PARSLEYED SPICY COD THYME – GARLIC – CAYENNE WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS – SLICED RED ONION – BLACK OLIVES IN A WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–thyme (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne (to taste, at least one-quarter teaspoon)

–broccoli florets (cut from 1 head, fresh)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–white wine (one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the red onion in a large, covered dish.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, minced garlic, cayenne, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Surround with broccoli florets.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, minced garlic, cayenne, and olive oil.  Pour drained black olives on top.  Finish with chopped parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When finished, check center of cod to be sure that it is done.  If not, replace in the microwave for 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the cod, hot, with broccoli, onion, and sauce.

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

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A Southwestern Entrée: BAKED COD CUMIN – TOPPED WITH TOMATO-ONION SALSA – ON A BED OF YELLOW CORN – IN CLAM JUICE – ATOP COUSCOUS

For 4:

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

–cumin (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–tomato – onion salsa (bottled, ready-prepared, restaurant style, three-fourth’s cup)

–yellow corn (1 cup, frozen, packaged)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–couscous (1 cup, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Prepare the cod according to package instructions for microwaving.

2 – Place the corn in a covered baking dish, with the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the cod in the dish, amid the corn.  Season with cumin, salt, and pepper.   Pour salsa on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

5 – Serve the cod hot, atop the couscous.

–entrée inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

COD THYME ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS – TOPPED BY FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO & SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – SLICED RED ONION – CHOPPED CELERY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC WHEAT BREAD

For 4:

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

–thyme (1 tablespoon, divided)

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (3 or 4, chopped in small pieces, fresh)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–celery (3 stalks, fresh, chopped fine)

–white wine (one-half cup)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–wheat bread (4 slices, each the size of the palm of a hand)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the shredded carrots, red onion, and celery in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and a portion of the thyme.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the vegetables for 3 minutes on high.

3 – Place the cod in a large plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and thyme.  Add olive oil to cover.  Pour in breadcrumbs, and shake well.  After the vegetables have cooked for 3 minutes, place the cod on top. 

4 – Chop the tomato, slice the mushrooms, and then season with salt, pepper, and thyme.  Then add chopped tomato and sliced mushrooms on top of the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

5 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

6 – While cod is cooking, break apart the wheat bread, season with the minced garlic, and then sprinkle with olive oil.  Place the wheat bread in a bowl for each person.  The cod and vegetables are then placed, for serving, atop the wheat bread, with a small portion of wine for each serving.  (This is not a soup.)

7 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

COD BASIL WITH FRESH TOMATO – PEPPERS – GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–basil (if fresh, 3 minced leaves; if dried, 1 tablespoon)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half fresh, sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tomato and red bell pepper in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with half the basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop green onions on top.

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

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

ITALIAN COD WITH FRESH TOMATO – BASIL – OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC IN A MILK – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–basil (3 fresh leaves, torn; or 1 tablespoon, dried)

–oregano (3 fresh sprigs, leaves only; or 1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–milk (one-eighth cup)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–tomato (fresh, medium chopped)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and olive oil. 

2 – Chop the tomato, and season with salt, pepper, basil, and oregano.  Place the tomato on top of the cod.  Add milk and white wine to the dish.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the cod hot, atop jasmine rice.

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

COD TARRAGON ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & WITH MINCED GARLIC – MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon)

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

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–mushrooms (3 or 4 baby bellas, quartered, fresh)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the garlic – herb breadcrumbs on a large plate.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Roll in the breadcrumbs.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in white wine.  Drop minced garlic on top of the cod.  Place quartered mushrooms on the side of the cod.  Sprinkle green onions and tarragon on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod inspired by Rene Verdon, White House chef during the Kennedy administration.

BAKED COD WITH A CRUMB TOPPING OF SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE – HERB CORNBREAD STUFFING – OLIVE OIL AND SITTING IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–shredded Parmesan (one-third cup, packaged)

–cornbread stuffing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb; 1 cup)

–olive oil (4 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the Parmesan cheese, cornbread stuffing, and olive oil in a small mixing bowl, and stir well.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add the white wine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Carefully place the topping across the length of the cod.  Pat down.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot. 

–cod inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

SPICY PARSLEYED COD WITH FRESH SLICED BANANA PEPPER – CAYENNE PEPPER – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS IN A WHITE WINE – LEMON SAUCE

Note:  Despite the hot spice, this is a delicately flavored dish.

For 4:

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

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–banana pepper (fresh, one-half, sliced)

–cayenne pepper (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon, more to taste)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with banana pepper, parsley, and green onions.  Finish with a drop or two more of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–inspired by Edward Giobbi.

A Simple Dinner:  COD APRICOT WITH SOY SAUCE AND SPRINKLED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–apricot preserves (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–soy sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place the apricot preserves, and gradually add the soy sauce, stirring vigorously.  Add a few drops of olive oil, again stirring vigorously.  Then pour the sauce over the cod. Season with pepper.  Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.

2 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–cod inspired by Real Simple magazine.

ONE – DISH COMFORT COD WITH CAULIFLOWER – GREEN PEAS – CAPERS – GREEN ONIONS – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY & SERVED ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

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

–cauliflower (1 head, cut into 1-inch pieces, fresh)

–green peas (1 cup, frozen, packaged)

–capers (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (fresh, 3, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (1 handful, fresh, chopped)

–jasmine rice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Cook jasmine rice according to package instructions for microwaving.  Brands differ.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place cauliflower, green peas, capers, green onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a large covered baking dish.  Add one-half cup water.  Stir gently but well.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

3 – Place the cod on top of the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot, atop the jasmine rice.

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