Seared Scallops with Fettuccine + Kale

Every day I learn a bit more about what makes me happy.  The list changes as I go.  Cooking an elaborate meal for Eric, cuddle time with Maki, a long hot shower on a winter morning.   A song, a book, a walk, a nap.  These are the things… the seemingly “little things” that bring me joy.  As messy as life can be, these are the things that create balance and I hold onto these moments with a tight grip.

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  • a farmer in the dellJanuary 14, 2013 - 12:41 am

    what a beautiful recipe. scallops and kale? yeah, I can get into this!ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicJanuary 14, 2013 - 1:37 am

    I was waiting for this ever since I saw the picture on FB. I love scallops, have never cooked them, but love em’. Hold on to your little things, they are what really matters! xxReplyCancel

  • SarahJanuary 14, 2013 - 3:47 am

    I love the way you have styled this, it makes me want to lick the screen!ReplyCancel

  • SuesJanuary 14, 2013 - 7:22 am

    As always, stunning photos! I definitely need more scallops in my life :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlJanuary 14, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Beautiful recipe – I love using kale in pasta but have never thought to do it with scallops. Gorgeous photos.ReplyCancel

  • nicole @ I am a Honey BeeJanuary 14, 2013 - 8:39 am

    I love this.

    And I agree that the little things really bring joyReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 14, 2013 - 9:07 am

    I am shamed to admit that I have never cooked scallops at home, but only because my husband doesn’t like them. Maybe I need to make them just for myself!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie | Bake Your DayJanuary 14, 2013 - 9:14 am

    This is beautiful, Brian. Great flavors all around!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJanuary 14, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Well friend, this would certainly make me happy! Beautiful dish. :)ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksJanuary 14, 2013 - 9:26 am

    This is my faaaaavoritest thing in.the.entire.world.and.beyond.ReplyCancel

  • tamiJanuary 14, 2013 - 10:24 am

    stunning! those scallops – swoon!ReplyCancel

  • KristenJanuary 14, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Oh I love this recipe so much. I never order scallops because they are never right at the restaurants I go to. I think I want to try them at home!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJanuary 14, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Such a beautiful recipe. Those scallops look perfectly seared. Scallops are luxury to me, so I only really cook them every few months. I know which recipe I’m going to make next :)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie SchlerJanuary 14, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Seared scallops and a dish like this would most definitely make me happy. There is so much in life to get us down – if we let it or not – that we must continually search for those things, no matter how little, that give us comfort, bring us joy and fill our lives with happiness. xoReplyCancel

  • Shelly Egglestone JaronskyJanuary 14, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Those scallops look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrushJanuary 14, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    My go to restaurant order if its on the menu, but so much better when made at home. I’m really like your addition of kale, a color boost and extra vitamins. Beautiful photographs.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJanuary 14, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    MMmnnnn. . . I LOVES me some scallops and Kale.

    Da me mas gastropoda!

    yeah yeah, I know – a scallop isn’t a gastropod, but “mollusca” doesn’t work. . .ReplyCancel

  • EarthsproutJanuary 14, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Woah! This photography is outstanding! and ps. I agree on the joy of that hot morning shower. I usually write little pieces of poetry on the glass door to. Magical.

    I’ll be back here soon!

    Thank you for all your love and gorgeous recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Joshua @ Slim PalateJanuary 14, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love scallops so much. I would have to say they are at the top of my list for favorite type of sea food. I absolutely drool at their peculiar sweetness that they have and they go so well with just about any dish. Well done with this recipe and amazing photography as always.ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisJanuary 14, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    yes please! My two favorites: kale and scallops!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)January 14, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    So gorgeous, oh how I wish this was tonight’s dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Smith BitesJanuary 14, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    scallops, scallops, scallops… and then you add pasta, kale and a dose of happiness – that makes for a pretty fantastic Monday, yes indeedy it does.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria RosarioJanuary 14, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Thank you such a lovely recipe! I made it tonight and it was awesome :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jean | Lemons & AnchoviesJanuary 14, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    This is exactly the kind of pasta dish that I can eat all the time and not tire of. Your scallops look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Denise WoodwardJanuary 14, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    I am not a big scallop fan; but, you have me drawn to this year. I loved how perfectly seared they are! Adding this to our must make soon list!ReplyCancel

  • LirenJanuary 15, 2013 - 12:02 am

    I love how the older we get, the simpler the things that make us happy become. Pasta makes me happy. Scallops make me even happier. Add the kale, and this is my kind of dish. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 15, 2013 - 2:50 am

    It’s the little things that make life so wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Strands of My LifeJanuary 15, 2013 - 3:27 am

    Those scallops look so fat and juicy – delicious.ReplyCancel

  • RochelleJanuary 15, 2013 - 6:12 am

    I love the simplicity of your words. It’s great to know that you know what makes you happy and can share it. It inspires me (and I’m sure many others)to take a closer look at my life and what makes me happy as well.

