BAKED COD FILLET – SLICED POTATOES – KALE SPRINKLED WITH A SAUCE OF DIJON – PARSLEY – LEMON – CHOPPED ONION

This combination works, and you will have all the ingredients in your kitchen. . .

For 4:

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

–sliced potatoes (one-half can, drained)

–kale (frozen, 2 and one-half cups)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

The sauce:

–Dijon mustard (1 and one-half teaspoons, bottled)

–parsley (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (5 squirts, bottled)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the sliced potatoes in one-third of a large, covered baking dish.  Fill the remaining two-thirds with kale.  Place cod fillet atop and centered on the kale.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place the Dijon mustard.  Slowly add lemon juice to the Dijon, stirring briskly.  Add parsley and onion, and stir.  Spoon the sauce over cod, potatoes, and kale.

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

–recipe inspired by Real Simple magazine.

WILD ATLANTIC COD SPRINKLED WITH PINE NUTS & GREEN ONIONS AND IN A SAUCE OF HONEY – DIJON – LEMON – CRÈME SHERRY – TERIYAKI MARINADE

The sauce has a good, sweet flavor, delicious with a mild fish like cod. . .

For 2:

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

–pine nuts (one-quarter cup)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–honey (2 tablespoons)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–crème sherry (one-quarter cup)

–teriyaki marinade (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.  Add crème sherry to the dish.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place honey, Dijon mustard, teriyaki marinade, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Stir briskly.  Pour over the cod.  Finish with pine nuts and green onions on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

STEAMED WILD SALMON FILLET TOPPED WITH A SAUCE OF DIJON MUSTARD – MAPLE SYRUP – BROWN SUGAR – CHOPPED YELLOW ONION – FRESH PARSLEY

Add a bit of lemon for a more tart taste. . .

For 4:

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

–Dijon mustard (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–maple syrup (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–brown sugar (packaged, 1 tablespoon)

–chopped yellow onion (one-half, small)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

2 – Place mustard, maple syrup, and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl.  Stir vigorously.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Stir again.  Then pour over the salmon.

3 – Top the salmon with chopped onion and parsley.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  Salmon is better if slightly undercooked.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

EASY HOMEMADE SHRIMP COCKTAIL SAUCE MADE OF CATSUP – DIJON – HORSERADISH – LEMON JUICE – MINCED ONION

This has a good kick. . .

For 4:

–catsup (one-half cup, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–horseradish sauce (3 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–minced onion (dried, bottled, 2 tablespoons)

1 – First place horseradish in a small dish.  Slowly add catsup, beating the sauce vigorously.  Then add Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and minced onion.  Chill before serving.

–recipe inspired by packaging for seafood found at Kroger.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED SALMON WITH SAUCE OF BRANDY – DIJON – MAYO & TOPPED WITH CHIVES

For 4:

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

–brandy (buy an inexpensive, small bottle; 2 tablespoons)

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–mayonnaise (4 tablespoons, bottled)

–chives (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

2- Place brandy, Dijon mustard, and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Then pour over the salmon.  Sprinkle chives on top.

3 – Microwave for 6 and one-half minutes on high.  Salmon is best if served medium rare.

4 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef

WARM CHICKEN & POTATO SALAD SEASONED BY MINT WITH GREEN ONIONS & SHREDDED CARROTS IN A SAUCE OF OLIVE OIL – DIJON – LEMON JUICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potatoes (3, medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–mint (dried, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 2 handfuls)

–olive oil

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

1 – Place potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces, in one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish, with one-quarter cup of cold water (to prevent toughening the chicken).  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.

3 – Place drained and cut-up potatoes and chicken in a mixing bowl.  Add green onions, shredded carrots, olive oil (to taste), Dijon mustard, and lemon juice.  Fold together, gently.

4 – Serve the chicken and potato salad at room temperature.

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

SALMON BURGERS WITH PARSLEY – GREEN ONION – DIJON – MAYO – CIABATTA BREADCRUMBS – EGG

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of card, 1 pound)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, finely chopped)

–green onions (2 stalks, fresh, finely chopped)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ciabatta bread (one-half roll, broken into very small pieces)

–egg (1)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of olive oil. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Salmon should be slightly rare, because there is more microwaving ahead.

2 – When the salmon has cooked for 5 minutes, shred with a fork.  Place in a mixing bowl with parsley, green onions, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, ciabatta bread, and beaten egg.  Stir very well.  Add more mayonnaise if it doesn’t form balls as you stir.

3 – Make 4 balls; place in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the salmon burgers hot, with ciabatta bread.

–adapted from Healthy and Delicious Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

CHICKEN WITH SAUCE OF DIJON – BRANDY – ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC TOPPED WITH SLICED LEMON

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–Dijon mustard (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–brandy (buy a small, inexpensive bottle; 3 tablespoons)

–rosemary (bottled, 1 tablespoon, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon (fresh, refrigerated, sliced with a very sharp knife)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – In a small mixing bowl, place the Dijon, and then add a little brandy at a time, stirring vigorously.  Add minced garlic to the sauce, and stir.

2 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Spread the sauce over the top.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.

3 – With a very sharp knife, slice a refrigerated lemon carefully.  Place atop the chicken.

4 – Microwave the chicken on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

CHICKEN TOPPED WITH MINCED GARLIC & PARSLEY AND ACCOMPANIED BY A WARM SAUCE OF APPLE JUICE – HONEY – DIJON

Note:  The original recipe used orange juice rather than apple juice.

Note 2:  Sauce is to be room temperature.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (flat-leaved, 1 handful, chopped, fresh)

–apple juice (bottled, one-half cup)

–honey (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the chicken broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle the minced garlic and parsley on top.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon mustard in a small mixing bowl.  Stir together the honey and apple juice, and very, very slowly add to the Dijon, stirring briskly.  (Dijon should not be lumpy.) 

3 – Serve the chicken hot, with the accompanying sauce on top, room temperature.

–chicken and sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Simple Dinner:  HONEY – DIJON SALMON TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–mayonnaise (in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the Dijon and honey in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add the mayonnaise, and stir vigorously until smooth.  After six minutes of cooking the salmon, pour the sauce atop the salmon.  Sprinkle chopped onions on top.  Return the salmon to the microwave for 1 minute more.  (Brief heating of the mayonnaise-based sauce will keep the mayonnaise from disintegrating.)

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef.