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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Baked Bluefish Fillets with Potatoes, Garlic and Olive oil, Genoese Style


I almost never bake fish so this was a great opportunity to try it. And I had a beautiful piece of halibut, sent from Alaska, to use. Marcella says you can use any firm-fleshed fish but she prefers Atlantic bluefish.
First off, the fun began by slicing the potatoes on Cecelia’s mandolin, at the 1/16th inch setting.


The potatoes are baked for about 15 minutes with a mixture of olive oil, parsley and garlic.


Here, I made a big mistake. I set the oven at 400° instead of 450° but it all came out delicious—maybe not as brown as the potatoes could have been.

After the initial 15 minutes, the fish is added with the same olive oil mixture. Because of the wrong temperature, the fish was done and the potatoes weren’t, so I took the fish out of the oven and let it rest while I, finally realizing my mistake, cranked up the oven and let the potatoes finish.

Both the fish and the potatoes had great Ligurian flavor which is to say, wonderful!

Comments (3)


this recipe looks wonderful. I had bluefish in Boston (Via Matta) a few weeks ago for the first time and it was perfection. I love the idea of the fish with the sliced potatoes. Is that basil? I also love halibut....heck I love fish!!!

Fab fotos as usual!!


I love this recipe, isn't the flavor fantastic? Having a mandoline really helps because if the potato slices are too thick, they won't get done.

I love bluefish, but we don't see it in our area. Like you, we usually use halibut.

It looks beautiful Jan! Yum!

Marcella Hazan:

Terrific job, Jan, my compliments. I offer alternatives to bluefish because I must, obviously, but nothing ever tastes like very fresh bluefish from Long Island baked in this manner. I spent two summers in Watermill (Hamptons) cooking it at least once a week. I have friends who say it is their favorite fish recipe in absolute.

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