BAKED ITALIAN COD FILLET ROLLED IN ITALIAN BREADCRUMBS WITH TOMATOES & CHOPPED ONION AND SEASONED WITH BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – OREGANO IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP QUINOA – RICE PASTA

This is an original recipe, but quintessential Edward Giobbi. . .

For 2:

–cod (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–Italian breadcrumbs (I used Panko; one-third cup)

–tomatoes (one-half can; do not drain)

–chopped onion (I used a lot; 1 cup)

–basil, oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon each, bottled)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine sauce (one-eighth cup; this is less than usual)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–quinoa – rice pasta (1 cup, dry; submerge in salted water, uncovered dish; microwave for 5 minutes on high; then 2 minutes on 50 percent power; when finished, keep covered to preserve warmth)

1 – Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, in a large baking dish with the white wine.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  This will dry out the vegetables a little, what I wanted.

2 – While vegetables are cooking.  Place the cod in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the Italian breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

3 – Place the cod atop the vegetables.  Sprinkle top with parsley and finish with a drop or two of extra virgin olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

5 – Serve the cod and sauce atop the pasta, hot.

–recipe original, but influenced by Edward Giobbi.

CHEESY CHICKEN TENDERS OREGANO HOT DISH WITH CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI – DICED TOMATOES – SHREDDED MOZZARELLA – SHREDDED PARMESAN – KALE – GARLIC POWDER – MINCED ONION – CAYENNE IN BONE BROTH

A “hot dish” in Minnesota, where I lived happily for many years, is a casserole in other parts of the country. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenders

–oregano (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–cauliflower gnocchi (frozen, one-half package, about 1 cup)

–tomatoes (half a can; do not drain)

–mozzarella cheese (one-third cup, packaged)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–kale (frozen, 1 cup, packaged)

–garlic powder (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced onion (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–chicken bone broth (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cauliflower gnocchi (still frozen) in a large, covered baking dish.  Add tomatoes and kale.  Season with garlic powder, minced onion, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Add bone broth.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place chicken tenders atop the vegetable sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.  Finish with sprinkle of oregano.  Do NOT use more olive oil; the cheese will have enough fat for the dish.

3 – Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken tenders oregano, sauce, and vegetables hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

PARSLEYED MISSISSIPPI CATFISH FILLETS ON A BED OF SLICED POTATOES WITH DICED TOMATOES – CHOPPED ONION – SLICED BLACK OLIVES AND SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

This recipe from Edward Giobbi identifies catfish or monkfish as the preferred fish. . .

For 2:

–2 catfish fillets (room temperature)

–sliced potatoes (half a can, drained)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–white wine sauce (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the potatoes, tomatoes, onion, black olives, minced garlic, and white wine in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the catfish atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Spoon a little sauce over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the catfish and vegetables hot.

–recipe adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

CHILLED ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS SALAD WITH APPLE – TOASTED WALNUTS – MAYO & SPRINKLED WITH PAPRIKA

These seasoned crab legs are actually cod, and they work very well with apple and walnuts. . .the original recipe uses tuna, and I have also used, many times, chicken. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (1 package, 8 legs, ready-cooked)

–apple (medium, peeled and chopped)

–toasted walnuts (2 handfuls; toast for one-half minute in microwave)

–mayonnaise (1 tablespoon; do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–paprika (one-half teaspoon, dried, bottled)

1 – Chop the crab legs into one-quarter inch slices.  Place in a mixing bowl.

2 – Peel and chop the apple, finely.  Then place in bowl.

3 – Add toasted walnuts to the mixing bowl.  Season the whole with salt and pepper.  Use 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.  Fold all ingredients gently.

4 – Finish with a light sprinkling of paprika.

5 – Chill for at least an hour before serving.  Serve cold.

–recipe from my husband’s college experience.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN TENDERS ENCRUSTED WITH CRUSHED ALMONDS & ITALIAN BREADCRUMBS

Good as a go-to recipe. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenders

–crushed almonds (2 tablespoons; use a food processor)

–Italian breadcrumbs (I used Panko Italian; one-third cup)

–egg (1; stir well)

–parsley (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

2 – Place the crushed almonds and Italian breadcrumbs on a plate.  Stir together.  Dip each chicken tender in a bowl with egg; coat well.  Then place the chicken in the almond/breadcrumb mixture.  Turn over; coat well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish; do NOT add water.

