Here's a simple dish that delivers the taste of the Mediterranean while providing lots of flavor and can easily be on the dinner table within 30 minutes.
There's nothing quite like a fresh scallop. Delicately textured and a sweet buttery taste, that when properly cooked, melts in your mouth. Like oysters, scallops are the sexy bivalve mollusk that have aphrodisiac attributes, they are the queen of the ocean.As a child, I mostly ate scallops 2 ways. Breaded and fried, or overcooked in some sort of Ritz cracker based stuffing. It wasn't until culinary school until I was given the opportunity to do the scallop justice in the kitchen.
A few years ago, I received a stand up smoker for my birthday. Although it is not a piece of equipment I use often, when it is fired up, I am stoked! In culinary school, I learned a lot about hot + cold smoking foods. There we got pretty crafty and converted old, broken fridges into smokers. They worked great, and were super handy because of their size. We smoked everything from ham to chicken and even assorted vegetables.
Rich, and creamy, clam chowder is a soup I've enjoyed eating since I was a young boy. The salty and milky flavors perfectly merge in easy to make recipe that can be made with so many different ingredients. My version offers a local twist to classic recipe. After a fun day driving along the beautiful coast of Maine, I got a craving for "Chowda". Since I already had locally sourced haddock, which is a sustainable and quality wild fish found up here on the northern Atlantic, and asparagus in the root cellar, I figured I'd continue with the theme of local and craft a recipe that used only seasonal Maine Ingredients (except for some spices).
Reminiscent of my days working at a high paced seafood restaurant in Connecticut, this Manhattan style fish chowder gets an upgrade from the former version I have known and loved. Combining wild halibut, kelp, and homemade bone broth, the end result is a mineral rich, nutritious soup that will warm you to the core and awaken all the senses.