CHILLED CAJUN BLACKENED SALMON SALAD CILANTRO WITH CHOPPED ONION – COOKED EGG – WHITE WINE VINEGAR – RED WINE – CAPERS – DILL – LEMON – MAYO

One-third cup chopped celery would be a good addition. . .if your family likes celery. . .

For 2:

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

–blackened Cajun spice

–clam juice (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–cilantro (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–chopped onion (one-half cup)

–cooked egg (1)

–white wine vinegar (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–red wine (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–dill (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–mayonnaise (1 heaping tablespoon; do not use too much)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Use, to taste, Cajun blackened seasoning mix.  Add lemon juice and clam juice.  Microwave the salmon for 3 minutes.  When finished, flake the salmon with a fork.  (Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, but not red.)

2 – Microwave 1 egg in a covered ramekin on 50 percent power for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  Then cut the egg into fine pieces.

3 – Add the ingredients—cilantro, onion, white wine vinegar, chopped egg, red wine, capers, dill, salt, pepper, and mayonnaise—to the dish.  Gently fold all ingredients together.  Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

4 – Serve the salmon salad cold.

–recipe adapted from Wild Alaska Seafood web site.

BAKED TOMATO – GARLIC COD WITH CAPERS & PARSLEY AND A SPRINKLE OF RED WINE & LEMON JUICE

I offer some substitutes if grocery shopping is difficult. . .

For 2:

–cod (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound); or 2 drained cans of crabmeat (just heat the crabmeat for 1 and one-half minutes)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon; or garlic salt, 1 teaspoon; or flaked garlic, 1 tablespoon)

–capers (optional; 2 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped; or 2 tablespoons, dried; or substitute cilantro, dried, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup; optional)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts; optional)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–diced tomatoes (one-half can, do not drain; or 1 medium tomato, chopped, fresh)

1 – Place the tomatoes in a large, covered, baking dish.  Add red wine and minced garlic.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the tomato.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley.  Place capers on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

THREE – CHEESE WILD ATLANTIC COD WITH FETA – CHEDDAR – PARMESAN CHEESES AND CAPERS IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

If you like cheese, this is the recipe for you. . .

For 2:

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

–feta cheese (3 tablespoons, broken pieces, packaged)

–cheddar cheese (3 tablespoons, shredded, packaged)

–Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons, shredded, packaged)

–capers (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle lemon juice on top, and then add clam juice to the dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place tablespoons of feta cheese, cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese atop the cod.  Then sprinkle with drained capers.  Finish with a couple of drops (only) of extra virgin olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–recipe original.

FAST ITALIAN FISH STEW WITH WILD ATLANTIC COD – CANNELLINI BEANS – GRAPE TOMATOES – STEWED TOMATOES – MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – LEMON PEPPER – PARSLEY – ROSEMARY

This is a great way to use leftover slow cooker beans. . .

For 2:

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

–cannellini beans (slow cooker leftovers; or one can, drained and rinsed in a colander)

–grape tomatoes (6 to 8, halved)

–stewed tomatoes (one-half can; I used Pomi imported Italian)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–capers (bottled; 2 tablespoons, drained)

–lemon pepper (1 teaspoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the beans, grape tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, minced garlic, capers, parsley, and half the rosemary in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the cod atop the stew.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the stew, hot, in bowls; use soup spoons.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

WILD SOCKEYE SALMON STEAMED IN WHITE WINE & LEMON AND TOPPED WITH FRESH MINT – CAPERS – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED YELLOW ONION

I didn’t call this a “simple dinner,” but it is easy as well as quite tasty.  Tastes very gourmet, but the flavor of the fish shines through. . .

For 2:

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

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–fresh mint (3 stems; use leaves only)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–chopped yellow onion (3 tablespoons, ready-prepared; or one-quarter medium onion, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine, and then sprinkle salmon with lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place mint leaves, capers, chopped yellow onion, and minced garlic on top of the salmon.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best is slightly undercooked so that it is flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–recipe original.

BAKED WILD COD IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SERVED WITH CHILLED & PUREED MUSTARD RELISH OF DIJON – HONEY – PARSLEY – CAPERS – LEMON – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

An easy and good zing with cod. . .

For 2:

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

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 4 tablespoons)

–honey (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, minced)

–capers (bottled, 4 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice and sprinkle with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

2 – While cod is baking, add Dijon mustard, honey, minced parsley, capers, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil to a food processor.  Pulse until minced.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the relish beside the cod, chilled.

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

NAPLES – INSPIRED CHICKEN BASIL TOPPED BY PARMESAN CHEESE WITH MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – GREEN ONIONS ON A BED OF IMPORTED ITALIAN TOMATOES

The South of Italy is known for its emphasis on tomatoes in its cuisine. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–basil (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–imported Italian tomatoes (one-half package, 1 cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the tomatoes in a covered baking dish.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Top the entire dish with basil, minced garlic, capers, and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, check the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

2 – Serve the chicken and tomato sauce hot and on a bed of pasta, if desired.

–recipe original.

BAKED BUTTERED WILD COD WITH CAPERS – FRESH PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – SLICED ONION – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

The capers and the butter make this recipe. . .

For 4:

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

–healthy margarine (I use Smart Balance; 1 tablespoon)

–capers (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

–onion (one-half, medium sliced)

–extra virgin olive oil (to taste)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Top with capers, parsley, minced garlic, sliced onion, and extra virgin olive oil.  Add white wine to the dish.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–adapted by C. Mabry, chef, from a lost recipe.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED LEMON COD TOPPED WITH FRESH LEMON SLICES – PARSLEY – CAPERS – LEMON ZEST & IN A SAUCE OF CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–lemon (fresh, sliced when chilled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–capers (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–lemon zest (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and olive oil.  Place caper on top.  Slice a chilled fresh lemon with a very sharp knife.  Place slices atop the cod.  Finish with parsley sprinkled on top.

2 – Microwave the cod for 8 minutes on high.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

CREAMED & SPICY CRAB CAKES PARMESAN IN A SAUCE OF MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – TOBASCO – YOGURT – MAYO  

For 4:

–4 ready-prepared crab cakes

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–tobasco (squirt on each crab cake, bottled, or other hot sauce)

–yogurt (one-third cup)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil (drop or 2).  Stir well.  Spoon the sauce on top of the crab cakes.  Finish with capers and tabasco on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the crab cakes hot, with the sauce.

–crab cakes inspired by Chef Rene Verdon (chef of the John F. Kennedy administration).