Scallops 101

One of my most popular cooking classes is “Fish without fear”.  Quality seafood is expensive, and Lent is the optimum time to explore cooking seafood, since you’ll usually find a good variety at a decent price.  When I teach a seafood class, I always include scallops, since students find them the most intriguing. Yet they are one of the easiest to cook! Scallops are amazingly … Continue reading Scallops 101

Diner Style Salmon Patties Amid a Winter Storm

As I write this column, another winter storm is predicted. I took a photo of the outhouse when I went outside to feed the “girls”/chickens. All I can say is, I’m sure glad we’re living today and not years ago when all along our country road, outhouses were essential.  So were cook stoves that used wood as fuel.  I guess what I’m getting at is … Continue reading Diner Style Salmon Patties Amid a Winter Storm

Mussels 101 and a Yummy Recipe

Mussels. What does that word mean to you? Expensive? Unfamiliar? Too difficult to cook? Mussels (or other bivalves, including clams) were not something I cooked early on in my food career. I hadn’t a clue as to how to store or cook mussels. And those little fuzzy beards hanging on? I couldn’t even go there!  But I soldiered on, and found out that yes, mussels … Continue reading Mussels 101 and a Yummy Recipe

Lenten Customs and “Bible” Tilapia

This week with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart radio, we talked about Lent, which began this week. Here’s some fun facts along with my newest recipe for Tilapia. LENTEN CUSTOMS  First, why 40 days? And we know that doesn’t include Sundays. Throughout the Bible there are references to events taking place over 40 days or years, such as the Israelites’ 40 … Continue reading Lenten Customs and “Bible” Tilapia

2020 Food Trends and Fish en Papillote

Butterfly pea tea – photo Wikipedia Fish in parchment A few food trends for 2020 have really caught my eye. Among them is the color blue. No, not blueberries. Or even blue potatoes. Have I peaked your interest? Read on. Purple yams Ube is the new “it” root veggie — actually more purple than blue. It’s showing up in ice creams and donuts.  Mountain spinach Orach, … Continue reading 2020 Food Trends and Fish en Papillote

Pad Thai – Here’s an Easy and YUMMY Recipe and Vietnamese Cilantro/

I was really hungry for Pad Thai, that delicious Thai stir fry with rice noodles. Going through my recipes, I ran across a favorite from Jaime Carmody, Chef Proprietor of Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio in Symmes Township here in Cincinnati. It was from 2016! Seems just like yesterday that Jaime and I cooked together. I’ve adapted her recipe slightly. It’s worth buying small bottles … Continue reading Pad Thai – Here’s an Easy and YUMMY Recipe and Vietnamese Cilantro/


LIKE MARX’S BAGELS TUNA SALAD I was once asked to clone the tuna salad from Marx’s Bagels. Although the restaurant wouldn’t divulge how to make the recipe, they did give me the ingredients, which include albacore tuna, onion powder, white pepper, carrots, celery and seasoning salt.  Chris S. has been looking for this recipe. Try this: Mix together: 1 can, approx. 6 oz, albacore tuna, … Continue reading LIKE MARX’S BAGELS TUNA SALAD

Farm Raised Salmon vs. Wild Caught: What’s the Difference?

What’s the Difference Between Wild–Caught and Farm–Raised Salmon? Here’s some timely information gleaned from an article in Bon Appetit, by Alex Delany. He wrote the article in August 2017. Thanks, Alex! Farm-Raised Salmon In the broadest sense, it means that it was raised in some kind of aquatic farming operation, not the wild. But salmon farms vary in size, location, breeding practice, and just about … Continue reading Farm Raised Salmon vs. Wild Caught: What’s the Difference?

Jeff’s Super Simple Salmon

Today I chatted with Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show about fish. Each week we chat about foods, herbs, etc.mentioned in the Bible. Since this is the start of Lent and since fish will be at some good prices during the Lenten season, it’s a good time to eat more of this healthy food. FISH Fish. Many references abound John 21: 4-14 Talks about Jesus appearing … Continue reading Jeff’s Super Simple Salmon

Next up: Salmon Corn Chowder

Well, how could I resist? I just had to make salmon corn chowder. Why? Thank colleague Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show. We chatted early today and I shared a chicken chowder recipe (see chicken corn chowder post).  Matt is a creative and sometimes “out of the box” cook and said he makes a version using salmon and shallots and whipping cream. So except … Continue reading Next up: Salmon Corn Chowder