Beer-Steamed Clams

Steamed clams are one of our favorites, since we both grew up on steamers.  It’s hard to find them down here, but we did get some cherrystones today, and they were great steamed in a beer, garlic, and parsley broth.  We had this with corn on the cob, grilled kielbasa, and a baguette to soak up the broth – a great end of summer dinner. 🙂  And it doesn’t get much easier than steamed shellfish!




Seared Scallops with Lemon and Dill

We were looking for a quick, light weeknight summer meal and this was great.  I feel like there are only so many ways to prepare scallops (my preference is always seared), but we really liked this sauce!  From Bon Appetit, I made it pretty much as listed except I dusted the scallops with flour for a nice sear, and cut out the lemon peel – we don’t love things too lemony.  We had this with sautéed squash from our garden and some steamed broccoli (and some of the wine used to cook the scallops 😉 ).



Sauteed Scallops with Parsley and Garlic

This was a winner from Cooking Light.  I did a lot of subbing, since I am doing the 21 Day Fix, and while this meal fit with it perfectly, a couple of tablespoons of oil didn’t. 😉  But this actually seared quite well in cooking spray, and it was really great.  We had this with steamed string beans and a brown rice mix.



New England Clam Bake

So this is kind of a modified clam bake…I am a born-and-bred New Englander who is allergic to shellfish – the crawly kind, at least.  So no lobster, shrimp, crab, etc.  Seems sacrilege, doesn’t it?  But clams and mussels?  It’s on.  So when I do a clam bake, it’s unfortunately not traditional – no lobster and no shrimp.  Still delicious though!  Who can complain about clams and smoked sausage?  I throw in some corn and potatoes, a good crisp beer…summer in Connecticut. 🙂



Scallops and Warm Tuscan Beans

We love anything scallops, and this was a great quick weeknight meal.  The sauce created from the bean/spinach mixture was great, though next time I might thicken it up a bit.  We served this with tomato bread for a nice dinner.  This one came from Cooking Light.

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Soy Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles

This one is another result of “clean out the cooking magazines frenzy,” and it came from Cooking Light.  We really liked it.  I changed up the cooking method a little – I skipped marinating the scallops because I didn’t think they would pan sear as well if already wet.  I like a nice sear on them, so I took care of that first, then cooked them in the sauce for a minute to get the flavor set in.  I served with a side of snow peas tossed with a soy and mirin vinaigrette, which was nice but alas I overcooked the peas.  Don’t do that and it’s a great side! 🙂



New England Clam Chowder

One of my all time favorites, and Shawn’s too…I guess it’s the New England in us both!  This was a great treat on Thanksgiving-eve and we’re thinking it’s a new holiday tradition for us.  This would be excellent with fresh clams, however canned whole baby clams or steamers are perfectly great as well. Definitely a favorite and makes tons of leftovers!


Mussels in White Wine

Mussels are one of my absolute favorite things, and this is a fast, easy way to make them.  I just served this with some crusty bread on the side to soak up the sauce.   Although this served two of us, it could easily have been for three, or even four with sides.  We had to stuff ourselves silly to finish it all because the mussels wouldn’t keep.  So keep that in mind if this is a meal for two.