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228/365 - Scallops for Dinner

Another busy day, another nighttime scramble for a shot. Dinner seemed like a good candidate, since I had some great dry sea scallops today. These just got some kosher salt and black pepper, and a good sear in a little butter and olive oil, then served with a pan reduction of shallot, tarragon, preserved lemon, and white wine. Toss in the sides, which were corn fritters made of local sweet corn and a tomato-basil salad with a a little olive oil and sherry vinegar (my family paid the farm stand a visit this afternoon), and that's a meal. Growing up and still living near New Bedford, which is a very big scallop port, makes for good access to quality scallops. These were positively huge—I bought a pound, which was six(!) scallops.

 

I was debating whether or not to clone out the "dust" on the right, which is really a bit of spatter popping up from the pan, but decided against it, since it and the bubbles at the base of the scallop add a little action to the shot.

 

That today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday makes the cooking shot that much more appropriate (she passed away on my girls' first birthday, just two days shy of her own 92nd, and I have very fond memories of her cooking shows–she showed that it was OK to have fun, and make mistakes, in the kitchen.)

 

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200mm @ 200mm, 1/250s @ ƒ/8, ISO100. Single SB-700, 24mm zoom, 1/2 power, from camera right bounced off the corner of the wall behind the stove and the vent hood. Boosted vibrance a bit and got the white balance where I wanted it in Aperture.

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Taken on August 15, 2012