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Last night we picked up a whole cod fish from a local cooperative  that drops off in Lincoln, MA. Our neighbor is moving from the area and kindly thought of us to finish off her produce and fish shares.
After making a mess of things while trying to fillet the fish, we soon had lots of unattached bits and meat sticking to all places of the bones. It seemed like the perfect "opportunity" to make a hearty fish stew.
Looking around the internet I found a few quick recipe here  and there  based on the two ingredients I had in abundance - cod and potatoes. It seemed simple enough:
1 whole cod skeleton, including head
2 lbs. diced fresh cod fish
2 lbs. of potatoes, cubed
16 oz button mushrooms
2 whole onions, diced
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 cups milk
Season to taste with salt and cracked pepper
Fill a stock pot with enough water to cover the skeleton. Bring the pot to a boil with one or two cloves of garlic and a pinch or two of salt. Reduce to simmer for 1 hour.
Strain your fresh fish stock to remove bones and unknown meat bits. Return the stock to the same pot and return to a boil. Add potatoes, mushrooms, fish, onions, garlic and a bay leaf. Cook on low for half an hour. Add milk a few minutes prior to serving. Put the pepper mill on the table, turn it a few times over the bowl if you so desire, and enjoy!
It was really delicious. The only change I'll make for next time is adding some colors. I'm thinking carrots, but kale could be really good too.
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