I want a starter though, and I need suggestions! We eat seafood but not any other meat. I'm intrigued by a Parmesan basket but not sure what to fill it with, and we're currently sick of salad. Suggestions for a minimal ingredient cocktail also appreciated (low budget!).
Sent by Quinn Editor: Quinn, we asked for help on your question from our Twitter crowd, and here are a few things they suggested:
• From xanthie: Seared scallops over roasted beets, cut into circles (or hearts), with a orange-fennel beurre blanc.
• From TheRunawaySpoon: Champagne risotto (See recipe)
• From yasminATlesauce: Porcini-fried rapini (See recipe)
• From Savour: Salad with arugula, vinaigrette, aged pecorino or goat cheese drizzled with honey, or tomato soup with a dollop of pesto.
We love all these ideas! Tomato soup could be an especially nice starter to your pasta. Here are some other links, including one for the spicy seared scallops pictured above. You could also try a fennel salad in your Parmesan baskets; perhaps the fresh taste of fennel would break up the salad boredom a bit?
Also, here is Nora's roundup of great Valentine's cocktails today:
Readers, any more good ideas for Quinn?
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