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 Fillet of Sole with Tomato, Oregano and Hot Pepper

This recipe is a nice tomato, oregano, and caper sauce baked with Sole. The sauce starts out with onions and garlic sautéed in olive oil. Then I added some cut up San Marzano tomatoes and let this cook down for about a half an hour. Then I added some capers, fresh oregano and crushed red pepper. This cooked for just a couple of minutes and then set aside. The sole was rinsed and then dried off with paper towels. The fish was folded in two, so that the edges met, and then placed in an oven safe dish with the tomato sauce over it. This was baked for only 5 minutes, which was perfect to cook the fish completely.


I was supposed to use two pounds of Sole for this dish, but I cut that back to one pound since it was only Michael and I. The sauce by itself tasted great, but I was worried that it would overwhelm the flavor of the fish. However, the Sole had a strong flavor so the sauce balanced it quite nicely. This is a sauce that I will definitely be making again. I may not use it on fish, but I can see it over some nice pasta.


Comments (3)

Marcella Hazan:

Good job, Beth. Can you keep a secret? The sole we catch in my home stretch of the Adriatic is perhaps my favorite fish. I would fry it or grill it, but never blanket it with such a sauce. What is called sole however, in this part of the world, is neither a true sole nor a very appealing fish in either flavor or texture, so I devised that sauce, which is very tasty I think, to mask the shortcomings of the fish.

Don't worry, Marcella, your secret is safe with us.

Love capers! Yummy looking sauce, and I agree that it would make a great pasta sauce. Or maybe with some seafood stuffed ravoli?

This sounds really yummy and one I would like to try.

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