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Pan-Seared Scallops with Chorizo

Pan Seared Scallops with Chorizo | Umami GirlScallops, man. They’re just the best. (Eating a lot of them recently has rendered me inarticulate — that’s how good they are.) Seared scallops take virtually no time to make, and once you know a few basics, they’re pretty hard to screw up. And yet they seem so special. I don’t know how they do it.

I don’t care how they do it.

This 10-minute pan-seared scallops recipe makes a good thing even better with the addition of a little bit of Spanish chorizo. The flavor and texture contrasts with the seared scallops are just perfect. And I recommend serving it all over a bed of basmati rice pilaf, another best-in-class version of a simple, killer recipe.  (more…)

Basmati Rice Pilaf

Basmati Rice Pilaf | Umami GirlSome recipes are so basic, so versatile, so good that every cook should know them. There’s that pesky “should,” I know. But I feel pretty strongly about this. Rice pilaf is one of those recipes. And basmati rice pilaf is pilaf’s best version of itself.

Rice pilaf woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. And if you’re new to this side dish and ready to learn a simple, easy recipe, then so did you.

Psst: speaking of beds, maybe you’ll try this as a bed for seared scallops with chorizo. Just sayin.  (more…)

Tangy Green Juice Recipe

Tangy Green Juice | Umami GirlHello hello. I’ve been drinking a lot of green juice recently. That’s the understatement of the year, which isn’t super-impressive since it’s only February 1. But you know what? It FEELS pretty impressive. And that’s something. 🙂

This is my favorite basic green juice recipe, and it’s been doing a lot of heavy lifting around here for the past month. And my go-to green juice recipe when I’m just sort of casually flirting with juice is this one. As the name strongly suggests, it’s balanced in flavor. All of that is great. But sometimes — like when you’ve been juicing all of the things all of the time — it’s nice to change it up and go a little extreme. The other day I was really craving some serious tang in my green juice, so I went for it with the turmeric, lemons and limes.  (more…)

Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe with Refried Beans

Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe with Refried Beans | Umami GirlWell, hello there. It’s Tuesday, and Tuesdays are not usually new recipe days on Umami Girl. But we had these quesadillas over the weekend, and Sunday is the Super Bowl, and it just seems crazy not to share this easy vegetarian happiness right this minute.

Why hoard happiness, right? That’s not how it works. That’s DEFINITELY not what the Superb Owl would do. WWTSOD? Not that.

I love these recipes that are equally at home as a quick family dinner and a game-day appetizer. I love, too, that you can awesome these guys up a little bit with pickled onions and cilantro sauce, both of which have been big winners around here for years and can be made in advance. Or you can just break out your favorite jarred salsa and some sour cream and expect a lot of happy campers without a minute’s additional work.  (more…)

Greek Scrambled Eggs and Veggies with Savory Roasted Potatoes

Thank you McCormick for sponsoring Greek Scrambled Eggs and Veggies with Savory Roasted Potatoes. Visit your local Wal-Mart to pick up McCormick Good Morning Breakfast for your family.

Greek Scrambled Eggs with Veggies | Umami GirlYou guys. How is it the end of January right now? Every time I think I’ve gotten used to time speeding up and whisking us into the future, I swear it accelerates again. Dude. Lady. Whoever you are with your hand on the dial. Knock it off, please. Thank you.

I’ve spoken with a few friends and colleagues about this fleeting January, and how we’ve all gotten a heck of a lot done, but not nearly as much as we’d hoped. I don’t know why we do this to ourselves, quietly setting unreasonable expectations that we’re perpetually just shy of meeting. I’m proud to say I’ve been consciously trying to show myself as much compassion as I show others so far this year, and it’s going pretty well. And yet. It’s not a perfect system.

The good news is that even small changes in attitude and behavior can make a big difference in how we feel about these daily challenges. Better yet, those changes can start at breakfast.

Yay for breakfast (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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