CHILLED ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS SALAD WITH APPLE – TOASTED WALNUTS – MAYO & SPRINKLED WITH PAPRIKA

These seasoned crab legs are actually cod, and they work very well with apple and walnuts. . .the original recipe uses tuna, and I have also used, many times, chicken. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (1 package, 8 legs, ready-cooked)

–apple (medium, peeled and chopped)

–toasted walnuts (2 handfuls; toast for one-half minute in microwave)

–mayonnaise (1 tablespoon; do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–paprika (one-half teaspoon, dried, bottled)

1 – Chop the crab legs into one-quarter inch slices.  Place in a mixing bowl.

2 – Peel and chop the apple, finely.  Then place in bowl.

3 – Add toasted walnuts to the mixing bowl.  Season the whole with salt and pepper.  Use 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.  Fold all ingredients gently.

4 – Finish with a light sprinkling of paprika.

5 – Chill for at least an hour before serving.  Serve cold.

–recipe from my husband’s college experience.

CHILLED ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS SALAD SEASONED WITH LEMON PEPPER AND STIRRED WITH ASPARAGUS – BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ONION – MAYO

Artificial crab legs are actually cod, and a half pound of cooked cod, broken apart, can be substituted. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (packaged, 8 ounces, cut apart)

–lemon pepper (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–asparagus (cooked from frozen, 8 ounces, cut into 1 – inch lengths)

–button mushrooms (5 or 6, canned)

–onion (one-quarter cup, chopped, raw)

–mayonnaise (1 heaping tablespoon; do not use too much)

–salt and pepper

1 – Cook the asparagus according to package instructions.  Let cool in the refrigerator.

2 – Place the cut artificial crab legs in a serving dish.  Add cold asparagus, button mushrooms, raw onion, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and mayonnaise.  Fold ingredients gently.

3 – Top the dish with a sprinkle of lemon pepper.

4 – Serve the salad chilled.

–recipe original.

CHILLED COD SALAD TARRAGON WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ENGLISH PEAS – SHREDDED CARROTS – CHOPPED ONIONS – MAYO

I chose all ingredients that meld together well on the palate. . .

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

–tarragon (to taste, 1 to 2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–button mushrooms (one-third cup, bottled)

–English peas (green peas, one-half cup, frozen)

–shredded carrots (fresh, one-half cup)

–chopped onions (one-quarter cup)

–mayonnaise (to taste, do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil; do NOT add water or other liquid.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, break apart while in the baking dish.  This will be your serving dish.

2 – Place peas and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add to the cod.

3 – Add shredded carrots to the cod and vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.

4 – Gently fold 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise into the cod and vegetables.  Finish with a sprinkling of tarragon on top.

5 – Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.  Serve the cod salad cold.

–recipe original.

A Simple Dinner:  CHILLED SEAFOOD SALAD WITH COD – TOMATOES – FETA CHEESE – MAYO SPRINKLED WITH PAPRIKA

I used chopped artificial crab legs, ready prepared, that are really cod. . .super easy recipe. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (chopped, a whole package of 8 legs, actually cod)

–tomatoes (half a can of diced tomatoes, drained)

–feta cheese (one-third cup, broken feta)

–salt and pepper (to taste, and a generous amount of salt in needed)

–mayonnaise (1 – 2 level tablespoons, to taste)

–paprika (one-half teaspoon)

1 – Chop the artificial crab legs.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add drained tomatoes and feta cheese.  Salt and pepper, turning the ingredients to ensure coverage.  Add mayonnaise and fold in.  Sprinkle with paprika.

2 – Serve the seafood salad cold, from the refrigerator.

–recipe original.

Indoor Holiday Picnic:  CHILLED CRABMEAT NOODLE SALAD WITH SLICED CRABMEAT STICKS – ROTINI PASTA – CHOPPED ORANGE BELL PEPPER – SLICED ZUCCHINI – CHOPPED EGG OMELET – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – CHOPPED GREEN ONION MIXED WITH MAYONNAISE AND TOPPED WITH A SPRINKLE OF PAPRIKA

For 4:

–crabmeat sticks (“artificial,” actually cod with seasoning, 1 whole package)

–rotini pasta (1 cup, dry, packaged)

–orange bell pepper (one-quarter of medium pepper, chopped fine)

–zucchini (one-half, medium, chopped one-half inch)

–eggs (2)

–sweet pickle relish (1 tablespoon)

–green onion (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–paprika (sprinkling, bottled)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish with water to cover.  Salt to taste.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 9 minutes.  Drain when finished.

2 – Place chopped crabmeat sticks (one-half inch size), chopped orange bell pepper, chopped zucchini, sweet pickle relish, and green onion in a large mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

3 – Place 2 eggs in a small covered baking dish.  Add 1 teaspoon milk and a few drops of olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Beat the eggs briskly.  Microwave on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds.  When finished, chop the egg with a knife and fork, and then add the egg to the mixing bowl.

4 – Place 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in the pasta salad.  Gently fold the mayonnaise with the vegetables and pasta.  Finish with a sprinkling of paprika on top.

5 – Chill for 2 hours before serving.

6 – Serve the salad chilled, with a side vegetable, perhaps broccoli.

–inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

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

CREAMED & SPICY CRAB CAKES PARMESAN IN A SAUCE OF MINCED GARLIC – CAPERS – TOBASCO – YOGURT – MAYO  

For 4:

–4 ready-prepared crab cakes

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–tobasco (squirt on each crab cake, bottled, or other hot sauce)

–yogurt (one-third cup)

–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the crab cakes in a covered baking dish.  In a small mixing bowl, place yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil (drop or 2).  Stir well.  Spoon the sauce on top of the crab cakes.  Finish with capers and tabasco on top.

2 – Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.

3 – Serve the crab cakes hot, with the sauce.

–crab cakes inspired by Chef Rene Verdon (chef of the John F. Kennedy administration).

CREAMY SALMON THYME WITH MINCED GARLIC & GREEN ONIONS IN YOGURT – MAYO – WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP POLENTA

For 4:

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

–thyme (1 teaspoon, dried)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–yogurt (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–mayonnaise (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–white wine (4 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–polenta (packaged, one-half package)

No olive oil

1 – Place 1 and one-quarter cup of water in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Then add one-half package of polenta.  Stir well, about 3 minutes.  When finished stirring, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the yogurt and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Then add white wine and minced garlic, and stir again, being sure that sauce is smooth.

3 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.  Sprinkle with thyme and green onions.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

5 – Serve the salmon hot, atop quinoa, couscous, pasta, rice, or polenta.

–salmon inspired by Southern Seafood Sampler.

SPICY COD PARMESAN ROLLED IN CORNBREAD DRESSING SEASONED WITH SRIRACHA – MAYO – GREEN ONIONS – LEMON – WORCESTERSHIRE

For 4:

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

–Parmesan cheese (one-third cup, shredded)

–cornbread dressing (I used Pepperidge Farm herb; one-third cup)

–sriracha sauce (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–mayo (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, finely chopped)

–lemon juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a measuring cup, place the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, sriracha sauce, mayo, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and olive oil.  Stir very well.  Spread the cornbread/Parmesan dressing atop the cod.   Finish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes. 

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from “my recipes” web site.

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.