Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Guest Post: Sea Scallops... a luxury party!

I have some fantastic news times two today. So do you want the good news first or the good news first? Ha! Ok, I'll give you the good news first and then the good news...

Today I am ever so excited and honored to have my very first guest post. Not only is it my first guest post, it's Lazaro over at Lazaro Cooks! and if you haven't been over to his blog, you need to. The end. Go! After you read this, of course...

Lazaro is leaps and bounds one of my favorite bloggers, not only because his food is amazing but because he is also very genuine. His food is genuinely amazing though, no doubt about that. He puts me to shame times nine hundred which is why I am so so pleased that he agreed to do a guest post here. Also, (and I'm not sure he wants me to say this but) he shares a birthday with my brother (it's on the 21st!) so it's basically like he's a brotha from anotha motha... so everyone go over and check out his amazingness and give him a bday shout out.

Ok, are you ready for more good news? Today is the day we leave for Italy. I am beyond excited while simultaneously completely exhausted from packing up the family for a 2 1/2 week stay overseas. That is no small feat. Hence the sparse blog posts but y'all understand, yes?

I am super excited that we will be there, taking in the sights and food. Oh the food! Think cooking classes all the pasta you can eat and all the wine you can drink. Amazing wine! I plan to gain at least twelve pounds while I'm gone so stay tuned. I will keep you posted on the haps over in the Its.

In the meantime, enjoy the amazingess that is this: Lazaro Cooks!

Hello readers of La Pure Mama.  My name is Lazaro, I blog over at Lazaro Cooks!  I am truly honored to be sharing this space with such a talented cook.  Ellen is one of the best cooks I have come across on the blogosphere.  Her cuisine is healthy, complex, and beautifully presented.  However, I am sure you already know this.

Today, we party.  Inspired by the "Luxury" party hosted on the site Pretentious Buzz. 

Marvelous sustainable Sea Scallops are the star of the show.  These sweetly succulent and healthy for you mollusks once inspired me to channel my inner poet.  For the cook, they are so versitile being able to shine in various cooking techniques.  That's what I intend to show here.

Thanks again, Ellen.  Very gracious of you to invite me.


LC's Sea Scallop Party

Sponsered by La Pure Mama

Insert Cheesy Corporate Logo

Menu Prestige

Sea Scallop & Prawn Orzo
Pan-Seared Sea Scallop, Prawns, Saint Andre Triple Cream Cheese Enriched Orzo

Leyenda del Milagro & Lime Sea Scallop Ceviche
Tequila & Lime Marinated Sea Scallop, Fuji Apple, Strawberry, Mango, Grapes, & Cilantro

Vina Ardanza Rioja Poached Sea Scallop
Red Wine Poached Sea Scallops, Red Onions Cooked in Butter Emulsion, Celery Root Puree

Chocolate Espresso Cake
Chocolate & Cuban Espresso Spongecake, Roquefort & Bleu d'Auvergne Ganache, Edible Flower

Sea Scallop & Prawn Orzo

Leyenda del Milagro & Lime Sea Scallop Ceviche

Vina Ardanza Rioja Poached Sea Scallop

The desired effect burgundy outside contrasting pearly white inside

Chocolate Espresso Cake

Sorry for not including two of the recipes but this post was quite long and you know what they say about attention spans.  Check with us over at Lazaro Cooks! I will be posting these recipes in the coming weeks.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. Ellen,

    Thanks for the kind words and the birthday wishes. Also thanks for allowing me to share your space, I am truly honored.

    Safe travels and have an awesome time.

    Be well...

  2. Thank YOU, Laz, for gracing us with your fantastic dinner party! My mouth is still watering. Gorgeous photos!!

  3. I am so jealous, have a wonderful time, lovely post

  4. I love scallops! What a lovely seafood-based menu. I'd love to dine in this anytime :)

  5. You definitely know how to treat a scallop! I just got inspired with the last one...hmmm, yummy!

    Great blog la pure mama!

  6. Hi Ellen,

    You sure know how to pick em when it comes to guest posters. Lazaro is one of my favorite bloggers out there and I'm sure we both know why, and it definitely has shown in this guest post. Thank you for sharing this guest post with us. Hope you and your family have a wonderful time in Italy!


    You've outdone yourself yet again. I absolutely LOVE sea scallops and never know what to do with them. Scallop ceviche is amazing isn't it? Such fresh, wonderful sweetness from the scallops. One bite of that is like heaven in my mouth. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations with us. Great post as always!

  7. I was waiting to see this! Sure would have loved to be a guest at this party :) Fabulous creations with scallops! The wine poached scallop is stunning!

  8. Hi Ellen - this is my first visit to your lovely blog and I really like what I see :)
    Thank you for showcasing Lazaro's undeniable talent!

    Hey Laz - I LOVE your send up of PFB's Luxury Challenge ROFL You have me rolling on the floor my friend! But, I love that Rioja poached scallop on the celery root puree even more! Stellar!

  9. Ellen, holiday in Italy?? I'm so envious. Thks for this interesting guest post from one of my fave bloggers, Lazaro! Have a good trip & looking fwd to sharing!

    Lazaro, scallops are so expensive in S'pore. I haven't really tried cooking with fresh scallops. I like using the dried ones as it's easier to manage but they're so pricey. Mmm.... I'm inspired to try out the fresh ones after looking at your post :)

  10. Hi Ellen, I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip :)
    Great guest post!
    Lazaro, I would devour every single dish here...delightful!

  11. Have fun in Italy Ellen and thanks for sharing Lazaro's creative and mouth watering cuisine:)
    Hey Lazaro great job here on all these dishes truly a fabulous luxury dinner party and without the cheezy advertising,lol:)

  12. Lazaro - Scallops THREE ways! AND then chocolate. You did me in. Truly. I love scallops - but one that size is enough as they are so rich (or the sauce on them always is). I will be looking forward to the recipes to come.

  13. I just had MY first guest post yesterday! We SO "get" each other :P Have a GREAT time in Italy! You will LOVE IT!

    I almost never eat seafood, but I do like to eat scallops once every year or two. That scallop risotto looks to-die-for!

  14. Jennifurla... thank you so much! :)

    Victoria K... well put!!

    Chef E... thank you so much and also, well put! Glad you stopped by :)

    Lequan... thank you so much. I agree... Lazaro is one of the best :) I think we can all agree Lazaro needs to have us over for these scallops!

    5 Star... perfectly put! Me too, for sure. Thanks for checking out Lazaro's post :)

    Denise... thank you for stopping by, I truly appreciate it! Loved the PFB luxury party too. So perfect :)

    Blackswan... it was a great trip, for sure! Thank you for visiting and commenting! I have never tried dried scallops... nor seen them, I don't think. Interesting! I will have to keep an eye out for them :)

    Magic of Spice... thank you for visiting and for the well wishes. It was fun!

    Pacheco Patty... thank you! And thanks for visiting :)

    Valerie... seriously! what a lovely comment ;) Thanks for coming by!

    Amber... yay! I am weeding through my emails right now and have all yours saved to read :) Thank you for the well wishes and yes! The risotto looks fab!!



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