COD BASIL WITH FRESH TOMATO – PEPPERS – GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–basil (if fresh, 3 minced leaves; if dried, 1 tablespoon)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–red bell pepper (one-half fresh, sliced)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–lemon juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–clam juice (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the tomato and red bell pepper in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Season with half the basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 3 minutes on high.

2 – Place the cod in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Drop green onions on top.

3 – Microwave the cod for 7 minutes on high.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Dining.

COD OREGANO TOPPED WITH CAPERS – GREEN OLIVES AND ON A BED OF POTATOES – TOMATOES – ONION – CELERY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–oregano (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–capers (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–green olives (bottled, about a dozen)

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

–tomatoes (1, medium, chopped)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–white wine (one-third cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes in a large, covered baking dish with the white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes only (there will be more cooking).

2 – Place tomato, onion, and celery with the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Nestle the cod amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.  Drop capers and green olive oils on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

5 – Serve the cod and veggies hot.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.