Story last updated at 5/22/2013 - 2:25 pm
On occasion I am asked for relationship advice. Questions such as “how do I know he likes me?” “When do I introduce him to the family?” “How do I woo a fella?” If I were to write an advice column for relationships it would be rather brief.
Dear Lonely Heart,
Rest assured there is a perfect someone out there for you. However, be sure you’re putting your perfect self out there to be met. First, treat your self well and with respect so that you will be treated well and respected by others. Second, take pride in your appearance. How often does a guy take a second look at a rusted, worn out car with a “hey now, I want to know that better” kind of look? And dare I say it, learn to cook. I know, it’s old fashioned, but I am living proof that the old adage “a way to a man’s heart is through is stomach” is very true. A few basic kitchen tips and your will have your man.
Eat and enjoy,
Although that may sound trite, I can honestly say that cooking is a skill worth developing. It’s not as hard as one thinks, it creates an opportunity to share time with that special someone and you look absolutely amazing when you put a home cooked meal on the table.
Let’s take my husband for example. The poor guy seems to be the topic of my articles lately, however he does provide me with some great material. Grant is one of those people who eats to live. I am one who lives to eat. I don’t want mere sustenance. I want good food. I’d rather eat cold cereal and milk than an overcooked steak. After more than seven years of marriage Grant is finally getting the idea that food should not only sustain you, but it should taste good too. Knowing how to cook is essential to making food good, but it’s not hard.
Almost all of my recipes are easy. Once in a while there will be the recipe with 25 ingredients, but for the most part, they’re fairly simple and utilize easy to get ingredients.
This week’s recipe is a great example of combining a few ingredients to create an incredible meal. A total of 25 minutes goes into the cooking process, 20 of those are the actual baking time in the oven. And, it’s Grant’s favorite. Every time I make it, he smiles like the Cheshire Cat, and I usually can wheedle myself a new pair of shoes.
This week, I present to you a dish that is so easy to prepare that even the novice of cooks can make it and is so delicious that you’ll have no problem impressing your heart’s desire: Halibut Scampi.
Until next time...
Eat and enjoy,
4 4oz halibut filets
1 stick unsalted butter
2 teaspoons garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon dried tarragon or 2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add garlic and tarragon. Cook on low for 2-3 minutes, until herbs have infused the butter. Pour 1/4 of the mixture into the bottom of the small shallow baking dish. Salt and pepper both sides of fish and place in even layer in baking dish. Pour rest of butter mixture on the fish.
Place in preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes, until fish is flaky. If filets are thin, reduce cooking time by 5 minutes and check for doneness.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice on while fish is warm and serve immediately. Pairs wonderfully with a Caesar salad and rosemary, garlic mashed potatoes.
Kelly Moore, a.k.a. Midgi, writes and cooks from Juneau. Visit her blog, www.mealswithmidgi.com, for additional stories and recipes. She may be reached at midgi@