As we find out what’s hidden in your food, Cindy, with owner Matthew White from the HGS Home Chef cooking school, is making a healthy, colorful dish with Mediterranean flavors that can be cooked in a single pan. Because of all the veggies it really doesn’t need a side dish. Perfect for seasonal summer produce, it can be easily adjusted to your taste with other vegetables and herbs. It can even be prepared with chicken.


  • One large onion, diced medium
  • Two garlic cloves, minced
  • 8-10 zucchini, quartered and chopped
  • 8 large Roma tomatoes (or your favorite tomato), seeded and diced
  • 2 yellow sweet peppers, medium dice
  • Bunch of basil, sliced in a chiffonade with a few sprigs set aside whole
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • handful of course chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/4th cup preserved lemons, chopped (optional)
  • Two lemons
  • Salmon filet, enough for four
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper


In a large sauté pan cook the onions until they are soft. Put in the garlic and stir but watch that it doesn’t brown. Add tomato paste and incorporate so onions are garlic are coated. Add zucchini and peppers and blend so the contents are well mixed. Add a few generous pinches of salt and a bit cracked pepper. Toss in olives and preserved lemons and blend all contents. Cook over medium heat, tossing occasionally so all vegetables begin to cook . Add tomatoes and another generous pinch of salt. Blend well and cook until tomatoes start to heat up and release their liquid, but are not too soft.

The mixture should now have a good amount of liquid that is hot. Create a “channel or ditch” with a thin layer of vegetables on the bottom of the pan and place the fish pieces on this layer of veggies then cover the fish with the vegetables and broth. Squeeze lemon juice over the entire dish then place a lid on the pan and cook over medium heat until fish is half done. Uncover fish, turn the pieces over and cover again with veggies and lid. Cook a few minutes and turn off heat and let rest a few minutes, covered.

At this point the zucchini should have a nice, not-too-soft texture and the fish should be done. Test the doneness of the fish to confirm it’s ready to serve. Cover with a generous handful of basil chiffonade and serve with a big wedge of lemon.

Interior designer and author, Matthew White was selected as one of the “AD 100” (Architectural Digest’s list of the 100 best designers in the world). His design firm White Webb LLC was also recently named one of the 50 top designers in New York by New York Spaces magazine. Although White Webb’s projects are stylistically diverse, there is a consistent sensibility within the work – warmth, comfort, beauty, quality and a keen interest in lasting design.

Matthew is also the proprietor of two stores in Hillsdale NY. Hillsdale General Store was featured in Martha Stewart Living, Elle Décor and Traditional Home magazine. Located in the Hudson Valley, Hillsdale General Store is a country life style “department store” showcasing a wide range of locally made, vintage and antique merchandise.

His most recent endeavor is HGS Home Chef, a kitchen store and cooking school also in Hillsdale NY. With the best selection of cookbooks in the region, the store has been called “the most beautiful kitchen shop in the US”. HGS Home Chef as two gorgeous teaching kitchens where guest chefs and renowned culinary experts share their skills in a wide range of hands-on and demonstration classes. Ruth Riechl, Madhur Jaffrey, Patti Jinich and Martha Rose Shulman are but a small sampling of the much-admired chefs who have taught at HGS Home Chef.

In addition to his interior design work and position as Proprietor of two unique businesses in the Hudson Valley, Matthew White is involved in various philanthropic causes. For fifteen years he has been on the board of  Save Venice Inc. and served as Chairman for six years. Save Venice is an American non-profit that restores superb examples of Venetian art and architecture in Venice Italy. He is also on the Historic Preservation Committee for the hamlet of Hillsdale, NY. Matthew’s first book titled Italy of my Dreams – An American Designer’s Real Life Passion for Italian Style chronicles his work as a preservationist and love for Italian style.

You can learn more about Matthew White by following the Hillsdale General Store on Facebook and Instagram.