A Double Dose of Summer Flavors
Summer produce is at its height and last night for dinner we had some of the best food that summer has to offer.
First, we had warm scallop salad with corn, nectarines, and basil from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.
This is the first time I have ever bought and cooked sea scallops. They were amazing. I was worried while I was cooking them that I was overcooking them. Then, I worried while we were eating them that I had undercooked them and we’d all get really sick. But, I worried for no reason. I followed Dorie’s timing exactly and they were cooked perfectly. I have to admit that the recipe was a little intimidating at first glance with all of its different components, but it worked out rather nicely and nothing was overly difficult. From beginning to serving, it took about an hour.
Now, this was definitely pricier than out average meal, and I probably would have skipped it if my Dad was not here visiting from out of town. It is a great special occasion summer dinner since most of the components, except for the last minute cooking of the scallops and nectarines, can be made ahead of time. Then, all you have to do is arrange everything nicely on the plate and serve it.
Next, for dessert, I finally got around to making the berry galette from Baking with Julia.
I have to say that this was probably the smallest little galette I have ever made. It was barely 6 inches in diameter, but it was delicious. I loved the texture that the cornmeal added and I also loved that it was all gone in one night; no leftovers to get soggy for the next day. We had it with homemade peach ice cream and it was a wonderful summer dessert.
Now, I still have the other half of the galette dough and I am definitely thinking of something peachy for that one. I still have about 20 peaches left to deal with. But, it may have to wait for a couple of days. We have a busy couple of days coming up with museums, historic sites, and a baseball game, not to mention eating out at great restaurants. However, you should go make one of these galettes! You can find the recipe here and here. Have a great weekend everyone!