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Seared Scallops with Bacon, Peas, and Red Quinoa

Seared scallops had always been one of those dishes that seemed best left to the restaurant experts.  Delicately juicy on the inside with a perfectly caramelized crust on the outside − it’s any seafoodie’s dream! When I decided to try to tackle cooking these oceans gems myself at home, I started to do my usual cooking tutorial research … Continue reading

Spring Pea and Cabbage Slaw with Old Bay

Last year, Natalya and I attended the Meatball Master Class at the De Gustibus Cooking School which was taught by Daniel Holzman of the The Meatball Shop.  This refreshing Spring Pea and Cabbage Slaw was served with Mini Maryland Crabcake Balls, and it balanced the saltiness of the crabcakes quite well.  Daniel recommended to use … Continue reading

Osteria Morini, NYC

Osteria Morini Executive Chef: Michael White Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $10-15 appetizers, $15-20 mains Address: 218 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10012 Phone: 212-965-8777 Hours: Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30am -4pm; Lunch Mon-Fri11:30am-3:30pm; Bar Menu Mon-Fri 3:30pm-5pm; Dinner Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-10:30pm I had a friend in town which gave me an opportunity to play … Continue reading

Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Peas in a Dill Cream Sauce

We had a good amount of crème fraîche leftover from the  Chicken and Artichoke Fricassée with Morel Mushrooms recipe, and as we were fairly new in cooking this particular ingredient, we were a bit stumped as to what to do with it.  As the expiration date loomed near, I started searching all over the internet … Continue reading