Recipes From Our Kitchen

February 2011

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Chef Todd English’s
Plaza Food Hall Whole Roasted Branzino

Number of servings (yield): 2


  • 2 whole Branzino, (12 – 14 oz. ea) scaled and gutted from your fish monger
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly shaved
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced into 3 1/8 inch slices
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 6 thyme sprigs


  • Rinse fish thoroughly inside and out under cold, running water.
  • If fish was not thoroughly scaled, remove by running the edge of a spoon along the length of the scaled area, from tail toward head.
  • In a bowl, mix together the garlic, shallots, thyme, fennel, and orange to make fish seasoning
  • Place fish seasoning mixture into the cavity of the fish and season with salt and pepper
  • Place fish on a hot grill and cook for 4 minutes on each side
  • Remove from the grill and place on a fry pan.
  • Top fish with 3 slices of lemon and finish cooking in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

 Kids Cooking

Chloe’s Cupid Cupcakes

“Valentine’s Day is a symbol of friendship and love. On Valentine’s Day you show people you love them. Another word for Valentine’s Day is Saint Valentine’s Day. Cupids, doves, roses, and hearts are all symbols of Valentine’s Day. The tradition of Valentine’s Day started around the Seventeenth Century. The rose is the flower of Valentine’s Day. Ciao ciao,…”
Chloe Lucia, 8 years old

Valentine Heart Cupcakes

Number of servings (yield): 6


  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • Generous 3/8 cup superfine sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


  • Mix flour, sugar and butter until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and eggs. Mix until smooth.
  • Place paper cupcake liners into muffin pan.
  • Add mixture to half way in each.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 mintues at 300F.
  • Cover with white confectioner’s sugar.

 Siena’s Choco Recipe

“Valentine’s Day is a very fun holiday. It’s fun bec/ we have Valentine parties. Valentine’s aren’t about how pretty they look, they’re about giving. People should make Valentine’s a great holiday by giving other people chocolate goodies and pretzels too. How about chocolate covered pretzels? Take some long pretzels, dip them in melted chocolate, or use chocolate molds. These are really yummy!”
Love, Siena, 5 years old

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels


  • 20 to 30 long Paul Newman pretzels
  • One bag of Wholefoods dark choco chips


  • Take 20 to 30 long Paul Newman pretzels
  • In a double boiler melt down one bag of Wholefoods dark choco chips.
  • Dip each pretzel into the melted choco.
  • Place on parchment paper to cool.
  • Sprinkle with pink sprinkles and place in the fridge.