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Dining at home can be an economical alternative to restaurant dining. Break out of the dinner doldrums and make mealtime special again with simple suggestions and a few gourmet touches. Create easy, but elegant meals with fancy flair!

Gourmet Touches Add Elegance with Ease

Dress It Up. The most memorable part of a meal is the company. Whether the guest list includes family, friends or just a quiet meal for two, encourage everyone to come in their best and get everyone involved in preparing the meal.

Tip-Top Table Touches. Set the scene for a special dining experience with a nice tablecloth and special serving dishes. Candles and music help add ambiance. Adorn the table with a beautiful floral centerpiece. Roses are the ideal choice to add a classical elegance to any meal. They also make a lovely gift for the host or hostess. Create a perfect pairing with a bottle of wine to complement the meal.

Restaurant-Style. Recreate the restaurant-style basket of warm bread in your own home with take-and-bake bread varieties. Make simple swaps to make serving special. Offer oil and herbs for bread dipping. Replace the pepper shaker with a peppermill for fresh flavor.

Food with Flair. Garnish plates with eye-catching edibles. Think beyond parsley to green, yellow and red peppers, shredded carrots and orange slices. Show condiment creativity by drizzling plates with mustard, ketchup, soy sauce or other sauces before plating food. Get creative and explore alternative serving dishes. Try serving fruit salad in a watermelon for some summer food fun.

Alaska Cod with Greek Walnut Salsa
Serves 6

All you need:

  • 6 (6 oz each) Alaska cod fillets, thawed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Greek Walnut Salsa
  • 1-1/4 cups finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cucumbers
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped olives
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onions
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • pinch dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

All you do:

  1. Season cod fillets with salt and pepper. Sauté in oil in a non-stick or heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat until fish just flakes when tested with a fork. To serve, divide cod among serving plates and top evenly with salsa.
  2. To make salsa, mix together all ingredients except salt, pepper and walnuts until well-combined. Season with salt and pepper; stir in walnuts just before serving.

Source: http://welovefish.com/cod4.htm

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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