Grilled scallops, mixed greens, roasted corn salsa

Grilled Scallops with Roasted Corn – Cilantro Salsa

We got a string of nice days last week before early March-like weather returned over the past few days, and I fired up the grill to make scallops.  Other than the roasting of the corn, this is a quick and easy meal to put together in under 30 minutes.  Makes me feel “summery”, even though its mid-April.

I brushed the corn lightly with melted butter and simply put the ears on the grill over low heat, turning occasionally for about 20 minutes.  Then I removed the corn off the cob into a large bowl and scraped off the cob to get a little more of the corn juice/flavor into the beginnings of the salsa.

I added one teaspoon of olive oil, a few squeezes of honey, a big helping of fresh cilantro (chopped), one jalapeno pepper (diced) along with salt and pepper and a dash of balsamic glaze.

Scallops in page

I screwed up the scallops a little bit I think.  I rinsed/dried them, then made a mistake of coating lightly with olive oil and lemon juice.  I’m thinking this move cost me a good searing, but in the end, scallops on the grill do taste pretty good.  I just missed the good grill marks (I used a “seafood” grill pan with tiny little holes in it) and crusty texture I like. Live and learn, right? If anyone has a technique for getting a nice sear when grilling, please clue me in.

Plated up with a mixed green salad with a honey/herb vinaigrette.  There you have it.  Try this out, give it your own spin and let me know how it turns out!

Music for this meal was Fix It from Bob Mould. The song makes me smile, and Bob hits the lyrical mark well with interesting metaphors.  Music and food – my equation for peach and tranquility.

Sampling of why it hits me in the sweet spot.  Don’t really know why, but I know it when I feel it.  Sort of like why I prefer minor chords.

I yell into a paper cone
Pounding on a piece of wood and wires
We all feel the crush of life
I don’t know how anyone survives

Small vibration, once it’s amplified
Can build you up and tear you down
Fly that kite ’til lightning strikes me to the ground

Fix it, fix it, fill it up
Time to fill your heart with love
Fix it, fix it, full enough
Time to find out who you are

Lyrics to “Fix It” by Bob Mould

IMG_2573

Flatbread grilling

I discovered tonight that dough is just the base for curiosity. 

Caramelized onions, roasted peppers, chorizo, a red wine reduction sauce and a goat cheese that was amazing. 

  

 

 Chianti and The War on Drugs again. 

IMG_2545

Solid Bucks County, PA Bakery

I love fresh bread. I love the texture of different types of loaves and the aromas of the bread, especially inside the bakery. 

I recommend the Bread Box Bakery in Perkasie, PA if you live local and haven’t experienced their goods yet. 

   

 

March light in the evening

March is never simple

Typically, March is my least favorite month.  Cold rain, grey skies, wind, soggy ground.  But, the snow is finally melted off and I’m beginning to search for daffodils.

I notice the changing evening light each night I do dishes.  I like the view from my sink.  There’s hope yet.

Strong wind, rain, thunder, lightening tonight.  Storm couch, indeed.  Blankets, Daily Show, maybe House of Cards.  Despicable characters, delightfully cynical.

Storm couch

Rest in peace, my dear Aunt Julie.  Your spirit, love and caring will never be forgotten.

20140712-084842-31722063.jpg

One sentence per day to start – great idea from Gretchen Rubin

Thank you, The Muse, for cranking out enjoyable and valuble content each day, where I typically learn something new. But I believe I need to credit Gretchen Rubin and her Happiness Project today for the idea of the “one sentence each day journal”.  Here’s goes nothing.

The link for the Muse post here

7 different clients made a statement similar to “Golfers really don’t read much, but they do like pictures”.

Beautiful-Golf-Course-hd-wallpaper-hd-wallpaper-1280x960-1-542361581f307-1707

My job is to create more engagement between golfers and their PGA Professionals.  How about more pictures of golfers having fun and enjoying the beauty of a golf course?  Just a thought.