About Beth

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.

About Irene

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.

About Doug

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.

About Cindy

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.

About Sandi

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!

About Palma

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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A Single Fish Cooked Fish-Soup Style

The "single" fish in the title of this recipe refers to the number of fish, i.e. one, as compared to a fish soup that includes a large assortment of fish.

Marcella provides several options for the type and cut of fish used in this recipe. I chose to go with swordfish steaks because - well partly because they were fresh out of mako shark at the fish market and partly because I have never cooked with swordfish before. The weight of the steaks was slightly below the guideline for 4 servings, so I reduced the size of the rest of the ingredients by a small amount. I made this for three people, including one of our daughters who dropped in on a Sunday afternoon.

I like to gather all the ingredients of the recipe I am following before I start - that way no surprises part-way through the preparation. Marcella provides an option to use either freshly-ground black pepper or red chili pepper - easy call for me as long as the veggie is available.


This is another single-pan recipe, and this time it's a sauté pan large enough to hold all the steaks without overlapping.


The final result, with the tomato sauce spooned over the top.


Cooking with swordfish was a first for me - distinctive flavour that was well-complemented by the tomato sauce. Another winner.

Comments (3)

Doug, this looks absolutely delicious!

Marcella Hazan:

It looks so pretty, Doug, the finished dish looks like the slice of a fruit tart. Swordfish is the easy way into this recipe. I have a lot of recipes for it in my books, and in fact Victor and I had it today: Very simple, marinated with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and homemade bread crumbs, and cooked on the grill for just a few minutes.


Doug, I agree with Susie, your dish looks delicious! I LOVE swordfish and I would love to have this magically appear on my dinner plate tonight when I get home, LOL.

Thank you for posting!!


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