Seared Sea Scallops and Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Valentines day is right around the corner.  Raise your hand if you love going out a crowded restaurant, slow service, and a limited prix fixe menu?  That’s assuming you can find a parking spot or hail an Uber to even get there.  If you are like me – rather, if your significant other is anything like mine, – the above scenario is not a recipe for a romantic evening out.  I have no desire to be an innocent bystander during my husband’s soliloquy on “why downtown traffic/parking sucks” or “why isn’t the rib-eye on this menu?”  Nope, in all honesty, I would rather skip the whole ordeal.  Why not make…

How to: Decadent Valentine’s Day Chocolates

Chocolate making is one of those elusive and complicated processes that seems to require both equipment and skills that I do not possess.  I always love the idea of making and gifting homemade chocolates.  I never really considered myself (or my skill set) up to the challenge.  But, today, we are debunking this myth and taking on chocolate making like the capable adults that we are. First of all, what kind of chocolates are we making?  Well, internet friends, what is the most classic and popular flavor combination?  Chocolate and peanut butter.  Duh…😉  No, we aren’t making knock-off Reese’s.  We are making a dark chocolate peanut butter truffle that is, dare…

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Hearts

You guys, how cute are these little Valentine’s?  I wouldn’t complain one little bit if someone gave these little cuties to me.  Buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread dipped in chocolate.  Yes. Please. I wanted to make sure I was bringing ya’ll the best shortbread and making the tastiest chocolate dipped combo so I tested all variations of brown sugar vs. white sugar brown butter vs. regular butter, and everything in between!  (We even tested two different baking temperatures: 300 and 350.)  And, you guys, guess what.  When dipped in super delish Belgian dark chocolate the winner hands-down was good old fashioned white sugar and regular butter creamed together all…

January’s Entertaining Tips: Raw Oyster Tasting

Ok, have we all been to wine tasting parties?  Or what about the wine and cheese pairing parties?  Here in Seattle, beer and/or hard cider tastings are having a moment in the sun. And I’m willing to bet most of us have been to at least some iteration of one of the above. Here is the thing, I love the idea of a party surrounding the exploration and sampling of something new!!  Who doesn’t love trying yummy new things??  Plus, I love interactive parties that encourage people to chat it up about food/flavors etc.  Its great especially when not all of the guests know each other.  Commonality (or friendly disagreement)…

Lemon Sesame Soba Noodles with Brussel Sprouts

Okay. If someone asked you to make the easiest dinner on the planet thats also healthy, vegetarian, and gluten free, what would you make?  The answer is lemon sesame soba noodles with brussel sprouts. With a light lemony sauce, shaved brussel sprouts, garlic, shallots, sesame seeds, and 100% buckwheat noodles, this noodle dish is the ticket!  Also, you can make it in 15 minutes. I saw Sesame Brussel Sprout Soba with Ginger on Naturally Ella and loved the idea.  This recipe was inspired by it!  I knew after trying the original (it was delicious!) that it would be super lovely with the flavor of fresh lemons.  So I made a…
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