CHICKEN & GREEN PEAS TARRAGON TOPPED WITH FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO AND IN WHITE WINE

Chicken and peas are both enhanced by the lesser known spice of tarragon. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–green peas (1 cup, frozen)

–tarragon (bottled, dried, one-half teaspoon, divided)

–tomato (one, medium, chopped, fresh)

–white wine (one-half cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the green peas in a large, covered, baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil.  Pour in white wine.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the green peas.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil.  Top with chopped tomato that has been salted and peppered.

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

4 – Serve the chicken and peas, with tomato, hot.

–recipe original.

COD TARRAGON ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & WITH MINCED GARLIC – MUSHROOMS – GREEN ONIONS IN A LEMON – WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup, packaged)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–mushrooms (3 or 4 baby bellas, quartered, fresh)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–lemon juice (3 squirts)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the garlic – herb breadcrumbs on a large plate.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Roll in the breadcrumbs.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Pour in white wine.  Drop minced garlic on top of the cod.  Place quartered mushrooms on the side of the cod.  Sprinkle green onions and tarragon on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod inspired by Rene Verdon, White House chef during the Kennedy administration.

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.

HERB GRECIAN CHICKEN WITH OREGANO – TARRAGON – BASIL – THYME – GARLIC ROLLED IN GARLIC – HERB BREADCRUMBS & TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–oregano, tarragon, basil, thyme (one-quarter teaspoon each)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed)

–lemon (fresh, 1, sliced)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the breadcrumbs and shake well.  Place in a covered baking dish.

2 – Pour in the white wine.  Season the chicken with oregano, tarragon, basil, thyme, and minced garlic.  Use a few drops of olive oil.  Top with sliced lemon (slice refrigerator cold with a very sharp knife).

3 – Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken inspired by The Manship restaurant, Jackson, Mississippi.

TARRAGON – MUSTARD COD WITH SAUCE OF DIJON MUSTARD – LEMON – MAPLE SYRUP – TARRAGON – MILK – OLIVE OIL – FAUX BUTTER – CHICKEN BROTH ATOP JASMINE RICE

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

–Dijon mustard (2 tablespoons)

–chicken broth (2 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottled)

–maple syrup (2 teaspoons)

–tarragon (dried, bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

–salt (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pepper (to taste)

–olive oil (2 teaspoons)

–faux butter (Promise margarine, heart-healthy, 1 tablespoon, dotted on cod)

1 – In a small mixing bowl, stir vigorously the Dijon mustard, adding the chicken broth very gradually.  Then add lemon juice, maple syrup, tarragon, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir vigorously.  Set aside.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Pour the sauce on top.  Dot with Promise margarine.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

4 – Serve the cod hot, with the sauce atop jasmine rice (for the rice, use the package instructions for microwaving, as brands differ).

–cod adapted from Dr. Gourmet web site.

A Celebratory Dinner:  HONEY – GARLIC SALMON WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – SESAME SEEDS – WHITE VINEGAR IN TERIYAKI MARINADE SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–white vinegar (distilled, bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–teriyaki marinade (bottled, one-quarter cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the vinegar and teriyaki marinade over the top of the salmon.  Spread minced garlic over the salmon.  Season with pepper, tarragon, and honey.  Sprinkle chopped green onions and sesame seeds on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with sauce spooned over the top.

–salmon inspired by wild Alaska seafood web site.

TARRAGON SEA BASS WITH PEPPERS & POACHED IN MILK SAUCE

For 4:

–sea bass (thawed from frozen, size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–tarragon (bottled, one-quarter teaspoon)

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

–banana peppers (in a jar, sliced, 2 tablespoons)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon)

–milk (almond or dairy, but not soy, 1 cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the milk in a covered baking dish, long enough for the sea bass.  Add red bell pepper and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the sea bass in the heated milk.  Season with tarragon, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Place the banana peppers on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

4 – Serve the sea bass hot, with milk sauce over the top.

–recipe original.

ZESTY BONE – IN CATFISH WITH PAPRIKA – BASIL – TARRAGON – CAYENNE – LEMON JUICE & SEASONED WITH OLIVE OIL

For 2:

–catfish (1, medium, bone-in)

–paprika (1 tablespoon, divided)

–basil (1 teaspoons, divided)

–tarragon (1 teaspoon, divided)

–cayenne (one-half teaspoon, divided)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, divided)

–olive oil

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the catfish in a long, covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Sprinkle a few drops of olive oil.  Season with paprika, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Turn the catfish over, and repeat the entire procedure.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then turn the catfish over, and microwave for 3 minutes more.

3 – Serve the catfish hot.

–catfish adapted from Taste of Home web site.

TARRAGON SALMON & POTATOES TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES & GREEN ONIONS IN LEMON SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (bottled, one-half teaspoon)

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

–green onions (2 stalks, diced)

–lemon (fresh, sliced)

–lemon juice (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

 1 – Scrub the potatoes, and then cut into 1-inch pieces, retaining the peeling.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2 – Nestle the salmon amid the potatoes.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  With a very sharp knife, slice a lemon, and then place the slices on top of the salmon.  Dice 2 stalks of green onions, and place on top of the lemon slices.  Finish with a drop or two of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky, but not raw on the inside.

4 – Serve the salmon and potatoes hot.

–salmon and potatoes adapted from Real Simple magazine.

COD SYLVESTRE WITH TARRAGON – GREEN ONIONS – MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE – TOMATO SAUCE

For 4:

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

–tarragon (bottled)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–mushrooms (4 or 5 baby bellas, sliced)

–white wine

–spaghetti sauce (I used Newman’s Own, original)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Slice 3 stalks of green onions, and place in a covered baking dish.  Then place 4 or 5 baby bella mushrooms, sliced, in the dish.  Set aside.

2 – In a microwaveable cup, place 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.  Slowly add 1 cup of white wine, stirring constantly.  Season with salt and pepper.  Microwave on high for 1 and one-half minutes.  In a second cup, place 1 tablespoon of flour.  When the white wine/tomato has heated, slowly add to the flour, beating briskly.  Then pour the sauce atop the green onions and mushrooms.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Then stir well.

3 – Place the cod in the sauce, spooning some sauce atop the cod.  Season the cod with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave for 9 minutes on high.

4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop white or brown rice, couscous, quinoa, or pasta (recipes, see the search box on this blog).

–cod adapted from Julia Child’s The French Chef Cookbook (from her television series).