I know! We are bad bloggers! But we’ve actually recently started a cooking club and one of the things we’re going to do with it is resurrect the blog. So stay tuned…

Oh and I just wanted to let anyone in the Boston/North End area know about this adorable Valentine’s Day idea from Mercado del Mare, it was too cute to not share! The idea is they provide all the fixings for home clambake so you and a loved one do not have to brave the weather and V-Day crowds by having a lovely evening at home.  So sweet! Check out their website for more details.

Every year Nantucket Bay Scallop season starts in October and it’s like Christmas come early. I was first introduced to these delicious little mollusks (about 1/3 the size of sea scallops) back in 2004 when I was living on Nantucket. For $25, residents of the island can pick up a permit, throw on some waders and grab as many scallops as their floating baskets can carry (babies must be thrown back). It’s hard work but fun and very rewarding! It also can be economical- in stores they can go for well over $20 per lb.

bay_scallop

Now I’m in Boston and not getting as many scalloping opportunities as I’d like but I’m lucky enough to live right near Mercado del Mare, a local fish store that gets bays in stock. When I found out they were in last week I rushed down and bought a pound, half to eat and half to freeze (they do freeze extremely well). I went home and made this recipe which I found on Mercado’s website:

Scallops in a Snap

My favorite scallop recipes are like this one- only a few fresh, quality ingredients since their so sweet and flavorful on their own you don’t need anything overshadowing them. Just sauteed in butter, they are perfect. Some people even choose to eat them raw! I’m also a fan of wrapping one in bacon, sticking a toothpick in it and popping it in the toaster for a few minutes. Ahhh…heaven on a plate.

As much as I have really not enjoyed living in a construction zone for the past few months, it is really bothering me now that I’m reading all of these crafty blogs with their Halloween treat project ideas! I really hit the jackpot today when I discovered One Pretty Thing. They are a super cool craft round-up of project ideas from all different sites but the ones I’m liking the most right now are the “Halloween Food and Drink Roundups.

photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

photo by Wendell Webber courtsey of Woman's Day

photo by Wendell Webber courtsey of Woman's Day

Some of these things look so delicious (or gross but that is the point) and it’s killing me that I do not have a kitchen in which to make them. Fortunately, one recipe featured is a “no bake” and I’m definitely going to try it out this week:

photo by Ralph Anderson courtesy of myrecipes and Southern Living

photo by Ralph Anderson courtesy of myrecipes and Southern Living

Condo renovations…ug. That has been my sad living situation for the past few months. We are doing a total gut job on our place and while I was told we’d be painting by August, we are now into September and still do not have walls (sigh).  One thing this means is that I have been living without a kitchen for quite some time. One question many people have is “how do you eat?” so I decided to do a post with some tips in case anyone else out there finds themselves in a similar circumstance:

1. Take out. Get to know your local takeout places very well! Yelp, Menu Pages and Dining In are here to help. Some places even have weekly specials, like our local Hot Tomatoes who does a different pasta dish every day or Artu with their assorted vegetable platter that changes daily. This helps maintain at least some variety.

2. We are lucky enough to live in New England and have access to Stop & Shop’s Peapod.  I recently stocked up on all kinds of good and somewhat healthy frozen dinners and snacks. We still have access to some of our appliances including our friedge, microwave and convection oven, thank goodness!

3. Sign up for local delis, butchers, etc. email lists. I am on several email lists of local shops who send me specials they are running including pre-cooked dinner options. Our local fish market, Mercado del Mare, sends one out three times a week which is how I found out about their new tuna burgers. Popped it in the convection oven, set to broil, done in less than 10 min. Nice!

(photo courtesy of the Mercado del Mare website)

(photo courtesy of the Mercado del Mare website)

It’s definitely been a challenge even though we’re lucky enough to live in a neighborhood with lots of dinner options. I can’t said we’ve eaten healthy every night (we did do Chinese this week) but we’re trying. And hopefully we will be cooking once again by… Christmas? New Years? Memorial Day?…

Just back from a few weeks in Seoul, South Korea and wanted to share a few thoughts on the food.  Sadly, I was really not a fan.  This shouldn’t surprise you if you’ve read this blog before since I am clearly a bread/cheese/French food kind of gal and Korean food is a lot of pickled veggies and spicy-ness.  Oh and a LOT of seafood, which aside from a few exceptions (e.g. scallops in citrus beurre blanc), I am not overly fond of consuming.  I realized quickly that I didn’t even like most of the soups since the stocks are generally fish-based.

However, I am definitely a fan of Korean bbq.  I love making my own little lettuce wraps with beef, rice, garlic, mushrooms and soybean paste.  Very tasty.  (Though to be completely honest, I was very excited to get home to my fresh, un-pickled farm veggies).

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite meals/snacks.

Noodle soup in a medieval bowl

Noodle soup in a medieval bowl

Korean Bbq (think there are enough side dishes?)

Korean Bbq (think there are enough side dishes?)

Street food.  Yum?

Street food. Yum?

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt.  SO GOOD.

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt. SO GOOD.

Bar food, including octopus jerky.

Bar food, including octopus jerky.

Bibimbap (rice and a raw egg mixed in with a bunch of other stuff)

Bibimbap (rice and a raw egg mixed in with a bunch of other stuff)

Fantastic pancakes- potato and leek respectively

Fantastic pancakes- potato and leek respectively

Yes, those are corn flakes and coco puffs on frozen yogurt.  And it was wonderful.

Yes, those are corn flakes and coco puffs on frozen yogurt. And it was wonderful.

Iced persimmons and pomegranate tea- best afternoon snack.

Iced persimmons and pomegranate tea- best afternoon snack.

This is a little “Part 2” of my last post- while up on the roof for the bbq, I noticed my neighbor Court had a pretty impressive little tomato garden going.

He had about 5 large tomato plants plus chives, basil, parsley, etc.

tomato

Last week the rain kindly took a break long enough for our neighbors and Seth and I to have a perfect summer BBQ. We live in a building with 3 condo units and our neighbor, Court, happens to live on the top floor with roof access. On the roof he has a grill, table and chairs which is all you need in the summer, right?

Seth, Court and Franny on the roof

Seth, Court and Franny on the roof

For food we kept it simple- fresh veggies cut up, tossed in olive oil/salt/pepper and skewered with marinated garlicky beef, lemon chicken and shrimp. Salad fixings from the farmers market at City Hall Plaza, corn on the cob and some wine/Dark ‘n Stormies. For such an easy, simple meal it was really quite heavenly.

Cookout

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