The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry


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Seared Scallops with Coconut, Mango & Kiwi

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My husband and I once traveled to a remote coastal town in Maine in search of the perfect seared scallops. Unfortunately for us, the chef was having an off night, and so the pinnacle of our scallop-tasting experiences eluded us.

But now, it just might be here, in these butter-seared scallops with a trifecta of sauces: coconut cream infused with lemongrass and ginger, a puree of mango and lime juice, and a kiwi puree. And just in time for Valentine’s Day! I hope you make this and enjoy it with your favorite one(s).

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Love, Part I: Vanilla-Saffron Risotto and Pan-Seared Scallops

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About 15 years ago I read a food essay in the New York Times about a man wanting to impress his girlfriend by making a romantic dinner. He chose to make risotto for her, and in his essay he described so vividly and passionately each step in the cooking process that it changed my whole outlook on making food for people. Continue reading