Seared Sea Scallops with Fig-Balsamic Glaze

Scallops are simply wonderful for a quick meal – they only take a few minutes to cook and there are many simple ways to serve them.  I love them seared and served on a bed of creamy risotto and roasted asparagus, with a trickle of balsamic glaze over the top.  This is the essence of… Continue reading Seared Sea Scallops with Fig-Balsamic Glaze

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Lemon Marmalata

In my hunt for interesting cookbooks at used book stores, I recently picked up The Young Man and the Sea : Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales from Esca, by David Pasternack and Ed Levine.  This book covers a pretty wide range of seafood and cooking techniques, from preparing soups to grilling, roasting, pan-frying, poaching, and… Continue reading Lemon Marmalata

Thanksgiving Round-up

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday.  For a cook, there is nothing quite so satisfying as planning, cooking, and serving up a feast to your family or friends. One giant meal for the day, with lots of nibbling and snacking in between.  I look forward to that first stolen bite of turkey, the privilege of which… Continue reading Thanksgiving Round-up

Bacon-Bourbon Jam (with Bangers)

I ran across this recipe on Serious Eats and thought it sounded pretty good….but this was soooo beyond good!  This bacon jam is unbelievably tasty – so amazing that James said it was “slap your momma”-good (adding not my momma, no one would ever want to slap her).  Bacon is great on it’s own, but… Continue reading Bacon-Bourbon Jam (with Bangers)