Homemade Sushi Party

Here’s a fun idea for a hands-on dinner party. Homemade sushi rolls. Sushi rolls are actually easy to make, once you get the hang of it. The most challenging part is finding the ingredients and the supplies needed to make the rolls. My town just happens to have a Japanese market so that was easy…

Curry Poached Cod with Snap Pea Slaw

Fish is the ultimate healthy fast food and poaching is a gentle method of cooking delicate fish. Adding a little bit of curry paste to the poaching broth makes a light, fragrant liquid for the delicate cod fillets. A simple crunchy slaw rounds out this lovely, summery meal.  

Shrimp with Avocado, Lemon and Fresh Dill

I’m always on the hunt for recipes that are fast, delicious and healthy and this shrimp dish has become one of my favorites. The creaminess of the avocado provides a richness which plays well with the tartness of the lemon and the spicy bite of the arugula. For the whole grain, I used Khorasan wheat…

Fast and Easy Salmon Burgers with Lemon Aioli Sauce

Canned salmon is a convenient, fast and easy way to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Use red, Sockeye salmon which is always wild caught. Did you know that the orange/red pigment of the flesh of salmon comes from antioxidant-rich betacarotene? Substitute canned salmon for tuna fish in salads, add it to your scrambled…

Cod with Fennel and Fresh Tarragon

Even if you’re not a fan of fish, you must give this recipe a try. Cod has such a light, subtle flavor with a “meaty”, substantial texture. I purchase most of my fish at Costco, opting for frozen, individually wrapped fish because it’s convenient, reasonably priced and flash frozen for freshness. I take the fillets…

Deliciously Fast Tuna and Bean Salad

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is to make a recipe that uses staples from my refrigerator and pantry. I can pull this delicious tuna and bean salad together in a few minutes using simple ingredients that I always have on hand; canned tuna fish, beans, olive oil and vinegar, chopped onions and Dijon mustard. Like…

Tuscan Shrimp and Beans

I love anything Tuscan so this recipe caught my eye. Cook’s Illustrated featured it in its March/April 2017 edition. You will find a bounty of beans in many Tuscan dishes (which is why I like them) and adding shrimp to the beans seemed like a winning combination. This deeply flavored dish will be a regular…

There’s a Rainbow on Your Plate Shrimp Taco Cups

Colorful, healthy, delicious, a crowd pleaser. These taco cups are a twist on traditional fish tacos. I always have frozen shrimp in my freezer, so that was an obvious choice and I thought the wonton wrappers would make an interesting reservoir for the filling. I like the flavor contrast between the different cabbage slaws, one…

Pasta with Fresh Fennel and Sardines

You saw the word “sardines” and skipped right over this recipe. But don’t! Come back! If you like salmon and tuna fish, you’ll like this recipe. It’s not too fishy, I promise. I admit, I’m not a fan of strong fish either but I’ve been trying to find ways to boost my omega-3 fatty acid…

Seared Scallops in Brown Butter with Fried Sage

Scallops taste so rich, it’s hard to believe they contain very little fat. Like most seafood, they are a healthy fast food, cooking in less than 5 minutes. I seared them in a little brown butter and olive oil with a garnish of fried sage leaves. You don’t need much butter or oil, about 2…

Grilled Whole Bass (fresh from the stream)

My family is filled with fishermen (and women). My grandfather came to the US from Greece as a very young man and fishing was part of his DNA. He could always be found on streams in Pennsylvania, fly fishing for trout or bait fishing for whatever would bite. My uncles fish, my father (who is…