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Sea Bass with Lemon and Herbs

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Simple and tasty!

Ingredients:

4 (5 oz) skin on sea bass fillets

1/4 t. pepper

1 t. salt

1 lemon, cut into wedges

3 T. olive oil

2 T. white wine

2 T. butter

2 T. chopped parsley

Directions:

Score the skin of the fish with a sharp knife (this prevents the fish from curling).

Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Heat a large pan. Add the lemons, cut sides down, and cook until lightly charred. Add the olive oil and place the fillets, skin side down, in the skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until the skin begins to brown and the fish is almost fully opaque.

When the fillets appear to be about 90% cooked, turn them over (the fillets should release easily from the pan). Finish cooking. Transfer the fillets and lemon to a place. Wipe the skillet clean.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the wine, some salt, and the butter. Mix continuously to emulsify. Spoon the sauce over the fillets and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.

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Taco Stuffed Peppers

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So good…and healthy!

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 c. chopped onion

Taco seasoning

1 c. pico de gallo

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 c. shredded Mexican cheese

Toppings:

Avocado

Chopped cilantro leaves

Lime wedges

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cut top off peppers and remove seeds. Chop the tops into small pieces and set aside. Boil the whole peppers in some water for about 5 minutes. Invert and drain.

In a large pan, sauté the meat with the onions and chopped peppers. Once the beef has lost its pink color, stir in the tomatoes, taco seasoning, and pico de gallo. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 c. of the cheese until blended. Remove from heat.

Sprinkle the inside of the peppers with some salt. Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture and place them on a foil lined baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Once the peppers are done, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Serve with toppings.

Grilled Cabbage Wedge Salad

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This was delicious. I always boil my cabbage first!

Ingredients:

1 cabbage, cut into wedges

6 bacon slices, coarsely chopped

Cherry tomatoes, halved

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 oz. crumbled blue cheese

1/4 c. mayonnaise

1/4 c. olive oil

2 t. white wine vinegar

Directions:

Boil cabbage in water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and set aside.

Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Spray the cut sides of the cabbage with cooking spray. Grill until charred. Transfer to a cutting board and chop. Place it in a bowl.

Add the scallions, bacon and tomatoes.

In a separate container, add the blue cheese, mayo, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Mix well.

Drizzle over the cabbage and serve.

 

Chicken Al Borgo

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This is very similar to Chicken Cacciatore – still just as delicious as ever.

Ingredients:

4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on

4 chicken legs, skin on

1 onion, sliced very thin

1 small carrot, sliced thin

1 zucchini, sliced thin

2 roma tomatoes, cut into chunks

1 small can tomato sauce

1 bay leaf

A few rosemary sprigs

1 c. white wine

3 cloves garlic

1 c. chicken broth

Directions:

Heat some butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and brown.

Add the chicken and rosemary. Cook on high heat until the chicken is browned on all sides.

Add the white wine and carrots. Cook until the wine has evaporated – always turning the chicken. Add salt and pepper.

Add the tomato and tomato sauce, the bay leaf, zucchini and garlic. Add a ladle of chicken broth.

Cover and cook for about 40 minutes on low heat, turning the chicken occasionally and adding broth when needed.

 

Chicken Cacciatore

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cacci14top[1]This was excellent and would be great to cook in the pizza oven, too.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs, with bones and skinned
  • 8oz. mixed mushrooms, like crimini and shiitake
  • Dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and softened in water (reserve water)
  • 1 onion, diced medium
  • 1 small yellow and red pepper, diced medium
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, shaved
  • pitted kalamata olives, a large handful
  • 1 cup porcini mushroom water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Assorted herbs, parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sprinkled oregano.
  2. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
  3. Place chicken skin side down and do not move it until it reaches a deep golden brown and it’s easy to turn, brown other side for a few minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few twigs of thyme, saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add wine and let it reduce.
  6. Add mushroom water and marinara sauce.
  7. Toss in 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil.
  8. Place the chicken back into the pan and sink into the juices.
  9. Simmer on low, stove top, for a couple of hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Uncovered.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  11. Serve with cooked pasta, polenta or warm crusty bread.

Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms

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Delicious!

Ingredients:

Chicken thighs

Baby bello mushroom, thinly sliced

White wine

Broth

Green onions, chopped

Seasonings

Directions:

Cook the mushrooms in some olive oil until done. Remove to plate.

In the hot pan, brown the chicken thighs well on both sides. Deglaze with some white wine.

Add some broth and reduce the heat. Cover and cook until done.

Return the mushrooms to the pan. Turn the heat up to high to evaporate most of the liquid. Make a sludge of water and flour. Add to the pan.

Add the green onion and stir to combine well.

Creamy Salmon

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Ingredients:

2 salmon steaks

1 shallot, finely chopped

1/2 c. parsley, finely chopped

1/4 c. white wine

3 T. butter

1/2 c. heavy cream

Half a lemon

Directions:

Cover the salmon with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill it until done.

Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook them until beginning to brown. Add the white wine and reduce a bit. Add the juice of one lemon, the cream, and the parsley. Cook until the flavors have melded together.

Spoon this sauce over the salmon.