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Old 06-22-2008, 01:56 PM   #11
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You know, I'm seriously saving money because just once in my life, I wanna go to your restaurant, IC. Scallops are my favorite food in the world and they seem to be one of your favorite things to prepare. And I'm bringing my camera because I've got to have a pic before I eat it - your dishes are really art on a plate!!!
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:33 PM   #12
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I too am a huge scallop fan. That looks so delicious. I love the way you present your food, very artistic as Fishers mom mentioned.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:26 PM   #13
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I'm one of those that truly believe that you eat with your eyes first, and that not only should food taste good, it should look good too. I'm a huge fan of abstract and surrealist art. Painters like Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali serve as some of my inspiration for food platings.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:11 PM   #14
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The Chef de Cuisine from Alan Wong's (one of the top rated restaurants in Hawaii; Chef Alan has been a judge on Top Chef a few times) came in last night and we did an "impromptu" seven course degustation menu for his table. My special was one of the courses and they really liked it. I think one of the most stressful things for any cook or chef is when someone in the industry is eating your food. We can be some of the most critical diners out there.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:19 PM   #15
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Gorgeous and delicious. I could never make that, I wish you could make it for me to eat!
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:47 PM   #16
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think one of the most stressful things for any cook or chef is when someone in the industry is eating your food. We can be some of the most critical diners out there.
and you did well, IC. bravo.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:22 PM   #17
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I wish i had the talent and creativity you show here, Ironchef ..
everything looks amazing ..
and i am a sucker for scallops ..
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:38 AM   #18
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I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, IC. I have just recently started on an extremely restricted cardio diet which is also less than 20% fat and nooooo butter or cream, etc. Well, scallops are on my list of "good" foods and happen to be my favorite thing in the world. But most restaurants make them heavy on the butter and rich sauces. So today, since I'm at the coast, I went to the seafood market and got some scallops and made them "ala IronChef" with a few modifications. They were freakin' awesome. I pan seared them in a very hot pan with olive oil, after having scored them like yours. But I made sure they were very dry first and seasoned with salt and pepper. They caramelized beautifully, were perfectly cooked, and my dinner guest said they were the best she had ever eaten!!! BTW, she is a very, very good cook who is brutally honest so I almost passed out when she said that. Thank you, IC, because no one has ever said that to me before and honestly, the scallops were fantastic. It was the best meal I've had in a month (since the diet) and I'm almost giddy with satisfaction.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:43 AM   #19
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I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, IC. I have just recently started on an extremely restricted cardio diet which is also less than 20% fat and nooooo butter or cream, etc. Well, scallops are on my list of "good" foods and happen to be my favorite thing in the world. But most restaurants make them heavy on the butter and rich sauces. So today, since I'm at the coast, I went to the seafood market and got some scallops and made them "ala IronChef" with a few modifications. They were freakin' awesome. I pan seared them in a very hot pan with olive oil, after having scored them like yours. But I made sure they were very dry first and seasoned with salt and pepper. They caramelized beautifully, were perfectly cooked, and my dinner guest said they were the best she had ever eaten!!! BTW, she is a very, very good cook who is brutally honest so I almost passed out when she said that. Thank you, IC, because no one has ever said that to me before and honestly, the scallops were fantastic. It was the best meal I've had in a month (since the diet) and I'm almost giddy with satisfaction.
That's really cool, I'm so glad your scallops turned out. The great thing about them is that they're great with flavors from pretty much all types of cuisines. Now that you've got the pan searing technique down, you can really experiment with different sauces. If your diet is okay with fruits, then try incorporating some fruit salsas with the scallops.

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Old 06-28-2008, 10:41 PM   #20
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I've been making scallops for dinner every week or two lately. I like them done in olive oil and butter and then finished with sherry. My wife has been going crazy for them and they are just delicious. So easy to do too. A bit on the expensive side but I figure it's worth it every now and then. Boy do they make the house smell good too!

I have not been able to get that perfect golden brown though. Mine always end up a slightly darker brown and I'm guessing that's probably from the butter in the high heat right? I'm not using drawn butter, just a big pat of regular butter. I do pat them dry with a paper towel before cooking them.
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