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Jan 19, 2007 05:16 PM

I'm at a total loss

OK, my husband is making a special effort to be home for dinner tonight after a week of late arrivals and I have absolutely no idea what to make. I have a good butcher, fishmonger and produce market so ingredients are not a problem, it's just that nothing comes to mind. I'll have a maximum of three hours to cook and we have no food allergies or health issues. No real aversions except that husband does not like anything braised because it has an unpleasant digestive impact. (What a shame, particularly during the winter!)

He really likes shellfish and fish but really will eat anything. He loves all ethnic foods and our son eats everything that we do. Maybe the reason I'm at such a loss is that there are so few parameters!!

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  1. Some ideas for fish/shellfish special dishes of three ethnicities:
    Zuppa di Pesce

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    1. re: Marge

      Funny, I was gonna say cioppino. If you want to make dinner romantic, you could make the first thing you ever cooked for him.

    2. This is the 1st thing that came to mind after reading your post:
      You said right away that he really likes shellfish and fish.
      Better cooks than I will shortly give you suggestions for both.
      Pick the most-likely-to-please, and put your heart into it.

      1. If he likes fish, maybe roast a whole fish. It's impressive looking, really tasty and still really easy. Or you could roast a chicken... also impressive, makes the house smell great, better gravy than turkey and great leftovers! I'm doing pork chops by request tonight and that could work well for you too. Good luck!

        1. Wrap individual sized portions of salmon or halibut filet with a few slices of proscuitto and roast in the oven at a fairly hot temp (375?) till desired doneness. Drizzle with a bit balsamic reduction.
          Serve with a white rice that has been tossed with corn kernals, finely chopped fresh basil and garlic oil.
          And a green salad of some sort?


          1. Keep it luxurious but simple so you have time to sit with hubby at table and not be in the kitchen all evening.

            If you can get them, start with some oysters and a bottle of Champagne or prosecco (and you know what they say about the aphrodisiacal properties of oysters!). Lacking oysters, maybe some smoked salmon with a nice honey mustard or horseradish cream on the side, or even some caviar with the usual accompaniments.

            I heartily recommend something which is terrific, expensive, and not very labour intensive: get the best filet mignon your butcher’s got, or some lobsters. With time at a premium, keep focused on quality of ingredient, and not on complicated preparations. Make it a treat for both of you!