3 – Sprinkle the chicken with parsley and a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, return to the microwave for 30 seconds more.

5 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe adapted from The Microwave French Cookbook.

One-Dish Dinner:  SPICY SALMON FILLET ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS – TOPPED BY POWDERD GARLIC – CAYENNE – PARSLEY AND WITH SLICED BLACK OLIVES & BROCCOLI FLORETS IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

Worthy of a small celebration. . .

For 2:

–salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

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

–powdered garlic (1 tablespoon, sprinkled; be generous)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–broccoli florets (1 cup, frozen)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the broccoli florets around a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add white wine.  Set aside.

2 – Place the salmon in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in the garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place the breaded salmon in the middle of the broccoli florets, center of baking dish.

3 – Season the salmon with cayenne and parsley.  Pour on the drained and sliced black olives.  Sprinkle powdered garlic over the entire dish, generously.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

4 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cooking takes longer because of the amount of food being cooked.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

5 – Serve the salmon, black olives, and broccoli hot.

–recipe inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

BAKED COD FILLET OREGANO ON A BED OF ITALIAN TOMATOES – MINCED GARLIC – PLAIN BREADCRUMBS

The breadcrumbs smooth the consistency of the tomatoes. . .

For 2:

–cod fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–oregano (dried, 2 tablespoons; be generous)

–tomatoes (packaged; I used Pomi; one-half package)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–plain breadcrumbs (one-quarter cup, boxed)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the tomatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add garlic, breadcrumbs, and 1 tablespoon of oregano.  Also season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the cod fillet atop the bed of tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Add 1 tablespoon of oregano on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  (Fillets take longer to cook.)

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop rice, pasta, polenta, or quinoa (follow package instructions for microwaving).

–recipe inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

PARSLEYED BAKED COD SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND TOPPED WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS & MINCED GARLIC IN A WHITE WINE VINEGAR SAUCE

Any white fish will do just fine. . .the garlic makes the dish with mushrooms work best. . .

For 2:

–cod (room temperature, size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

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

–mushrooms (button, bottled, 4 or 5)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine vinegar (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine vinegar, pouring over the cod.  Season the cod with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs and minced garlic on top.  Add mushrooms.  Finish with parsley and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes and 20 seconds.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod with mushrooms hot.

–recipe original.

CHILLED COD SALAD TARRAGON WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ENGLISH PEAS – SHREDDED CARROTS – CHOPPED ONIONS – MAYO

I chose all ingredients that meld together well on the palate. . .

–cod fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tarragon (to taste, 1 to 2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–button mushrooms (one-third cup, bottled)

–English peas (green peas, one-half cup, frozen)

–shredded carrots (fresh, one-half cup)

–chopped onions (one-quarter cup)

–mayonnaise (to taste, do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil; do NOT add water or other liquid.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, break apart while in the baking dish.  This will be your serving dish.

2 – Place peas and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add to the cod.

3 – Add shredded carrots to the cod and vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.

4 – Gently fold 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise into the cod and vegetables.  Finish with a sprinkling of tarragon on top.

5 – Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.  Serve the cod salad cold.

–recipe original.

BAKED SALMON FILLET ENCRUSTED BY MINCED PEANUTS & PANKO BREADCRUMBS AND WITH ORANGE ZEST – GARLIC – PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE – ORANGE JUICE SAUCE ATOP BROWN RICE

Subtle flavors provide a real taste treat. . .

–salmon (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–minced peanuts (mince one-third cup dry roasted peanuts in a food processor)

–panko breadcrumbs (one-quarter cup, boxed)

–orange zest (orange peel, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–garlic (powdered, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–orange juice (3 tablespoons)

–brown rice (1 cup rice added to 1 cup salted bone broth; microwave on high for 7 minutes; let sit for 5 minutes)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine and orange juice, pouring over the salmon to the bottom of the dish.  Season with orange zest, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Place minced peanuts and panko breadcrumbs on top, pressing into the salmon.  Finish with parsley and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes and 20 seconds.  Cod is done when it breaks apart easily.

3 – Serve the cod hot, atop brown rice.

–adapted from Better Homes & Gardens, on the web.