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Ina Garten’s Seared Scallops with Potato-Celery Root Puree


With a new cookbook always comes lots of new recipes to try! We recently picked up Barefoot Contessa’s “Back to Basics” and this recipe for scallops with a celery root puree caught our eye. Valentine’s Day was the first occasion to try something a little fancier and it seemed perfect for the occasion.





Prior to cooking the main course, Philippe had prepped strawberries and set them to soak in balsamic vinegar for dessert. One of Philippe’s classic childhood desserts quickly became a new favorite of Julia’s 🙂


Recipe Links:

Campari Orange Spritzer
Seared Scallops and Potato-Celery Root Puree
Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar


Later that weekend, we rented mountain bikes from Topanga Creek Bicycles (Julia’s Christmas present for Philippe) and had a great time exploring Topanga Creek (and our limits). Though certainly a bit rocky and perilous at times, the 15 mile ride proved to be quite a bit more exciting than your typical hike. We may find ourselves with another pair of bikes soon.

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