"We are not measured by the trials we meet -- only by those we overcome."
- - Spencer W. Kimball
September 20, 2013
Quick, Easy and Delicious: Fish Layered Stew
by Dian Thomas

People are like an encyclopedia, filled with information but not often opened. I opened one human encyclopedia once after a chance encounter in an elevator led me on a trip to the Azores. But I guess I should start at the beginning.

Guida Ponte is a wonderful person I met on the NBC “Today Show” several years ago. She was born in the Azores islands and came to America to fulfill her dream of becoming a top chef. That she did when she became corporate chef for Legal Sea Foods, a wonderful chain of seafood restaurants in Boston.

For a big show like the NBC “Today Show,” there is a rehearsal the night before for segments that have props in them. I had just finished my rehearsal and was heading for the elevator when a group who had also been at the show rehearsals for their seafood segment met me. Legal Sea Foods was to be featured on the show the next morning.

As we rode down in the elevator, the group asked me if I would like to join them for a late New York dinner. When it comes to meeting and getting to know new people, I am always game. I do not remember the meal for where we went, but that night I met an incredible woman who dreamed a dream of coming to America and now was busy at work making her dream come true.

I later met her in Boston and even went with her on a trip to her home country. Guida has a wealth of information, and through the years I have had the opportunity to learn so much from her. I am so glad that I was able to share and learn with her. From her I learned a recipe that I love to fix both indoors and out. It has never failed to be one of my favorites.

Layered Fish Stew

Layered Fish Stew
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 fresh tomatoes, sliced
1 potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 to 1.5 pounds of any firm white fish fillets (such as cod)
2 zucchini or yellow squash, sliced
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 cup water

Oil bottom of a lidded pot. Layer one-half of each of the ingredients: onion, garlic, tomatoes, potato, fish, zucchini or yellow squash, salt, pepper, and water in the pot. Repeat in the same order with remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.

Serves 4.

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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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