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MAKES 4 SERVINGS 1 whole fish, about 2 pounds, scaled and cleaned½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon white pepper SPICE PASTE1 stalk lemongrass trimmed to one 6-inch piece of center core and chopped (see note) 6 large shallots 3 cloves garlic 6 small red fresh chiles (Serrano or bird’s beak), stemmed and seeded (see note) 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce (see note) ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 or 2 frozen banana leaves large enough to enclose the fish (see note) 1 carrot, cut into thin diagonal slices Lime wedges Cut three diagonal slices ½ inch deep into the meat of … ]]> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:10:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ CHINESE-STYLE STEAMED TILAPIA ]]>

MAKES 4 SERVINGS 5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided2 tablespoons sake or dry sherry 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 1/4 pounds tilapia fillets, cut into 4 portions2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/4 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced3 scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup) 1/2 large jalapeno chile or 1 serrano chile, very thinly sliced crosswise In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, sake or sherry, ginger, 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil and the cornstarch. Transfer the mixture … ]]> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:10:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ COCONUT SHRIMP ]]>

MAKES 4 SERVINGS Cooking spray1 1/4 pounds raw extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined (leave the tails on) 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1/3 cup crushed whole-wheat saltine crackers (7 crackers) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place shrimp in a large bowl, add buttermilk and turn to coat. In a shallow dish, combine coconut, crushed crackers, salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Remove shrimp from buttermilk and shake off excess buttermilk. Transfer shrimp to coconut mixture and turn to coat … ]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 06:02:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Sturgeon with White Beans, Mushroom and Olive Clam Broth ]]>

MAKES 6 SERVINGS ¼ cup diced bacon2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and chopped (see Note) 1 shallot, very thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons dry white wine 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large 2 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional) ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, quartered lengthwise 1 pound Manila clams Juice of 1 lemon 3 tablespoons chopped parsley 6 (6-ounce) sturgeon fillets, skin removed (see Note) Salt and pepper Olive oil Preheat oven … ]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:48:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ PAN-FRIED SKATE WING WITH BEETS, MINT AND BLOOD ORANGE BALSAMICO ]]> Lead story image

Makes 4 servings 6 medium beets 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided BALSAMICO ½ cup good quality balsamic vinegar3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, divided ½ teaspoon sugar Pinch of salt FISH 4 (four-ounce) pieces of skate wing (see Note)½ cup milk 1 cup all-purpose flour Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lemon, cut into wedges Sea salt, divided BEET FINISH 1 cup beet greens, cleaned and chopped1 cup beat stems cleaned, blanched and chopped 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice GARNISH 2 blood oranges, cut into supremes (see above recipe for … ]]> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:02:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ BASS AND POMELO CEVICHE WITH SPANISH OLIVES AND FRIED CAPERS ]]>

Makes 2 servings VINAIGRETTE ½ cup fresh-squeezed pomelo juice½ cup light olive oil 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped Kosher salt Fresh-cracked pepper CEVICHE 1 pomelo ½ teaspoon vegetable oil 2 ta blespoons small capers, rinsed ½ pound sashimi-grade bass, fluke or salmon, thinly sliced (see Note)3 tablespoons Spanish olives, rinsed, pitted and finely chopped Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped Vinaigrette: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, reduce pomelo juice by half. Whisk juice, olive oil and cilantro in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside. Prepare pomelo supremes by … ]]> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:02:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Smoked Trout with Fried Green Tomato and Pickled Pearl Onions ]]> Lead story image

The layering of flavors and textures makes this a memorable dish — the smokiness of the trout, the slightly bitter edge of the tomatoes and the briny onions. MAKES 4 SERVINGS 2 large green tomatoes1 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon Tabasco ¼ cup all-purpose flour Salt and pepper 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 cup panko bread crumbs, finely ground 8 ounces smoked trout fillet, skin removed ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil ¼ cup prepared or homemade basil pesto, preferably without cheese or garlic ¼ cup pickled pearl onions 1 ounce trout roe (see Note) 1 lemon, zested Slice green tomatoes … ]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:39:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Shellfish Stew, Sardinian-Style ]]> Lead story image

If you’ve convinced yourself that seafood is tricky to cook, this will change your mind. Use the freshest seafood you can get, and you’ll be rewarded with a fragrant stew that comes together quickly. MAKES 8 to 10 SERVINGS 1 pound fregola or Israeli couscous (see Note)1 cup good-quality olive oil 1 cup chopped yellow onion 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 bulb diced fennel 1 cup dry white wine Salt and coarse black pepper 1 teaspoon dried basil Pinch saffron threads 3 pounds mussels (prefer- ably Prince Edward Island) 20 littleneck clams 20 tiger shrimp (peeled, … ]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:00:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Caribbean Shrimp Skewers ]]>

MAKES 24 SKEWERS 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt10 ounces peeled and   deveined cooked   medium shrimp 6 Peppadew peppers, quartered 2 mangoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 English cucumber, cut in 1/2 -moon slices In medium bowl, stir together garlic powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, thyme, cayenne, pepper and salt. Pat dry the shrimp (this will help spices stick), then toss in spice mixture. On 4-inch skewers or picks, place a piece … ]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:54:00 -0600