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“Smart cooks realize that the easiest cookbook to use is the Yellow Pages and the handiest appliance in the kitchen is the telephone.” ~ Miss Piggy

Despite Miss Piggy’s wisdom, I want more from my food than easy.  I want to be mindful of my budget, eat healthy, and still have enough time to do something on a weekday evening.  So, I cook at home.  Lemon caper butter fish with broccoli and cucumber salad is tasty, cheap, relatively heathy, and takes about 20 minutes.

Start water to boil. Wash and slice the brocoli into bite size pieces.

Once water starts to boil, put steamer basket with brocoli into the pot. Steam untill the brocoli is bright green.

Coat the fish in flour. Add to pan on medium heat with a bit of oil. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn fish over and cook until solid white rather than opaque. I use the 9 pack of fish fillets sold for $4. Which is to say, the following lemon butter is lovely no matter what you put it on.

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add the juice of half a lemon and several spoonfuls of capers. Taste for balance. Drizzle over the fish.


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Pizza Sauce

*Sigh*  I had an awesome post prepared.  It was eloquent, it was funny, it praised Brett for his rocking pizza crust skills.  Unfortunately, my computer crashed before I had the opportunity to save.  It is late at night (which is to say 9:30pm) and I all I want to do is crawl into bed for the next episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts.   So here are the pics and the recipe.

Pizza Sauce

5 large tomatoes

5 cloves of garlic

1 Tbsp oregano

1/2 onion

2 stalks of basil

Enough oil to coat the bottom of your saucepan

Salt, sugar, and apple cider vinegar to taste


Mince the garlic.  Let it soak in a small bowl with the oil.

Chop the onion into small pieces.

In a saucepan over low heat, drain the oil but reserve the garlic.  Cook the onions.

Chop the tomatoes.  Add to the onion.  Cook over medium heat.

Mince the basil

Add the garlic, basil, and oregano to the tomatoes.

Cook for an hour checking regularly to avoid overcooking and the resulting bitter flavor that I experienced.

Don’t stress it too much because after you are done cooking, you can still add the salt, sugar, and apple cider vinegar to taste.  In my attempt, this combination of ingredients banished the bitterness.

Blend until smooth.

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