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Fried Dill Pickles

Recipe Source: The Fish Market


1 egg beaten
1 cup milk
3 and 1/2 cups flour
1 qt. sliced dill pickles
vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste


Combine milk and egg in a bowl. Put the flour in a freezer bag and add salt and pepper. Dip drained pickles in egg mixture and then shake in flour. When pickles are coated well, deep fry in oil until they turn golden brown and float. Enjoy!

Baked Tilapia Parmesan

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Prep/Cooking Time: 30 minutes / 5 mins prep


1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 lbs tilapia fillets
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease baking pan. In small bowl, mix together the cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice, basil, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Arrange fillets in a single layer in prepared pan. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until done and flaky.

Remove fillets from oven and cover them with the cheese mixture on top side. Place under broiler for 2 minutes or until the topping is browned.

Be careful not to overcook the fish.

Makes 8 servings.

Penne alla Vodka

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One 35-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano) with their liquid
1 pound penne
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 cloves garlic, peeled
Crushed hot red pepper
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil for finishing the sauce, if you like
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for passing if you like


Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in an 8-quart pot over high heat.

Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the work bowl of a food processor. Using quick on/off pulses, process the tomatoes just until they are finely chopped. (Longer processing will aerate the tomatoes, turning them pink.)

Stir the penne into the boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally, until done, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Whack the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and add them to the hot oil. Cook, shaking the skillet, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Lower the work bowl with the tomatoes close to the skillet and carefully ? they will splatter ? slide the tomatoes into the pan. Bring to a boil, season lightly with salt and generously with crushed red pepper, and boil 2 minutes. Pour in the vodka, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and simmer until the pasta is ready.

Just before the pasta is done, fish the garlic cloves out of the sauce and pour in the cream. Add the 2 tablespoons butter or oil, if using, and swirl the skillet to incorporate into the sauce. If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, fish the pasta out of the boiling water with a large wire skimmer and drop it directly into the sauce in the skillet. If not, drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce. Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce. Check the seasoning, adding salt and red pepper if necessary. Sprinkle the parsley over the pasta and boil until the sauce is reduced enough to cling to the pasta.

Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese over the pasta, and toss to mix. Serve immediately, passing additional cheese if you like.

Makes 6 servings.

Garlic Butter

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6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup soft butter
2 Tbs. fresh parsley, finely minced
Salt and pepper to taste


Set the unpeeled cloves in the boiling water. Bring to a boil, and boil 5 minutes. Drain, peel, and rinse the cloves under cold water. Return to the boiling water, and allow the water to boil up once more. Drain the garlic again, and with the salt and pepper, pound it to a smooth paste in the bottom of a small bowl. Beat the butter into the garlic.


Use 1 teaspoon with broiled or boiled fish, with hamburgers, steaks, boiled potatoes, or to enrich sauces made with drippings from roasts.

Cajun Fried Rice

Recipe Source: Tabasco Website


1-1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil, divided
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced gingerroot
3 tsp Tabasco Pepper Sauce, divided
1/2 pound peeled crawfish tails or shrimp
3 eggs
1-1/4 tsp salt, divided
3 Tbsp peanut oil, divided
1 small onion, quartered and thinly sliced
3 cups cold cooked rice
1-1/2 cups bean sprouts
3/4 cup frozen green peas
Black pepper to taste


In small bowl, combine soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and 2 tsp Tabasco sauce; mix well, stir in crawfish and set aside.

In another bowl, beat eggs with 1/4 tsp salt, remaining 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tsp Tabasco sauce.

Heat wok or large skillet until hot; add 1 Tbsp oil and when hot, add crawfish mixture. Stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until crawfish are done. Remove from wok and set aside. Add another Tbsp oil to wok and, when hot, add onion; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes and remove.

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil in wok; add egg mixture; stir-fry 1 minute or until done. Add cold rice and stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes. Add crawfish, onion, bean sprouts, peas, remaining 3/4 tsp salt and pepper, cook 2 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

Makes: 6 servings.

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