Save Me From My Confectionary Plunge

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to congratulate the Villanova Wildcats on their NCAA Championship Win...GO CATS!

While I did participate in several "Brackets" and did pick Nova to win, sadly my picks early on have put me in the running for "good sport" and not in the "money circle" this year. All fairness to me, I did pick my brackets with a time honored tradition of pulling colored marbles out of a bag to see who would win each game. So regarding my results, I think I fared pretty good.

Now I admit I was a bit distracted while trying to watch the game last night due to the fact that I might have birthed a new chin this weekend resulting from my Easter Feaster bender. Now please don't get me wrong, I am not complaining seeing as though this new addition to my face was completely self-induced as I consumed with the ravenous hunger only seen on "Shark Week." But in my defense, what evil culinary genius would put together a holiday with Salmon, Ham, Lamb and Babka and then top it off with enough seductive sugary treats to make even the most disciplined eater jump into the chocolate river in Willie Wonka's factory. Oh, I dove in hard but unfortunately there were no Oompa Loompas to save me from my confectionary plunge. But enough of that, it's now time to take responsibility for my actions and while I thought hard about "ripping it up" in the gym or even adopting a new "cleansing" diet regimen, those ideas didn't seem to feel right. No, by taking responsibility for my actions I mean owning this hot mess and naming my new chin. And yes, after much thought I came up with the name Leonardo da Chinci. It's good right? I wanted this to be a strong chin with a good future and not some weak chin that requires a goatee to bolster his self-image.

As you probably know, Leonardo means 'brave lion' and I believe Chinci means, extra layer of fat under your original chin. I see great things I the future for this chin whether it's attending a party and overflowing over a scarf or being a titan of industry while letting the turtlenecks of the world that they need to expand your fibers in order to fit into this new era of chin...LONG LIVE LEONARDO DA CHINCI! Well that felt good but just in case Leo starts to become problematic I have created two healthy and easy recipes to kick him off my face if needed. I sincerely hope you will enjoy today's recipes featuring Roasted Dilled Garlic Shad Fillet & Pan Seared Sea Bass with a Salmoriglio Sauce.

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Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...

Roasted Dilled Garlic Shad Fillet Serves 4 Shad was George Washington's favorite fish and has been a harbinger of spring since the beginning of time. More importantly this delectable fish is rich in Omega 3's and has the flavor profile of a very mild Salmon. So tender even our first President could enjoy it without his wooden chompers...that's tender.

Ingredients 4 Shad Fillets 6 to 8 ounces each 3 tablespoons of olive oil 6 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill 3 cloves of garlic minced fine 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon zest Salt and Pepper 1 lemon, quartered

How it's done Preheat your oven to 425° degrees

Brush a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place the shad fillets on the pan, skin side down, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and let sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, dill, garlic and lemon zest with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, spread the dill mixture evenly over each fillet.

Place the fish in the oven and roast for 18-20 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, divide the fillets among four plates and garnish with lemon wedges. Should you want to don your favorite powdered wig for your Presidential feast, please call me, I can lend you my ornamental ax and cherry tree.

Pan Seared Sea Bass with a Salmoriglio Sauce Serves 4 Don't get scared about the Salmoriglio sauce, it's just a lovely Southern Italian lemon herb sauce that you can put on just about everything including dinner guests that insist on "talking politics" at the table. #drizzlesalmoriglioalloverthem

Ingredients For the Sea Bass 4 Sea Bass fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin left on but scaled; you could also use Red Snapper or Branzino fillets. Flour for dredging about 1 cup 2 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and pepper Lemon wedges for garnish

For the Salmoriglio sauce ½ cup olive oil The juice of 2 lemons 4 tablespoons of hot water 2 small or 1 large clove of garlic minced fine 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped oregano leaves 1 cup of finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley Salt and Pepper

How it's done First make the Salmoriglio sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined; season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Next, season the Sea Bass fillets with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.

Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium high heat and when the oil is very hot and shimmering, sear the fillets, skin side down first, for 3 minutes per side or until nicely browned and just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fillets to a large serving platter and spoon the Salmoriglio sauce over each fillet and garnish with lemon wedges.

Now should you still have fear of new culinary creations may I suggest not eating for about 2 days. Your hunger should be so great on about the second day; an earthworm omelet would probably sound pretty damn good.


Mark J. Drabich President Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet P 908-840-4332 F 908-506-0293 Email: 1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833