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01
Jul

COD WITH MANILA CLAMS

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MANILA CLAMS ARE AMERICA’S ANSWER TO VONGOLE, THOSE SWEET LITTLE CLAMS YOU FIND ALL OVER ITALY AND MAKE SPAGHETTI ALLA VONGOLE SO ENTICING. YOU CAN MAKE THE DISH WITH ANY SMALL MOLUSK, INCLUDING CHERRYSTONES OR MUSSELS.

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03
Jun

STEAMED HALIBUT WITH SAFFRON BUERRE BLANC

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HALIBUT IS NOT MY FAVORITE FISH. IT HAS A MILD TASTE AND IF NOT COOKED PERFECTLY, ITS RATHER DENSE FLESH TURNS TOUGH AND DRY. I’VE TRIED COOKING HALIBUT SLOWLY IN OLIVE OIL OR MELTED BUTTER. SOMETIMES I GET IT RIGHT, BUT OFTEN I DON’T.

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20
May

SWORDFISH SICILIANA

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IN THE OUTDOOR MARKET IN SIRACUSA, SILVER SARDINES, RED MULLET, TUNA, BRANZINO, VONGOLE, MUSSELS, AND ALL KINDS OF PRAWNS GLITTER ON A BED OF SHAVED ICE.  A FISHMONGER WITH ARMS LIKE TREE LIMBS SHOUTS OUT, “SPADA!  SPADA!” AND USING A FOOTLONG STAINLESS STEEL CLEAVER SLICES SEVEN PERFECT STEAKS.

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29
Mar

COD WITH RADICCHIO AND SMASHED POTATOES

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ALTHOUGH RADICCHIO NEVER SEEMS TO GO OUT OF SEASON, IN ADDITION TO THE FAMILIAR RADICCHIO DI VERONA, WHICH RESEMBLES A SMALL RED CABBAGE, TREVISO WITH ITS TAPERING GREEN STEMS AND GREEN AND RED LEAVES IS ALSO AVAILABLE. I LIKE THEM BOTH.  RADICCHIO WITH ITS CRUNCH AND BITTER BITE IS A NATURAL FOR SALADS, BUT IT IS […]

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01
Mar

MONKFISH WITH MUSTARD CREAM SAUCE

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MONKFISH IS SOMETIMES CALLED THE POOR MAN’S LOBSTER, NOT SO MUCH FOR THE TASTE BUT THE TEXTURE WHICH RESEMBLES A LOBSTER TAIL.  THE TASTE IS SUBTLE AND SWEET.  THIS SAUCE, WHICH IS MADE IN THE PAN, IS PIQUANT WITH THE BITE OF WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD, ENRICHED WITH WHITE WINE, SHALLOT, AND CRÉME FRAÎCHE. Click here […]

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01
Feb

SMOKED TROUT AND ENDIVE SALAD

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THIS IS A LOVELY FIRST COURSE. OR, ON A WARM DAY, YOU MIGHT DOUBLE THE RECIPE AND SERVE IT FOR LUNCH WITH A CRUSTY BAGUETTE. SMOKED TROUT, WHICH IS AVAILABLE IN MOST GOOD SUPERMARKETS, HAS A SUBTLE, SAVORY FLAVOR AND A FIRM TEXTURE.

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13
Nov

RED SNAPPER WITH LIME BUERRE BLANC

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WHEN SANTA BARBARA RED SNAPPER TURNED UP AT McCALL’S, I SNAPPED UP FOUR FILLETS.  IT IS NOT AS FLAKEY AS COD, BUT IT HAS A WONDERFUL, RICH YET DELICATE FLAVOR AND THE CROSS-HATCHED PINK SKIN TURNS CRISP WITH PAN FRYING.  FRIENDS BROUGHT FRESH LIMES FROM THEIR BACKYARD TREE AND I THOUGHT THIS SOUR CITRUS MIGHT […]

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25
Sep

COD WITH CHORIZO AND TOMATOES

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WE SPENT TO GLORIOUS WEEKS IN TRURO ON CAPE COD WHERE WE ATE NOTHING BUT FISH — WELLFLEET OYSTERS, SEA SCALLOPS, LOBSTER, TUNA, SWORDFISH, AND MUSSELS.  EVERY DAY ON OUR WAY HOME FROM THE BEACH, WE’D STOP AT MAC’S SEAFOOD, WHERE THE DAY’S CATCH WAS DISPLAYED, GLISTENING, ON A BED OF SHAVED ICE. COD WITH […]

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25
Jun

SHRIMP SALAD “LA TULIPE”

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LA TULIPE WAS THE LOVE CHILD OF SALLY AND JOHN DARR, WHO OPENED THEIR RESTAURANT IN 1979  AT 104 WEST 13th STREET IN MANHATTAN.  JOHN HAD BEEN THE HEAD OF THE LOWER SCHOOL AT BROOKLYN FRIENDS.  SALLY, A GIFTED AMATEUR COOK, RAN THE TEST KITCHEN AT GOURMET MAGAZINE.  THE BISTRO WAS COZY; THE FRENCH DISHES, LIGHT AND […]

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13
Jun

BROILED SOFT SHELL CRABS

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SOFT SHELL CRABS HAVE A SHORT SEASON, SHOWING UP IN FISH MARKETS IN JUNE AND BUT GONE IN JULY, WHEN THEY MORPH INTO HARD SHELL BLUE CRABS. THEY ARE AMONG MY FAVORITE FOODS. OVER A TEN-DAY VACATION IN NEW ORLEANS, I ATE THEM EVERY DAY; IN PO’ BOYS, SAUTÉED, DEEP-FRIED, YOU NAME IT.

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