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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Loving Skate Fish
Skate is a flat ocean bottomed creature with wings on either side that move it through the water like ...
 
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March 25, 2015
Loving Skate Fish

Skate is a flat ocean bottomed creature with wings on either side that move it through the water like a ray, it is in the ray family. The fan shaped wings that weigh 1 to 2 pounds are the parts of the skate that get to the market. What you are most likely going to find in your supermarket are pieces of skate fillet-wing meat already sliced from the cartilage. You can see the narrow ridges and grooves where the branches of cartilage were attached. Skate fillets are fine to use, but if you have a fish market where they get the whole wings, I recommend that you have the fishmonger remove only the skin and leave the skate still on the cartilage. Freshness is more critical with skate then with other fish, because the flesh beings to deteriorate and gives off an ammonia smell within a day or two after the wing has been skinned, and faster when it has been filleted. Fresh skate should smell like the clean sea. It is delicious just floured and fried, sautéed in a lemon and caper sauce, or grilled.