Friday, May 21, 2010

Save your leftover coffee!

A few months ago, in a fit of frugality, I started pouring whatever morning coffee was left in the pot into a pitcher in the fridge. By Sunday enough had been collected for two large, Leslie-sized, servings of iced coffee. I had no idea how much coffee I was pouring out! Of course, coffee isn't incredibly expensive, still, every bit counts, especially these days. Turning your leftover coffee into iced coffee is a great way to have a cool caffeine delivery system on a hot summer day and to waste none of that amazing brown stuff!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Trout with Herbs

Trout is a perfect dish for spring. It's light, tasty and usually super cheap, especially if you can find brook trout. Plus, you can use whatever herbs are currently going to waste in the fridge. I've been seeing whole trout at Fairway lately. Have someone at the fish counter fillet it for you if, like me, your fish butchering skills are not exactly professional.

Trout with Herbs
Adapted from Cooking Light

4 6-ounce trout fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon oil -olive or canola
1 1/2 cups mixed fresh herbs (any combo of chopped fresh chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, oregano, cilantro)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt

Score skin side of fish. Sprinkle fish with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add fish, skin side down, to pan; cook 4 minutes or until skin is crisp and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Combine herbs, juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; toss gently to coat. Serve salad over fish.