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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1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

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2 pounds chicken thighs

1 pound sweet potato, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 pound potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

2 small red onions (12 ounces), peeled and each cut into 8 wedges

1 (8-ounce) bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed

1/4 cup coarsely chopped

pitted Kalmata olives

8 peeled (whole) cloves garlic

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a shallow baking sheet (or jelly-roll pan) with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, fennel seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken thighs, potatoes, onion wedges, artichokes, Kalamata olives and garlic; toss thoroughly. Spread on the baking sheet pan.

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3. Roast in center of the oven 1 hour, or until chicken is browned and reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees and vegetables are cooked through. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 450 calories, 24 g protein, 35 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 24 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 430 mg sodium



1 tablespoon olive oil

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1 cup chopped onion

2 minced cloves garlic

1 fennel bulb, chopped

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomato

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1 cup orzo

1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

1 1/4 pounds firm white fish, such as catfish or tilapia

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 7 minutes until softened.

2. Add the tomato, water and marjoram and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and olives and simmer 5 minutes.

3. Place the fish in the pan and season with the salt. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, until the fish and orzo are cooked through. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 466 calories, 30 g protein, 46 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 18 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 793 mg sodium


4 slices bacon, chopped

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1 1/2 cups thawed frozen corn

1 (10-ounce) box frozen lima beans, thawed

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 tablespoons flour

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomato with green chiles

1 cup lower-sodium chicken broth

2 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven (or deep skillet). Add onion, corn and lima beans, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until onion is somewhat softened.

2. Sprinkle vegetables with the paprika and flour and toss until the flour is absorbed. Stir in the tomato and broth and bring to a boil; immediately reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, until liquid is thickened.

3. Stir in the chicken and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes longer. Serve with a crusty sourdough bread to make this a hearty and satisfying meal. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 258 calories, 27 g protein, 24 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 893 mg sodium