A Simple Dinner:  SALMON GLAZED WITH BROWN SUGAR – SOY SAUCE – LEMON JUICE – MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

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

–brown sugar (packaged, 2 heaping tablespoons)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, minced garlic, and a ew drops of olive oil in a small mixing bowl.  Stir thoroughly.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce over the top.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Do not overcook; salmon should be flaky.)

4 – Serve the salmon hot, with the sauce.

–salmon adapted from the Recipe Critic (web recipe).

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BACCALA [COD] TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & GREEN ONIONS AND SEASONED WITH MINT – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP SLICED POTATOES

For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mint (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–cayenne pepper (dried, one-quarter teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish and cover with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, and mint.  Place tomato and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the cod for 9 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot atop cooked sliced potatoes (season 2 medium, raw potatoes with salt, pepper, olive oil, and microwave for 10 minutes on high in water that just covers the potatoes)

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

SPICY COD & BROCCOLI WITH BLACK OLIVES – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE IN A CLAM JUICE – LEMON SAUCE

Note:  This is one of the favorite recipes of the Giobbi family, chefs Eugenia Giobbi Bone, daughter; and Edward Giobbi.  The original recipe is baked in the oven, and does not have a clam and lemon juice sauce.  Any white fish can be substituted.

For 4:

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

–broccoli (1 and one-half heads, fresh, florets and stems only)

–black olives (1 small can, drained, sliced

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

1 – Place the cod in a large, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add the clam juice.  Place broccoli florets and stems around the cod.  Season the whole dish with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and broccoli hot.

–cod and broccoli adapted from Edward Giobbi and Eugenia Giobbi Bone’s Italian Family Dining.

CHICKEN & GREEN PEAS ROSEMARY TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & WITH SMOKED TURKEY – MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–green peas (frozen, one-half cup)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–smoked turkey (sandwich meat, 1 slice, chopped)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the green peas, smoked turkey, mushrooms, minced garlic, and parsley in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Top with green onions.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and peas hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CHILLED & DILLED SALMON SALAD WITH CELERY – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – GREEN ONIONS – MAYO – DIJON

For 4:

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

–celery (3 stalks, fresh, finely chopped)

–sweet pickle relish (1 heaping tablespoon)

–green onions (3, fresh, chopped)

–mayonnaise (at least 3 tablespoons, to taste; bottled)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–dill (dried, 2 tablespoons)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle generously with dill.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Removing from the water, break the salmon apart in bite-sized pieces.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add the celery, pickle relish, green onions, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard.  Fold all together gently, leaving some salmon in bite-sized pieces.  When placed in the serving bowl, add more dill to the top of the salad.

3 – Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

4 – Serve the salmon salad chilled. 

–salmon salad inspired by Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARJORAM WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – CELERY – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–marjoram (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–celery (fresh, 4 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (dried, bottled, 3)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the carrots and celery in a covered baking dish.  Add the wine.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle marjoram on top.  Then also add green onions and parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and veggies hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

SPICY BACCALA [COD] PORTUGUESE STYLE WITH BASIL – POTATOES – FRESH TOMATO – GREEN ONIONS – CAYENNE IN CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried, divided)

–potatoes (2, medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, finely chopped)

–cayenne (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon, more if like very spicy)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cut potatoes and chopped tomato in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the sauce and vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, cayenne, and olive oil.  Sprinkle the green onions on top.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop the vegetables.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

CHILLED & MARINATED SHRIMP SALAD WITH CELERY – GREEN ONIONS – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – CAPERS – ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING

For 2:

–shrimp (ready cooked, thawed from frozen, tail-off, shelled, deveined; about 25 or 30 medium)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped)

–green onions (3 stalks, finely chopped)

–sweet pickle relish (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–Italian salad dressing (3 tablespoons, more to taste, bottled; I used Olive Garden Signature)

–salt (to taste)

1 – Place shrimp, celery, green onions, sweet pickle relish, capers, and Italian salad dressing in a small mixing bowl.  Fold all together gently.  Refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

2 – Serve the salad chilled.

–adapted from the Trinity Cookbook (Church of the Holy Trinity, Vicksburg, Mississippi).

A Company Dinner:  CHICKEN TENDERS ROSEMARY TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & MINCED GARLIC ATOP WHEAT BREAD AND DRENCHED IN CRÈME SHERRY

Note:  This is fancy enough for a small dinner party, microwavable because the small amount of sherry will not bubble up in the microwave.  Do NOT try to double the recipe to serve more than four people.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–wheat bread (enough slices or open-faced English muffins to cover the bottom of your dish)

–crème sherry (use the real stuff)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

1 – Place the wheat bread in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Drop enough sherry to soak the bread.  Place the chicken tenders atop the bread.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with finely chopped green onions.

2 – Pour one-eighth cup of crème sherry on top of the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into a center piece to test for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the wheat bread.

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

CREAMY SALMON THYME WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN YOGURT – MAYO – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP POLENTA

For 4:

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

–thyme (1 teaspoon, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–yogurt (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–mayonnaise (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–white wine (4 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–polenta (packaged, one-half package)

No olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-quarter cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then add one-half package of polenta.  Stir well, about 3 minutes.  When finished stirring, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the yogurt and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Then add white wine and minced garlic, and stir again, being sure that sauce is smooth.

