CRAB CAKES SUBMERGED IN A MUSHROOM – WHITE WINE SAUCE & ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILLED MARINARA – HORSERADISH – MINCED GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE

For 2:

–crab cakes (2, ready-prepared, from the deli counter)

–mushrooms (5 or 6, baby bellas, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

Marinara sauce:

–spaghetti sauce (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–horseradish sauce (bottled, 3 tablespoons)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive (1 tablespoon)

1 – Place the horseradish sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly add spaghetti sauce to it, stirring vigorously.  Stir until smooth.  Add minced garlic and olive oil, and stir again.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the mushrooms and white wine in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.

3 – Place the crab cakes in the sauce, spooning some sauce with mushrooms on top.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

4 – Serve the crab cakes with sauce hot, accompanied on the side by the marinara sauce.

–crab cakes and marinara sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

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Inspired by “We Wine We Dine” blog:  SALMON WITH HONEY – DIJON – HORSERADISH SAUCE TOPPED BY FRESH PARSLEY IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–honey (bottled)

–Dijon mustard (bottled)

–horseradish sauce (mild, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, chopped, 1 handful)

–clam juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a small mixing bowl, place 1 tablespoon each of Dijon mustard, horseradish sauce, honey, and olive oil.  Stir well.  Spread the sauce atop the salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley.  Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon inspired by We Wine We Dine blog.

LEMONY SHRIMP SALAD WITH DIJON – HORSERADISH – MAYONNAISE / BACON-FLAVORED AVOCADO DIP WITH PAPRIKA & LEMON / OVEN FRIED GARLIC – HERB EGGPLANT

–shrimp (half a package, thawed from frozen)

–lemon juice

–Dijon mustard

–horseradish sauce (bottled)

–mayonnaise

–avocado (1, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–paprika

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

–eggplant (one-half, large, no peel)

1 – Place one-half package of thawed shrimp in 1 layer in a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.  When finished, drain the shrimp in a colander.  Place the shrimp in a small mixing bowl.  Add 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of horseradish sauce, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Season with salt.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

2 – Cut open an avocado and remove the pit.  Cut the avocado while still in the shell, and then turn out on a cutting board.  Mash the avocado with a fork.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Season with Bac’n pieces, paprika, and lemon juice.  Stir well.  Keep in the refrigerator until time for dinner.

3 – Cut 3 large slices of eggplant, and the cut around the peel.  Discard the peel.  Slice the eggplant in pie-shaped pieces.  Place in a plastic bag with a very tiny amount of water and some olive oil.  Pour in one-third cup of garlic – herb breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Place the eggplant in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Add more olive oil if desired.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

4 – Serve the avocado dip as an appetizer.  Then serve the shrimp salad cold, with the eggplant as a side.

–avocado dip and shrimp salad from To the Taste of a King; eggplant original.

SALMON TOPPED WITH HORSERADISH – CRUSHED WALNUTS / BROCCOLI WITH HOT SAUCE / BUTTERY DUTCH POTATOES / LIMA & NAVY BEANS WITH FAUX BACON

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–horseradish

–toasted walnuts (to toast a large package of walnuts, divide into two portions, microwave for 2 minutes, stir, microwave for 2 minutes more)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–broccoli (1 medium stalk, fresh)

–hot sauce (such as Tabasco)

–Dutch potatoes (one-half package, fresh)

–lima beans

–navy beans

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

 

1 – Place 1 cup of small butter beans/navy beans in a slow cooker.  Add 2 cups of water.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and Bac’n pieces.  Cook for 6 hours on high.  When finished, keep setting on “warm” until time for dinner.

2 – Place half a bag of Dutch potatoes in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 15 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Set aside.

4 – Place a dozen walnuts halves/pieces in a plastic bag.  Crush with the back of an ice cream spoon.  Place in a small mixing bowl.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of horseradish.  Set aside.

5 – Cut stalk from the broccoli florets and stems.  Then cut apart the remainder.  Arrange in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes (for crisp tender).

6 – Microwave the salmon for 4 minutes.  Then remove from microwave and spread the horseradish – walnuts on top.  Microwave for 1 minute more.

7 – Serve the salmon hot with the broccoli, potatoes, and beans as sides.

–salmon adapted from wild Alaska seafood web site; other recipes original.