Catch of the Day


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The statement above is the opener for the website of a popular restaurant in the US East Coast.  It pretty much explains the concept of “catch of the day.”  Whatever the fisherman delivers in the morning is the day’s “special,” which is usually — but not always — the cheapest offering on the menu.
For me, “catch of the day” can mean buying whatever is least expensive in the market and building a dish based on what ingredients were available at a good price.  The purchase(s) can be meats, vegetables, or other meal-building inputs.
My last trip to a market in Concord, CA yielded, among certain staples, a tray of salmon trimmings…

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