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Delicious Crab Artichoke Dip

The most “Delicious Crab Artichoke Dip” you have ever tasted. It only takes 25 minutes from start to finish!

  • 8 oz. Kraft Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup  Mayonnaise
  • 1 3/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 14 oz. can Artichoke Hearts, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 12 oz. Crab Meat (lumped)
  • 2 Green Onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Parsley chopped
  • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 425
  2. Mix together the Cream cheese, Mayonnaise, 1/2 of the Monterrey Jack, Parmesan Artichokes, Garlic, Crab Meat, Scallions and Worcestershire. Season to taste with Salt and Pepper.
  3. Transfer dip to a 10” cast iron skillet and sprinkle remaining Monterrey Jack cheese on top. Bake until warmed through and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Top with parsley. Serve warm with toasted baguette slices or crackers.

Christmas Only Comes Once A Year…..

Christmas Only Comes Once A Year!

So, get in on some of Texas Marine’s unique gifts for the boater, angler or watersports enthusiast in your life!

This one is a new and innovative way of dealing with the many rods and reels scattered around your home. The Angler’s Tote and Angler’s Tote XL are versatile, multi-use gifts for fisherman. Both are rugged, compact designs that are ideal on-board rod racks for any boat. Each model loads and unloads quickly. The 8-rod model uses upper and lower clips to hold light tackle rods  in place. The 6-rod model, design handles larger combos, uses upper and lower brackets. The clips and brackets are adjustable up and down on the frame for perfect control. Ultra-light crappie rigs up to 2 piece surf rods can be carried easily. The rods are separated, which keeps them tangle free when carried with the terminal tackle. Each model can be locked into on-board positions or removed by use of a single hitch pin.

DECK MOUNTING

It is quick and easy to mount and use. Innovative, efficient new way to transport and store your fishing poles.

  • Select a desirable place on the boat deck for a vertical rod rack
  • Position rack & place the mounting rails in position shown
  • Mark/drill 2 pilot holes for each deck mounting rail
  • Attach deck mounting rails to boat deck.
  • Secure rack base to deck mounting rails with hitch pin

Soufiko-A Unique Recipe For Your Fish

Soufiko is a great complimentary dish to simply pile onto of your steamed white fish or use as a pizza topping sprinkled with feta cheese. 

Soufiko-A Unique Recipe For Your Fish

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2 Eggplants, chopped

2 Potatoes, chopped or 2 cups of chopped pumpkin (very much optional, I prefer without)

2 Purple Onions, halved and then sliced

2 Garlic Cloves, chopped

2 Bell Peppers, sliced

2 Zucchinis, chopped

2 tsp Salt

2-3 Tomatoes, fresh, chopped

½ cup Oil

2 tsp Greek Oregano (quality as good as dried oregano)

Serves 6-8 as a side dish-

To make Soufiko-a unique recipe for your fish simply chop the vegetables about the same size – 2-3 cm cubes. Make sure you save the juice from chopping tomatoes and put it into the dish with tomatoes. Layer the vegetables in a big frying pan with a heavy base and a lid, or a very shallow pot, in the order I’ve listed, pouring olive oil over the top at the end. Cook the Soufiko on a low heat, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle oregano over the top at the end and pour more olive oil on top to serve, hot or cold.

TIPS for Soufiko-A Unique Recipe For Your Fish

  • use only in-season vegetables. It won’t taste right otherwise.
  • don’t fry the onion or garlic first (some people do)
  • don’t salt the eggplant first (the juices are good)
  • layer the vegetables from longest-to-cook to fastest-to-cook

Texas Marine Brokerage Employees Fishing Retreat

When Texas Marine staff decided that they needed a little fishing retreat, they knew right where to go! So, last month the team packed up and headed over to Lake Calcasieu to enjoy a few days of fishing together. A good customer, Captain Anthony Busceme, had told them about the fisherman’s paradise that awaited anglers at Hackberry, ever since he bought his 2008 NauticStar 2400 at Texas Marine . His business the “Blackdog Fishing & Guide Service” is an extremely successful operation. Captain Busceme is now in such demand that he has to have a team of Coast Guard licensed Captains to handle the overage. The Captains are all exceptional when it comes to their expertise of the Calcasieu Lake area’s recreational fishing. Lake Calcasieu has the largest speckled trout population on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

