Boston, you’re my home

I took the boat into Boston today and had a lovely few hours with a wonderful friend.
People watching in Faneuil Hall…
Window shopping in Quincy Market…
Lunch at Cheers…
Checking out the seals at the aquarium…
A stroll along Harbor Walk.
The weather was perfect… low 80’s, sunny and dry.
A day well spent!

Thank you, Boston!

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Culinary exploration

I’ve always been a pretty good cook. My mum tells me I have my grandmother’s ability to throw things together without a recipe and have it turn out yummy. (Thanks Mimi!)

Until recently, my foray into cooking has been mostly devoted to baking. I make an amazing coffee cake (if I do say so myself,) walnut chocolate chip cookies, pineapple upside-down cake… and when I started taking French classes last spring, I decided that it was essential for me to learn to bake French madeleines from scratch… so I did. Sooo good!  The list goes on, but I’m making myself hungry… so I’ll leave it at that.

baked goodness

 

Fast forward to this week…

Monday I went out to do the grocery shopping (one of my least favorite chores, but what can you do) and found that sea scallops were on sale… and a GOOD sale… good enough for me to buy a pound and a half of the little buggers.  I decided to pan sear them and serve them on top of spinach that I sautéed with a little olive oil, shallots and fresh lemon and alongside some parmesan risotto and steamed asparagus.  Sounds good, right?  Ummm… sooo good!  I was quite impressed with myself.  I knew I’d done a good job when my dad said “how many scallops do I get?” when the platter gets set on the table.  By the way… no leftovers!

 

Tonight I’m going to make an old stand-by… chicken cacciatore!  Stay tuned!