Monday, September 27, 2010

My Husband's Birthday Dinner, Almost-Seared Scallops!

I know that this picture doesn't look like seared scallops, but read on, and you'll see why. My husband loves to cook, as much as I like to, for his birthday dinner it was decided that he was going to make Seared Scallops. We hadn't had them in awhile, so we were looking forward to them. One late afternoon the TV was on and he watching Giada at Home on the Food Network  She was making  Roasted Citrus-Herb Game Hen  with  Olive and-Sun-Dried-TomatoVegetables. That was it, Seared Scallop no longer, and the new menu was to be Giada's!   The Game Hen was rubbed with a zest mixture over the hen and under the skin, of olive oil, shallots, zest of  orange zest, lemon zest, mint,thyme, salt and pepper.You then place the remainder of the zest mixture in the cavities of the hens. After the legs of the hens are trussed together, place hens in a 9X13 baking dish. they are then basted with a mixture of chicken stock, Marsala wine, lemon and orange juice, and dried cranberries and baked.  The house smelled so good , when they were baking.   When they were done baking, the pan juices were thickened and poured over the hens.

Olive and-Sun Dried Tomato Vegetables were very flavorful, especially with the olives and sun dried tomatoes, not your run of the mill squash medley.  The zucchini,  yellow squash, and red peppers were sauteed in the olive oil with shallots until tender and added to an olive oil, sun dried tomato, olives, and thyme mixture. This birthday dinner was a complete success.  There was also an Arugula salad, which we didn't make.  I don't like arugula. A wonderful time was had by all.


  1. that plate is making me really hungry:) it looks so yummy!

  2. Sounds like a great meal - the veggies sound so good!

  3. Natasha-The veggies were very good, especially with the olives and olive oil.

  4. Bunky Cooks- It was a great dinner. the hens were so flavorful with all of the citrus zest.


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