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.

WILD ATLANTIC COD WITH MINT – ROSEMARY – ARTICHOKE HEARTS – SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

The flavors meld together very well. . .

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

–mint (bottled, dried, 1 teaspoon)

–rosemary (bottled, dried, 1 tablespoon)

–artichoke hearts (canned, 3 hearts, chopped, no seasoning)

–baby bella mushrooms (3 or 4, chopped, fresh)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (organic is possible)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour on the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, mint, minced garlic, and rosemary.  Place the artichoke hearts, baby bella mushrooms, and green onions on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

3 – Serve the cod and vegetables 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.

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).

BAKED COD TOPPED WITH FRESH TOMATO & RED BELL PEPPER AND SEASONED WITH OREGANO – GARLIC – BASIL – PARSLEY – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINT IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half, medium, chopped)

–oregano, basil, rosemary, mint (one-half teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–parsley (chopped, fresh, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil (extra virgin)

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour white wine on top.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, parsley, and olive oil.  Add bay leaves to the white wine sauce.  Top with chopped tomato and chopped red bell pepper. Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

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

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED CHICKEN STRIPS WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – FRESH ITALIAN PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken breast strips

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon (bottled, 3 squirts)

–fresh Italian parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (use the real stuff; one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken strips in a covered baking dish.  Place on top salt and pepper to taste, rosemary, minced garlic, lemon juice, and fresh Italian parsley. 

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Strips are usually narrow, and cook rapidly.  Check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

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

ITALIAN VERSION – CHICKEN MARSALA WITH THYME – ROSEMARY – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–marsala wine (or any good red wine; one-quarter cup)

–thyme (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, medium size, quartered, fresh)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the marsala or other red wine in a covered baking dish.  Add the mushrooms.  Season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in the sauce.  Add a bit more salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken marsala hot. The entrée goes well with rice or pasta (see the search box on this blog for instructions).

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

COMFORT ONE-DISH CHICKEN DINNER WITH POTATOES & VIDALIA ONION SEASONED BY ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potatoes (2, medium, cut into 1-inch pieces)

–Vidalia onion (medium, 1, sliced)

–rosemary (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes and onion in a large baking dish.  Add the white wine and chicken broth.  Season with rosemary, bay leaves, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Gently stir the vegetables.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

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

CHICKEN ROSEMARY – TARRAGON WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF RED BELL PEPPER SLICES & FRESH TOMATO SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY & MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary, tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon each, divided)

–potatoes (4 small, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–onion (1 small, cut in large chunks)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–red bell pepper (sliced, 1, fresh)

–tomato (fresh, quartered)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes, onion, celery, and minced garlic in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, and olive oil.  Add the wine.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the red bell pepper and the tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, with the red pepper and tomato as a side.

–menu designed by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.