey, remember that show?)

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And my goodness. Last time I was on, we had a tall, long table on set that I could stand behind and you could only see me belly up. So, naturally, I wore like the ittiest bittiest tighest miniskirt and flip flops. When I got on set this day, no tall table.

Uh yeah, WARDROBE FAIL.

Well, it wasn’t until the camera got a REALLY CLOSE UP SHOT of the fish that I realized this was one UGLY MOTHER OF A SMIRKING GOAT.

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This freaky fish had better teeth than most people! But, hey, he flossed well, no cavities, just a slight overbite, kinda reminded me of Mater.

SAY CHHHEEEEEESE!

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After the show, I took Ugly home and decided that as beastly as he looks, I had to love him like my own….and gave him to husband to grill.

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Those Salts!

almond_cardamom_sea_salt_sm I know you want to try them! Twitter friend, Janna, Secret Stash Salts sent me all those neat salts that you saw in the TV segment. Perfect timing, as I got the salts the morning of the show and decided to use them. If you’ve got an artisan product you’d like me to feature on television, contact me via Twitter!

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*Here’s why Nathan is obsessed with fish! My friend, Judy took all of us fishing! That’s her husband and lovely girls in the slideshow.