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Shrimp, Scallop and Corn Bisque with Brandy

A rich and creamy seafood bisque that can serve as a meal for two or a starter for four.

Great Al-fresco dinner with Frutti di Mare

Well now Sue is back safe and sound from Atlanta and the weather outside in the evening it was a great opportunity for a seafood dinner for two on the deck. Frutti di mare is so easy to do and you can mix and match whatever seafood is readily available. Ditch the scallops and add some calamari or whatever works for you. When ever I get this urge for a seafood blowout like this I always try to time it for the weekend when Jumbo Seafood at Blair Rd is open as everything is so fresh. Send them ...

Chicken Cashew Szechuan

Everyone has a few tattered and torn cookbooks with pages falling out that you just cannot bring yourself to part with. For us, at the top of that list is a very dog eared Betty Crocker's Chinese Cookbook from 1981.  This recipe is from that book and it is one of our "go to" recipes when we fancy a chinese meal at home. Serve this with our Hot and Sour soup as a first course. http://emptynestgourmet.com/recipe/chicken-cashew-szechuan/

Curried Chicken Drumsticks with New Potatoes

This recipe came from the BBC Goodfood magazine for June 2016 in a section covering mid-week meals and it certainly was easy. Visit the BBC Goodfood website for more healthy recipe ideas. Here we have adapted the recipe to serve two with a tasty chicken supper with a little curry kick to it. http://emptynestgourmet.com/recipe/curried-chicken-drumsticks-with-new-potatoes/

Roasted Garlic and Fennel Spread

Enjoy the flavors of this easy-to-make spread with Potato and Rosemary Soda Bread, with your favorite crackers or on crostini as a snack or appetizer.

Madhur Jaffreys Naan Bread

Naan bread is light and fluffy and typically served as an accompaniment to a curry. Traditionally, it is cooked on the inside wall of a tandoori oven and of course, we all have one of those handy. The pizza stone method that I prefer below is a decent substitute for the tandoori in this situation as it holds the heat evenly and in only 15 minutes you can easily bake a large platter of naan for a dinner for friends.  You can also use the naan to make a wrap for that left over curry, that is if ...

Trout for a light summer supper

We made our favorite weekend stop at Ali Blu seafood at Blair Road, near Harpers Ferry on Rt 340. On the board today were local fresh trout. These trout weighed in at over 3/4 Lb head off so we bought a couple for tonight and grilled them over charcoal. They were stuffed with a sprig of rosemary and handful of parsley from the garden and rubbed with olive oil. We marinated them for an hour in a mix of lemon juice, white wine and olive oil. As a side, since we also had a bunch of fresh picked ...

Grilled asparagus, goat cheese and mint frittata

These individual frittata's are a wonderful brunch dish that takes advantage of asparagus when it is in season merging the flavors of fresh asparagus, mint and soft goat cheese. Go to the recipe: http://emptynestgourmet.com/recipe/grilled-asparagus-goat-cheese-and-mint-frittata/

Jamie Oliver and his food revolution project

I signed up with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution this week to support his efforts to teach us all the skills we need to feed ourselves and our families good, nutritious food for years to come. We will bring to our site creative solutions for kids backpack school lunches and much more. If you are interested in joining or keeping up to date with Jamie's food revolution here is a direct link This weeks Food Tube video from Jamie Oliver is for potato salad 3 ways. Personally, my favorite is a ...

Scallop with cucumber, lime and baby leaf lettuce

These summery recipes with scallops are really delightful. In the summer you can take advantage of fresh produce from the garden, as we do and prepare a very elegant dish This recipe is adapted from recipe by Marcus Waring who runs Marcus at the Berkeley, a holder of 2 Michelin stars. His recipe is categorized as an appetizer but it also makes a wonderful light lunch. Here's a direct link to our version of the recipe
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