3 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.  Sprinkle with thyme and green onions.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, atop quinoa, couscous, pasta, rice, or polenta.

–salmon inspired by Southern Seafood Sampler.

SPICY ZUPPE DI PESCE [ITALIAN BOUILLABAISSE] WITH TILAPIA FILLETS – SHRIMP – VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES – VIDALIA ONION – BASIL – OREGANO – BAY LEAVES –  CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC – CLAM JUICE – WHITE WINE

For 4:

–tilapia (fillets, 2)

–shrimp (about 12, medium)

–tomatoes (3, medium, chopped, chilled)

–Vidalia onion (1, sliced)

–basil, oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon each)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

1 – Place the chilled tomatoes, onion, minced garlic, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, clam juice, white wine, with a few drops of olive oil, in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 12 minutes if all ingredients are cold (less if not).  For the last six minutes, check the microwave to be certain that the white wine has not bubbled up.

2 – Place the tilapia on top.  Sprinkle with one-quarter teaspoon of basil and oregano.  Season with salt and pepper, and about one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne pepper.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  Add the shrimp, and microwave for 3 minutes more. 

4 – Serve the soup in bowls.  Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.

–zuppe di pesce adapted from Southern Seafood Sampler.

SWEET MEDITERANEAN BACCALA [COD] TOPPED BY BASIL – PARSLEY & WITH VIDALIA ONION – FRESH BASIL-SEASONED TOMATO IN GARDEN STYLE MARINARA & CRÈME SHERRY SAUCE ATOP ZETI PASTA

For 4:

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

–Vidalia onion (one-half, sliced)

–tomato (fresh, medium, 1, chopped)

–basil (1 tablespoon, divided, bottled, dried)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–garden style marinara (I used Ragu, one-third bottle)

–crème sherry (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–zita pasta (1 cup, dried)

1 – Place the zita in an uncovered microwaveable baking dish.  Add water to one-half inch above the pasta.  Season with salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.  Drain before serving.

2 – Place the chopped tomato and sliced onion in a covered baking dish.  Add garden style marinara and crème sherry.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes, and then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop zita pasta.

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CHICKEN TENDERS ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS & MARINARA IN RED WINE SAUCE ATOP POLENTA

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–garlic-herb breadcrumbs (boxed, one-third cup)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, quartered)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti sauce, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–polenta (minced corn sauce)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place one and one-quarter cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt.  Place one-half package of polenta in the dish.  Stir well, for about 3 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the mushrooms and marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Stir.  Add the red wine.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Roll the chicken in breadcrumbs that have been salted and pepper, and seasoned with olive oil.  Add to the baking dish.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the polenta.

–chicken with polenta adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

SALMON ITALIAN STYLE WITH BASIL – FRESH TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – SEASONED WITH OLIVE OIL IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE & ATOP FARFALLE PASTA

For 4:

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

–basil (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–farfalle pasta (boxed, one-half cup, dry)

1 – Place 1 cup of pasta in an uncovered baking dish.  Fill with water to one-half inch above the pasta.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 8 minutes.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth.  Drain just before serving.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, and minced garlic.  Season tomato with salt and pepper, and then place chopped tomato on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop the pasta.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

An Appetizer:  CHILLED CANTALOUPE SALAD WITH BASIL – ZUCCHINI – SLICED ALMONDS – FETA – GREEN ONION IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–cantaloupe (fresh, chilled, cut into 1-inch pieces)

–basil (1 tablespoon, dried)

–zucchini (1, medium, sliced

–sliced almonds (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken, packaged)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cantaloupe in a large salad bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Then add, in layers, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper:  zucchini, green onions, sliced almonds, and feta cheese.  Sprinkle with basil.  Pour in the white wine.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Refrigerate until time for dinner.

3 – Serve the salad cold.

–adapted from Real Simple magazine.

TUNA STEAKS SPRINKLED BY LEMON ZEST & STUFFED WITH CHOPPED PARSLEY & MINCED GARLIC IN CLAM & LEMON JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 2:

–tuna steaks (2, fresh)

–lemon zest (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, chopped fine, 1 small handful)

–minced garlic (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice (packaged; follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – With a very sharp knife, cut a pocket in each tuna steak.  Place parsley and minced garlic inside.  Place the tuna in a covered baking dish.  Drench in clam juice and lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Serve the tuna and sauce hot, atop jasmine rice.

–tuna steaks adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

COD BASIL PESTO WITH SAUCE OF BASIL PESTO – FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO – MINCED GARLIC – BASIL – OLIVE OIL ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 tablespoons with one-eighth cup of water added, stir well)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon; or fresh, 2 tablespoons minced)

–olive oil (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Place the basil pesto (with water, stirred), tomato, minced garlic, and olive oil in a small mixing bowl.  Stir gently.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the sauce over the top.

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

4 – Serve the cod pesto with sauce hot, atop jasmine rice.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.