Tautog with Creamy Tomatoes and Cornmeal Fried Okra

Whew that's a big recipe name, huh??  Well let me tell you, tautog with creamy tomatoes and cornmeal fried okra will be your new best friend this spring.  Forget slimy okra - my quick and easy pan fried technique takes the sliminess out and only leaves you with little nuggets of pure okra heaven.

This is the season for tautog on Cape Cod, and yesterday my wonderful hubby woke up at 4:30am to go work his fingers to the bone catching our meal for this evening.  Word of advice - get you a guy that can catch dinner for you.  The difference between a freshly caught fish and a store bought fish is like night and day.

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Honey Teriyaki Salmon

Roasted or grilled salmon is one of those meals that is both easy, quick and full of good healthy fats and protein.  This honey teriyaki salmon is a delicious, quick meal that you can put together on a busy night, or even make ahead and reheat the next day.  The leftovers are great as well served cold on a salad!

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Buttermilk Biscuits – How to Make Them Super Flakey

There's really never a bad time to enjoy a biscuit, especially when it's on a holiday like Easter.  I have always been a huge fan of southern foods like fried okra, corn pudding, hush puppies and of course biscuits.

The best biscuits are the ones that have tons of flakes, but there are a few tricks to the flakes - for one thing you need cold butter, cold flour, cold everything until the minute the go in the oven!  Want to know the other tricks?  Keep reading!

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of my go-to dinner ideas when I really have no energy to cook but want something satisfying and healthy.  Someone once asked me after a cooking class, "So what will you be making for dinner tonight?" and since I had just done a three hour cooking class, I knew my answer would be something simple, so I told her I was planning to make fried rice.

Her response was something along the lines of thinking it sounded too complicated and needed too many ingredients, which might be the case for others too.

So I am here to tell you that yes!, you can make fried rice easily, in about 15 minutes, with few ingredients and a few tricks to speed up the process.

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Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup

Not only is this Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup healthy (for 1.5 cups per serving it is 250 calories and 20 grams of protein!!) but it tastes delicious and perfect for a stormy day (like the one we are having as I write this).  This easy to make soup has been a favorite of mine for years.  If you're vegetarian, you could easily sub out the chicken for mushrooms and use vegetable stock. Continue reading

Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Lemon Rosemary Sauce

Salty prosciutto, flakey wild-caught cod, fresh lemon juice and fresh rosemary sprigs come together to make this Prosciutto Wrapped Cod an absolutely irresistible and easy dish to make.  If you're bored with the usual baked fish with breadcrumbs and butter recipe (like me), this is just what you need!

I'm always seeing things wrapped in bacon, which is quite similar to prosciutto - call it the bacon of Italy? - yet it doesn't leave you feeling like you just ate a pound of bacon grease.   Continue reading

Lightened Up Chicken Piccata

So many recipes out there for Chicken Piccata call for close to a full stick of butter!  And while that does make the flavors of the sauce richer, it's certainly not making my FitBit food log very happy...

In this Lightened Up Chicken Piccata, we still incorporate butter, but just a little bit, like 2 TBS worth, and that's it!  The richness and flavors are still deliciously lemony and perfect, but without the extra calories from all that butter.

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Crispy Cajun Fish Sticks

Those nights of eating fish sticks heated up by the babysitter when I was little are all coming back to me.  Fish sticks just became adult food.  

Frying these up in my kitchen while snow and ice encrust every possible surface outside, and smelling the warm aromas of cajun seasoning and cornmeal sizzling in a hot pan, made me downright nostalgic for the south.

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