A One-Dish Dinner:  SALMON FILLET ATOP A BED OF ASPARAGUS SPEARS – BUTTON MUSHROOMS – SLICED POTATOES SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE – BONE BROTH SAUCE

We liked everything about this recipe.  It is reminiscent of the flavors that Edward Giobbi, chef, uses. . .

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

–asparagus spears (8, packaged)

–button mushrooms (one-half a 4-ounce jar, use liquid, too)

–sliced potatoes (one-half can, drained)

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–parsley (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–bone broth (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the asparagus, mushrooms (with liquid), potatoes, rosemary, garlic, parsley, white wine, and bone broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon atop the vegetables.  Season with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Spoon some sauce over the salmon.

3 – Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the salmon and vegetables hot.

–recipe original.

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.

A Simple Dinner:  FROM – SCRATCH BLACKENED – SPICE ATLANTIC COD WITH PAPRIKA – GARLIC POWDER – MINCED ONION – OREGANO – DILL – BLACK PEPPER – SALT AND IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Blackened fish was made famous by Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans in the 1980s and is now a staple of Creole cooking. . .

For 2:

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

–paprika, salt (1 teaspoon each)

–garlic powder, onion, oregano, dill, pepper (one-half teaspoon each)

–extra virgin olive oil

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Drench the cod in lemon juice.  Sprinkle all spices on top of the cod, leaving the paprika for the last.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes and 20 seconds.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from a source-unknown clipping. 

SESAME – GARLIC SALMON FILLET SPRINKLED WITH HONEY & SESAME SEEDS AND SEASONED BY SESAME OIL IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

A subtle, mild flavor, which my husband appreciated. . .

For 2:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–sesame seeds (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–sesame oil (to taste)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish. Pour in the clam juice.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Drizzle honey on top.  Add sesame oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.  Then cover in sesame seeds.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes, 20 seconds.  Salmon is best if flaky and slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by Wild Alaska Seafood web site.

SPICY GLAZED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH MOLASSES – CAYENNE – CHOPPED ONION – GARLIC – PAPRIKA – NUTMEG – LIME JUICE

Exotic flavor. . .original recipe recommends to serve with jalapeno cornbread. . .

–3 chicken tenderloins

–molasses (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon; more if very spicy is desired)

–garlic (powder, 2 teaspoons)

–paprika (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–nutmeg (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–lime juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenders in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg.  Spoon molasses on top.  Sprinkle with chopped onion.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, cut into the center piece to check for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 30 seconds more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from a vintage Real Simple magazine.

GLAZED SALMON WITH HONEY – BROWN SUGAR – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED ONION SPRINKLED WITH SESAME SEEDS AND IN A SAUCE OF CLAM JUICE – LEMON – SESAME OIL – SOY

My husband gave this 5 stars out of 5. . .this recipe has all the ingredients that make for great salmon. . .

For 2:

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

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–brown sugar (packaged, 2 tablespoons)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup, frozen)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–sesame oil (or extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons)

–parsley (1 tablespoon, dried)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the clam juice, lemon juice, and soy sauce in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle honey, drop brown sugar, and arrange minced garlic on top.  Sprinkle onion on top and over the sauce.  Season with sesame (or extra virgin olive) oil.  Finish with sesame seeds and parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best if it is slightly undercooked, flaky but not red.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–recipe adapted from Wild Alaska Seafood, on the web.

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.

ONE – DISH SALMON FILLET WITH GARLIC – SEASONED MEDLEY OF VEGETABLES—BROCCOLI FLORETS, YELLOW CORN, CHOPPED ONION, SLICED BLACK OLIVES IN BONE BROTH ATOP QUINOA – RICE PENNE PASTA

Enjoy your veggies with your seafood!

For 2:

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

–garlic powder (2 teaspoons)

–broccoli florets (frozen, 1 cup)

–yellow corn (one-half cup, frozen)

–chopped onion (frozen, one-quarter cup)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–bone broth (one-quarter cup, chicken bone broth)

–quinoa – rice penne pasta (microwave, uncovered, on high in salted water for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the bone broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

2 – Place the salmon fillet in the center of the dish, and place broccoli around the sides.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle corn, onion, and black olives on the salmon and broccoli.  Season the whole with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, test the salmon for doneness; it should be flaky but slightly undercooked.

4 – Serve the salmon and veggies hot, atop penne pasta.

–recipe original.

CHEESY CHICKEN TENDERS OREGANO HOT DISH WITH CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI – DICED TOMATOES – SHREDDED MOZZARELLA – SHREDDED PARMESAN – KALE – GARLIC POWDER – MINCED ONION – CAYENNE IN BONE BROTH

A “hot dish” in Minnesota, where I lived happily for many years, is a casserole in other parts of the country. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenders

–oregano (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–cauliflower gnocchi (frozen, one-half package, about 1 cup)

–tomatoes (half a can; do not drain)

–mozzarella cheese (one-third cup, packaged)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, one-quarter cup)

–kale (frozen, 1 cup, packaged)

–garlic powder (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced onion (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–chicken bone broth (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cauliflower gnocchi (still frozen) in a large, covered baking dish.  Add tomatoes and kale.  Season with garlic powder, minced onion, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Add bone broth.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place chicken tenders atop the vegetable sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.  Finish with sprinkle of oregano.  Do NOT use more olive oil; the cheese will have enough fat for the dish.

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

4 – Serve the chicken tenders oregano, sauce, and vegetables hot.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

PARSLEYED MISSISSIPPI CATFISH FILLETS ON A BED OF SLICED POTATOES WITH DICED TOMATOES – CHOPPED ONION – SLICED BLACK OLIVES AND SEASONED WITH MINCED GARLIC & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

This recipe from Edward Giobbi identifies catfish or monkfish as the preferred fish. . .

For 2:

–2 catfish fillets (room temperature)

–sliced potatoes (half a can, drained)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–white wine sauce (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the potatoes, tomatoes, onion, black olives, minced garlic, and white wine in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the catfish atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Spoon a little sauce over the catfish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the catfish and vegetables hot.

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