Trout Stew vs. Basa Oreganata


From the results of last week’s Bourbon vs. Scotch fight, it’s evident Wild Chef readers not only like to have a nip now and then, but also have strong opinions on what they splash in their glass. If you haven’t checked the results lately, my single-malt got a pretty good licking from Colin’s Four Roses, which I’ll admit wasn’t all that surprising. I’m also man enough to admit the next time I see a bottle of Four Roses I’m going to give it a try.

The post was so popular I considered rebranding this blog Booze Fight Friday, but I know readers love their food, too, so for now, we’ll stick to that. This week it’s a fishy battle between two readers.

**Chris Ellis’s Fish Stew **


“I’ve known former fishing guide Chris Ellis for many years since he first rowed me down the New River, and I’ll tell you, he’s not one to brag. So, when he sent me this pic accompanied by a single word, ‘amazing,’ I immediately asked him for the recipe. I’m going to wait and share that with you next week, but for now you should know the fish featured in the stew is fresh caught trout from an unnamed West Virginia creek.”

Alberto Bocus’s Basa Oreganata




“Not wild caught but very good! I got basa fillets and topped them with a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, fresh garlic, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Then I baked them in the oven. Great meal!”

Fish, fowl, or anything else–we need your food photos. If you’d like to compete in an upcoming Food Fight Friday, send your photos to