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Pan-Seared Poppy Seed-Crusted Bay Scallop Salad with Romesco Sauce

Pan-Seared Poppy Seed-Crusted Bay Scallop Salad with Romesco Sauce



  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, seeded, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted cherry tomatoes
  • 8-9 whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Tellicherry Black Peppercorns, freshly ground


  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Poppy Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Lemon Peel
  • McCormick® Gourmet Collection™ Tellicherry Black Peppercorns, freshly ground

Recipe Preparation


  • Place roasted pepper, tomatoes, olive oil, almonds, garlic, Sherry wine vinegar, garlic powder and ground cayenne pepper in blender. Blend until smooth. (Note: You can toss whole almonds and garlic cloves into the blender, but giving them a rough chop first prevents large chunks from ending up under the blender blades.) Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.


  • Mix poppy seeds, garlic powder and lemon peel in shallow dish. Coat one side of scallops in poppy seed mixture. Pan-sear scallops in olive oil until browned and cooked through. Toss arugula with a squeeze of fresh lemon, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, place scallops over salad. Spoon generous dollops of Romesco Sauce over top.

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50 Women Game-Changers (in Food): The Wrap-Up Post

One year. Fifty (-six) women. It's simultaneously hard to believe it's over and a bit of a relief all at the same time. Each week has been a whirlwind of mini-studies into these amazingly diverse, yet similar women. Each fascinating. Some more than others.

We had our icons. We had food writers, food reviewers, and food bloggers. We had editors restauranteurs, and entrepreneuers. We had television personalities, cooks, chefs, and even a baker. We had an iron chef. We even had some who fit into multiple categories. And then some.

Yes, it was almost exactly (one of my favorite oxymorons) one year ago that Mary announced that she would be cooking/baking/researching her way through Gourmet Live's list of 50 Women Game-Changers (in Food) and inviting others to join her. The minute that I heard about it, I signed on for the ride. After all, being a woman "in food", I thought it important and exciting to take a look at the women paving the way before me and all around me. So each week I scoured the library. the internet. amazon. paperback swap. to find facts, information, and juicy tidbits about these ladies. Some weeks felt rushed. Some were a breeze. Some were an absolute chore. Because yes, life goes on all you, even if you are trying to delve into the lives of other people. No matter how desperately I willed it, the weeks didn't slow to a halt (or even a slow crawl) just because I needed a few extra hours. But no matter how much time I was able to spend with each of these women, I always learned something new. People are fascinating. Life is fascinating.

From old favorites to new discoveries, I can't wait to go back over the list now that our time with them is over and pull out a few names that intrigued me. That made me want to know more. It's true. I have a list about a mile long with books, cookbooks, old television shows and blog posts that I want to visit (or re-visit).

Below is a list of all 50 (well, 56 since a couple were listed in "pairs") women that I/we spent time with over the past year. Included are links to the posts and opinions of all of the other ladies (bloggers) who joined in this project. Which, I might add, was part of the fun! Some of these gals I already knew. Some I was introduced to through this venture. I had a wonderful time getting to know not only the game-changers, but the women who studied them.

1. Julia Child - The great Julia needs no introduction. Especially not after the great Meryl played her in the movie.

2. Alice Waters - The great Alice needs no introduction. OK, just this: Chez Panisse, farmers’ markets, locavore movement, Edible Schoolyard. As yet, they’ve only made documentary movies about her life.

3. Fannie Farmer - If it weren’t for her we’d still be cooking with “handfuls” and “pinches.” Farmer’s 1896 Boston Cooking–School Cook Book introduced standardized measurements. She also explained the chemical stuff a century before Harold McGee.

One Perfect Bite - Rhubarb Custard Pie
More Than Burnt Toast - Raised Waffles
Eats Well with Others - Vegetable Paella
A Seasonal Cook in Turkey- Pure Cream of Tomato Soup
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Whole Wheat Bread
The Spice Garden - Boston Brown Bread
girlichef - English Muffins

4. Martha Stewart - Cooking as an ingredient of homemaking homemaking as a craft crafts as a competitive sport the art of multimedia saturation—all this we blame on Martha.

5. M.F.K. Fisher - Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher invented food writing. All food bloggers would like to be her.

One Perfect Bite - Bucket Bread
More Than Burnt Toast - Socca
A Seasonal Cook in Turkey - Ratatouille
The Spice Garden - Peas & New Potatoes and Spicy Rock Shrimp w/ Coconut Rice
girlichef - Tomato Soup Cake
Mangoes and Chutney - Frittata of Zucchini
Making Michael Pollan Proud - Chilled Chocolate Pudding
There and Back Again - Scrambled Eggs

6. Marcella Hazan - Marcella made Italian cucina make sense. She broke it down for us, explained the regions, and her meticulous recipes are so reliable. She banished the red–sauce image forever.

