Where has the summer gone?

June 29th, 2009

As I was writing that title, I started slowly humming “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and then immediately thought, to the Pride Parade, of course!

Let me go back for a minute. Where has Ginny been? Mark emailed me this week to see what was up since I haven’t posted in awhile. Well, to be honest, I haven’t felt much like cooking or writing much…I’ve also found lately that I am so incredibly busy… running around the city like crazy and finally having time to see all that Chicago has to offer… The Taste of Chicago, the Pride Parade, the Green City Market, miniature golfing at Grant Park, the beach… the last few weeks have been fun… hanging with friends and enjoying the long awaited sunshine!

This week I started wanting to cook again… J came to visit last week. We explored Old Town… stumbling across Old Town Oil (Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar) and the Spice House…where I may have picked up a few new things… with J here, I started to cook a little bit again and it was fun! well, most things with J are fun… even moving my bed up 9 flights of stairs… now that’s a story…

I think the cooking bug has starting biting again… I feel inspired… I’m excited to start playing in my teeny tiny kitchen again… I also was hit by an idea… details will follow… so you must stay posted…

Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten my goal to make a recipe from that huge stack of cookbooks… This recipe comes from Seafood, a gift from two of my great high school friends. That birthday, my seventeenth, I believe, I had to answer riddles before they would hand me a gift.  Given my love of cooking, they picked a beautiful cookbook…gorgeous photographs and some amazing recipes using fish I have never ever heard of… I love flipping through it and decided on this recipe to use my new cute basil plant. I really liked the scallops out of the oven but not as much the next day. The sauce was amazing but you really can’t go wrong with shallots, white wine and butter… enjoy!  Thanks, girls!  I miss you!

Scallop Piroshskis with Basil Leaves
(adapted from Seafood)

6 Scallops, rinsed and patted dry
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
6 basil leaves
1 egg yolk
1 shallot
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
3 tablespoon butter (recipe calls for a whole stick but I cut that down a bit!)
salt and pepper

1. Peel and finely chop the shallot. In a frying pan, add the white wine, white wine vinegar and shallots. Reduce until only 80 percent of the liquid. Add the cream and reduce the liquid by half. Beat in butter with a whisk. Keep the sauce warm in a double boiler (or on low)
2. Slice the scallops in half and place a basil leave in between the halves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. On a lightly floured surface roll out the puff pastry and cut into 6 equal pieces. Place a scallop in the middle of one piece and wrap the puff pastry around it. Brush with the egg yolk. Repeat for all the scallops.
4. Bake at 350 for about 8 min. (If I remember correctly, mine took about 10-12 min.). Serve warm with the sauce.

5 Responses to “Where has the summer gone?”

  1. Manggy on June 30, 2009 8:16 am

    It’s nice to have you back Ginny! I’m glad J has been keeping you company… Now, have you gone to Vanille?! Hmmm?!


    I love pretty much all shellfish, but scallop is way, way up there in my estimation! Love this! :)

  2. Sylvia on July 1, 2009 4:11 am

    In summer I usually be busy doing a lot of things, gardening shopping, too.Your scallops looks delicious and fresh, perfect for summer

  3. Neen on July 7, 2009 6:33 pm

    Yeah inspiration for cooking/blogging comes and goes. I do hope you like Chicago though! We’re heading back in a couple weeks to visit family, and will be spending a whole weekend hanging out in the city for the first time in years. Looking forward to it. And thanks for stopping by — I must admit, I’m floored that you still kept us on your blog reader after a 12 month hiatus!

  4. Ben on July 9, 2009 6:07 am

    I was there only for 4 days, but I fell in love with the city. When we move there I know who I am going to turn to for stuff to do in the city :-p

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