Tuesday, November 9, 2010



The front cover of the Nov. issue of Edina magazine features my Italian Fish Soup which we always serve around the holidays. The magazine also includes the recipe for that special meal and a great Insalata Mista which I serve to go with it. To see the picture and article go to www.edinamag.com The recipes can be found on page 27. Or just look below.

They say that by the end of the week it is going to be much cooler, so you will want to try out my Zuppa di Pesce, and Salad. Just add a loaf of crusty bread and you will have a great meal. The other recipes in the article are from well known Edina chefs so you may want to make all of them and invite company for dinner.

Thanks to Paulette Mitchell for asking me to contribute to her story.

Buon appetito,

Carmela Tursi Hobbins


1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 medium cloves of garlic minced
2 tsp. crushed dried basil leaves
1 can (28 ounces) Italian style pear or plum tomatoes, un-drained
2 cups dry white wine
1 (8 ounce) bottle of clam juice
1 cup water
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste
1 lemon cut into thin slices
1 and 1/2 pounds sea bass, halibut or other firm fish cut into 2-inch pieces
12 hard-shell clams
1/2 pound bay scallops
1/2 pound medium to large shrimp, shelled and de-veined
1 pound mussels
juice of 1/2 lemon

Heat the olive oil in a 6-8 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic and basil, saute until just tender.

Add the tomatoes and break up with the edge of a large spoon. Stir in the wine, clam juice, water, tomato paste and 1/2 cup parsley, bay leaf and salt. Increase the heat and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the lemon slices and sea bass, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the clams, scallops, shrimp, mussels and lemon juice, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish is just done. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the remaining parsley. SERVES 8


8 cups mixed field greens
3 cups sliced fennel bulbs (discard hard core and stalks)
1/2 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Combine the greens, fennel, and pine nuts in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until the dressing is emulsified.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well combined. Top with the Parmesan.

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