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Broiled Tilapia

February 15, 2011
By Wendy Monro

I just spent an amazing weekend with my mom and Doug in sunny California. It really was sunny. I couldn't believe it was eighty degrees in the middle of February.

Even though I grew up there, I am still amazed by the beautiful weather. Some things never cease to amaze me.

In fact, my mom gave me a really hard time this weekend because I have a habit of saying, "I don't understand." I say things like, "I don't understand why that person would say this," or, "I don't understand why someone could do that to their child."

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Tilapia with a butter and white wine sauce over orzo with spinach.

Well, I don't understand why some people get to live in that amazing climate and so many others don't. Just kidding, mom, I do understand.

I actually love all climates, so it's fine with me. Claud was in New York and it was below zero degrees out there. Poor guy. I tried to keep the temperature to myself.

Sometimes, I just couldn't help it and had to say, "It is the most beautiful day here," when we talked on the phone. He didn't mind. He was happy that I was happy.

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Tilapia with a white wine and butter sauce

Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 6

3 tilapia filets (you use half per serving)

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

2 sticks of butter

1 onion, sliced thinly

2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly

teaspoon lemon zest

juice from one lemon

cup wine

1 cup heavy cream

1 box orzo pasta

1 cup parsley, chopped

cup capers

Set the oven to broil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each filet of tilapia. Drizzle olive oil one each piece of tilapia. Place the fish on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler. Turn them over after five minutes. Cook for five minutes more. They should be cooked all of the way through by then. Check to make sure they have become opaque.

In a medium saut pan, melt the butter. Add the onion, garlic, zest, lemon juice, and wine. Mix well. Let this simmer for 10 minutes. Pour in the cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with orzo pasta. Follow the directions on the box. Once the pasta is cooked, pour ? of the butter sauce into the pasta and mix. Mix in parsley. Place a layer of the pasta on the plate and the of a tilapia filet on top of the orzo. Sprinkle on some capers. Pour more of the butter sauce on top. Serve with spinach or your favorite vegetable.

As usual, I had the best time with my mom and Doug. Upon our arrival, we discussed the dinner plans.

My mom already had everything ready. We were having broiled tilapia and orzo with spinach. Yay! I was so excited.

I love it when we cook together. I hadn't had orzo since my step daughter, Ella, was here in August.

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I like to make her orzo because she loves pasta and she loves rice. Orzo is little rice shaped pasta. Ella absolutely loves orzo.

Although, I was really excited about dinner, It was only two in the afternoon when we got to my mom's. So, the cooking for dinner had to wait.

Instead, we took the kids out to frozen yogurt. No matter what, we have to do something with food...all of the time. That is just how we roll (no pun intended).

We walked through some beautiful gardens and strolled along the beach.

We saw "Gnomio and Juliet" in 3D and had a wonderful visit with a couple of my favorite people: Nick and Jules.

We ate lunch out with our nana and caught up with her and visited an amazing farmers market in Malibu.

This farmer's market was incredible. It had everything from handmade soaps and candles to real sea sponges.

There was homemade salsa and fresh flowers. One table was filled with the most beautiful orchids I have ever seen. I was in heaven.

Unfortunately I was still so full from the huevos rancheros my mom made for breakfast, that I didn't have room to sample all of the incredible food they were offering me. It killed me to have to say no.

Everything we did all weekend was a lot of fun.

Even though we were so busy, most of our time was spent cooking and eating. All of the dishes my mom made for us were delicious. I drove away Sunday with a camera load of article ideas and a few extra unwanted pounds around my waist. Thanks, mom.

This first dinner we ate on Friday night was just so perfect. The creamy, garlic, and wine sauce tasted exceptional when mixed in with the orzo.

The parsley added that extra freshness to it, especially because it came directly from my mom's garden to the kitchen counter. I walked out there and snipped the stems myself.

I love vegetable and herb gardens. I can't wait to grow another one. I love the way my mom incorporated the buttery sauce into the pasta and then added more on top of the fish. I wouldn't have thought to do it this way; but, it was absolutely the perfect way to make it. This way, every bite of pasta tastes dreamy.

To tell the truth, it probably wouldn't matter what kind of fish you use with this meal because the wine and butter sauce could make anything taste delicious.

Then again, the tilapia perfectly broiled, tasted fantastic. The white flakiness created the perfect combination. All of this sat on the plate next to a bed of cooked spinach. It just doesn't get much better than this...unless you are Claud. Then, filet mignon would be better. That man is a steak lover. Even if you are a steak lover, I suggest giving this simple dish a try. It is really delicious.



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