This area has been a popular fishing destination in S.E Texas and S.W. Louisiana for decades. The Texas Marine team headed out on the guided trip at daybreak to fish the 80 square miles of saltwater heaven. The lake is also known to locals as “Big Lake,” but in all reality it is a humongous estuary. There is so much marsh and backwater that anglers can get lost in there, which is why many choose the guided route. There are areas of the Lake you can actually fish salt and freshwater for an extremely rare opportunity. This massive body of saltwater in flows through such a small bottlenecked shipping channel that its unprecedented, anywhere else in America. Calcasieu Lake’s inhabitants include such species as Speckled Trout, Flounder and Reds, the Big 3 as they are affectionately called here. The Redfish in this area are famous for their fight. The group scored the day they went out. They managed to catch 300 Speckled Trout with 100 of them being keepers.

The trip included all their bait, rods and a highly unusual fish cleaning service. The Blackdog team has a way of filleting fish that most anglers have never seen before. It was intriguing to say the least. Texas Marine will be doing a blog on this in the future, so stay tuned. Artful anecdote’s, expert advice and fishing tutelage is only part of the trips many highlights that the team was able to enjoy on their retreat.

Saltwater S.L.A.M Fishing Tournament Port Bolivar

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slam-tourney-2Stingaree’s Saltwater Slam Fishing Tournament

The Bolivar Peninsula held is annual S.L.A.M. tournament for 2016 on April 29-30th at Stingaree’s Restaurant and Marine. It was a slamming success with huge payouts, crowds and fun! The entertainment was in the Tiki Beach Bar and Grill for the event starring the band “Calcutta.” The whole event was quite a success and left everyone excited to return next year. The tournament was presented by Texas Marine, Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club, Stingaree Restaurant & Marina and the Holtzclaw Memorial Foundation.slam-tourney-1slam-tourney-5

The payouts this year were huge. The heaviest Stringer for 1st was $2000, 2nd place was $1000 and 3rd place was $500. There was guaranteed cash prizes, children’s haul in tournament for individuals or teams. The tournament began at Stingarees on Saturday, September 17th at 6 am. The official weigh-in began at 3 pm.

All of the proceeds went to the Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club Youth Scholarship Fund!!!

Boys Haven BBQ Fundraiser

Texas Marine’s Boys Haven Benefit

47Texas Marine was honored to be able to put on a BBQ benefit for Boys Haven’s Capital Investment campaign in Southeast Texas. They are growing and need to build more cottages for the boys that are coming to live there. We love what the folks at Boys Haven do, decade after decade, to invest into the lives of their residents.

3Life is already tough for most of the boys living there. We2 wanted to do something to give back to the organization that puts it on the line every day to help these young men, for over 70 years. Many of these boys are growing up there and it needs to feel like a home to them. Anything the community can do to help is always greatly appreciated by the wonderful group of dedicated staff and volunteers at Boys Haven.

Texas Marine, as a8 proud sponsor, decide to donate funds on every boat 6sold the day of the BBQ Fundraiser we put on last month. We, along with our team, managed to make hundreds of dollars for this well deserving organization. We are looking forward too many more years of fundraising events in the future. You can read about them or help with a donation at: BoysHaven.com

SALTWATER SLAM 2016

August Newsletter

The American Dream Onboard a Pontoon Boat!

Tucked away in one of the numerous pdbmagazine.com articles this last month is a heroic look at someone who sacrificed so much for the United States getting to live out his American Dream. It just so happens for Bronze Star recipient, Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, that dream included a pontoon boat. He said he remembered waking up in the hospital after an IED had exploded during his 3rd tour in Afghanistan, with no arms or legs. The exact words out of his mouth were “I want double stuffed Oreos, pineapple juice and I’m going to buy a double-decker pontoon boat to pull us all around Higgins Lake on a tube.” He had never even owned a boat before but suddenly that is what he knew he wanted. He used that as one of his motivators for almost 2 years of rehab.

