Another double-test tonight. New cookbook + new skillet = fun night for me! Last week, my sister and niece gave me Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again. This cookbook was written by Lisa Schroeder, owner of two popular restaurants in downtown Portland, Oregon - Mother's Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria. Mother's Bistro serves homey comfort food - chicken & dumplings, meat loaf, matzo ball soup and macaroni & cheese. Ms. Schroeder's cookbook is stuffed with wonderful comfort food. I chose to prepare Pan-Seared Cod Puttanesca.
Lisa Schroeder's recipe calls for pan-searing flour-dredged cod fillets in olive oil and removing the cooked fillets to a 200° oven while the puttanesca sauce is prepared in the same skillet. The sauce calls for garlic, fresh diced tomato, black olives, capers, white wine, parsley and a little butter - simmered together for a few minutes until thickened. The sauce is poured over the pan-seared fish. The cookbook suggests serving the cod with sauteed spinach and orzo.
I spoke with Lisa Schroeder (thrilling!) (by the way - a fellow RVer) today and she was kind enough to permit me to post her fantabulous recipe on RVGoddess.com. Thank you.
I halved the recipe tonight as I had two nice portions of line-caught cod. I pan-seared the cod and put the fish in the oven while I made the sauce (boiled the orzo and sauteed the spinach).
It was a lovely evening... where we also enjoyed the television replay of the University of Oregon women AND men winning the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships from Tucson (last weekend). GO DUCKS!
Until my next update, I remain, your well-fed correspondent.