Sunday, September 27, 2009


On Friday night, our doorbell rang. No one was there, but someone had left us a huge basket of artfully arranged vegetables. Tomatoes, baby yellow squash, onions, peppers, chard, beets, tomatillos, herbs, apples. It was a a birthday present for MaryAnn from our friend Kathy's organic garden. Saturday evening, MaryAnn and I made Cioppino based on a recipe I found on We sauteed a couple of chopped onions and celery an minced garlic in olive oil and butter. We added a couple of pounds of diced fresh tomatoes, 2 cups of water, 2 cups of white wine, a couple teaspoons of chicken bullion, pepper, a handful of chopped fresh basil, a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh basil, a small can of tomato paste, some fresh ground pepper, a couple of bay leaves and a tablespoon of sugar. (to cut the tartness of the tomatoes). We simmered this for twenty minutes and then added halibut (fresh caught in Alaska by our friend John), bay scallops, frozen shrimp, clams and mussels an cooked until clams and mussels were opened.

Served with french bread brushed with fresh garlic and butter boiled in the oven along with the rest of the white wine and we had a spectacular meal. We all agreed that next time we'd add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce to give it a little more kick,

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