Cooking at the Cove: Bundle up, buttercup, and embrace the season – pressherald.com

Fish in browned butter, crisp potatoes and special Icelandic cookies will light up your winter night. Karen Schneider / For The Forecaster

In my never-ending study of hygge (being content and cozy), I have come upon wonderful recipes of Scandinavian and Icelandic origin. This is my winter project and I have to say, it’s helpful to embrace the season and not spend my time wishing I were somewhere else.

Here we have another quick meal to put together with simple ingredients. This is a fantastic recipe for any flaky white fish – just adjust the cooking time if the fillets are very thin. Use your favorite herbs; I just used what I had on hand.

Karen Schneider cooks and writes in the village of Cundy’s Harbor. You can reach her at [email protected]

And who hasn’t tried smashed potatoes yet? They are t…….

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Fish in browned butter, crisp potatoes and special Icelandic cookies will light up your winter night. Karen Schneider / For The Forecaster

In my never-ending study of hygge (being content and cozy), I have come upon wonderful recipes of Scandinavian and Icelandic origin. This is my winter project and I have to say, it’s helpful to embrace the season and not spend my time wishing I were somewhere else.

Here we have another quick meal to put together with simple ingredients. This is a fantastic recipe for any flaky white fish – just adjust the cooking time if the fillets are very thin. Use your favorite herbs; I just used what I had on hand.

Karen Schneider cooks and writes in the village of Cundy’s Harbor. You can reach her at [email protected]

And who hasn’t tried smashed potatoes yet? They are the darling of all potatoes (as far as my grandchildren are concerned), made even more special served with a spoonful of sour cream and a smattering of more fresh herbs. Just boil some potatoes until they’re tender then smash them onto a baking sheet and pour some olive oil over them before finishing in the oven.

Kökur are simple Icelandic cookies with a crispy, crunchy, sea salt-embellished surface and a thin chocolate middle. They are traditionally made with licorice-flavored chocolate if you can find it, but believe me, any high-end dark chocolate works just fine.

The yield for these cookies depends on how thick you roll the dough and what size cookie cutter you use. This recipe is so easy you will want to make them often. These are just the thing to go with your afternoon coffee or tea break. They’re not too sweet and you can play with what you add to the middles. Jam, Nutella and even a soft spreadable cheese come to mind. They are also quite dunkable all on their own.

Bundle up, buttercup. Winter is just getting underway.

Cod with Almonds & Capers

8 (6-ounce) cod fillets
Sea salt
Flour for dredging
3/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
2 tablespoons capers
1/3 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley and/or tarragon, minced
Lemon wedges and sour cream for serving

Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels. Season fish with salt and dredge in flour, shaking off excess.

In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add fish a few pieces at a time and fry for 3 minutes on each side, giving them plenty of room and adding another tablespoon of butter if needed. Transfer to the prepared plate, sprinkle with a bit more salt and keep warm.

Carefully wipe out the pan, then add remaining butter, lemon zest, capers and almonds. Sauté until butter is browned.

Place the fish fillets on serving plates and drizzle with the sauce. Garnish with herbs and lemon wedges and serve …….

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