7. Madhur Jaffrey - As Marcella is to Italy, so is Madhur to the Indian subcontinent. She also is a great spokesperson for vegetarian, and assorted other Asian cuisines. And she is beautiful. And can act.

8. Judith Jones - Without her there may have been no Julia (not to mention Hazan, Jaffrey, and so many more), because Jones was Child’s early, only champion, and lifelong editor. She also rescued Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl from the slush pile, but that’s another story.

One Perfect Bite - Frenchified Meatloaf
More Than Burnt Toast - Potatoes for Julia Child
Eats Well With Others - Vegetable Sushi Rice Salad
girlichef - Zucchini Pancakes
Mangoes and Chutney - Linguini with Smoked Salmon Sauce
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Penne with Tuna, Plum Tomatoes and Black Olives.
Making Michael Pollan Proud - Cheese Souffle
TheView from Great Island - Chicken Salad
Bake Away with Me - Summer Pudding
The Life is Good Kitchen - Roast Pork Tenderloin
The Spice Garden - Gratinate of Cutlet with Eggplant or Zucchini
There and Back Again - Clafouti

9. Irma S. Rombauer - In all its eight versions, and all its 75+ years (and counting), Joy of Cooking is arguably the essential American cookbook. Irma wrote (and published) the first version in 1931, giving birth—literally—to a culinary dynasty.

10. Hannah Glasse and Mrs. Beeton - Mrs. Glasse’s The Art of Cookery (1747) and Mrs. Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861) are Important Foundation Cookbooks.

11. Patricia Wells - Milwaukee–born Wells gave us France, spreading the bistro love as the Paris–based restaurant critic of L’Express and the Herald Tribune. She taught us—and reminded the French—about Provençal cooking, and… quoi? An American woman is telling the French what to eat? Oui.

12. Lidia Bastianich - Everybody’s nonna, Lidia founded an empire, and she does it all: cookbooks, TV shows, restaurants, and wines galore. Then last summer—with son Joe, Mario Batali, and Oscar Farinetti—she opened Eataly, the cucina italiana Manhattan multiverse and, basically, took over the world.

13. Rachael Ray - She’s heee-eere. Your TV’s haunted by her, and, love or hate the woman, her always easy recipes have cured millions of their kitchen phobia.

14. Elizabeth David - Not that this is a competition, but David’s French Country Cooking predated Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking by a decade. The terribly influential British writer didn’t so much teach a nation to cook French as inspire one to think Mediterranean.

One Perfect Bite - Chocolate Cake
More Than Burnt Toast - Piedmont Roasted Peppers
Eats Well With Others - Pasta with Ricotta
The Spice Garden - Poulet l'estrogon
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Mushroom Soup
girlichef - Mushroom Polenta Pie
Mangoes and Chutney - Coriander Mushrooms
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Farinata, Socca or Chickpea Pizza
Bake Away with Me - Orange Almond Cake
View from The Great Island - Onion Tart
There and Back Again - Omelette aux Pomme de Terre
Beloved Green - Gratin Dauphinois
Moveable Feasts - Raspberry Shortbread

15. Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso - It’s hard to overstate the influence of The Silver Palate—the 1982 cookbook named after the gourmet emporium this pair opened in 1977 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Before, there was no ratatouille after, there was chicken Marbella.

One Perfect Bite - Carrot Cake
More Than Burnt Toast - Coeur a la Creme with Blackberries and Poppy Seed Framboise Dressing
Eats Well With Others - Honey Curry Bread
The Spice Garden - Duck with Fourty Cloves of Garlic
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Stuffed Zucchini
girlichef - Salad Nicoise
Mangoes and Chutney - Rhubarb Bread and Pineapple Granita
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Pasta Puttanesca
Making Michael Pollan Proud - Tea Sandwiches
The View from Great Island - Apple Cake
There and Back Again - Bishop’s Cake
Moveable Feasts - Seafood and Pasta Salad
Lines from Linderhof - The Silver Palate Carrot Cake

16. Maida Heatter - The beloved goddess of apple pie—and coconut layer cake, chocolate Bavarian, lemon squares, cherry cobbler—you name it. She makes every dessert in the land perfect.

17. Dorothy Hamilton - Educator extraordinaire, Hamilton founded Manhattan’s International Culinary Center, formerly known as the French Culinary Institute: It counts among its many alumni a triumvirate of iconoclasts dominant in 21st–century food world U.S.A.: David Chang, Dan Barber, and Wylie Dufresne.

18. Clotilde Dusoulier - Dusoulier’s 2003–vintage blog Chocolate and Zucchini is the Francophile’s dream. She posts from Montmartre about cheese and brioche—but also, to be fair, mochi and muffins. Her fifth book—her translation and adaptation of the 1932 French equivalent of Joy of Cooking, Ginette Mathiot’s Je Sais Cuisiner (“I Know How to Cook”),—is already iconic.

