Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

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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This Asian-style quick braise with peppers, onions, ginger, garlic and more is an excellent recipe for ribbonfish and any other fish or chicken too. ~~~ My oh my, what big teeth you have. That frightening head belongs to the ribbonfish we ate last night. Here it is on ice. Ribbonfish (aka cutlassfish) is popular in …

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Roasted salmon with shallots, honey, grapefruit and a hint of ginger and tarragon is a quick, healthy dinner recipe. ~~~ Since citrus season is here, I’ve had grand ideas about preparing lots of dishes with oranges, grapefruits, kumquats, blood oranges and tangerines, but my supermarket isn’t cooperating. One day I see blood oranges but the next …

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Tuna is the star in this quick dinner recipe that riffs off Sicilian flavors — fennel, red bell pepper, capers, lemon and herbs. ~~~ Last week I found a decent looking, big piece of tuna on sale at my local supermarket (Lowes Foods). Jim’s not into the usual ahi preparation – seared on the outside, …

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