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Keys to the Kitchen

I’m giving away a pretty awesome book today guys and gals.

It is by the talented, formidable Aida Mollenkamp, and it just hit bookstores everywhere. It is one of the most comprehensive technique cookbooks I have seen in quite some time. And you will love it.

To begin with, there are 300 juicy recipes and beautiful color photographs and illustrations.

But what’s more it is a substantial technique primer. It has how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills.

There are so many “aha!” moments that even the most seasoned cooks will learn tons.

Below is one of the mouthwatering recipes from the book for you to enjoy – Broiled Swordfish with Pomegranate-Mint Agrodolce. In the meantime, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky winner! Enter in any or all of the ways below. And if you just can’t wait, it is available wherever books are sold. Happy Friday my friends!

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"Broiled Swordfish with Pomegranate-Mint Agrodolce"

Agrodolce means “sweet-sour” in Italian and refers to a sauce with those predominant flavors. Normally made simply with onions, vinegar, and sugar, this one adds pomegranate, pine nuts, and mint for a more colorful—in both looks and flavor—version.
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • Pomegranate-Mint Agrodolce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 lb/455 g shallots halved and cut into 1-in/2.5-cm slices
  • 6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 cup/240 ml red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup/120 ml apple juice
  • ¼ cup/50 g packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper plus more for seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup/135 g pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup/70 g toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup/55 g thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • Four swordfish steaks about 2 lb/910 kg total


  • For the Pomegranate-Mint Agrodolce:
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the shallots and garlic, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown and tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the vinegar, juice, brown sugar, the 1 teaspoon salt, the ½ teaspoon pepper, and bay leaf. Decrease the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are very tender and the liquid is thick and syrupy, about 40 minutes. Stir in the pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and mint. Season with salt and pepper.
  • For the broiled swordfish:
  • Heat the broiler to high and arrange a rack 6 to 8 inches from the heating element. Pat the fish dry, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the fish under the broiler and cook until the fish is flaky, opaque throughout, and has a 135°F/57°C internal temperature, 8 to 12 minutes. Serve topped with agrodolce sauce.


Takeaway: How to broil fish.
Recipe Within a Recipe: The agrodolce sauce can be used as a condiment for grilled meats, sandwiches, or on toasts with goat cheese as an impromptu appetizer.
Check out Seafood Watch online for current information about purchasing seafood.
When you add the vinegar to the agrodolce, open a window or turn on a fan because the vinegar fumes released may sting your eyes or make you cough.
The agrodolce can be made without the mint up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Heat over low heat before serving and stir in mint.


  • Sheila
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

    One of my holiday favorites is the classic sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top!

  • Sarra Bess
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Favorite holiday dish — roast game hen with garlic and herbs.

  • jessicaisbaking
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 6:58 am

    looks amazing!

  • Jen Y
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    My favorite holiday dish is anything with cranberries – my mom made the best cranberry sauce & I have a cranberry crisp I make that we all love.

  • Lisa
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

    That swordfish looks amazing!

    Favorite holiday dish…hard to choose just one…but potatoes au gratin is pretty high up there!

  • Melissa Willard
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I would have to say the ham… yummmmmmmm!

  • Bethany
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Love good cookbooks! I’m an addict!

  • Bethany
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Sorry…forgot the favorite recipe. Scalloped Corn!

  • Katie
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    My FAVORITE holiday dish is my Aunt Franny’s sticky buns (caramel pecan rolls) for Christmas brunch. To DIE for. Yum!

  • Teresa
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I am on Chapter4 of Girl Hunter. I can’t put it down.
    These men you hunt wth remind me a lot of fishing with my grandfather when I was young.
    Didn’t talk much, so you really paid attention when he did.
    Taught me to drive a shift on the column pick up when I was 12.
    Only driving in the bottom by the levy, not on the hardtop road.

    • Post Author
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I love it 🙂 Thanks for reading Teresa

  • Teresa
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I forgot – favorite holiday dish – cornbread stuffing with sausage.

  • Georgia Monroe
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Pumpkin Pie!!!!

  • aida mollenkamp
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Georgia — Thanks for featuring Keys To The Kitchen and sharing it with your readers! xo Aida

  • ashley veach
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    My favorite holiday dish is the little “sliders” we make out of rolls stuffed with leftover mashed potatoes, turkey or ham, and cranberry sauce!

  • Tracey Evans
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love cornbread dressing with giblet gravy! 🙂

  • Blair
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m still a dressing fan. Love those bready carbs.

  • Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Favorite holiday dish would have to be my cranberry salsa – it gets rave reviews every year! Mine is adapted from a version in the Seattle Times way back when – I think you can still google and find it in their archives – “mer’s cranberry salsa with whipped brie” or something like that.

    Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Favorite holiday dish – Sweet potatoe casserole

  • Katy
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Sweet Potatoes!

  • LesleaM
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Sweet potatoes with marshmallows!

  • Molly
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I guess my favorite holiday dish is my mom’s Cranberry tea. Warm and spicy and inviting.

  • Tina
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Just found this blog and love it! Looking forward to learning new cooking skills.

  • Tina
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I forgot – my favorite holiday dish is mashed sweet potatoes with turkey gravy.

  • Gabrielle
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Reading all the other posts….so many fabulous ideas…wish all the posts came with recipes!!

  • Urban Wife
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    My favorite holiday dish is cranberry bread!

  • Lori H
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I look forward to cranberry salad!

  • Lauren M
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    My favorite holiday dish is wild turkey with my grandmother’s homemade dressing. Absolutely delicious.

  • Marc
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 5:51 am

    mmmmmm Christmas ham

  • Melissa
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

    This cookbook looks awesome!

  • Kayla E. V.
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Turkey AND pumpkin pie!! 😉

  • Rebekah
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I’m a sucker for my grandmother’s stuffing — a secret family recipe, but it’s one I’ve learned to replicate. I’m hoping to start experimenting with it on my own, and then I’ll have my very own secret family recipe.

  • Coco and Isa
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I love peppermint bark!

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