Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Easy Braised Cod, Fennel & Tomatoes

It's a nice day outside.  I probably should be out grilling, but I bought this cod when it was raining outside and I'm definitely going to use it.  So voila, here's some easy braised cod.  It doesn't take very long at all and it uses relatively few ingredients.  Why not do it?  And cod smells and tastes so buttery, even when you don't use butter.


  • 1 to 11/2 # of cod
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bulb fennel, quartered, core cut away, thinly sliced
  • 1 small to medium yellow skinned onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 small to medium tomatoes, diced/chopped
  • Black pepper
  • Chopped fennel fronds and/or dill


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Rinse fish and squeeze lemon juice over it. Season the fish with a little salt and reserve.
  3. Heat a large oven proof pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, fennel and onion and season with salt. Sauté fennel and onions 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add white wine and reduce till nearly dry.
  5. Add broth and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Set fish into pan and add a fennel fronds and dill to the broth and set the pan into the hot oven to cook. 
  6. Cook 12 minutes, until fish is opaque. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Latke, Master Recipe

There's nothing like some sort of fried potato thing in the mornng (afternoon or evening) to make the meal better.   Latkes are great with smoked salmon, but they're just great anytime.  I've also found that with the grated nature of latkes, I can use other root vegetables with potatoes and it works great.

Today it is raining, but I have some smoked salmon and sour cream and dill on hand.  I also have some potatoes, rutabegas and beets available.  Time for latkes.


  • 1# root vegetables, predominantly potato
  • ½ c. thinly sliced or minced onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • butter / oil for pan frying: 2-4 Tb per batch


1.       Finely grate the root vegetables – food processor disc works great.  Place grated root vegetable in water and keep there for 1-2 minutes after all grating is done.
2.       Spread root vegetables on kitchen towel and roll up like jelly roll – pressing to get as much moisture out of the root vegetables as necessary.  Note, when I use beets, I use paper towels because of the heavy dye attribute of beets.

3.       Put more dry root vegetable with onion in large bowl.  Add salt & egg and mix well
4.       Heat frying pan over medium high heat.  Add oil.  Add ¼ c. of mixture to pan and flatten.  Add a couple more in pan so that they are not touching but still can be fried. Note, when I use a 1/4 c. container to grab mixture, I like to press some moisture out of it into the sink or other container to reduce the moisture.
5.       Cook 3 minutes and flip.  Cook 4 minutes more.  Transfer to paper towel on plate.  You could keep them in oven at 200F if needed while you finish the rest of the latkes