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A frequent media guest and culinary instructor, Bev Shaffer is often heard saying,
"Whether you think cooking is a chore and just want to drool at some of my ideas
or you love to cook, join me often on my website to see what's new,
read my columns, have a food conundrum answered, or find out where
I'll be appearing...and remember to enjoy your life (this is not a dress rehearsal!)."
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Parmesan Herb Encrusted Fish
As heard on 1590WAKR1/4 cup dry bread crumbs, plain or seasoned
1/3 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1 lb. tilapia fillets
Heat oven to 450F. Mix together almonds, crumbs, cheese and paprika in a shallow dish.
Brush fillets lightly with oil. Coat evenly with almond mixture, then place
fish on a greased and foil lined shallow baking pan.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork.
Makes 4 servings.
Substitute red snapper, striped bass, flounder or sole
for the tilapia in this recipe.
Bev's Zesty Tomato Soup
As seen on "That's Life with Robin Swoboda", FOX 8
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
2 cups peeled, seeded coarsely chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup coarsely chopped zucchini
1/4 cup finely chopped green or red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 Tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ripe avocado, peeled and skinned
1 to 2 scallions finely chopped
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
dash or two of hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Assorted corn tortilla chips (preferably blue and yellow)
For the Soup: In a large serving bowl, combine the juice, tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, red wine, basil, garlic and salt; mixing well to blend. Gently stir in the olive oil.
For the Guac: In a small bowl, mash the avocado lightly with a fork. Stir in the scallions, cilantro, lime juice and hot pepper sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Ladle soup into individual serving bowls. Dollop the guac in the center of each bowl and serve immediately with a side of tortilla chips. Makes 4 servings.
Summer Tomato and Corn Salad
As seen on "Golden Opportunities", WKYC Channel 3
The reward for taking a little bit of time
to prepare this summer salad?
5 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 10 medium/large ears)
¼ cup safflower or canola oil
3 Tablespoons raspberry vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and coarsely chopped
8 scallions, coarsely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh
the oil, vinegar and lime juice together in a small bowl.
In a large serving
bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro.
Sausage Vegetable Soup
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, pressed
3 cups water
2 cups diagonally sliced carrots
2 Tablespoons chopped flat leaf, Italian parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
2 3/4 cups beef broth
28 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, cut up
2 cups uncooked rotini or fusilli pasta
1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini
salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired
In a large, low stockpot (equivalent to a 6 quart Dutch/French oven), cook the sausage, celery, onion and garlic until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender; drain to remove excess fat.
Add the water, carrots, parsley, basil, broth, tomatoes and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the pasta and zucchini; simmer for an additional 20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired. Makes 4+ servings.
Bev's Cranberry Quick Bread
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons canola oil, or light olive oil
1 large egg
2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups halved cranberries, fresh or frozen (unthawed)
Heat oven to 350F. Grease bottom only of a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In large bowl, combine sugar, orange zest, water, orange juice, oil and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Gently stir in cranberries. Pour into greased pan.
Bake at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. After 15 minutes, remove from loaf pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Leftovers? Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator. Makes 1 (12 slice) loaf.