Recipe: Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Recipe: Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

Pasta with Scallops, Tomato, Basil

Pasta has always been my favorite blank canvas food. It allows for so much creativity in the kitchen. One of my favorite ways to eat pasta is with my family’s homemade Sunday Sauce (sometimes called gravy), it’s a heavy sauce that is as full of flavor as it is with love. However, a simple recipe – like this Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil one – sometimes is just what you need, it doesn’t take long and is filling and flavorful!

I made this sometime on a lazy day this past July, it features my favorite ingredients – basil, tomatoes, scallops, and – of course – garlic! I also recommend you serve with some pecorino romano on the side – I don’t mention it in the recipe, as that sort of something my family does with all pasta’s ;)

Pasta with Scallops, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil
Serves 6
A tasty comfort meal, that's perfect for any day of the week!
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Ingredients
  1. 25 Grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise down the middle
  2. 1 Tsp of salt
  3. 1/2 Cup of basil, chiffonade
  4. 1/4 Cup olive oil
  5. 1 Shallot, diced
  6. 4 Cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 2lbs Small scallops
  8. 1 Package of your favorite spaghetti (or angel hair), cooked according to the directions on the package
Instructions
  1. Brill a large pot of water to a boil, cook your pasta according to your preference or just by following the directions on the box of pasta. While your pasta is boiling prep your ingredients.
  2. In a large saute pan heat the olive oil at medium heat, add the diced shallots and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute more, then add your sliced grape tomatoes and basil, cooking for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the scallops and reduce heat to low. Turn off the heat once the scallops have cooked – this should usually (in my experience) take anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes, it’s important to keep an eye on your scallops as you don’t want to overcook them.
  3. Once the pasta has cooked (preferably when it’s al dente), drain and return to it’s pot. Mix in the scallop mixture and add salt, serve and enjoy!
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Recipe: Five Minute Half-Sour Pickles

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I’ve loved pickles ever since I was a kid – in fact I loved them so much that close family members knew that spare pickle spears (the ones you get with a burger and such) were to be immediately surrendered to me. I could eat them all day – in fact, one summer not too long ago I bought a massive jar and finished the entire thing off while watching black & white films with my sister. I probably should have died from salt intake, but boy is it amazing what the human body puts up with!

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Here’s a super simple, easy recipe for half-sour pickles. Now I’m a mostly indiscriminate pickle lover except for one type – those sweet butter kind. I hate ‘em. Which is why you’ll never catch me makin’ them. Now these, they’re not like normal salty green hamburger pickles – the garlic flavor really gives them this mouthwatering freshness and bite! They go great with burgers and sandwiches, as well as all by themselves. But seriously, this recipe is so easy that you’re going to love impressing people with your “home-made pickles” – they’ll think you’re a culinary genius!

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Five Minute Half-Sour Pickles
Super simple, super quick pickles. Perfect for parties, BBQ's, or last minute pickle cravings!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Kirby Cucumbers*
  2. 3 Cloves of Garlic, thoroughly smashed
  3. 1/4 Cup of White Vinegar
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  5. 1/2 Cup of Water
  6. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Slice up those kirby cucumbers to ideal pickle size – you can do spears or the normal “chip” shape. Pop them in a glass heat-safe bowl or cup – something that they’ll fit comfortably in – then take your vinegar and pour it on top of your cucumbers.
  2. In a small pot or pan, combine your water, sugar, pinch of salt and 3 smashed garlic cloves. Once the mixture begins to boil remove from heat and pour it over your cucumber/pickle mixture.
  3. Five minutes is enough time for your cucumber slices to absorb all that flavor and emerge as tasty pickles! Take them to BBQ’s, picnics, and the next time you have an insatiable craving!
Notes
  1. * The recipe should turn out the same if you use normal or hot house or “English” cucumbers, in case you can’t get a hold of kirby.
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XO Almond Berry Trifle Recipe!

I love trifle, the mixture of pudding, cake, whipped cream and berries totally does it for me. It’s fun, it’s decadent, it combines my favorite kinds of dessert, and you can get really creative with it. I want to say that this XO Almond Berry Trifle is perfect for Valentine’s Day – and it is – but really, it’s great for anytime you want something wonderfully fantastic! The flavors of the almond vanilla pudding, mixed berries, and chocolate and vanilla cake make this trifle one of my favorites.Trifle with BlackberriesEasy Almond Berry Trifle

You can be real fancy and make both the cakes, pudding, and whipped cream from scratch. Personally, I’m not above a good store bought cake – although for the chocolate cake I used a doctored cake mix. Also, I use just a smidge less milk for the Jell-O instant pudding mix because it makes the mix a bit thicker and works better with the trifle. And feel free to change the berries up to suit your preference!