19. Pim Techamuanvivit - Bangkok–born Pim (the last name is rarely used who can spell it?) is the eating—as opposed to cooking—blogger, who started Chez Pim in 2001. She was quickly noticed by Old Media, who roped her in for some techie cred. The inevitable book, The Foodie Handbook, followed in the fall of 2009.

One Perfect Bite - Pumpkin and Coconut Milk "Panna Cotta"
More Than Burnt Toast - Christian Delouvrier Roasted Chicken
Eats Well With Others - Pad See Ew
girlichef - Pad Krapow (Spicy Stir-Fried Pork with Thai Basil)
Mangoes and Chutney - Thai Marinated Fried Chicken
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Five Spice Braised Chicken
Making Michael Pollan Proud - Nutella Pop Tarts
There and Back Again - How to Be a Foodie
Moveable Feasts - Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Jar
My Picadillo - Pad Thai

20. Molly Wizenberg - Orangette, a blog circa 2004, has great, accessible recipes, and Wizenberg famously spun a book deal (A Homemade Life), a restaurant (Seattle’s Delancey), and a husband (Brandon) out of the blog. Not in that order—and, as she winningly relates, unintentionally.

21. Ree Drummond - O Pioneer Woman! You rule the World Wide Web.

22. Amanda Hesser - The New York Times food writer’s genius Food 52 combines blog with community with recipe trove with contests with shopping. Oh, and her Essential New York Times Cook Book won the 2011 James Beard Award in the General Cooking category.

23. Nancy Silverton - With the 1989 founding of La Brea Bakery, Silverton kicked off the Cali artisanal baking craze, and her same sourdough starter still seeds the more than 300 breads and rolls available through the bakery.

24. Paula Deen - The smiley Deen of the South, like the scent of her deep-fried mac and cheese, gets everywhere.

25. Paula Wolfert - The guru of the Mediterranean, Wolfert writes a clinically precise, exuberantly flavorsome recipe, and had a hand in bringing couscous, braised lamb shanks, ratatouille, tapenade, and a bunch of other things to your corner bistro.

26. Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray - You could barely eat out in London before these two opened the River Café in 1987. But soon, graduates of their market–fresh, real–Italian, open–kitchen place on the Thames had populated all the U.K.’s restaurant kitchens and most of the country’s food channels. And it was good.

One Perfect Bite - Spaghetti al Limone
More Than Burnt Toast - River Café Focaccia col Formaggio
Eats Well With Others - Winter Minestrone
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Boiled Artichoke and Lemon Salad.
girlichef - Lemon Apple Cake
Mangoes and Chutney - Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Penne all'Arrabiatta
Bake Away with Me - Pistachio Cake
The View from Great Island - CoffeeWalnut and Hazelnut Cake
Moveable Feasts - Chocolate Nemesis
My Picadillo - Spahetti al Limone
My Healthy Eating Habits - Baked Pears
My Catholic Kitchen - Roasted Potatoes
Journey of an Italian Cook - Linguine with Crab and Fennel

27. Anne Willan - La Varenne, the culinary school in Burgundy that the English–born American Willan founded in 1975, has been moved to Southern California, but not before it spawned a couple of generations of culinary stars.

28. Anne–Sophie Pic - OK, Le Fooding is more au courant than the stuffy old Michelin Guide, but that three–star award still means something. And Pic was the first woman to win it—in 50 years at her century–old family restaurant, La Maison Pic.

One Perfect Bite - Nuggets de volaille "trois étoiles"
More Than Burnt Toast - Le Pain Perdu with Cranberry Maple Syrup
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Grapefruit Confit.
girlichef - Pain Perdu
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Chocolate Mousse with Pomegranate Gelee
Moveable Feasts - Creamy Carambar
My Healthy Eating Habits - Ann-Sophie Pic feature
Journey of an Italian Cook - Tomato Chutney

29. Betty Fussell - A shelf of her books is a snapshot of every major recent food trend—often before it happened: She’s done local, and seasonal, and in–depth biographies of single ingredients (The Story of Corn), and My Kitchen Wars is one epic food memoir.

One Perfect Bite - Yam Yeast Bread
More Than Burnt Toast - White Dog Cafe's Philly Cheese Steak
The Spice Garden - Risi e Bisi
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Mexican Posole
girlichef - Navajo Fry Bread with Honey Butter
Mangoes and Chutney - Fritos Corn Chips
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Beet and Red Grapefruit Salad
Bake Away with Me - California Ambrosia
Moveable FeastsPopcorn Stuffing
My Picadillo - Sam's Chili
My Healthy Eating Habits - Mexican Chocolate Chili Cups
My Catholic Kitchen - Grilled Corn
Most Lovely Things - French Beans the French Way
Journey of an Italian Cook - Italian String Bean Salad

30. Barbara Tropp - Tropp taught America that General Tso is not what Chinese food is about. Her 1982 Modern Art of Chinese Cooking is still definitive, and her San Francisco China Moon Cafe rivaled Spago for Cal–Asian cred.

