Amaretto Affogato

INGREDIENTS

PER SERVING
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee
1 tablespoon amaretto
whipped cream
toasted almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

Brew strong coffee or espresso.

2 scoops ice cream per glass dessert bowl. Pour 1 tablespoon amaretto over ice cream, then 1/4 cup coffee, top with whipped cream and toasted almonds.

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Tilapia With Toasted Almonds

Ingredients

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tilapia fillets (or any other white fish)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Preparation

Place a large dry nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add almonds. Stir constantly until they are tinged with color. Take from heat, and transfer to a bowl to cool.

Season both sides of the fish well with salt and pepper. Place the same pan over medium heat, and add butter and olive oil. When both begin to bubble, add tilapia fillets. Brown fish until opaque all the way through, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes a side. Transfer fish to a warm serving plate.

Reduce heat under pan to low, and add lemon juice. Stir to blend with butter and oil, then pour this sauce over fillets. Scatter parsley over fish, and scatter with toasted almonds. Serve immediately.

optional: wedge of lemon for each serving

tilapia with almonds

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Broiled Fish With Lemon Curry Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (fresh if available)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or less
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 (6-ounce) tilapia, blackfish, flounder or hake fillets
  • Fresh lemon juice, for serving
  • Dill fronds or fresh parsley, for serving

Preparation

  1. Heat the broiler. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in olive oil, thyme, curry powder, ginger and salt; heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon zest.
  2. Season fish with salt and pepper and place on a rimmed baking dish. Pour sauce over fish and broil until fish is flaky and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh dill or parsley, and serve.
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Fillet of Fish With Grapefruit

Ingredients

  • 2  fillets of fish such as cod, red snapper or tilapia, about 1 pounds total weight
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • Salt to taste if desired and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 small grapefruits or 1 large
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Maitre d’hotel butter (below)
Preparation

  1. Preheat the broiler to high.
  2. Arrange the fish halves in one layer in a rimmed baking dish.
  3. Blend the coriander, grapefruit juice, salt and pepper. Pour this over the fish, and let stand 10 or 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, peel the grapefruit, cutting away all the white fibrous portions beneath the skin. Cut the flesh into neat sections, cutting between the tough, fibrous white portions. Set the sections aside.
  5. Drain some of the grapefruit sauce from the fish fillets. Rub the fish with olive oil to coat evenly on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place under the broiler about 4 inches from the source of heat. Broil the fish for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Spoon the butter over the fish, and let it melt. Arrange the grapefruit sections around the fish, and serve immediately.

Maitre d’Hotel Butter

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter cut into small cubes
  • Salt to taste if desired
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Preparation

  1. Combine the ingredients in a small mixing bowl
  2. Let stand until room temperature is reached.
  3. Blend the ingredients well with fork. Set aside.
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Green and White Pizza

Ingredients

  • 10″ thin crust pizza dough
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 handfuls baby arugula
  • Half a lemon, juiced

Preparation

  1. Heat grill with fire bricks for 30 minutes.
  2. Slice mozzarella into small pieces and place them gently on the stretched dough. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and scatter the Parmesan over the top.
  3. Using a pizza peel, pick up the thin crust pie and slide it onto the heated stone or tiles in the oven. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling, approximately 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, put the arugula in a large bowl and dress it lightly with a splash of the olive oil, the lemon juice and a pinch of salt, or to taste.
  5. When the pizza is done, put the dressed greens on top of the pie and serve immediately.
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Easy Thin Pizza Crust

Ingredients:
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
corn meal

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix together the water, yeast and sugar. Let that sit and get foamy, about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, stir the flour and salt into the yeast mixture. Stir until the dough comes together. Flour your workspace and knead the dough a few times. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Cut the dough in half for 2 pizza crusts. Roll the dough out as thin as you can with roller. Flour/corn meal your pizza peel well. To transfer the thin dough to your peel, gently and quickly fold the dough in half and then in half again, pick it up, and unfold it on the floured peel. Quickly add your toppings. Remember, with this thin crust it is best to not do lots of heavy toppings. Work quickly so the dough does not stick to the peel.

Bake on the fire bricks on the grill for between 4-7 minutes, depending on ingredients.

note: this is a “dry” dough and working with it is easy. It tends to bubble like a tortilla. I initially used parchment paper but it’s not really necessary and transfer from peel to grill is fairly easy.

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Easy Chicken and Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, about 8 ounces, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup peas
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green olives, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 chicken, cut up into serving pieces or 16 pieces Trader Joe’s tenderlions
  • 1 ½ cups white rice
  • Freshly minced parsley for garnish
  • Lemon or lime wedges
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Preparation

  1. Set 3 cups of broth to boil. Place olive oil in a large skillet that can be covered, and turn heat to medium-high. Add onions and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften and become translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until most of the water evaporates. Add olives. Remove skin from chicken.
  2. Add rice to onions; stir until each grain glistens; Nestle chicken in rice, add a little more salt and pepper and pour in the boiling broth. Turn heat to medium-low, and cover.
  3. Cook 20 minutes, until all water is absorbed and chicken is cooked through.  Add peas.  Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon or lime.
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