Keep it Simple When Grilling Fish

Grilling whole fish can present a host of problems, from turning a too-big fish to the skin sticking and tearing when moved.  The best way to handle some of these problems (there are more too) is to start simple, with whole smallish fish that get turned once or not at all. Some cooks leave the […]

Fire, Fish And Fresh Herbs For Divine Summer Dining

The summer grill party is one of the most beloved of summer gastronomic experiences. On the Fourth of July we fire up the grill, people gather round impatiently, and on go the hamburgers, the hot dogs, the pork spareribs, the chicken breasts, the steaks. But why not take your grilling game up a notch this […]

4 Easy Seafood Canapes for New Year’s Eve

If you are throwing a small New Year’s Eve party, say for twelve people or less, one dilemma faced is what food to serve. The drinks are no problem since we all know champagne will be drunk. But food is another matter. It’s key that you, the host, does not find themselves stuck in the […]

4 Red-Hot Grilling Surprises for July 4th

July Fourth begs for a magnificent grill party. It’s summer, it’s a great celebration of the nation’s birth and everyone is outdoors and in party mode. Why hold back on July Fourth? Why not grill everything? With a couple of days’ planning, you can really do something amazingly and deliciously different. Here are four great […]

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, […]

Zuppa di Pesce or Everybody’s Fish Stew

    Every one who loves Italian food knows what zuppa di pesce is.  Or do they?  It simply means fish soup but is actually more a fish stew.  There is no one recipe as every little seaside town or fishing port has a notable local fish stew or zuppa di pesce.  And you too […]

The Challenge of Finding Really Fresh Fish

Whenever I think about fresh fish I always picture that old MAD magazine column “Silly Answers to Stupid Questions.” The female customer asks at the fish store, “Is that fish fresh?” And the fishmonger answers, “No, it’s very well-mannered.” Seriously though, the question was fair because it does come down to the fishmonger knowing best. […]

Ceviche For All Occasions

A problem that arises for all cooks–not often, admittedly–is when you’ve caught or bought some fresh fish and you want to serve it as fresh as possible, that is, that very day, and then plans change suddenly and you are unable to cook it.  You’re loath to just keep it refrigerated until you can cook […]

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