I love this succulent grilled swordfish. The marinade has Greek accents - lemon, olive oil, yogurt, and mint. You can substitute other Mediterranean herbs - oregano, rosemary - if you don't have those called for on hand. The marinade is quickly thrown together, so marinate the fish while you prepare the rest of your dinner and you'll sit down to a delicious meal very quickly. This goes well with rice, potatoes, and/or simply steamed or roasted vegetables. [Ed. Note: Some fish options in this recipe my be unsustainable. Check Seafood Watch for information and alternatives.]
This is classic lowcountry creole cooking. Caribbean in origin and now a favorite throughout the South. The secret to any good shrimp dish is to not overcook the shrimp. As with the pea cakes, you can flavor the dish to suit your own palate by your choice of herbs.
Many years ago, I stood on a terraced hillside in the ancient Sicilian town of Ragusa Ibla, looking at the spectacular view. All along the rock walls were trays of tomatoes and tomato paste, spread out to dry in the hot sun. Although sun-dried tomatoes appear to be trendy in America, they are part of a strong Italian tradition of keeping tomatoes in the repertoire of the cuisine when fresh, ripe tomatoes are out of season.
From Chef Mark Reinfeld's menu for A Holiday Vegan Feast.
Talk about a centerpiece dish, with the first slice this dome of dark glossy greens turns into pure Technicolor. You've got yellow and red peppers with tomatoes, corn in the form of hominy and black beans. In the taste department you've got shots of fresh lime and a new spice blend straight from the Caribbean.
Excerpted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison (10th anniversary edition, Broadway Books, 2007). Copyright 2007 by Deborah Madison.
© 2004 Lynne Rossetto Kasper
A good roast chicken is one of my favorite things to cook and eat. Every cook should know how to roast a chicken properly. The stuffing in this recipe contains a fantastic Middle Eastern spice blend called za'atar, which is a combination of sesame seeds and dried herbs such as basil, thyme and oregano.