Cod with Roasted Vegetables, Olives, and Marinara Sauce

This is a quick and simple recipe that is weeknight easy or Sunday dinner delicious, in fact, we had it this weekend! Everyone in the family loves this. When you start with potatoes and onions, add some zucchini, some lovely herbs, then offer up the marinara and fresh cod, how could you not have a…

Shrimp and Arugula over Jasmine Rice

A spicy scampi-type dish that you can also make vegetarian. The base of this dish is a flavorful rice, topped with either shrimp or tofu which have marinated in a lemony, garlic, and paprika bath. It has a lot of the flavor of shrimp scampi, with the rice holding its own here. It is easiest…

Haddock Quenelles in Saffron Fish Broth

Light, fluffy dumplings swimming in a flavorful pool of delight, inspired by a character from the past. Dec. 31, 1985, was memorable on several counts. First of all, I made a lavish New Year’s Eve feast inspired by the vintage cookbook “Francatelli’s Modern Cook” 1887, a revision of earlier editions. I had picked this up for…

Baked Nantucket Bay Scallops

A quick and easy recipe that lets the flavor of these beautiful scallops shine through. I have been scallop greedy this winter. Some years, New England bay scallops, especially Nantuckets, are hard to find or really expensive because they truly are rigidly protected and the absolute best in the world. They were still expensive this…

Seared Sesame Tuna and Swiss Chard

A warm salad, starter, or light lunch, this dish is filled with flavor and texture. This dish is really simple and quick, taking just a few minutes in the kitchen from start to finish. It is delicious warm or at room temperature. The dressing makes the dish, and you can use it on any fish…

Almost Mom’s Salmon Loaf

A twist from 100 years ago, and my Mom’s salmon loaf was transformed! When I was growing up, included in our family’s weeknight supper rotation was the humble salmon loaf, often served on Friday fish nights. A simple recipe that used bread crumbs to stretch an inexpensive can of salmon to make eight servings. I…

Salmon with Three Tomatoes

In the time it will take a pot of rice to cook, this dish is done and waiting. Although quick, it is so delicious and beautiful, it will be welcome on any table for company.

Artichoke Bottoms with Scallops and Mushrooms

Artichoke bottoms are perfect little vessels to hold countless fillings. One of my favorite culinary gifts from my late Mother-in-Law Pat, was the discovery of canned artichoke bottoms. Pat was not just a great cook, but a chef in her two high-end restaurants in the Manchester and Londonderry Vermont area, the heart of ski country….

New England Clambake “Chowda”

All the flavors of a traditional New England Clambake in a bowl of chowda! As a New Englander, I have been to traditional clam bakes on many occasions, usually festive events such as a wedding or reunion, anything from four people to several hundred, and what a time it is! A fire pit is dug,…

Thai Coconut Mussels

Packed with flavor, this dish is quick to put together and fun to eat! I’ve wanted to make mussels for a while but never hit it right at the fish market. This week I got lucky and found some beautiful ones, and my fish monger told me how she likes to cook them the best. Not…

Chill-Out Summer Supper with Tomato Water Granita Starter

Dinner parties are arranged a little differently –– they are much smaller, but just as much fun as we enjoy friends and good food!From tomato water granita (with seafood or vegetarian) to chilled seafood stew, everything was made early in the day, so it was all pretty effortless when it came time to eat. More […]

Seared Scallops, Artichokes, and Tomatoes over Polenta

When I was growing up, my mom would make corn meal mush. This was the New Englander’s version of “polenta,” but since we hold not a single Italian gene, it was just mush to us. We had it for breakfast as cereal, sweetened with maple syrup, as a starch at dinner, and the leftovers were…

Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice

We stocked up the freezer, now it’s time to use those treasures! What could be better than a savory bowl of fried rice? I try to avoid going to the store for at least 7 to 10 days between trips. Last week, I managed to find much of what I was looking for, timed it…

Haddock (or Tofu) Poached with Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are in season, and they lend a tangy burst of flavor to a simple piece of fish, or a brick of tofu! I’m always delighted to find the beautiful blood oranges when they are in season. Their vibrancy is stunning, and their flavor is a zesty pop of freshness in the winter kitchen….

Amie’s Artichoke Stuffed Baked Shrimp (or Mushrooms…)

A dish of flavorful Gulf shrimp stuffed with artichokes, shallots, cream cheese, garlic, and seasonings, is perfect for the New Year. There’s a vegan option too! My daughter Amie requests this dish for birthdays and holidays. She absolutely loves it, as does the rest of the family. With a side of Caesar salad, she is…

Salmon Saute over Pasta and Veggies

We stretched a pound of salmon to feed seven, deliciously! I love it when I throw something unplanned together and it is a hit. We recently had a surprise invasion by five hungry teenagers just as I was thinking about starting supper. I had a pound of salmon that was going to be dinner and…

Smoked Salmon Wiggle over Roasted Vegetables

It sounds silly, I know. But, if you grew up in New England, your mom probably made a “wiggle.” It was usually made with salmon or tuna, and silly name or not, it was the favorite of many. This New England classic was a a delicious and cheap meal when I was a kid, and…

Orange and Paprika Shrimp Stir-Fry

It’s a treat for the eyes as well as the palate, and you everyone can make it their own! At least once a week, and often two, we have a stir-fry of some sort for supper/dinner. A stir-fry is my go-to fast food because it doesn’t require a recipe or even a lot of thought….

Grilled or Oven Roasted Oysters

My mother was an oyster fanatic. Oysters were her favorite food in any form from raw to stewed, baked or broiled, and even nestled in casseroles. Her sister, my Aunt Elda, was also a crazy oyster lady, and she lived on the seashore in Connecticut, which was probably why her obsession was so easily fed….

Sea Scallops with Sweet and Sour Apple Cider Sauce

Sweet Maine sea scallops get a tangy boost with apple cider and apple cider vinegar. We bid summer adieu this year with a quick trip to the Maine coast. With temperatures in the 80s, the season held on until the last moment! We were delighted with beautiful red sunrises and sunsets, blue skies, and the…

Squid Ink Pasta with Mussels & Shrimp

 When paired with succulent shellfish and a heavenly broth –– the taste of the sea abounds! When I first tasted squid ink pasta I was hooked. It has a subtle but unique taste of the sea, and it begs to be paired with other ocean treasures. We can almost always find fresh mussels and flash…

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

Serving this salad in little avocado boats adds a little bit of festive to a summer dinner. When I was growing up, I doubt I ever saw an avocado. Now, there’s hardly a day when I don’t find one on my plate in some form from breakfast to party appetizer. They are everywhere! My mother-in-law…

New England Lobster Stew

There are certain sacred dishes in New England, and many of them revolve around Maine lobsters. We try to make several trips to the shore each year, and often vacation in Maine. We find that the holiday is punctuated with various lobsters along the way, always at our favorite stands and restaurants. Planning the meals…