Cioppino

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/cioppino-recipe2/index.html
  • 2008 Left this one cooking all day prior to adding the fish. Reduced quite a bit and had to add some water back. Comes out on the thin side, like a a soup, but with a lot of flavor.
  • 2008 Needed a huge pot to cook all the fish. One we used wasn't big enough, mussels opened, but the clams didn't
  • 2008 Don't keep shellfish in plastic bags in the refrigerator, a batch of mussels were spoiled
  • 2009 Clams take a lot longer to open than the recipe suggests
  • 2009 New pot was big enough for full recipe, but shellfish had to come out to add the shrimp and cod

Egg Nog

http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2009/egg-nog/
  • Recipe appeared in the NY Times the day before Christmas Eve
  • Probably the best tasting drink ever, and the combination of spiced rum and brandy was perfect

Calamari Salad

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Calamari-Salad-231788
  • 2008 Added octopus, which takes a long time to cook. 4-5lb octopus boils for 1.5-2 hours until tender. Ours was smaller and seemed a little overcooked. It reduces tremendously, there isn't much left of a 2 lb octopus. Clean after boiling.
  • 2008 Calamari cooks very quickly, 40 seconds in boiling water, immediately into an ice bath
  • 2008 Added shrimp brined in salt and sugar mixture. They were washed off, and placed on to a heated sheet pan in a 400 degree oven for 2 minutes, and then flipped. The pan was placed just under the heat, like a broiler.
  • 2008 dressing in the recipe was perfect, probably used less since there was more fish than expected, which was good
  • 2009 2 2lb octopus cooked (with a cork in the water) for just over an hour, until a fork could push into the base easily. Cooled in a strainer and then the fridge, and sliced the next day. much better consistency
  • 2009 add scungilli, washed, from 1 can

Monkfish

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spanish-braised-monkfish
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/oven-roasted-monkfish-with-clams-and-merguez-sausage-recipe/index.html
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/emerils-peasant-style-monkfish-with-garlic-croutons-recipe/index.html

Brandade

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/brandade-de-morue-au-gratin

Clams Oreganata

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/baked-clams-oreganata-recipe/index.html


Rice balls

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/fried-and-stuffed-rice-balls-arancini-di-riso-recipe/index.html

Brussel Sprouts

http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/brussel-sprout-recipes-christmas-healthy-tastier-better-130316008.html

Artichoke Gratinata

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/artichoke-gratinata-recipe/index.html

Asparagus Gremolata

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/asparagus-with-gremolata-recipe/index.html