No Clean-Up Dinner

My biggest problem with cooking has always been what a mess I make. I love the modern family episode where Cam makes a mess in the kitchen, promises to clean it up later, and then leaves so Mitchell will clean it for him. This is exactly what I would do at home. Sadly, just like Mitchell, my family learned my trick and stopped cleaning up after me. This left me with a few options..

1. Stop cooking. This was so not going to happen, I love to cook and I love to eat.

2. Stop being messy. I like to say that I'm not a messy person, but don't believe me. I a messy and I probably always will be.

3. Hire a maid or butler to clean for me. I'm still looking at this option. Is anyone out there willing to clean my kitchen? I can pay you with gratitude and leftovers.

None of these options are panning out, so I decided to try cooking things that offered a minimal chance of mess. Cooking in parchment was the perfect solution! I could prepare, cook, and eat out of one package. Finally I found my perfect meal, healthy, easy and no mess. I'll be making this a lot.

Ingredients (serves one) 1 fillet of fish, preferably cod or halibut Salt Butter Asparagus Vinegar or white wine (or both) Bay leaves Parchment paper

Preparation -clean fish, place on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with salt

-cut asparagus (however much you like) into 2" long pieces and place around the fish


-pour a tablespoon of your acid over the fish and asparagus. I chose to do a teaspoon of rosemary vinegar and a teaspoon of Conundrum white wine blend (amazing wine)

-place one or two, depending on your taste, bay leaf(leaves) on top of the fish

-fold your parchment paper into a half moon shape. Fold and crease the edges as many times as you need to keep the pocket closed (probably not more than 2 or 3 times)


-cook for 15-20 minutes at 425

-remove from the oven, open the pouch, and enjoy!