Butter Lettuce Salad with Smoked Trout and Herb Dressing

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Smoked Trout Salad

When I decided to celebrate Christmas Italian style I knew I needed a salad to serve after the main course. I wanted one that would be light and refreshing, yet keep with the seven fishes theme. I got the idea for this smoked trout salad after having dinner at one of the seafood restaurants in Seattle.…

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Creamy Seafood Risotto with Shrimp and Crab

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Seafood Risotto

Can you say OMG? If the Italians consider eating seafood for Christmas Eve as fasting, I am SO in! This Creamy Seafood Risotto with yummy shrimp and crab meat is out of this world! Prepare this dish in advance and add the shrimp and crab at the last minute so it is nice and warm…

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Cioppino

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Cioppino

My family screamed a little bit at the idea of serving seafood on Christmas, but once they sat down to this meal, I could tell that all resistance had melted away. This seafood recipe couldn’t get any easier or tastier for that matter. Cioppino is an an Italian dish that is extremely rich in nutrients, particularly minerals. It…

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Braised Mahi Mahi with Tomato and Herbs

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Braised Mahi Mahi

This recipe for Braised Mahi Mahi with Tomato & Herbs was a breeze to make! One of the main things I was concerned about in serving seven seafood dishes for Christmas Eve was that my timing might be off. I saved this dish for last because it was so quick and easy. Everything worked out…

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feast of the seven fishes

Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-Style Christmas Eve

As a cook, sometimes I itch to veer away from the traditional holiday roast and make something different. This year I decided to scratch that itch. My search led me to a Southern Italian tradition called “Feast of the Seven Fishes” in which Italians “fast” on Christmas Eve. At first I was appalled at the idea, but the…

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something different to cook this holiday

Want Something Different To Cook This Holiday?

Every year I look forward to a warm fire crackling in the fireplace, spending time with good friends, and your not so typical holiday meal. Am I the only one who wants something different to cook this holiday? Call me crazy for not drooling over the traditional turkey, but a succulent crisp, juicy duck paired with…

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