Branzino And Grouper

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and as we enter into the Full Swing of the Holiday Season I was thinking...How Do Other Folks Celebrate the Holidays?

Now for our olive skinned cousins who hail from Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a flavorful celebration that pays homage to their love of Seafood and dietary observance based in Roman Catholic teachings. Funny, if you asked 10 Italian Americans their "Feast" menu, you will probably get ten different versions. Actually I think that's pretty cool in the fact that even if you have no olive oil in your blood, you can make this "Feast" your very own. One note, Tartar sauce does not count as a Fish.

That said, in my deep dive into other cultural celebrations, I found that in Japan they celebrate Christmas with Kentucky Fried Chicken...huh. So the folks that brought us Samurais and Sushi have a special affinity for Colonel-san but thankfully they are not making Chicken Sushi. Fun fact, Chicken Sushi is the quickest way to invite "Sally Monella" to your holiday feast and although she has an Italian last name she's actually from the small island village of Korcula off the coast of Croatia...I know, that is surprising. Anyway, the important thing to keep in mind that during these funky times we do need to remind ourselves to celebrate the small things in Life and I am sure that we do not have to go too deep to uncover our Gratitude treasures like the Health of our Family and Friends. So whether you are uncorking a party for 2 or 10, please know that Metro will be here to make your holiday celebrations full of delicious Seafood and your favorite Gourmet Delights. Please know that you, our friends and clients provide us with an abundance of Gratitude all year long and for that we Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Now for the Little Chefs out there who are still on the frontlines of delectability, I have created two new recipes for you which only require a good skillet and a bottle of "Chefs Oil" (Wine-the WD-40 of all home chefs). Today we jump into the shallow waters of Pan Searing as we feature Pan Seared Branzino with a Lemon Anchovy Pan Sauce & Pan Seared Grouper in a Fennel Mushroom Cream Broth (Both Dishes become a complete meal with a simple salad and a loaf of Crusty Bread)...actually, pretty much everything in life becomes complete with a Salad and Bread. As always we thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit and catch up on what's cooking at Metro. Thank you again for your kindness and patronage.

Pan Seared Branzino with a Lemon Anchovy
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Pan Seared Grouper in a Fennel Mushroom
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