OVEN FRIED CATFISH FILLETS ROLLED IN PRETZEL CRUMBS – BREADCRUMBS – EGG AND SERVED WITH A CHILLED HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE OF SUN – DRIED TOMATOES IN OIL – MINCED GARLIC – BASIL – LEMON – DIJON – MAYO

Crunchy meets smooth in this recipe. . .pretzels and tartar sauce. . .

For 2:

–2 catfish fillets (medium size)

–pretzel crumbs (2 large pretzels, crushed in a food processor)

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

–egg (1, beaten)

Tartar sauce:

–sun – dried tomatoes in oil (I use Sam’s Choice; 2 tomatoes, diced)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

1 – Make the tartar sauce ahead of time, if possible, so flavors season.  Stir tomatoes, garlic, basil, lemon juice, Dijon, and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the breadcrumbs on a large plate with olive oil.  Place the egg in a small mixing bowl; stir briskly.  Roll a catfish fillet in the breadcrumbs; dip in the egg.  Add crushed pretzels and a little more oil to the plate.  Roll the catfish in the pretzel crumbs.  Then place in a covered baking dish.  Go through the same procedure with the second catfish.  Do NOT add water to the baking dish.

3 – Microwave the catfish fillets for 4 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the catfish hot, with the chilled tartar sauce on the side.

–inspired by old recipe clipped from unknown source.

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.

CHICKEN TOMATO PESTO WITH BASIL – TOMATOES – BASIL PESTO – CHOPPED ONION – CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE – MINCED GARLIC

Choose a different cheese if feta is not your thing. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–tomatoes (half a can; do NOT drain)

–basil pesto (ready prepared in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–onion (chopped, one-quarter cup)

–feta cheese (crumbled, one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–basil (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the basil pesto, onion, feta, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste, in a small mixing bowl.  Gradually add the tomatoes, with their juice, stirring constantly.  Place the sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenderloins in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

SOUTHERN CATFISH WITH BASIL – OREGANO – THYME – CUMIN – GARLIC – RED ONION – GRAPE TOMATOES IN CLAM – BROTH SAUCE

The taste is fantastic!

For 2:

–8 to 10 catfish portions (or 2 fillets)

–basil, oregano, thyme, cumin (dried, one-eighth teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–red onion (medium, one-quarter, sliced)

–grape tomatoes (halved, fresh, 5 or 6 halved)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the catfish in a large, covered baking dish, with portions separated.  Pour in the clam juice and chicken broth.  Season with basil, oregano, thyme, and cumin.  Top with sliced red onion and halved grape tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes (a short time because portions are separate).

3 – Serve the catfish hot, with onion and tomatoes on top.

–inspired by Southern Living magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  HERB COD WITH ROSEMARY – PARSLEY – BASIL – THYME – CHIVES – MINT IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

This entrée looks as though it were dropped on the floor and stomped.  But it is mighty good.  Substitutions are possible, but I can vouch for the herbs mentioned. . .

For 2:

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

–rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, mint (1 teaspoon, dried)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in the clam juice.  Use a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle with rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, mint, salt, pepper, and parsley, in that order.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

A Protein – Rich Entrée:  MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN & TOFU BASIL OREGANO WITH DICED TOMATOES – MINCED GARLIC – ONION – BLACK OLIVES IN A RED WINE SAUCE

This recipe works equally well to leave off the chicken. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–tofu (a rectangle of 3 inches by 2 inches, cut into squares, drained)

–basil and oregano (1 teaspoon each)

–tomatoes (diced, one-half can)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (one-quarter cup, chopped)

black olives (half a small can, drained)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the diced tofu and tomatoes in a large, covered baking dish.  Add red wine, black olives, and onion.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Fold the ingredients over.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Add the chicken atop the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, check the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 2 minutes more.

3 – Serve the chicken dish hot.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  BASIL CHICKEN PARMESAN WITH MARINARA SAUCE

For 2:

This takes little time to put together, and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen now. . .also tasty. . .the basil is an addition that improves this classic Italian dish. . .

–3 chicken tenderloins

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–marinara sauce (spaghetti or pasta sauce; I used Bertoli; 3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenderloins in a covered baking dish.  Place 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce atop each piece of chicken.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Finish with just a few drops of extra virgin olive oil (too much will make for too much grease).

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

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–recipe original.

BASIL CHICKEN IN BROTH – SPRINKLED WITH GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS AND TOPPED WITH HALVED GRAPE TOMATOES AND GREEN ONIONS

Basil is perfect with chopped tomato. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–basil (dried, one-half teaspoon)

–garlic herb breadcrumbs (light sprinkle)

–halved grape tomatoes (a dozen halves)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–chicken broth (nonfat, low sodium, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.  Then top with halved grape tomatoes and chopped green onions.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, cut into middle piece of chicken.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken with vegetables, hot.

–recipe original.

MEDITERRANEAN WILD COD TOPPED IN FETA WITH BASIL – MINCED GARLIC – YELLOW ONION – GREEN ONIONS – FRESH ROMA TOMATO IN IMPORTED ITALIAN TOMATOES – WHITE WINE SAUCE

Mediterranean all the way. . .

For 2:

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

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–yellow onion (one-half, sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–fresh Roma tomato (chopped, medium)

–imported Italian tomatoes (packaged, one-third cup)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the imported Italian tomatoes and the chopped fresh tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add garlic, basil, and yellow onion.  Pour in white wine.  Season with a few drops of olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the tomato sauce.  Spoon some sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.  Finish with feta cheese.

3 – Microwave the cod on high for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and tomato sauce hot, atop pasta if desired.

–recipe original.

CREAMY ATLANTIC COD WITH WHIPPED SAUCE OF CASHEW NUTS – TOMATOES – FRESH BASIL – FRESH MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

A rich sauce that delights. . .

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

–cashew nuts (one-quarter cup)

–tomatoes (1 can, drained)

–fresh basil (4 or 6 medium leaves, broken up)

–fresh minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 or 4 drops)

–salt and pepper

1 – Prepare the sauce first:  Place cashew nuts, tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Then season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is ready when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop pasta if desired.

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