|Fresh wild-caught flounder was $7.99 a pound at Costco Wholesale.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
We went shopping for dinner separately, but managed to turn out a satisfying meal of fresh wild-caught fish, pasta with grated cheese and black pepper, fresh sweet corn on the cob and organic lettuce for our salads.
My wife went to Costco Wholesale in Hackensack, where she found fresh wild flounder fillets from Iceland.
|Organic whole-wheat spaghetti with grated cheese and black pepper.|
On the way home Friday evening, I stopped at a farmers' market, where I found fresh white corn (45 cents each) and a head of organic lettuce for $2.50.
We had the other ingredients -- from Trader Joe's and Costco -- at home.
My wife seasoned the fish fillets, dusted them in flour and fried them quickly in a non-stick pan with a little oil.
I took a half-pound of Trader Joe's Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti and cooked it in boiling water for about 8 minutes, a minute or two before the recommended cooking time of 9-10 minutes.
I drained the pasta, then finished cooking it in a pan with a cup of hot pasta water and three or four tablespoons of a butter substitute, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!
After mixing them well, I added lots of grated Pecorino-Romano sheep's milk cheese and black pepper.
I added more cheese and black pepper to the portion on my plate.
I just winged it after seeing a TV show in which world traveler Anthony Bourdain enjoyed the pasta -- cacio e pepe -- on a trip to Rome, complete with shots of the cook preparing the dish in the kitchen of a Roman restaurant.
I poured a glass of chianti.
I had the pasta first; then two fillets, hot and delicious right out of the pan, sprinkled with lime juice; and finished with a simple salad of organic lettuce, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Fresh sweet corn was my dessert, with nothing on it.