This is a lighter meal that’s perfect in the spring and summer time. The crunch of the Italian salad is refreshing and can be arranged ahead. The risotto is fun to make and will make the meal memorable. But the scallops with a wonderful golden crust will make your reputation as an excellent home cook.

With this menu you’ll transport your special guest to a small seaside trattoria. Put on an Italian movie score, pour your guest a nice Pinot Grigio while you expertly sauté scallops with brown butter.

Opening Course

I like this green Mediterranean as an opener because it allows you to prepare the lettuce and vegetables earlier in the day and then assemble it an hour before dinner. I like to plate it up an hour before and put in the fridge so that serving it easy.

Recipe coming soon.

Main Courses

These are two of my favorite small dinner recipes. For the effort required they deliver excellent results. They are also dishes that many people think about only in restaurants so they add specialness to your home meal.

Pan Seared Scallops
the Guy Cooks Pan Seared Sea Scallops
Cooking scallops perfectly with a wonderful brown crust and fresh meaty center will impress that someone special. This technique is from America’s great restaurant kitchens. This can be done right in front of your guest in about five minutes. It’s a great way to show off your kitchen skills and then sit down to a nice meal without worries.
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Classic Risotto with Herbs
the Guy Cooks Classic Risotto with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan
Creamy rice bursts with flavors. The secret to risotto is infusing the broth with the herb and onion flavors before we add it to Arborio rice. I have streamlined this to make it manageable. This is a must have recipe for dinner parties.
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