Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Charmoula is the salsa verde of Morocco. Or you could think of it as the pesto of Morocco. Or the chimichurri of Morocco. Ok, I’ll stop now. The recipe for this bright, bold sauce or paste vary by chef, home cook and region of North Africa. If you do a search on “charmoula” or “chermoula,” …

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Flounder piccata is a quick, boldly flavored yet light dish that can also be made with any other thin fillets—sole, tilapia, pollock, haddock, skate or cod. So simple and so good. ~~~ Piccata is one of those recipes that’s really easy to throw together with ingredients that are usually on hand, although there’s no guarantee …

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A quick Greek-influenced recipe for porgy—or any other mild, sweet fish like pompano, snapper, bass, tilefish or grouper—with lemon, herbs, garlic and white wine. ~~~ We were introduced to a new fish recently—porgy aka scup. Since joining the Community Supported Fishery program at Locals Seafood, we’ve enjoyed several types of fish that had never graced …

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A quick dinner recipe featuring golden tilefish with a spicy breadcrumb topping. Try it with any white fish fillets including cod, tilapia, flounder, snapper, bass, croaker, halibut or grouper. ~~~ I found some interesting info about golden tilefish on NOAA’s Fish Watch website. “The saying ‘you are what you eat’ rings true for this fish – they …

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Ribbonfish puttanesca is a quick, boldly-flavored dish of tomatoes, garlic, red pepper, black olives, capers, anchovies and herbs. You can substitute cod, snapper or bass for the ribbonfish. ~~~ I had never heard of ribbonfish before buying it at Locals Seafoods. It’s a popular fish in Asian markets but you don’t often see it elsewhere. …

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This Italian recipe features dogfish with tomato, fennel, pancetta and white wine, topped with a gremolata of parsley, pine nuts and lemon.  Substitute cod, monkfish, shark or swordfish for dogfish. ~~~ In addition to our winter CSA share from In Good Heart Farm, we’re also getting a CSF (community supported fishery) share from Locals Seafoods. Every week …

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Maple walnut salmon tastes both luxurious and healthy — three flavors that are meant for each other. Plus, it’s a quick dinner recipe for weeknights. ~~~ When in doubt, add maple and walnuts. What a scrumptious combination. Maple and pecans are a pretty nice pair too. But, today, as I write this, I’m remembering how …

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