What’s for dinner: Oven-roasted fish and mushrooms

This week I’m trying out the “Grocery Bag” feature from Everyday Food, which sends you to the supermarket with one list to create a week’s worth of dinners. First up: Oven-roasted fish and mushrooms.

Cost of ingredients: $25.66 — most of which ($17.98) was thanks to the cod. I already had olive oil, salt and pepper.

It has lavender in it! Click on the photo to go to the NapaStyle website.

Substitutions: Isn’t it odd how buying a beer at a bar for $2.50 is OK, but you chafe when a container of fresh herbs costs that? So I didn’t buy fresh thyme, but I did use Herbes de Napa, which (a) I love, and (b) has thyme as one of, if not the, first ingredients. And for most of the recipe I didn’t use extra-virgin olive oil, just the regular stuff.

As easy as they said? the most time-intensive part involves washing and halving two pounds of mushrooms.

How’d THAT go over? Pretty good. Not necessarily the most thrilling way to start off a new week’s experiment — it’s just fish and mushrooms, roasted. Had I been more industrious, I would have made some rice or something. Why do I always get tunnel vision according to how it’s depicted in the magazine?

Would I make it again? Eh. If you want to, here’s what it entails: Toss mushrooms with olive oil and spices, roast on a baking sheet for 15 minutes. Add cod, which has been rubbed with oil, salt and pepper, and roast for another 10-12 minutes. On the side, mix 1/2 cup fresh parsley with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, a teaspoon of olive oil and some salt.

WHAT SAM WORE: 02-15-10
The shirt: Button-collar dress shirt by Burberry, from Last Chance.
The tie: Knit silk from J. Crew — on loan from my friend James.
The pants: Khakis from Banana Republic.
The shoes: Suede sneakers from Banana Republic.
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