Last Saturday, I volunteered to make dinner. As is my custom, I often go where no man (or woman) has gone before. Translated: I rarely use a recipe.
The meals I create are determined by whatever hunger pangs are pulsing through my body at any given time (usually while prowling the aisles of Fresh Market). Last Saturday was no different.
I grabbed a handful of Shiitaki mushrooms (the Asian mushrooms are healthiest), a yellow onion and some organic leaf spinach. After slicing the Shiitakis and chopping the onion, I sautéed the mix in olive oil with a little pepper. I tossed in the spinach in the last few minutes of a 40 minute siege on low heat. I made my fabulous mashed potatoes (organic baby potatoes mashed with garlic cheddar cheese and butter). And for the piéce de résistance, I got some Bay scallops and marinated them in an Austin’s Own barbecue sauce. After a half hour or so, I drained and patted them dry (just to keep the hint of BBQ flavor). These I sautéed in olive oil for about 9 minutes (probably too long). In the last few minutes, I poured in some pure maple syrup. It bubbled and popped. I drained and served with a Vidau Rioja red.
The meal earned a 7-3/4 from Donna. It was the overcooking of the scallops (making them a tad tough) that brought down the score. The other dishes were perfect 10’s. As was the wine and the Talenti pistachio gelato.
I can’t wait until next Saturday. . . .