WILD BAKED COD OREGANO & PEPPERS WITH ITALIAN PUREED TOMATOES – MINCED GARLIC – ORANGE BELL PEPPER SLICES – CHOPPED GREEN ONION – CHOPPED FRESH PARSLEY

An Italian extravaganza. . .

For 4:

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

–Italian pureed tomatoes (1 package; I used Italia brand)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–orange bell pepper slices (one-half pepper, in strips)

–chopped green onion (4 stalks, fresh)

–parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the tomatoes, minced garlic, bell pepper, chopped green onion, parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Add a sprinkling of salt, pepper, and oregano on top of the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

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

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

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A Company Dinner:  ONE-DISH MEAL OF WILD COD BASIL & BROCCOLI FLORETS WITH ITALIAN PUREED BASIL TOMATOES – FETA – BLACK OLIVES – CLAM JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH BASIL ATOP JASMINE RICE

A one-dish choice for a fancy but easy dinner, atop rice. . .

For 4:

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

–broccoli florets (cut off the leafy part of 1 bunch)

–Italian basil tomatoes (I used imported Italia brand tomatoes, paper package lined with foil; 1 package)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–black olives (1 small can, drained)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–fresh basil (6 to 8 medium leaves, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions, because brands differ)

1 – Place broccoli florets around a large baking dish.  Add clam juice, and Italian basil tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Place the cod in the center of the broccoli florets.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with black olives and feta cheese.

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

3 – Serve the cod and broccoli, with sauce, hot, atop jasmine rice.

–recipe by C. Mabry, chef, inspired by the recipes of Edward Giobbi.

WILD ATLANTIC COD WITH MINT – ROSEMARY – ARTICHOKE HEARTS – SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

The flavors meld together very well. . .

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

–mint (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–artichoke hearts (canned, 3 hearts, chopped, no seasoning)

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

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (organic is possible)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour on the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and rosemary.  Place the artichoke hearts, baby bella mushrooms, and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

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

A Company Dinner for 4:  SPICY ATLANTIC COD WITH BROCCOLI FLORETS & BLACK OLIVES SEASONED WITH OREGANO – MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF BOILED RED POTATOES

Almost a one-dish dinner, easy and delicious. . .

For 4:

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

–broccoli florets (from 2 heads of broccoli, fresh)

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

–oregano (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (to taste, about 1 teaspoon)

–white wine (one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (organic if possible)

–red potatoes (8 to 10, cut bite-sized)

1 – Place bite-sized, cut, red potatoes in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the broccoli florets around a large, covered, baking dish.  Add white wine.  Add cod in the center of the baking dish.  Season cod and broccoli with salt, pepper, oregano, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle black olives on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave the cod for 12 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and broccoli hot, with the potatoes as a side.

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

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.

SPICY COD WITH OREGANO – GINGER – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

A touch of heat in the cayenne blends well with the surprise taste of ginger & oregano. . .

For 4:

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

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–ginger (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne (one-half teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–brandy (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine and brandy.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, oregano, ginger, cayenne, and minced garlic.  Finish by sprinkling with fresh parsley and a few drops of extra virgin 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.

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

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED COD SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY

The simple dinners can be the best—with the right seasoning, and this seems to be the right seasoning. . .

For 4:

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

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup water (for steaming).

2 – Sprinkle rosemary, minced garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil on top.

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

ITALIAN COD BASIL WITH MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH FRESH BASIL – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC ATOP SMALL SHELL PASTA

Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!

For 4:

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

–basil (fresh, 5 or 6 medium leaves, cut up)

–marinara sauce (half a bottle; I used Ragu “Mama’s Special Garden”)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–small shell pasta (1 cup, dry)

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup water and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes for al dente.  Cook on 50 percent power for 4 minutes for softer pasta.

2 – Place the marinara sauce, red wine, minced garlic, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and cut-up basil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

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

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

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED COD WITH CORIANDER – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

An unusual flavor that works. . .

For 4:

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

–coriander (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–ginger (dried, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine.  Season the cod with coriander, ginger, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod hot.

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

STEAMED COD SPRINKLED WITH GREEN ONIONS & PARSLEY AND IN A SAUCE OF MARINARA – WHITE WINE – MINCED GARLIC – BROTH

For 4:

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

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–marinara sauce (3 tablespoons; I used Ragu, “Mama’s garden”)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–broth (chicken bone, one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the marinara sauce, white wine, minced garlic, and chicken bone broth in a covered baking dish.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Top with green onions and parsley.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.  Do not overcook.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

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