Techniques for Cooking Fish Don’t Have To Be Intimidating

One of the oddest questions I get when serving fish is, “Does this fish have bones?” My answer is always, “Assume it does.” I answer that way to encourage people to eat slowly, to eat as if it does have bones, because all fish have bones. Even when you buy a boneless fillet of fish, you can’t be sure it doesn’t have a stray bone. Baked Swordfish with Golden Crust (CAWCOM) (2)

For the most part all fish in this country, except fish from ethnic markets, is sold as fillets or steaks. Whole fish are hard to find and when you do find them, the selection often is limited to trout or sea bass. Most people who like fish are hesitant about buying and cooking whole fish because they’re not sure how to cook it and not sure they know how to eat it. READ MORE

Colorful Summer Salads Make the Most of Heirlooms

Purple Caulifower, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Tomato Salad Think of the platter as a palette, and your vegetables as swaths of paint that fill in the color of the canvas. This is what every August provides as our tomato plants and other garden vegetables are going crazy and this means we should be thinking colorful salads.

This is both an appetizing and beautiful way to present what usually becomes an accompaniment to grilled foods. Salads of heirloom tomatoes are a favorite this time of year. But remember there are lots of heirloom cultivars besides tomatoes such as purple cauliflower or yellow sweet peppers. And don’t ignore the non-heirloom tomatoes such as Big Boys or Early Girls because they have their uses too.

There are heirloom varieties of all vegetables, not just tomatoes, and there are plenty of hybrid accidents too. READ MORE

Summertime Raw Sauce for Pasta

Fettuccine with Raw Sauce (CAWCOM) (3)

A delightful way to prepare pasta for a hot summer day is to toss it with a raw sauce or what the Italians call a salsa cruda.  Summers can be too hot for full-fledged piping hot food so a raw sauce can come into play.  It is exactly what it sounds … [Continue reading]

Juicy Figs Stuffed in Tomatoes Make a Summer Appetizer

Tomato Stuffed with Fig, Prosciutto, and Mint (CAWCOM) (2)

Our figs in California are so abundant and delicious that throughout the summer we dream all ways of using them.  This particular preparation is wonderful as an appetizer to a barbeque party.  The tomatoes I call for are a cultivar called Carmelo, … [Continue reading]

Take A Four-Course Meal Outdoors With A Grill Party

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Grilling takes effort. Lots of coal goes into building the fire; you wait for the coals to get hot; and the food cooks in about 15 minutes, if you’re having steaks, burgers, vegetables or hot dogs. And that’s it. The fire continues burning, wasting … [Continue reading]

Griddle on the Grill

Griddled Bread

You can grill just about anything that doesn't fall through the grilling grate and with accessories like grilling baskets literally nothing.  Another trick is griddling--that is, putting a cast iron griddle or pan on the grate and then cook delicate … [Continue reading]

Eggplant and Tomatoes for a Summer Salad

Tomato, Eggplant, Ricotta (4)

There's something about those summer vegetables especially tomatoes and eggplant that just beckon to be prepared over and over in endless variety of cooked dishes, side dishes, salads, appetizers, or any which way. I  lean towards an Italian style … [Continue reading]

Upside-down Casserole Brings some Memories and some History

Maqluba (Palestine) (6)

Recently I've been enjoying myself by remaking many of the recipes on my web site www.CliffordAWright.com that don't have photographs. Some of those recipes were posted so long ago--some from the late 90s--that photography wasn't that important in … [Continue reading]

Oysters Forever

Oysters, Wellfleet (2)

In “For Your Eyes Only,” British super-spy James Bond informs us that the best things in America are chipmunks and oyster stew. We can understand oyster stew on many levels, including its aphrodisiac properties. Like Bond, a gentleman should know how … [Continue reading]

Oyster Shucking by Clifford A. Wright

How to shuck an oyster.  Video by Seri Kattan-Wright.   http://youtu.be/TguyQmqdIJI … [Continue reading]

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