Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Season 12

Episode 1208: Fish Whisperers


Cooking fish can be tricky but not with these easy, foolproof fish recipes.  First, I am joined by food journalist and influencer, Anna Gass, to make Pesce all’Acqua Pazza- a simple fish poached in a cherry tomato sauce that prevents overcooking.   Then I go to tiny, romantic Key West to cook with renowned seafood chef Norman Van Aken.   He makes a local Bahamian Soup with fresh caught snapper and a “Cut Up” Salad, a potluck of fruit, plucked from the dinner guests trees.

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Anna Francese Gass – Anna’s first cookbook, Heirloom Kitchen, a collection of recipes from immigrant grandmothers, was published in 2019 and she will soon be releasing her second cookbook on Italian Snacks, which has involved many enviable trips to Italy to do necessary research.   Anna has a growing Instagram following @annafgass and contributes recipes to the New York Times and other publications. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut with her husband and three children.

Norman Van Aken has just opened a new restaurant called NORMAN’S Orlando. https://www.normans.com/. His food is extraordinary. I highly recommend you check it out if you are in Orlando. Norman has also launched a new tv show: “Norman’s Florida Kitchen,” https://www.amazon.com/placeholder_title-John-Doe/dp/B0CG79RQQB 

and you can find him as well on Instagram: @normanvanaken.


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