For all of the great-for-you reasons there are to cook fish (healthy! full of omega-3s and vitamins! low fat!), there are an equal number of reasons why many home cooks shy away from our scaly friends from the sea—too delicate, lack of cooking confidence, the stinky factor, and sustainability questions. This Roasted Blackfish with Olives and Sage from Melissa Clark's Cook This Now sets out to calm all of our fish-cooking worries.
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While bacon, pancetta, guanciale, and all sorts of sausage make their way into all sorts of pasta dishes, somehow salami is always left on the antipasto plate. And it's kind of a shame considering salami's incredible ability to add intensely porky flavors to a simple tomato sauce. This Farro Pasta with Spicy Salami Tomato Sauce and Fresh Mint from Melissa Clark's Cook This Now highlights salami's sauce-boosting qualities by rendering batons of spicy sopressata golden and crisp.
These roasted peppers have all sorts of uses on their own (think mixed into salads or blended with tomatoes for a pasta sauce) but they make a particularly nice pre-meal bite when piled onto crisp rounds of garlic-rubbed bread for these Roasted Pepper and Celery Leaf Crostini. They're finished with chopped celery leaves (a vastly underused green if there ever was one) and briny capers or anchovies—perfect little cocktail hour snacks that work equally well for evenings that are casual or a bit more elegant.
This Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower with Salted Yogurt, Mint, and Pomegranate Seeds from Cook This Now elevates an already wonderful head of roasted cauliflower with a lovely selection of eastern Mediterranean elements.