We finally found overselves with a Sunday with no commitments, and the topic of dinner came up. I logged in to see what the monthly recipes were, and which ones I missed... I opted to make a few of the simpler ones, with no fussy ingredients, and minimal prep.
The Scallops with Caramel-Orange Sauce were a favorite. Sweet, tender, melt in your mouth delicious with just a slight tang from the oranges and wine. I was worried my husband wouldn't love this one, since he tends to snub his nose at sweeter entrees, but he loved it. He declared it better than any scallop dish he'd had in a restaurant, and suggested I never order scallops in a restaurant again, which I often do.
The Pancetta Green Beans were cooked to a perfect tender crisp follwing Dorie's instuction and the pancetta gave it a nice salty bite. Pancetta makes everything better.
The Salted Butter Break-ups were also a winner. I looked over some of the blog entries for this one and completely agree that more salt would only enhance the flavor in these. With a name called 'salted' butter breakups, I definitely would have liked a more salty flavor. Although, I did use kosher salt, and I imagine the other salt suggested would have given it a different depth of salty flavor. They were still enjoyed, even without the salty flavor I expected. The crispy edges were my favorite part. And the little guy had fun with these, too!
At the end of the meal my husband said - the French got it right tonight!!!
Can't wait to see what next month has in store for us!