A few weeks back I woke up at the ass of dawn to head out to Port Washington, Long Island with my sister, a friend from school, and my buddy Harold Dieterle. We'd been talking about heading out for stipers—as striped bass are called—for years, but it's not always easy for a working chef and a writer-on-too-many-deadlines to find mutual time off to do it. We jumped at the chance when it arose. We were on the water by 5:30, and cooking up a storm by mid-afternoon. Come take a look at the photos.
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This recipe for Pan-Roasted Striped Bass with Tunisian Chickpea Salad and Yogurt Sauce can be appreciated on multiple levels. Not only is it a fantastically light fish dish packed full of fresh Mediterranean flavors, but take away the fish and you're left with an awesome vegetarian (and possibly even vegan) chickpea salad spiked with Tunisian harissa that can be enjoyed hot or cold, and with or without the yogurt sauce depending on how you feel about dairy.
Editor's note: You may already be familiar with Brian Halweil, of Edible Communities, from previous posts on Serious Eats. But this entry marks his debut on SE:NY. Brian is the publisher of Edible East End, Edible Brooklyn, and the soon-to-debut...