Trawl, New England
A member of the cod family, hake is hugely popular in Europe. In fact, most of the hake caught in the US is exported to Spain. Like many other once-scorned fish, they have been given a second look and are now considered a delicious food fish. Their once lowly status is reflected in a very affordable price.
Along the lines of cod and halibut, hake is a mild fish, having a more subtle flavor than cod. Chefs consider it one of the best fish in the whiting family because of its firm, sweet, white meat and medium flake. Hake can be sautéed, poached, or fried. We also love it baked, wrapped in prosciutto (or some such). Seafood Watch rates is a "Good Alternative." Low mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $14.00
-- Seared Hake with Leeks and Fingerling Potatoes (Feed me Phoebe)
-- Hake Wrapped in Prosciutto (Boston.com)
Deep ocean aquaculture, Panama
Cobia (sometimes called lemonfish) is one of our favorite fishes. Until recently we have been reluctant to offer cobia because the farms had not met particular aquaculture standards. Open Blue, our source, has earned GlobalGAP aquaculture certification and Best Aquaculture Practices. And now Seafood Watch has given cobia a “Good Alternative” rating. We'd like to support Open Blue's efforts.
Cobia's meat is firm with a large flake and mild flavor. It is raised in deepwater net pens located far offshore and is fed an all-natural hormone-, colorant-, and pesticide-free diet. A versatile fish, cobia can be cooked in many different ways: baked, grilled, and sear-roasted. Low mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $23.50
-- Healthy Cobia Tacos (Open Blue)
-- Sear-Roasted Cobia (HOF)
Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli
Sfoglini Pasta Shop, Brooklyn NY.
We were recently introduced to Sfoglini pasta and now we can't get enough of it! Their pastas use grains grown by local farmers and ground in local mills. They are part of a movement to revive specialty and ancient grains such as emmer. At last a pasta that is both good and good for you.
Company description: "Cuttlefish or sepia ink is milked from the squid-like creatures found predominately in the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. Originally used for early manuscript writing the beautiful slate coloring started to show up in signature dishes from Sicily to Venice in sauces and pastas. Cuttlefish Ink brings warm velvety notes and a mellow briny flavor to our delicious scroll-shaped pasta that pairs well with buttery seafood."Come on, be adventurous!
16 ounce box for $9.50
Tinned Sardines in Tomato Sauce
Jose Gourmet, Portugal.
Entertaining? Here is a special treat. These succulent sardines packed in a light tomato sauce are surprisingly rich and satisfying.
Studies have shown that canned sardines are healthier for you than fresh. They are full of omega-3 fatty acids and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Save this truly delicious treat for your best friends. You won't regret it. MSC certified. 125 grams: $9.00/tin
Tomato Farrotto with Sardines (Bon Appétit)
Pasta with Sardines and Lemon (Bon Appétit)