Easy XO Almond Berry Trifle
I used a 6 inch glass dish for my trifle – it’s enough to serve six.

XO Almond Berry Trifle
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Package Each of Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, & Cherries
  2. 1 Large Box of Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
  3. 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Almond Extract
  4. 1 2/3rd Cups of Milk (for the Jell-O Mix)
  5. 1/2 a Loaf Entemann’s Pound Cake
  6. Chocolate Cake (You can make this before hand, or just buy premade from the store)
  7. Whipped Cream – I use the canned kind, or you can easily make it from scratch
Instructions
  1. Make one box of Jello-O Vanilla Instant Pudding, add the almond extract and mix thoroughly and set aside. Prepare your berries by washing, and in the case of the cherries, pitting.
  2. Cube both the vanilla and chocolate cake – keep seperate, as you’ll want to layer them in seperately.
  3. Layer, in this order, chocolate cake, whipped cream, pitted cherries, blackberries, 1/2 of the vanilla almond pudding, pound cake, remaining pudding, raspberries & blueberries.
  4. Serve with whipped cream. It’s a little messy, but boy is it delicious! Enjoy!
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Lemon Basil Bow Tie Pasta Recipe!

This recipe is one of my favorites, it’s creamy and tasty and just generally amazing! What’s really great is that it’s actually a very versatile recipe, for example you can change out asparagus for sauteed spinach if you prefer, or add more lemon zest and grape tomatoes for a more bright spring-like flavor. I just love it – the flavor of the lemon and the basil play wonderfully together. It’s a simple pasta that’s filling and flavorful, what more could you ask for?

Lemon Basil Bow Tie Pasta

Lemon Basil Recipe

12oz of Farfalle (Bow Tie) Pasta (about 3/4 box)
3 Garlic Cloves – minced
1 lb Asparagus Spears – cut into 1 inch segments
1 Small Onion – finely chopped
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
Zest of 2 Lemons
Juice of 1 Lemon
8 oz of Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
Bunch of Basil, about 21 leaves – chopped finely into strips
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Boil the pasta until al dente, drain and let cool in a bowl. Add zest to the pasta and set aside to cool.

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2. Chop up garlic, onion, and asparagus. Pour olive oil into a small pan at medium to low heat. Saute onions until they are translucent. Add garlic and chopped asparagus. Place lid on pan and let the mixture sweat until the asparagus looks bright green. Remove from heat.

3. Add asparagus mixture to the pasta and mix well. Allow to cool.

4. Once pasta is cool add the juice of one lemon, the Greek yogurt and mayonnaise. Mix in chopped basil and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Drop me a comment and let me know if you try this recipe out and what ways you make it your own!

 

 

Sweet Satisfaction with HERSHEY & Duane Reade!

DiscLike most New Yorkers, I’m perpetually running around the city – which is why I rely so much on Duane Reade. I can count on being able to find whatever I need in a pinch. I’ll usually run in for some water, fuel (of a food-like nature), or a new beauty product that I’ve been dying to get my hands on and know that Duane Reade will definitely have in stock. However, most recently I have been enjoying HERSHEY’S BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji and Raspberry Flavors!

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I have quite a few “favorite” Duane Reade locations – I mean, I love them all but some locations more than others really knock it out of the park for me. One of those locations is the Duane Reade right across the street from the Empire State Building. Despite the massive amounts of foot traffic from visitors and locals, I never ever have had to wait more than a couple minutes to check out.

My sister and I had a busy morning covering the opening of a new store in the city and stopped in for a treat on the way to our next destination. Our usual dark chocolate pick is HERSHEY’S BLISS Dark Chocolate, which I always pick up at Duane Reade – they always have them in stock and offer a great selection. But I have been enjoying BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji and Raspberry Flavors for a couple weeks now, and was determined to introduce my sister to it.

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BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji and Raspberry Flavors is made with Goji fruit flavored centers as well as other exotic fruit flavors like raspberry. It has a bright sweet tart flavor that pairs perfectly with the dark chocolate – yum! I also love how they’re small pieces, I feel like it makes it a more portion-friendly treat.

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I literally walked up to the wall next to the registers, picked out my favorite BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate and was checked out in under a couple minutes. I love that BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate comes in a resealable package – it’s super convenient, and makes it perfect for when you’re on the go!

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