Just a few weeks ago one of my sons and I went fishing for black sea bass out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. When we got back, I commented to our boat captain as he cleaned our catch about the amount of waste that went into filleting the fish. The boat captain the next slip down heard my comment and mentioned that we Americans are about the only culture that fillets fish. Most everyone else cooks their fish whole. That captain, Capt. Willy Hatch, who runs Machaca Charters, then told me that he particularly likes to coat the fish skin with a dry rub, meaning dried herbs and spices, and then cook the fish, with just the head removed, in hot oil, which essentially steams the fish from the inside out in its own juices. Capt. Willy, great guy, then prepared two fish exactly the way I needed to cook them whole as shown in the picture below.
Last two posts showed how to cook corn on the stove and in the microwave oven. Easy. Here’s a great way to combine the crisp sweetness of corn with bell pepper (I like using red, yellow, or orange bell pepper for this because they’re sweeter and more flavorful than green bell peppers), onion, garlic, and cilantro. Terrific combination!
Here’s what you need to make this crisp corn and bell pepper salad for 3-4 people.
Click any picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »
Aside from being incredibly quick and easy, cooking corn in the microwave oven as shown in the picture book recipe you can get here is probably the best way both to maximize corn’s flavor and nutritional value as the corn cooks inside its own husk.
Here’s what you need to cook corn on the cob in the microwave oven.
Here’s all you need.
Last post showed how to make pistachio pesto, which is just a more nutty variation on basil pesto. I call basil pesto “summer butter”. It’s always in my fridge, and I use it regularly on pasta and grains, as a sandwich spread, with freshly cooked or uncooked vegetables (you’ve gotta’ check it out on corn on the cob), freshly cooked fish or chicken – just about anything. Great stuff!
Here are the ingredients and…
If you like pistachios and basil or are already a big fan of pesto, you’ll love this recipe. As I mention on the first page of the step-by-step picture book recipe shown below you can get by clicking any picture on this page,…
Summer’s rippin’ to an end. Kids’ll be back to school soon. Here’s another easy way to help encourage their independence in the kitchen. My then 10-year-old daughter showed me how to make this quick and easy tortilla pizza that kids can make on their own safely for either a snack, lunch, or dinner.
Here’s all you need to make a tortilla pizza that takes about 1 minute prep time and about 45 seconds to cook in the microwave oven. Read more »
This quick & easy kid-friendly to make tuna salad is a great way to empower kids’s confident independence in kitchen because it requires only 3 ingredients, 3 pieces of equipment, and no cutting with a knife or even the use of a can opener if you buy cans of tuna with pull-tab tops as shown below.
Click any picture on this page for a complete, very colorful step-by-step picture book recipe.
One of my favorite late summer foods is freshly picked, richly flavorful, no-kidding vine ripened tomatoes, which I usually get fresh from the field at Berberian’s Farm Stand in Northborough, MA. And one of my favorite ways to enjoy those tomatoes is in a fantastically flavorful and easy to make salad made with fresh basil (also from Berberian’s), mozzarella cheese, olive oil, a little salt, a good crunch of ground black pepper and, of course, a shot of balsamic vinegar.
It’s all about taste – YOUR taste – and ease…and speed…and not having to clean more than one dish (a microwave safe plate) when it’s all over. Though the ingredients shown below work and taste great together, use the step-by-step picture book recipe you can get by clicking any picture on this page as a guide to help you make a microwave cooked omelet your way.