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©2012 The Romantic Table Genovese Fish Chowder- Romantic Table Style 2012-03-06 13:08:28:323
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Genovese Fish Chowder- Romantic Table Style, using fresh cod, red snapper or halibut as your base along with a classic trito of onion,carrots and celery, this chowder packs a delicious punch!

Our March recipes will Prepare us for a Celebratory Easter


Our March recipes are designed to satisfy those watching their diet according to the Lenten calendar as well as for those who wish to have recipes that will help purge them from the excesses of the previous holiday season.

These recipes will help get us back into shape for the coming Spring and Summer weather months without being dull and unsatisfying --in fact they are ones that you will look forward to enjoying.

Our first recipe is our version of Genovese Fish Chowder- Romantic Table Style. Using fresh cod, red snapper or halibut as your base along with a classic trito of onion,carrots and celery, this chowder packs a delicious punch! Similar in taste to a Manhattan Chowder and of course with no bacon or clams, it's very easy to make and oh! so fresh-tasting! Because it uses fresh locally-caught fish, it's not only healthier but also easier on your budget. Though technically "meat-less" it makes a glorious meal especially when accompanied by a nice salad and a glass of wine.

©2012 The Romantic Table, Zucchini, Carrots, Green Onions on Fusilli 2012-03-06 13:13:53:325
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The trito medley of Zucchini, Carrots, Green Onions on Fusilli topped with Parmesan Cheese can be served as a main course or as a side.
Our next recipe is a trito medley of Zucchini, Carrots, Green Onions on Fusilli topped with Parmesan Cheese. This recipe can be served as a main course or as a side. If you use Swanson's delicious canned Vegetarian Broth as your base, you'll find this meat-less recipe is quite filling despite its waist-slimming natural attributes. Anytime if you're feeling a bit full of too much indulging, this is the cure that will help make you feel "lean and mean" and ready to get back on track!

Our third new recipe Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops is both very delicious and quite appealing to look at and savor. This recipe is good enough for your most sophisticated guests and is perfect when you want to entertain, but still want to adhere to the Lenten calendar. PLUS it stays on budget! Vons - Safeway Grocery Stores have lately been selling whole head-on shrimp for half-price! The heads and shells contain flavors that when cooked with the Vegetarian Broth, turn this recipe into an even more addictive and memorable taste sensation! If you ever see shrimp with heads on, don't be scared to buy them--they're delicious and pretty inexpensive as well at $4.50 a pound!

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Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops is so very delicious and quite appealing to look at and savor, perfect for even the most discriminating guests.
This recipe uses the Swanson Vegetarian Broth as its base, with a modified trito as well. (Are we finding a trend here!) You quickly saute the shelled shrimp first until just pink, then remove them until later. Then you saute your trito, add the rice, deglaze with white wine then a few lightly chopped tomatoes and continue to make the risotto, adding a ladle or two of broth every few minutes until almost done.Then you add in the Bay Scallops and return the cooked shrimp to the risotto to finish. This is such a delicious risotto! For tips on making risotto, see my article Risotto - Rice Italian Style! .

The fourth new recipe is a "keeper!" -at least for us anyway! I was in a Blah-mood a couple of weeks ago and I knew I had to "shake things up!" I felt I needed a good vegetable soup to make things right --but I wasn't in the mood for a minestrone. So I decided to make my own vegetable soup recipe up that would fill the bill --and now it's one of my favorite soups ever! Simply called Sues Vegetable Soup, Romantic Table Style it uses a medley of vegetables from your fresh produce section. Based on a classic trito again, along with sauteed eggplant, zucchini, russet potatoes, baby spinach, fresh basil, some cannellini and kidney beans, and a few chopped tomatoes this soup is bursting with garden fresh flavors.

©2012 The Romantic Table, Sues Vegetable Soup-Romantic Table Style 2012-03-06 14:35:09:322
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Sues Vegetable Soup-Romantic Table Style uses the best vegetables from your fresh produce section. A classic trito, along with sauteed eggplant, zucchini, russet potatoes, baby spinach, fresh basil, cannellini and kidney beans, and tomatoes.
For its base, the soup can be made using either chicken broth or vegetarian broth if you prefer meatless -either is savory and filling enough to make this a very satisfying entree soup --especially when served topped with a little Parmesan cheese and a few toasted slices of French bread! This is such a FRESH-tasting soup! After you start eating it, you feel fresher and more Spring-like with each slurp!

Our Blast-from the Past recipe this month is A to Z Pasta with Balsamic Butter. Now that it's early Spring and fresh Asparagus is starting to come on the market, this is a quick and unusual recipe to throw together that has a very unique taste ---and it’s pretty healthy too. You can serve it as a pasta entree or as a side dish.

Don't worry about the cost of the Balsamic vinegar. Just use any ordinary low-cost one that any grocery store carries, because you add other ingredients to the vinegar that will give it a full-bodied flavor.

While you oven-roast the fresh asparagus, you make up a butter sauce on the stove of Balsamic vinegar, a little brown sugar, butter, peppercorns and salt and toss with cooked Ziti pasta and Parmesan Cheese. Oh so good and oh so simple!

I hope that as this month develops, you'll be tempted to try-out some of these simple recipes that will help you purge a little bit of your excesses while helping you to feel better body and soul for Easter and beyond!




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A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one I’ve found was the original, least expensive one. It’s a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You don’t need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise you’re going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all you’re going to be doing with it is boiling water.