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Thank you all so very much for your kind words after my dog died. We miss Jezebel tons but we are keeping busy (and showering her brother Jake with lots of extra attention)…we’re doing okay :)

For the past week and a half, my husband and I have been home while our kids are away at camp. It’s been a really wonderful “staycation”…the type of experience I recommend for all parents, if possible! My husband usually travels quite a bit for work and is only home on the weekends, which means we don’t get to spend that much time together. Having almost 2 straight weeks for just the two of us to hang out has been really, really amazing.

Earlier in the summer, we came to the realization that our house was in major need of deep cleaning, some painting, and a bunch of small fixes here and there. We also hatched a plan to redecorate our kids rooms. With the kiddos gone, we’ve been working steadily to accomplish these tasks (except for the painting…we hired someone to do that) and it feels really good. We rented a 10 yard dumpster and got rid of SO many things that were cluttering up our home; we’ve also donated lots of items and even sold some at a yard sale.

In addition to all the working (and multiple trips to Ikea), we’ve played a lot, too. We’ve gone on lots of walks and hikes, and watched a bunch of movies…Crazy, Stupid Love was my favorite! We’ve also been cooking a lot. Because our kids don’t really like fish or seafood, and we don’t eat it much when they are around, we’ve had it for a lot of our meals. We thought this Seared Scallops recipe was really terrific.

Scallops with Gremolata | Healthy Green Kitchen

I adore scallops. They are a great source of protein and they are SO quick to make…seriously, this recipe only takes about 10 minutes. I adapted it slightly from my friend Lynda and it’s a keeper, for sure.

I love the idea of the Pea Purée on which Lynda served her scallops, but peas aren’t in season now so we enjoyed ours over chopped broccoli and yellow squash (from our garden) sautéed with garlic and olive oil instead. I think these scallops would also be great over rice (or any grain, really); pasta would work, too (but seriously…when does pasta NOT work?).

I LOVE the Alaskan Weathervane scallops from Vital Choice(<--affiliate link). They are pricey but delicious, and wild/sustainably harvested. I think they are worth the occasional indulgence, but otherwise just use the best quality scallops you can find. As for the gremolata, you can play with it, if you like: parsley and mint are more "traditional" gremolata ingredients, I believe. I like using preserved lemon rind because it's so flavorful (instead of "regular" lemon zest); if you do this omit the salt in the gremolata, since preserved lemons are already quite salty.

Recipe for Seared Scallops with Gremolata


For the gremolata:

*1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
*1-2 garlic cloves, minced
*2-3 teaspoons finely minced preserved lemon rind (or finely grated lemon zest)
*1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (omit if using preserved lemon rind)
*1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the scallops:

*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1 tablespoon butter
*1-1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops
*Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper


1.Prepare the gremolata by mixing the cilantro, garlic, preserved lemon rind (or lemon zest), salt and pepper together in a small bowl. (Or just mix everything together on a cutting board--that's what I did.) Taste and add more garlic, salt, and/or pepper, if necessary.

2. Pat scallops completely dry (this is extremely important) and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil with butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the scallops, making sure not to overcrowd in the pan. Cook, turning once with tongs, until brown on both sides and just cooked through (about 4 minutes). Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining scallops. Serve over the accompaniment of your choice, with the gremolata spooned over the scallops. Serve immediately.

Adapted from TasteFood.

Scallops with Gremolata | Healthy Green Kitchen


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    Lynda — August 20, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    Hi Winnie – Thanks so much for linking to my recipe. I love your idea of switching in garden veggies. I will in turn take inspiration from your staycation. Goodness knows I need it! x

    • Winnie replied: — August 26th, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

      I’ve been wanting to make the recipe for years, Lynda :)

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    Georgie — August 21, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    I loved Crazy Stupid Love too. Sounds like your having a great summer – well deserved as well. I love the idea of the fresh gremolata a top of the scallops-yum!

    • Winnie replied: — August 26th, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

      I want to see that movie again. And again!

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — August 21, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    I’m very jealous of your productive staycation… it’s amazing how a little rearranging and purging and a clean coat of paint can make a house feel that much more comfortable. I’m thinking of setting aside some time next spring to do the very same thing to my home.
    Also, I am totally dying over these scallops. I have a bag of gorgeous scallops in the freezer that I’ve been saving for a special occasion. Finding the perfect recipe to make with them totally counts, right? :)

    • Winnie replied: — August 26th, 2013 @ 6:53 pm


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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 21, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I love scallops too! Yours look perfectly seared and the gremolata topper is a great idea!

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    miya — August 21, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Mmm this looks delicious! I love gremolata, it goes perfectly well with almost anything!

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    Kalyn — August 21, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    This sounds like a perfect summer meal!

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    Logishealth — August 22, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    nice recipe… awesome… will try this out someday…

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    Terry Shaw — August 24, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I also love scallops! Vital Choice is my best pick but totally pricey. Anyway, I love your recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing! :-D

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    autumn — August 25, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    glad to hear you’re doing well, winnie! You given me such a huge scallop craving. It has been soooo long since I’ve had them.

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    Kristin — August 26, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Great scallop recipe – will try it! Love scallops. What did you serve underneath them or as side dish?

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