31. Donna Hay - Australia became the hottest food nation somewhere around 1995, and then came Hay. She’s ubiquitous Down Under with her books, eponymous magazine, and sunny TV face, but her simple, throw–it–together Pacific Rim style spread all the way Up and Over.

32. Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian - The gorgeous, intelligent locavores of the magazine world, Ryder and Topalian’s Edible series now numbers 60 editions, from Allegheny to WOW (southeast Michigan). And, despite the handicap of being free print mags, they actually make money!

33. Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton - Food royalty. Hirsheimer (yes, she’s a she) cofounded Saveur and shot all its food Hamilton ran Saveur’s test kitchen, and is sister to Gabrielle, of restaurant Prune and memoir Blood, Bones and Butter fame. Now they run Canal House, the indie food magazine and book imprint.

One Perfect Bite - Roasted Tomatoes Studded with Garlic
More Than Burnt Toast - Scallion Meatballs with Soy Ginger Glaze
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - French Cheese Puffs
girlichef - Jam Tart
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Pumpkin Soup with Pimenton and Preserved Lemons
Bake Away with Me - Tomato Tart
The View from Great Island - Lemon and Sea Salt Foccacia
There and Back Again - Pimiento Cheese
Moveable Feasts - Fricassee of Chanterelles
My Picadillo- Pork Loin in Milk
My Healthy Eating Habits - Halibut with Lentils and Fennel
My Catholic Kitchen - Restorative Beef Broth
Journey of an Italian Cook - Roasted Red Pepper Salad
More Time at The Table - Meatballs with Mint and Parsley

34. Ella Brennan - “I didn’t know they gave awards for having fun,” was the New Orleans restaurant matriarch’s line on accepting the 2009 James Beard Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. From Commander’s Palace on down, the Big Easy would have been Smaller and Harder without her help.

35. Delia Smith - If you’re British, she’s a saint if you’re not, you’ve probably never heard of her, but the cookbook author who looks like a nun and owns a Premier League soccer club has led generations of Brits to the kitchen, and will no doubt continue to do so for decades to come.

36. Edna Lewis - The granddaughter of an emancipated slave, Lewis, another Judith Jones protégée, brought sophisticated Southern dishes into the spotlight.

One Perfect Bite - Potato and Parsnip Soup
More Than Burnt Toast - Old Fashioned Cheese Straws
The Spice Garden - Lane Cake
Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Cheese Straws
girlichef - Braised Beef Short Ribs with Whipped Rutabagas
Mangoes and Chutney - Hoppin John
Jeanette's Healthy Living - Brunswick Stew
The View from Great Island - Grits
Moveable Feasts - Blanc Mange
My Picadillo - Potato Casserole
My Healthy Eating Habits -Sour-Milk Griddle Cakes with Stewed Blueberries
My Catholic Kitchen - Feather Light Yeast Rolls
Journey of an Italian Cook - Busy Day Cake
More Time at The Table - Best Biscuits
Beetle's Kitchen Escapades - Deviled Eggs

37. Severine von Tscharner Fleming - Founder and director of the Greenhorns, the fabulous von TF’s mission is to recruit, promote, and support young farmers. The upshot: Nonindustrial farming is fun and it’s hip it’s an explosive movement. And this is indubitably a good thing.

38. Darina Allen - Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School on a 100–acre organic farm in County Cork, Ireland, has reached far into food culture since it began in 1983. Everyone still wants to take classes there.

39. Ina Garten - The Barefoot Contessa is the only White House nuclear policy analyst with a packaged– cake–mix line. And a lot of cookbooks and TV shows. She’s not a countess. Her (defunct) East Hampton fancy food store was named after the Ava Gardner movie.

40. Elena Arzak - Elena is almost as lauded as her very famous New Basque chef dad, Juan Mari Arzak. She’s the top of Spain’s tree.

41.Elizabeth Andoh - As Barbara Tropp was to Chinese food, so is Andoh to Japanese, with specialties in—who knew?—Japanese vegetarian, and the almost equally obscure home cooking.

42. Harumi Kurihara - …who probably hates being incessantly called “the Japanese Martha Stewart.”

43. April Bloomfield - New York’s Spotted Pig and Breslin chef came from England to infect an entire country with the gastropub. Which wouldn’t have worked if she weren’t such a culinary magician.

44. Nigella Lawson - Nigella invented the art of suggestively licking wooden spoons on TV, but the British domestic goddess (her breakout book was How to Be a Domestic Goddess) has penetrated the food culture further than that implies. Think Rachael Ray, but more classy—or pretentious. