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Now That’s a Spicy-a-Scallop!

Alex took us on a small excursion to Queens for some classic Italian. Though I had to order the veal as it called to me, the seared scallops looked amazing. So when I saw that scallops where on sale at Whole Foods, I knew exactly how to cook them. This is a great light meal for a warm summer night.

Italian Pan-Seared Scallops

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large cloves of garlic
1 lb fresh, large scallops
few pinches of salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
2 cups baby spinach leaves
balsamic vinaigrette

Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan on medium high. Coarsely chop the garlic. Sprinkle the scallops with the salt. Add the garlic to the pan and before it gets brown, place the scallops in the pan, flat side down. Don’t over crowd the pan or the scallops won’t sear properly. Sprinkle the scallops with the parsley and chili flakes. Once the first side is brown, flip the scallops over and sear the other side. Toss the spinach lightly with the balsamic vinaigrette and divide it between two plates. Once the scallops are fully cooked, divide them between the two plates and place on top of the spinach. If needed reduce the pan liquids a little bit, and pour the pan drippings over the scallops and spinach.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat

My downstairs neighbor, Dave, is the master of meat. Though he is Jewish we have spent the past two Christmas Eves together. This year, we threw a big dinner and roasted a whole goose. It was glorious. However, that bird produced fat in biblical proportions. So I made potatoes!

Goose Fat Roasted Potatoes

6 russet potatoes
salt and pepper
½ cup rendered goose fat
2 cloves of garlic
1 head of flat leaf parsley

Pre heat your oven to its hottest setting.

Wash and scrub each potato. Cut each into approximately 1 inch, bite size pieces. Try to keep each piece an even size so that they will all cook at the same time. Place the potatoes in a bowl of salted water while you cut up each potato.

Drain the potatoes and place them on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle the potatoes generously with salt and pepper and coat them in the goose fat. Place in the oven and roast for 45 minutes.

Finely mince the garlic and parsley while the potatoes are roasting in the oven

Using tongs, turn the potatoes so that they can crisp on more than one side. Roast for another 30 minutes.

When the potatoes come out of the oven, sprinkle them with the garlic and parsley and more salt and pepper, serve.