Summer entertaining doesn’t have to be a grilling occasion. A few weekends ago we invited friends for a casual dinner on the porch, where we skipped the open flames for a light, creamy risotto. And if you want the full truth…I was dying to set the table with my hand-painted shellfish bowls. So this time I let the table setting dictate the main course, and I knew my summery shrimp and corn-studded risotto would be a match made in heaven. Continue reading
If you’re thinking the tacos above look as though they’ve been sprinkled with weeds just pried from a garden, you are correct. And no, I haven’t lost my mind! A few years ago, I read an intriguing article on foraging in the wild and was surprised to learn how many edible plants we overlook. My favorite, and pictured above, is the wildly abundant Yellow Wood Sorrel. Also known as Oxalis Stricta, it has heart shaped leaves that grow in sets of three with tiny yellow flowers, and tastes deliciously sour and lemony. If you’ve never noticed it before, you’ll see it everywhere now that you’ve read this. Continue reading
Sea scallops are elegant in presentation yet incredibly fast and easy to prepare. Their sweet, creamy flesh cooks in about four minutes, making them the perfect entertaining dish. Prepare the salad ahead of time, bring it to room temperature, and dress it just before serving. Then sear and plate the scallops before your guests realize you’ve stepped away! If it’s a beautiful evening and you’re dining outside, brush them with canola oil, season with salt and pepper, and throw them on a medium-high heated grill instead. Serve with a crisp, chilled Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.
I created and photographed this recipe for the April issue of Sheridan Road magazine, wanting to share a recipe that embraced spring flavors yet transitioned to easy summer entertaining. And truth be told, I wanted a dish that would look beautiful in my antique Wedgwood shallow bowls. I have a serious china addiction, and these are one of my absolute favorite finds! Continue reading