SPICY STEAMED ATLANTIC COD TOPPED IN ITALIAN BREADCRUMBS WITH MINCED GARLIC – CAYENNE – ROSEMARY – FRESH PARSLEY ON A BED OF ENGLISH PEAS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

English peas blend well with cod. . .

For 4:

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

–Italian breadcrumbs (one-quarter cup, boxed)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–rosemary (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

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

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (preferably organic)

1 – Place English peas, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper (to taste), white wine, and a few drops of olive oil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2 – Nestle the cod amid the English peas.  Top with salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle with Italian breadcrumbs.

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

4 – Serve the cod atop the English peas, hot.

–cod adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

ONE-DISH CHICKEN DINNER WITH CAULIFLOWER FLORETS – DICED ITALIAN TOMATOES – SLICED BLACK OLIVES SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – FRESH PARSLEY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

These flavors meld very well. . .

For 4:

–organic chicken tenderloins (6)

–cauliflower florets (from 1 headI)

–diced tomatoes (1 can, do not drain)

–sliced black olives (1 small can, drained)

–rosemary (1 tablespoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–white wine (one-half cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cauliflower, tomatoes, black olives, and white wine in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper (to taste), rosemary, minced garlic, and chopped fresh parsley.  Gently fold all together.  Sprinkle with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken on top, partially submerged.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken, vegetables, and sauce hot.

–chicken dish adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

ATLANTIC COD STEW WITH TURMERIC – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED PARSLEY – MINCED ONION IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BROKEN WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFIN SEASONED WITH GARLIC & OLIVE OIL

Note: Am resuming my cooking blog after a hiatus due to a broken right arm (my husband took over the kitchen).

Recipe sounds difficult but is very easy and very tasty. . .

For 4:

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

–turmeric (1 teaspoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (2 tablespoons, divided, bottled)

–chopped parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–minced onion (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–bone broth (chicken, one-quarter cup)

–English muffin (2, broken apart)

–olive oil (organic, extra virgin, to taste)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the white wine and bone broth.  Sprinkle on top the turmeric, minced garlic (1 tablespoon), chopped parsley, minced onion, salt and pepper.  Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. 

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

3 – Break wheat English muffin into pieces, bite-sized.  Place in 4 bowls.  Add minced garlic and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.

4 – Serve the cod stew, hot, atop the garlic muffin.

–cod stew adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

A Simple Dinner:  ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS TOPPED WITH GOLDEN RAISINS – PINE NUTS – CHOPPED FRESH PARSLEY IN CREAM SHERRY SAUCE

A deliciously sweet way to serve chicken . . .

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenders

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup; soak for 15 minutes in warm water)

–pine nuts (one-quarter cup)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–cream sherry (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Add the cream sherry.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle golden raisins, pine nuts, and chopped fresh parsley on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop rice if desired.

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

SPICY COD WITH OREGANO – GINGER – FRESH PARSLEY – CAYENNE – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

A touch of heat in the cayenne blends well with the surprise taste of ginger & oregano. . .

For 4:

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

–oregano (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–ginger (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–cayenne (one-half teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–brandy (2 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Add the white wine and brandy.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, oregano, ginger, cayenne, and minced garlic.  Finish by sprinkling with fresh parsley and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  STEAMED COD SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY

The simple dinners can be the best—with the right seasoning, and this seems to be the right seasoning. . .

For 4:

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

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup water (for steaming).

2 – Sprinkle rosemary, minced garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil on top.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod hot.

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

ITALIAN COD BASIL WITH MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH FRESH BASIL – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC ATOP SMALL SHELL PASTA

Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!

For 4:

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

–basil (fresh, 5 or 6 medium leaves, cut up)

–marinara sauce (half a bottle; I used Ragu “Mama’s Special Garden”)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–small shell pasta (1 cup, dry)

1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup water and a few drops of olive oil.  Season with 1 teaspoon salt.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes for al dente.  Cook on 50 percent power for 4 minutes for softer pasta.

2 – Place the marinara sauce, red wine, minced garlic, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and cut-up basil in a covered baking dish.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Submerge the cod in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop the pasta.

–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – RED ONION – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – FRESH PARSLEY – MINCED GARLIC IN RED WINE – PUREED TOMATOES – MARINARA SAUCE

Worthy of company. . .

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–baby bella mushrooms (4 or 5, chopped, fresh)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon))

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–pureed tomatoes (half a can, drained)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu “Mama’s garden” variety; 3 tablespoons)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the red onion, mushrooms, parsley, minced garlic, red wine, pureed tomatoes, marinara sauce in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

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

ORGANIC CHICKEN TENDERS WITH A WARM SIDE SAUCE OF BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – MINCED DRIED ONION – FRESH PARSLEY – FLOUR – MARSALA WINE

Note:  This is a way to upgrade a simple dish to something really spectacular!

For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–chicken bone broth (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Sauce:

–4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms (fresh, sliced fine)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–minced onion (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped very fine)

–flour (1 teaspoon)

–marsala wine (one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken in a covered baking dish with the bone broth.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

2 – While the chicken is cooking, place mushrooms, garlic, onion, parsley, flour, and wine in a small mixing bowl.  Stir well.  If wine has been in the refrigerator, you may want to heat the sauce for 30 seconds in the microwave on high.

3 – Serve the chicken hot; place the sauce as a side on the table, to be spooned over the chicken before dining.

–chicken and sauce inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

A Simple Dinner: BAKED WILD SALMON TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & PARSLEY AND SEASONED WITH LEMON ZEST & ROSEMARY IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

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

–lemon (chilled, fresh, sliced)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–lemon zest (lemon peel, 1 tablespoon, bottled)

–rosemary (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, just enough to steam)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, lemon jest, rosemary, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, carefully slice a chilled lemon into four segments.  Place the lemon atop the salmon.  Finish with chopped parsley.

2 – Microwave the salmon on high for 5 minutes.  Do not overcook.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with a lemon slice on each serving.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners (a kindle e-book).