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. 

A Comfort Dish:  BAKED HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH CHOPPED ONION & CARROT PENNIES SEASONED BY TARRAGON – THYME – ROSEMARY – PARSLEY IN LEMON – BROTH SAUCE

You might add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder for even more flavor. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–chopped onion (one-third cup)

–carrot pennies (half a can, drained)

–tarragon, thyme, rosemary, parsley (1 teaspoon each, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, packaged; non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken broth, all the herbs, onion, lemon juice, and carrots in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders atop the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon sauce over the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–comfort chicken recipe inspired by a vintage Real Simple magazine.

CHILLED SEAFOOD PASTA SALAD BASIL WITH PASTA MADE OF BROWN RICE & QUINOA – DICED TOMATOES – BROCCOLI FLORETS – CHOPPED ONION – FETA & PARMESAN CHEESES – MAYO

I chose basil for seasoning because of the tomatoes in this recipe. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (1 package, chopped)

–pasta (rotini, non-gluten, made of brown rice & quinoa, two-thirds cup dry; microwaved on high for 6 minutes for al dente, in salted water)

–broccoli florets (1 cup seasoned with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, then microwaved on high for 4 minutes and chopped)

–chopped onion (one-half cup)

–basil (dried, 2 tablespoons, divided)

–diced tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–feta cheese (one-quarter cup, broken)

–Parmesan cheese (one-quarter cup, shredded)

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

1 – Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Then season with salt and pepper, and then gently fold.  Sprinkle with basil.

2 – Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

–recipe original.

CHILLED SEAFOOD SALAD CILANTRO WITH ARTIFICIAL CRAB LEGS (COD) – SWEET GREEN PEAS – CHOPPED ONION – TOMATO – MAYO

Good summer supper. . .

For 4:

–artificial crab legs (1 package, chopped into one-half inch pieces)

–sweet green peas (one-half can, drained)

–chopped onion (one-half cup)

–tomato (one-half can, drained)

–mayonnaise (1 heaping tablespoon; don’t use too much)

–salt and pepper

–cilantro (2 teaspoons, dried, bottled)

1 – Place the chopped crab legs, green peas, onion, tomato, mayonnaise, and cilantro in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Fold all ingredients gently.

2 – Chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving.

3 – Serve the seafood salad cold.

–recipe original.

CHICKEN TENDERS ORANGE WITH SLICED PEARS & CHOPPED ONION SEASONED WITH GINGER – SUGAR – ORANGE ZEST IN A SAUCE OF ORANGE JUICE – SOY SAUCE – WHITE WINE VINEGAR ATOP JASMINE RICE & WITH A SIDE OF BROCCOLI FLORETS TOPPED WITH WHOLE WHEAT BREADCRUMBS & SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE

My husband and I both found the flavors in the chicken dish to meld very, very well. . .my husband gave this recipe 5 stars out of 5. . .

–3 chicken tenderloins

–sliced pears (1 can, drained)

–chopped onion (one-half cup)

–ginger (1 teaspoon)

–sugar (1 tablespoon)

–orange zest (orange peel, 1 teaspoon)

–orange juice (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (3 tablespoons)

–white wine vinegar (3 tablespoons)

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions; brands differ)

–broccoli (one-half family package, frozen)

–whole wheat English muffin (one-half, minced in food processor)

–Parmesan cheese (one-third cup, shredded)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the broccoli in a covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the orange juice, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, and olive oil to taste in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, ginger, sugar, and orange zest.  Add pears and onion.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, place the chicken tenders atop the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, ginger, and olive oil.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce, hot, on a bed of jasmine rice with the broccoli recipe as a side.

–chicken adapted from a vintage Real Simple magazine.

An Anniversary Celebration:  BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS SEASONED BY TARRAGON – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY AND WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS & SLICED RED ONION IN BROTH – WHITE WINE SAUCE

One my my favorite recipes.  .  . over 30 years a favorite. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–plain breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–tarragon (2 teaspoons, dried, bottled)

–bay leaves (2, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–parsley (dried, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–button mushrooms (drained, bottled, 1 small can)

–sliced red onion (one-half)

–bone broth (one-eighth cup, packaged)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the onion in a covered baking dish.  Add bone broth and white wine.  Season with 1 teaspoon of tarragon, 2 bay leaves, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders in a plastic bag.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add extra virgin olive oil and coat the chicken.  Pour in the breadcrumbs; shake well.  When the sauce has finished heating, place the chicken in the baking dish.  Pour drained mushrooms on top. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of tarragon, and parsley, on top.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave for 5 minutes on high.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot, atop, pasta, rice, or couscous.

–chicken adapted from The Microwave French Cookbook.

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.