Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon Rice and Peas

While perusing the seafood counter last weekend I came across a great sale on sea scallops, so I went ahead and picked some up. I had no idea how I would prepare them but knew that something would spark an idea and I’d be on my way to culinary creation.  My first thought was to sauté them with a white wine cream sauce and maybe place them over some roasted vegetables but I really wasn’t feeling it.
Then it came to me- scallops have a wonderful flavor all by themselves, so why not make a lighter sauce that will allow their full flavor to shine through as opposed to covering it up. I also knew I had some wonderful peas in the freezer calling my name so why not use them in the dish too.  The end result was wonderful!  After searing the scallops I added some white wine and garlic which made a delicious sauce and paired perfectly with the peas and rice.   Bon appetite!

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Strawberry Summer Salad with Shallot & Thyme Vinaigrette

Yesterday it reached about a high of 40 degrees here in Upstate NY and I have to say that while the thermometer does appear to be slowly creeping upward I have been dreaming about those 75-80 degrees temperatures that summertime brings.  So in honor of that I pulled together this salad that to me, speaks all things summer.  It is comprised of fresh ingredients, is quick and easy to make and sports a flavorful vinaigrette that pulls everything together perfectly!  Not to mention it’s also very diet friendly for those of us watching our waistlines!  I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed making it!

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

If you haven’t gathered this already I am very much a soup lover.  I am always striving to come up with new recipes as well as recreate the traditional standbys. When my son was younger many of the lunches we shared together included cream of mushroom soup.  Back then I was a rather inexperienced cook and “Campbell’s” was just fine with me, but I’ve gained a little more experience since then and have recreated a creamy mushroom soup that is both elegant and delightful. Yes, it is certainly more work to make your own, but I promise you the taste makes it all worthwhile. Give this soup a try and you’ll see….

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Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Zesty Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

In my home we tend to be firm believers that there are few things that you can eat out that you can’t make better at home.  Chicken tenders are certainly no exception to this thinking. This recipe results in a crispy tender on the outside with moist meat on the inside. But the real show stopper if you will; is the blue cheese dipping sauce.  It’s incredibly flavorful and quite frankly can be used for so many dishes such as a topping for your burgers, steak or even on top of your favorite salad… Give it a try and let me know what you think…..

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Smoky Corn Chowder

For the past several months my husband has been asking me to make homemade corn chowder.  While his request may seem simple enough, this time of the year creates a bit of a challenge. In the northeast  fresh corn on the cob is extremely difficult to come by during the winter, not to mention the additional expense if you do find it. 
That being said I was at the local market earlier this week and amazingly enough I spied some at a very reasonable price.  So tonight I went to work in the kitchen and created a wonderfully creamy corn chowder.  Like some of my other recipes this chowder does have a bit of a kick, but as I’ve shared previously you always have the option of reducing the amount of heat you put in or omitting it all together.  The element that really makes this dish is the smoky corn flavor you get from taking the time to char the ears. Yes, it’s a little more effort, but the flavor you get is more than worth your time!

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