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

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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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recipe Links:

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

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Later that weekend, we rented mountain bikes fromย Topanga Creek Bicyclesย (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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