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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.

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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

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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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Sauteed Snapper with Finocchio

I am going to just sneak this one in. I thought for a minute I was going to be told to 'pack my knives', or that I was 'chopped', at the very least that my 'show is canceled' , 'Auf Wiedersehen'...
I missed my recipe/week for Pomodori e Vino.
I don't know if it was the lumpectomy I'd had (all's well) or the excitement over planning a wedding. I just over looked it! So I'm sneaking this one in a little late.
Marcella's recipe for Sauteed Snapper with Finocchio is wonderful. Once again, showing that fresh indredients, are the key to Italian cooking. I found a beautiful wild caught red snapper at Whole Foods, luckily already filleted. (I had to look that one up... it doesn't seem like that should be the past tense of fillet)
This recipe is as simple as it can get...fresh fennel, sliced and cooked in olive oil and water. Reduce the liquid away, and then cook the snapper in the same pan.
Ciao y'all,

Comments (4)

Mindy Smith:

I'm sure you're always welcome to post! I am not a FOF (fan o' fennel) but I wanted to acknowledge your post and so happy your lumpectomy results were "snapper"! :D (okay, lame attempt at that little joke).

(now I have the Addams Family theme song in my head..."snapsnap)"


Oh, no! Sorry, Sandi, you'll have to work harder than that to get off the hook. You're stuck with us all the way through week 62! :grin:

Marcella Hazan:

I am not a friend of fennel in the form present in so-called Italian sausages, and I can understand an aversion to anise in all forms. I feel that way about cinnamon and cilantro. But fresh finocchio has a much gentler appeal than fennel seeds, and one marvels at its versatility: Not just raw although it is so good when dipped in olive oil, salt, and pepper pinzimonio style, but also sliced, blanched, breaded and fried, or braised in olive oil, or gratineed with butter and parmesan. And as Sandi has so well demonstrated, it is very kind to fish.

Sandi, glad to hear all is well.

I am so glad you posted this because it is one of my very favorites. You are so right; a few ingredients, of high quality, make for a fantastic dish. I love fennel in this dish, but I also like it raw, thinly sliced and dressed with olive oil for a salad. Sometimes I will add a few walnuts. I also love it dipped in olive oil and sea salt.

Great job!

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