A Celebratory Dinner for 2:  PARSLEYED CREOLE COD PECAN WRAPPED IN BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED BY LEMON – CLAM JUICE – WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE / ASPARAGUS CASSEROLE WITH MUSHROOMS & PARMESAN IN WHITE SAUCE

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–parsley

–Creole seasoning

–pecans (chopped, 1 small package)

–breadcrumbs (boxed)

–lemon juice

–clam juice

–Worcestershire sauce

–pepper

–olive oil

–asparagus (fresh, 1 bunch)

–flour

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5 sliced)

–Parmesan cheese

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with pepper (no salt), Creole seasoning (contains salt), and olive oil.  Pour a small amount of breadcrumbs into the bag.  Shake well.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish.

2 – In a measuring cup, place one-fourth cup of clam juice, several squirts of lemon juice, and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and olive oil.  Stir well.  Pour over the cod.

3 – Place 1 small package of chopped pecans on top of the cod.  The sprinkle chopped parsley as a finishing touch.  Set aside.

4 – Place 1 bunch of asparagus in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Fill a cup with chicken broth, and microwave for 1 minute on high.  Place 1 heaping teaspoon of flour in a second cup.  Gradually the hot broth to the flour, stirring vigorously.  Add to the asparagus, just to cover.  Sprinkle the asparagus with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.

6 – Serve the cod hot, with the asparagus as a side.  I also served lima beans and squash casserole (recipes, see the search box).

–cod adapted from a trout recipe in the New Orleans’s The Commander’s Palace cookbook.

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