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Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

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Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

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Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

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Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Cold Trout in Orange Marinade

In the next 62 weeks, invariably there will be recipes that we make that we are not very fond of. I am going to make this one, mine. I am not someone who loves fish though. I try to, because it is good for me and everyone else loves it, but my nose tells me that it isn’t happening. I look at the gray, scaled little thing and it doesn’t scream “Eat me!” at all. I have had every kind of fish, every way possible and still, nothing.

I seriously enjoyed the hunt though. It wasn’t easy to find fish with heads and tails in the corrupt food world that we live in. I called numerous local stores and none of them could accommodate me. I heard the same thing time and again, “There just isn’t any demand for them.” That tells me something, that people are getting lazy! Just like the chicken breasts that have lost bone and skin. Fish are now only acceptable completely stripped down and ready to go. Unfortunately, that means losing flavor and freshness! So, I began my search. I found a super friendly Fish guy at Whole Foods who was more than willing to help me out. He had my fish ready to go when I arrived, scaled them right in front of me and wished me the best. He is my new “go to guy” for seafood. So, after I drove 50 miles round trip and lost my debit card in the process….but happily retrieved it from the gas station where I lost it , I began cooking my little headed darlings.


They appeard so fresh and beautiful before I cooked them. They didn’t even smell have that fishy smell that I hate, which is a sign of a fresh fish. Their color was wonderful, eyes still bright not glazed over with the effect of days in a cooler. Yes, these were my perfect little fish. I hated to cook them with their innocent little eyes watching me as I prepared the flour to dredge them in.

The recipe itself was easy to follow. The marinade process took some time but that is what adds the flavor to the dish. The house smelled wonderful and I was really thinking I would finally love a fish dish! The orange peel added an extra nuance to the flavor and everything was going “swimmingly” (no pun intended).

I let my little fish marinade for about 3 hours and then moved them to the refrigerator fearing food poisoning if they rested at room temperature any longer. They remained in the fridge until lunch time the next day, as the recipe recommended.


I was really excited about my lunch. It looked pretty interesting once plated. One bite revealed differently to me though, “no, I still am not a fish person and definitely not a cold fish person.” So, once again I am more of a chicken or beef type of gal. I can definitely hang with the veggie crowd, but no-you won’t see me at the sushi bar anytime soon. I really do apologize to Marcella for this because I know it is a wonderful recipe, I could smell that and see that from the beginning. It is more my palate’s problem than the recipe’s, this I am sure! So it does have my recommendation for everyone else to try!

Comments (4)


Thanks for taking one for the team! I love fish in just about any preparation, and I'll be putting this on my "must try" list. Agree about the Whole Foods fish counter, mine cheerfully makes sure I get wonderful whole snapper.


Brava to you Michele! I admire your patience and focus, no matter what the recipe! I would have told a "fish" tale as to why I couldn't make this one. At least you found your own special fish-monger-guy!

Rah! Rah!

Great post! Too bad you don't like fish. I hope you had someone to share these with.


Great effort!

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