An Appetizer:  CHILLED SALMON PATE WITH MINT – ITALIAN PARSLEY – GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – CAYENNE – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – CLAM JUICE

Note:  Make ahead and refrigerate.

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–mint (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–Italian parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Place green onions and Italian parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, let cool five minutes with cover off.  Then flake with a fork.  Place in a food processor, and pulse until smooth.  Add more clam juice if needed to reach desired consistency.

3 – Place in the refrigerator; let chill.

4 – Serve the salmon pate cold, with crackers.

–salmon pate inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

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ROSEMARY – GARLIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH PARSLEY & SMOTHERED WITH VEGETABLES OF ONION – MUSHROOMS – ZUCCHINI – POTATO – CELERY – FRESH TOMATO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, chopped)

–zucchini (one-half, small, sliced)

–potato (red, small, chopped into bite-sized pieces, skin on)

–celery (one-half stalk, chopped)

–tomato (fresh, one-half, medium, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the bite-sized potato in a covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Add the other vegetables (onion, mushrooms, celery, tomato, zucchini) to the dish with the potato.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, and a drop or two of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place parsley on top.

4 – Microwave the chicken and vegetables for 8 minutes.  When finished, check an inside piece of chicken to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave on high for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken tenders and vegetables hot.

–chicken and vegetables inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

OVEN FRIED COD WRAPPED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND SERVED WITH CHILLED HOMEMADE CHUTNEY OF CRANBERRIES – PEAR – BROWN SUGAR – BANANA PEPPER – GOLDEN RAISINS – LIME JUICE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–cranberries (fresh, 2 cups)

–pear (1 fresh, chopped; or 1 can drained of liquid, chopped)

–banana peppers (from a jar, 3 or 4 rings, chopped)

–brown sugar (three-fourths cup, packed)

–golden raisins (one-half cup)

–lime juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cranberries in 1 cup water in an uncovered baking dish, and microwave on high for 5 minutes, until simmering and the berries start to pop.  Add the pear, banana pepprs, brown sugar, golden raisins, and lime juice.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Let cool, cover, and then place in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs in the bag.  Shake well.  Microwave in a covered baking dish on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the chutney beside it.

–chutney adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Celebratory Dinner:  HONEY – GARLIC SALMON WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – SESAME SEEDS – WHITE VINEGAR IN TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–white vinegar (distilled, bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the vinegar and teriyaki marinade over the top of the salmon.  Spread minced garlic over the salmon.  Season with pepper, tarragon, and honey.  Sprinkle chopped green onions and sesame seeds on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with sauce spooned over the top.

–salmon inspired by wild Alaska seafood web site.

BUTTERY COD WITH DILL & CAPERS IN LIME – VODKA SAUCE

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–Promise margarine (heart healthy, 4 one-half inch pats)

–dill (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–vodka (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the vodka.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Place bits of margarine and capers on top. 

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from “Recipes Randy Cooks; Good Food for Everyday People.”

A Simple Dinner:  CUMIN – CORIANDER CHICKEN TOPPED WITH BANANA PEPPERS & BREADCRUMBS IN LIME JUICE SAUCE

Note:  This super – easy chicken takes only 1 to 2 minutes to get ready for the microwave. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup, plain)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Squirt lime juice on top.  Season with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs lightly on chicken.  Place banana peppers and their liquid on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

Note:  This super – easy chicken takes only 1 to 2 minutes to get ready for the microwave. 

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cumin, coriander (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon each)

–banana peppers (bottled, half a dozen, plus 2 tablespoons of liquid)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-quarter cup, plain)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Squirt lime juice on top.  Season with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs lightly on chicken.  Place banana peppers and their liquid on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Check a center piece to be sure that the chicken is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BREADED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO – CAPERS – PARSLEY – SRIRACHA IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, one-third cup)

–tomato (fresh, chopped, medium)

–capers (2 tablespoons)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon; if want very spicy, 2 tablespoons)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a plastic bag with a little olive oil.  Massage to cover with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add breadcrumbs; shake well.  Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine.

2 – In a mixing bowl, place tomato seasoned with salt and pepper, capers, parsley, and sriracha sauce.  Add a few drops of olive oil. Stir gently.  Then place the tomato mixture atop the cod. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.  Test the center to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave, on high, for 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the cod with vegetables hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SALMON WITH DILL AND LEMON IN CLAM JUICE & ACCOMPANIED BY PESTO SAUCE OF PARSLEY – PEANUTS – ORANGE ZEST – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–dill (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 or 3 squirts, bottled)

Pesto sauce:

–peanuts (dry roasted, unsalted, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful = one-third cup of packed chopped leaves)

–orange zest (bottled, one-half teaspoon)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt (one-quarter teaspoon)

–water (one-quarter cup)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 or 3 drops)

1 – For the pesto sauce, place all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until smooth.  Pesto sauce should be room temperature.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the pesto sauce to the side of the salmon.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef; pesto sauce adapted from Real Simple magazine.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN IN CREAMY & SPICY MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATO – MUSHROOMS – SRIRACHA – PARSLEY – BASIL – SUGAR – MILK

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce; I used Paul Newman’s cabernet; one-third jar)

–tomato (medium, fresh, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, chopped)

–sriracha sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–basil (dried, one-half teaspoon)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy; one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Place marinara sauce, chopped tomato, chopped mushrooms, sriracha sauce, sugar, milk, and a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and olive oil  Submerge the chicken in the sauce.  Sprinkle parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes more.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; it not done, replace in microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED COD SMOTHERED IN SWISS CHEESE & SEASONED WITH OREGANO IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–Swiss cheese (2 or 3 slices, enough to cover cod)

–oregano (fresh if possible, cut from 6 stems; or dried, one-half teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

1 – Pace the cod in a covered baking dish with clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place Swiss cheese slices on top to cover.  Top with oregano and a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe inspired by a friend in Boone, North Carolina.