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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Recipe Gurl's Must Try Scallop Dish

So, I’ve never been good at cooking scallops in the pan, they always come out tough and rubbery. I always end up disappointed because I love getting scallop dishes in restaurants, but can never successfully cook them at home. So when I saw this recipe for BAKING scallops I had to try it. This was soo easy and the scallops came out perfectly. To make the dish more figure friendly, I swapped out butter for Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil http://www.smartbalance.com/products/buttery-spread/smart-balance-light-buttery-spread-made-extra-virgin-olive-oil  This is a great dish for company or a date night because it looks and tastes impressive, but takes no time at all. Add a salad, crusty bread, and white wine, and you have yourself a simple yet fancy meal!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs scallops (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • Salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, separated 3 Tbsp and 3 Tbsp
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs

Method

1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Place scallops in a medium sauté pan. Add the wine and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for 4 minutes. No longer. Remove the scallops to a 1.5 quart casserole baking dish. Pour off the cooking liquid to a separate container and reserve.
2 Heat 3 Tbsp butter in the sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until wilted, a couple minutes.
3 Slowly sprinkle the flour and add the cooking liquid over the butter onion mixture, whisking vigorously while you do so. As soon as the sauce is thickened, add it to the scallops in the casserole baking dish. Stir to fully incorporate the scallops into the sauce.
4 Sprinkle bread crumbs over the scallops and dot with the remaining 3 Tbsp butter. Bake in the oven at 400°F until bubbly and brown, approximately 15 minutes.
Serves 6. Serve with lemon slices.

You can also find the recipe here: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baked_scallops/

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blog Face-Lift!

As you can see, my little blog got a very much-needed "face-lift". These large gray and white stripes with the turquoise title are simple, chic and very 'me'.  I want to send out a HUGE thank you to Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling for designing the template and being so accommodating.  If you haven't seen her blog - then you must check it out as it's one of my absolute faves.  Not only does she have amazing interior design taste and advice but she also has great blog-design services (obviously).  Just take a look at one of her fabulous Design Boards:



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Since we're on the topic of bloggers I love - I have to throw a shout-out to 6th Street Design School by Kirsten Krason.  I mentioned her in my previous Blog about my Latest ObsessionsI emailed her to tell her that she was one of my faves and that I had added her to my "Blogs I Adore" sidebar.  She wrote back right away with a super sweet email (which made me love her even more) and then proceeded to graciously add me to her "Blog Roll"!   

I love seeing how wonderful and helpful fellow-bloggers can be.  It makes all of this so worth-while. 

So thank you again Elizabeth and Kirsten - you girls are the BEST!!!

xoxo-
Amanda

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Latest Obsessions

So it's been awhile since I've posted anything.  Frankly, I've been far too busy online shopping and stalking other blogs to work on my own!  The plus side of my hiatus is that I have found new blogs and shopping websites that I can no longer live without.  Here are my latest obsessions:


1.  Homedecorators.com - Um, excuse me - where has this website been my whole life?!  I've always loved  Overstock.com for finding great buys for the home - but this website takes online bargain shopping to a whole new chic level.  Here are just a few delicious items I have to have:


Reflections Lyre Cabinet
This little gem is a part of the "Reflections" Collection that has the most gorgeous pieces for the home and are all under $600!  I plan on scooping this cabinet up for my family room in lieu of the norm Entertainment Center.  Since the wall where my TV lives is so large, I plan on flanking both sides of the cabinet with two of these bookshelves from the same collection:


Reflections Cabinet
I also fell in love with this ornate mirror I plan on using in my entry-way.  


Louis Mirror
There are so many things I could post from homedecorators.com but I'd rather you take a look for yourself.  The website really does have something for everyone's style and budget.  


2.  6th Street Design School by Kirsten Krason.  If a blog could be my soulmate, this blog would be it.  It's as if this Utah-based Interior Designer has a direct tap into my brain, heart, soul and design aesthetic.  I stumbled across this design board on my other love, Pinterest and it was love at first sight:  




I am using the above Design Board for my Family Room Inspiration.  Can't you envision the White Reflections Cabinet and Bookshelves amidst this gray and turquoise perfection?  I may swap out the insect pillows for more chevron pillows - but I still love the entire concept.  Here's another one of her design boards I absolutely could die for:





3.  Iomoi.com - Okay so everyone who knows me, knows I have a sick addiction to stationary and paper products.  I also have an addiction to anything with an asian flare and elephants (random, I know).  So you mix all three of those items and it's a match made in heaven.  Here are just a few of the items I can't live without:

How Cute is this Return Address Label??
Lucite Stationary Box for my Office?  Yes Please!
Cutest.Stationary.Ever.

Seriously, I can't even stand how stinkin' cute this stuff is.  So friends and family - prepare yourself for getting random notes and snail mail from me just so I have an excuse to buy all of these items!

Are there any blogs and or websites that have you been stalking lately?  If so, let me know!