After rehab, he was in a position to boat shop. He started going to local boat shows to learn what he wanted. The double-decker Avalon seemed to be the perfect fit. When he finally settled on it and went to get it at the local dealer he missed it by only a few minutes. Someone else had decided they just couldn’t live without it. In the long run, it worked out much better because he got to purchase an Avalon LSZ 2685 Cruise model which had most of the exact amazing features including the layout. It had the Art-Deco design, the only thing it lacked was the top deck. Its Retro looks of the Cadet drivers stand hearkens back to the muscle car days and provides a fun driving experience. It also has a powerful Millenia Bluetooth stereo, & speakers, tilt steering, soft Pillow top drivers chair and comfortable lounge seating with flip up storage compartments. Staff Sergeant Mills doesn’t regret his time in the army and would actually prefer to still be serving, rather than retired due to the IED. But to put a positive spin on it, at least he can be on the water more than most other boat owners.

Staff Sergeant Mills has become a motivational speaker these days. So many are eager to hear his story which is truly inspirational. He grew up in Michigan and admits to the fact that Avalon boats are built in his Hometown state, which somewhat factored into his decision to buy one. However, it was only part of what he considered. Sergeant Mills took plenty of time to do his research and for him the priority was quality. He purchased the Avalon from his local dealer and has gotten to be friends with many of the staff there. He only had to have a few modifications made in order to accommodate his disability. He needed an elevated stand next to the helm with the digital throttle controls raised to be able to reach them. The first summer he had the boat he had to stay on board and cook because it was to hard to get back in the boat once he learned to swim in the water without his arms and legs. Thanks to his local dealer a hoist was installed thanks to the dealers ingenuity.

Although Sergeant Mills has plenty of obstacles to overcome, regularly, he now has a hobby he and his family can do together, thanks to his new Avalon LSZ Cruise pontoon boat. There are plenty of things he cannot do with them, but now he can go tubing, boating and fishing with them. His boating experience actually motivated him to start a non-profit organization in order  to help other disabled veterans realize there is still plenty of life worth living, despite their handicaps. He brings veterans and their families to Maine where he shows them first hand how life can still be lived to its fullest. The boat helps with giving them confidence and independence. For the ones that bring kids, it gives them a way to have fun and play together. If you would like to contribute to helping his non-profit it is called “The Travis Mills Foundation” and has raised 2.7 million dollars so far to help wounded veterans start living life again.

To read the full article in PDBmagazine.com……………..Click Here

Speckled Trout with Sauce

Speckled Trout with Sauce

Ingredients List:

Fresh Parsley
2 Lemons
Milk 1/2c
Buttermilk 1/4c
Flour-1c
Salt/Pepper
Vegatable or Peanut Oil
Speckled Trout (6 fillets)
Meuniere Sauce

Ingredients for Sauce

Dark Roux 3 tblspn
Butter 2 tblspn
Celery 1/2 stalk finely chopped
Onion 1/2 finely chopped
Green Bellpepper 1/4c finely chopped
Parsley 1/4c finely chopped
Pepper 1/4 tspn
Lemon Juice 1/2 lemon
Salt/Pepper
Beef Stock 1 1/2
Worchestershire Sauce 1 tspn

Sauce Recipe

Prepare dark roux or purchase it like you would normally do. in a microwave melt the butter. In a saucepan over high heat add butter, celery, onion, green pepper, parsley, pepper and small bundle of tied together fresh herbs of your choosing, such as rosemary. Saute it all together for several minutes, stirring. Then you can add the veal stock and lemon juice and boil for a couple of minutes. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1 tblspn of the dark roux and simmer another 3 minutes until mixture is thick. Then keep adding the roux on tblsnm at a time until the sauce gently coats the spoon. Season it all to your taste wtih salt and pepper.  Strain the sauce carefully into a bowl.

Frying Method:

In a deep heavy saucepan fill halfway with oil. Heat to 350 degrees. Place the flour on a plate and season it with salt/pepper.

In a separate bowl add the buttermilk and milk. Place in large, shallow bowl mix the milk and buttermilk. Dredge your fish fillets through the flour, then dip in buttermilk, coat both sides the same. Dredge back through the flour a second time and gently shake excess off. Lower the fillets into the heated oil. Fry for 5 minutes until a golden crispy brown.
Dredge two of the trout fillets in the seasoned flour, then dip in the buttermilk mixture, coating both sides evenly. Dredge again in the seasoned flour and gently shake off the excess. Gently lower the two fillets into the oil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown, nudging occasionally. Retrieve the fillets gently with a skimmer and transfer onto paper towels on a plate to drain.

Serves 6 with the Meuniere Sauce on the side.