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RECIPE

Serves 2

A CookTale

Our good friend Jean-Michel Gal is a dedicated catch and release fly fisherman. Usually! Upon request he acquiesced to delivering us a trout. I’m sure he turned his eyes away when he did what he had to do! The Brown Trout was a beauty. Eyes bright, skin as moist and slippery as the moment it took the fly. I halved it, filleted it, and removed each and every pinbone. It was completely boneless (though pinboning was not a necessary step), and it made eating that much more pleasurable.

INGREDIENTS

1 TB of Canola Oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan)
2 6-ounce skin-on Trout fillets (1 Trout)
Fine Sea Salt
Freshly ground White Pepper (black is fine too)
Wondra flour for dusting
2 TB of Butter + 2 TB for the sauce
2 TB of Capers ( drained & washed)
1 tsp of Lime Juice

METHOD

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the Oil in a large, oven-proof sauté pan until the Oil is very hot, but not smoking.
2. Season the Trout on both sides with Salt and Pepper and dust with Wondra flour. Blow off excess.
3. Put the Trout in the saute pan, skin side down, & press down on the fish with a spatula (important). The skin immediately contracts and buckles, but you want to keep it all in contact with the pan for maximum crisping. Sear until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
4. Heat the oven to 400F. Turn the Trout over, put the pan in the oven, & cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until a metal skewer can be easily inserted into the center of the fillet if left for 5 seconds & it feels just warm when touched to your lip.
5. Remove the fillets to a warm plate, & return the pan to the cooktop. Reheat to medium high.
6. Add the additional 2 TB of Buttter, Swirl it in the pan & add the Capers & the Lime Juice. Cook for another minute or so.
7. Plate the Trout & spoon the Butter Caper sauce on & around.

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RECIPE

Serves 2

A CookTale

Late July is prime time for the vegetable garden to be laden with Zucchinis growing larger every day like outer space invaders. Our fridge was beginning to sag. I personally have trouble with soggy overcooked Zucchinis. This recipe keeps them as crispy as one can expect them to be. I found the recipe online posted by allrecipes.com. It’s been added to my vegetable file. Hopefully it will be added to yours as well.

INGREDIENTS

3 small Zucchinis, into 1/2″ slices
1 10 ounce can of diced Tomatoes with
green Chile Peppers, drained, retain the juices (Rotel Brand)
1/2 Onion, chopped
Salt to taste
1 TB of EVOO
2 Garlic Cloves smashed

DIRECTIONS

1 In a large saucepan heat the EVOO. Add the Garlic & saute until just tender. Add the Onion. Cook until translucent.
2. Add the Zucchinis in a single layer & Salt.
Cook untouched until the Zucchinis have browned. Turn them over repeat the process. When they are browned & crispy, but not mushy, remove them to a bowl.
3. Add the drained canned Tomatoes to the hot pan for a few minutes.
4. Return the Zucchinis & gently toss them together.
5. If the pan looks dry add a splash of EVOO.