The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

February 14, 2013

Mike Pound: St. Bridget’s whips up Famous Fish Fry

I suppose if you took the bacon off the sandwiches my wife and I had for lunch at Mythos on Thursday, they would qualify as meatless and thus would be acceptable food on a Friday during Lent.

But I don’t know. A lobster BLT, even minus the “B,” doesn’t seem like the meatless Fridays of my Catholic youth.

When I was a kid, Catholics weren’t allowed to eat meat on any Fridays — not just on Fridays that fall during Lent, as is the practice today. If you think that fact makes me seem old, you should also know that when I starting serving Mass as an altar boy, the Mass was celebrated in Latin.

I had to study hard to learn the proper altar boy Latin responses in order to serve Mass, and then, two months after I learned the required Latin, the church switched to English.

I think the pope did that on purpose.

But back to Fridays. When I was a kid, Friday meals tended to be a bit drab. In those days, most grocery store fish products had been frozen for decades. In case you’re wondering, decades-old frozen fish tastes like ... well, like decades-old frozen fish.

But every once in a while, my parents would spring for fried shrimp, and suddenly our meatless Friday meal didn’t seem so drab. In fact, eating fried shrimp on Friday didn’t even seem like Friday.

The nice folks at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Scammon, Kan., understand what I’m talking about. Their Famous Fish Fry, sponsored by the St. Bridget’s Knights of Columbus chapter, was created to take the drab out of Friday meals.

I’ve written about the Famous Fish Fry for a number of years, and every year I feel a responsibility to explain how the fish fry got its name. For some three decades or so, the late, great Dan Willis was the morning announcer on KKOW. Dan was the sort of broadcaster who related to radio listeners on a very personal basis. He was the sort of guy who made folks feel as if they knew him even if they didn’t.

Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (nobody can remember exactly), Dan heard about the Scammon fish fry and showed up one Friday night. When he got to the front of the line, Dan said, “I’m here for the famous fish fry.”

With that, a name was born.

Like all food-related events at St. Bridget’s, the food at the fish fry is amazing. It takes 15 or 20 folks to put the meal together, and most of those people know their way around a kitchen.

What they do is fry up a mess of catfish (at fish fries, catfish always comes in a “mess”). They also fry loads of cod and shrimp. Potatoes are baked, wild rice is made, along with German or cream-style coleslaw, and they whip up a load of clam chowder.

In case you’re wondering, when it comes to coleslaw I prefer the German to the cream-style, but either one works.

As this is the first Friday in Lent, the first Famous Fish Fry is also tonight. The fish fries begin at 6 p.m. Fridays during Lent at the parish hall and run until the food is gone.

The catfish and cod dinners are $8, and the shrimp dinner is $9. The dinners come with a baked potato or wild rice, and German or cream-style coleslaw. The St. Elmo’s platter is $12 and includes catfish, cod, shrimp, clam chowder, potato or rice, and choice of coleslaw.

You may also get a grilled cheese sandwich for $2 or a bowl of chowder for $3. All dinners come with coffee or iced tea and dessert. Children under the age of 6 eat for free.

If you get a chance make the drive to Scammon for the fish fry, you should. It will make you forget it’s Friday.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA for Mike Pound’s column? Call him at 417-623-3480, ext. 7259, or email him at mpound@joplinglobe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikepoundglobe.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Pension funding improving, actuary reports

    An extra $1 million contribution by the city of Joplin last year to the Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund boosted the funding ratio of the plan by 2 percent, the plan’s actuary told the board Thursday morning.

    April 17, 2014

  • Special counsel to be appointed in ethics complaint against Neosho council members

    The Neosho Ethics Board on Wednesday voted to ask the City Council to appoint a special counsel to provide legal advice to the board’s remaining two members as they investigate a complaint against two members of the council.

    April 17, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Will new Earth-like planet have better cable offerings?

    When I read that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet, I had a couple of deep scientific questions. First: What’s the Wi-Fi like? And: Are their TV channels better than ours? Hey, I didn’t get an “Incomplete” in college astronomy for nothing.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Christian ministry plans Missouri camp expansion

    A nondenominational Christian ministry is planning a $21.5 million expansion on land it owns near Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, with a goal of offering gatherings beyond the traditional summer camps.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041714 School safe rooms4_72.jpg Joplin school district readies community safe rooms for storm season

    Thousands of Joplin residents will soon be able to stay safe during storms in some of the region’s newest shelters. Community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland elementary schools, which double as gymnasiums, and Junge Field, which will double as a field house, are expected to be open within the next few weeks, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s director of construction.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 041714 Treble Makers.jpg Carl Junction ‘Treble Makers’ to sing at Springfield Cardinals’ stadium

    Next month, 75 Carl Junction sixth-grade students will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Hammons Field before a Springfield Cardinals game. And with more than 600 parents, family members and other residents planning to attend, the May 3 event has been dubbed “Carl Junction Day.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Public hearing set on posed TIF district

    Financial details of a proposed new tax increment financing district for the Silver Creek Galleria area will be discussed in detail at an April 28 public hearing, members of the city’s TIF Commission were told Thursday. Chris Williams, a TIF attorney representing the city of Joplin, told the panel the Thursday meeting was intended to walk commissioners through the public hearing steps.

    April 17, 2014

  • Volunteer projects spark two bills in Jefferson City

     moving through the Missouri House and Senate were inspired by a volunteer project in Carl Junction last year that stalled over a question of whether those volunteers had to be paid prevailing wage under Missouri law. “This bill is very simple. All it says is if someone is a volunteer, they won’t be forced to be paid prevailing wage,” state Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, told lawmakers during a hearing on his bill last week.

    April 17, 2014

  • Chairman of Neosho Ethics Board resigns

    The chairman of the Neosho Ethics Board unexpectedly resigned on Thursday as the board investigates a complaint against Neosho City Council members David Ruth and Steve Hart.

    April 17, 2014

  • CWEP receives top honor from national power group

    The Carthage Water and Electric Plant has received the top award for reliable electrical service from the American Public Power Association.

    April 17, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Would you use a community safe room when the area is under a tornado warning?

Yes.
No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter