I hope you will indulge me today. While I adore this recipe, Crispy Cod with Lemon, Butter and White Wine Sauce, I am not going to write about it. We lost a very dear friend yesterday, and talking about food just doesn’t seem very important. Instead I would love to tell you about him and share some memories. He deserves to be remembered for he had the biggest heart of anyone I know. We moved to Georgia 6 years ago and wanted to find a friendly neighborhood to live in. Yes the house was important but we really were looking for a neighborhood of friends. We quickly found that in our subdivision and so much more.
Rich was one of the first people we met. I have to admit the first time I met him, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. Rich was well over 6 feet tall, very direct, honest and I mistakenly thought gruff. He is the type of person that asserts themselves into your life without you asking. I just did not know how to take him. I very quickly learned Rich was a big teddy bear and what I mistook as “asserting himself” was actually him taking us under his wing. He wanted to take care of us, because he cared so much. I can still hear his voice answering one of my calls to borrow milk or eggs “Hi Honey”. That was always the way he greeted me. Even when I called two days before his son’s wedding in a panic to borrow some eggs for cupcakes I needed the next day for my daughter’s school. Like an idiot, I had forgotten they were out-of-town for the wedding (still banging my head against the wall for that one) and called. “Sure”, he said,”Just go into the house and get them.”
When new people moved into the neighborhood, Rich was always the first at their door with a plate of cookies he had baked. If my door bell rang before 9am, I knew it was Rich. It makes me laugh to think about that. No one else would come to the door before 9am except Rich. The elementary school bus stop just happened to be at his driveway. On rainy days, he would open his garage so the kids could stay dry. He would surprise them with cookies after school or just talk to them for a few minutes and have them giggling away. He was great with kids, especially his own grand children.
Rich was a little bit of a picky eater but was always a good sport about trying something at our house. One time he wanted to make my Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal. Instead of following the recipe, he brings all the ingredients over to my house and we made it together. I love that memory. I cannot help but smile. Another favorite memory of mine was a progressive dinner we had. We started at another very good friends house for cocktails. This was one of few times I saw Rich a little toasty, actually we all were. Good thing we could walk to each other’s house. We started with sangria, mojitos and appetizers. We may have all drank a little more than we ate. Next stop was Rich and Mary’s house for the most divine stuffed cabbage. This was the real deal stuffed cabbage, I believe it was his mother or grandmother’s recipe. When I asked for the recipe, he let me borrow his family cookbook.
He so happily gave of himself without asking anything in return. You were his friend and that meant he gave you his all. Above everything else, I feel we owe my husband’s health to him. Rich had heart attack a year or two before my husband did. My husband kept having problems after his heart attack and was not progressing like he should. Rich kept insisting my husband see his doctor. Finally he did, and I will be eternally grateful to Rich for staying on him to do this. Dr. Guest figured out the problem on the very first visit. Without Rich and Dr. Guest, I don’t know that he would be doing so well today.
I feel so honored to have known Rich and been considered a friend. As good a friend as he was, he was an even better husband, father and grandfather. He and Mary’s marriage was one we wanted to emulate. They were just about to celebrate 40 years together. Whatever twist of fate brought us to this neighborhood and brought him into our lives is something I am eternally grateful for. I will miss him dearly. There are very few men like Rich.
Thanks for indulging me today. Writing about him and sharing him with you has lightened my heart. There is not much I can do for his loved ones, but I can keep his memory strong and tell others of this wonderful man. Now back to your “regular programming” and the recipe.
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Crispy Cod with Lemon Butter White Wine Sauce
- 1-1/4 lbs cod
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tsp oil divided
- 1 tbsp + 2 tsp. unsalted butter divided
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 tbsp capers
Place flour in a shallow plate and stir in salt and pepper.
Dredge both sides of the fish in the flour mixture.
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tsp. oil and 1 tsp. butter.
When the oil is hot, add half of the fish. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Place on a plate and keep warm.
Add another teaspoon of oil and butter.
Cook remaining fish for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Place on the plate.
Add lemon juice and wine to the skillet. Bring to a simmer.
Add the capers and simmer for 1 minute.
Stir in remaining tablespoon of butter and serve.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints per serving.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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