I had my father over for dinner after work Monday and made one of my favorite recipes from a restaurant I used to work at… pan seared prosciutto wrapped scallops served with a nest of fettuccine tossed with arugula, parmesan and olive oil! The scallops were finished with a dollop of French orange marmalade for the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Bon Apetit!
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I am thrilled that Deb the lovely lady behind the delicious blog, smitten kitchen has published her first cookbook! While I was out shopping last weekend I discovered the beautiful mouthwatering book. This will be going to the top of my wish list for Santa!!
I hope you all had a delicious holiday with friends and family this past week! I spent the holiday with my family and made a homemade cornbread stuffing and a pumpkin cream pie to share. (Thank you Martha.) My sister roasted the most succulent turkey with a sage herbed butter rub paired with creamy garlic mashed potatoes, roasted squash, green beans with homemade candied walnuts and the most incredible roasted root vegetable salad on baby greens. My mom made her famous squash rolls, pecan tart and chilled mousse with raspberry drizzle. Mmmm! Let the tasty festivities continue!
I am still savoring the yummy leftovers!
Photo by Con Poulos
Over the last few days I have indulged in some of the things that make me happy. Art, food, Maine and friends! Here is what I’ve been up to…
1. Earlier this week I was browsing Etsy and on a whim searched for “paint by numbers”. I’ve had a love of paint by numbers for some time, so when I found this lovely set of lighthouse paintings from Johnny Vintage I splurged and bought it. I am thrilled every time I walk through my dinning room! Picture via Johnny Vintage
2. Is there anything better than a warm, homemade ginger snap cookie? I know it’s hard to envision, but yes there is! I just baked off a batch of my grandmother’s classic ginger snaps and got just a little creative with some ice cream. A scoop of French vanilla ice cream between two cookies makes for a share-worthy sandwich. My boyfriend and I polished off our ginger snap ice cream sandwich in record time with an accompanying glass of milk. What a marvelous way to enjoy warm homemade cookies!
3. Enjoying the seasonal foliage in the rain.
4. One night after work when all the shops and boutiques in Portland, ME were closed and sleeping, I popped into the city for a stroll and some window-shopping. I especially love the old cobblestone streets around the city, and here on Wharf Street.
5. That same night I grabbed a bite to eat with some friends at Portland Lobster Co. Despite the cold, rainy October evening we thoroughly enjoyed our heated tent on the wharf overlooking the waterfront.
As the summer winds down I am finding myself grasping for last adventures of the season. One example is the little evening trip I took with my boyfriend and father last weekend. We left Portland on my father’s lobster boat and ventured across Casco Bay to Great Diamond Island where we ate dinner at Diamond’s Edge Restaurant. We sat out on the porch over looking the little cove as the sun set. If you ever find yourself in Portland, ME I highly reccomend a ferry ride to this little gem for a memorable evening.
Yesterday morning I whipped up a batch of homemade pancakes with cinnamon and nutmeg and finished with sliced nectarines and Maine blueberries. I would definitely recommend this flavor combination with a drizzle of maple syrup!
Last night I made Martha’s Vietnamese Kabobs with a delicious dipping sauce served in lettuce wraps for my father and boyfriend. I paired the kabobs with a coconut basmati rice and lemon snow peas. The dinner was a huge success and for our second course my Lobsterman father prepared grilled lobster tails and steamed lobsters!! For dessert I roasted nectarine halves and served them with a scoop of Haagen Dazs vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkling of blueberries. It was delicious evening filled with great conversation!