    On a side note; this pasta and scallops would make me VERY happy right about now :)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 15, 2013 - 7:04 am

    I big hearty bowl of pasta definitely makes me feel more balanced! This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesJanuary 15, 2013 - 9:02 am

    I need to learn to focus on the little things too. Easier said than done, right? Beautiful dish!ReplyCancel

  • Laura@MotherWouldKnowJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    Am I the first reader to make this recipe? If so, I want a gold star, which I’ll share with you, Brian. This dish is fabulous – simple to prepare, quick to throw together (even on a rainy weekday night like right now), and incredibly tasty. I’m not a kale fan, so when I say this is good, you better believe it appeals to even those who scoff or dread that “aren’t we healthy” kale stuff that over powers other recipes. Here the thin strips of kale work with the other ingredients instead of overwhelming them. And the red pepper flakes are a definite must!!! Hint – to get the kale strips really thin, pile a bunch of kale leaves on top of each other, roll them into a tight, thin cigarette-looking cylinder and then slice the cylinder into narrow circles that unravel into incredibly pretty kale strips.ReplyCancel

  • laura@MotherWouldKnowJanuary 15, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    PS – I cheated and used “white” linguini – still felt healthy, on account of the scallops, kale and grated cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}January 15, 2013 - 11:34 pm

    I just LOVE everything about this and am really wishing I had a bowl full right now.ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteJanuary 16, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    I love how crusty those scallops look + hearty kale greens = yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ the wanna be country girlJanuary 16, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    You had me at seared scallops!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 17, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    I love how you began this post…isn’t that what life is all about? Gradually discovering who we are and what makes us happy? I know for certain that you, and your blog, are on my list. And I have no doubt that these scallops with pasta would bring a smile to my face too. You are so talented, my dear friend. And I hope you hear that every single day. Hugs and love from Colorado. You and Eric now need to come visit us in the mountains :-)ReplyCancel

  • Cook the StoryJanuary 17, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Hmmm…your list of “little things” is a great one. I think I need to come up with my own list. It would overlap with yours and would add having a moment to pay attention to the weather. Nothing quite like noticing that the wind is blowing and that I’ve been lost listening to it for a moment. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing those juicy scallops!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSisterJanuary 18, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Holy moly – you had me at “seared scallops”…! This looks like a plate of my version of heaven. And I SO agree with you abotu little moments. People are always waiting for the new job, new relationship, Lottery win or whatever to start being happy – what they don’t see is that happiness is made up of small daily moments of the very personal things that make us each happy. A bath with scented candles; my warmest fluffy angora socks to slip into after work; singing along to a favourite song at the top of my voice… that’s happiness :)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJanuary 18, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Brian, this is one beautiful looking dish. I always crave pasta and have had an affection for seared scallops since the first time I tried them. And the mrs. will surely love this as well. Locked and ready for a perfect date night meal. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • kitaJanuary 18, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    That long hot shower on a winter morning is a must. And so is a plate of this. This presentation is just perfect.ReplyCancel

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  • Russell van KraayenburgJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    I absolutely adore scallops. And you’ve captured them perfectly with these lovely shots. Now I’m very, very much craving scallops.ReplyCancel

  • Order in the KitchenJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:24 am

    This looks absolutely scrumptious! I’m adding this to my list immediately… I’m always nervous about cooking scallops…like I won’t do it right or will under/over cook them… this looks totally doable but impressive!ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 24, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Gorgeous photos, Brian. You reminded me that it’s been a while since we had scallops around here. That definitely needs to change.ReplyCancel

  • Molly Steffe OwensMarch 4, 2013 - 4:22 am

    A little too lemon tasting for us, would cut back on the zest for sure.ReplyCancel

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    Carole’s Chatter is collecting scallop dishes today. This is a nice one. I do hope you pop over and link in. This is the link . CheersReplyCancel

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  • Christopher JohnsonSeptember 9, 2014 - 12:11 am

    this was great!ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodJanuary 16, 2013 - 9:54 pm

    Bet they would be great with some gluten-free pasta too! Or you could do them on top of garlicky mashed potatoes! ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodJanuary 16, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    You are so sweet! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Also, I wish I had a glass door in our shower so that I could write poetry on it. That’s so wonderful! ReplyCancel

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