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Cookbook Review: ‘School of Fish’ by Ben Pollinger and ‘Sweet and Southern’ by Ben Mims

Freshness matters most with seafood, which helps to explain why, a few generations ago, the culinary taste of most Americans stopped at the water’s edge. Unless you lived near a port or a well-stocked river, bay or lake, most of your seafood came out of a can. Even today—after breakthroughs in flash freezing and rapid transport—many of us who enjoy sushi, ceviche or an array of fish and shellfish entrées at a restaurant shy away from all but the simplest seafood preparations in our homes. It’s as if an atavistic reaction to the otherness of the underwater world makes us uneasy—if not downright queasy—when faced with the reproachful glance of a glassy-eyed sea bass staring up at us from the cutting board.

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Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

An excellent recipe for homemade mozzarella cheese.

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Grilled Chilean Sea Bass

Chilean Sea Bass is my favorite fish- it’s naturally buttery, rich, and meaty. This particular fish goes well with white butter sauces, and of course, champagne. Give this recipe a try- it will amaze your friends and family.

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How to Prepare Frozen Fish

It’s not always easy to get to the market before dinner, especially if you work full-time, or have have children at home. It’s often easier to purchase food in bulk, place it in the freezer, and prepare it during the week. Frozen fish that can be bought ahead of time- but be careful, not all seafood items are freezer-friendly.

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Grilled Swordfish Recipe

Swordfish is a substantial, meaty fish. The flesh is slightly sweet, yet robust. Thai Peanut Sauce goes perfectly with this particular seafood dish.

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Herb Grilled Halibut Recipe

Halibut is a naturally sweet fish with delicate white flesh. Since the flavors are subtle, it’s important not to serve this particular fish without heavy sauces and crusts. My recipe is fresh and light, accenting the natural deliciousness of the fish.

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Fresh Fish Tips

There are plenty of family-oriented restaurants in Regent Square; all types of food can be had. Unfortunately, very seldom do we see fresh fish on local restaurant’s menus. I’m sure the patrons that live in Regent Square would enjoy a good piece of fresh salmon, tuna, or halibut. Hopefully, the chefs at Regent Square’s soon-to-open restaurants, Cibo, and Root 174, will embrace the inner-fishes, and provide residents with an adequate sampling of fresh sea fare. Until that happens, here are a few suggestions on finding, and cooking fish.

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Understanding Metabolism

All food is converted to sugar when it is consumed. This sugar, or glucose, is fuel for our bodies, and helps our muscles and brain work. Some foods turn to sugar faster than others after they are eaten- these are the foods that should be eaten sparingly.

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How to Grill Fish

Cooking fish can be difficult. It’s not like meat; if you grill a strip steak, and forget about it, it’s still going to be edible- not so with fish. If seafood is overcooked, even by a few minutes, it can become dry, tasteless, and unpalatable. Here are a few suggestions for cooking fish so that it turns out succulent, flavorful, and delicious.

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