When we were in Monterey I had gotten the bouillabaisse (fish stew) at dinner. I thought it was really good and wanted to try it at home. Not knowing that I was going to get sick, I did all my grocery shopping on Monday and purchased all of my seafood for the dish. My mom and brother ended up having to make the soup together because I wasn't feeling well. I thought that the soup turned out really well, but it would have been better if I could taste properly. My taste buds were all out of whack from being ill. I thought it was nice because Christopher helped my mom cook, which he rarely does. I taught him how to filet the fish and he did it really well. He even got excited about one that he filleted really nicely.
I thought the shrimp were cooked perfectly, but the clams could have used a little more time. My mom followed Emeril's recipe exactly and even set a timer for how long he specified all the seafood to be in for, but I think they were a little bit under, which is why I got so sick the next day. It's a good thing everyone else was feeling okay.
Our family still enjoys the tomato based of cioppino over the fish based bouillabaisse, but I thought it would be nice to try something new. I also had three frozen bags of homemade fish stock to use up, so we needed to make something with it.