Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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Start off the new year by adding more healthy fish dishes to your diet.

TIP To test fish for doneness, place a butter knife or fork directly into the thickest part of the fish and take a peek; it should be barely or not at all translucent, according to the recipe instructions.


6 cups torn kale

4 ribs celery, chopped

1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

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1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

4 (6-ounce) pieces cod

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Combine the kale, celery, olives, parsley and tomatoes in the baking dish; top with the cod. Sprinkle the wine over the fish and vegetables, season with the salt and thyme.

3. Cover loosely with foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove the foil, spoon some of the pan juices over the fish and bake another 5 to 8 minutes, until the fish is tender but not dry. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 273 calories, 35 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 5g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 852mg sodium

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2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon finely minced ginger

1 teaspoon hoisin sauce

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1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets

1. Combine soy sauce, ginger, hoisin, rice vinegar and brown sugar in a bowl.

2. Coat a baking sheet pan with cooking spray (or coat a piece of foil with cooking spray). Place the salmon on the pan; brush with about half the glaze.

3. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes; remove from the oven and brush with the remaining glaze. Broil for another 4 to 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish), or until the salmon has just a thin line of translucency in the center. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 371 calories, 35 g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 23g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 470mg sodium



1 1/2 pounds flounder fillets

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoons light mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a shallow baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine lime, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cumin and pepper in a small bowl, and spread evenly over the top surface of the fish. Combine the bread crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle evenly over the fish. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until tender but not dry. Sprinkle with parsley or cilantro. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 220 calories, 22 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 12g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 587 mg sodium