Here’s a restaurant-quality meal for a special occasion that’s easily prepared at home. Sweet sea scallops encrusted with a pistachio-lemon zest combination are served atop a simple baked Champagne risotto accompanied by roasted asparagus. Since giving you a recipe for an American-inspired risotto some months ago, I’ve discovered a method for making risotto that is easy and foolproof — and I may never make risotto any other way again. Instead of painstakingly stirring risotto on the stovetop, the method I’ve discovered is to simply bake it.
After all the standard holiday fare, I’m always ready for something vastly different. This Indian-inspired spice-rubbed salmon with curried red lentils is certainly that, but it also fits with my desire to get back to a healthier diet.
If possible, choose wild salmon over farmed. Overall, it has higher nutritional value with less environmental impact.
Whenever I return from a trip, I come back inspired to cook something from that area’s cuisine. October was a hectic month for me that included business travel to Baltimore and personal travel to Austin, Texas, and the spectacular wine country of Northern California. Here’s the Baltimore-inspired dish — crab-stuffed flounder.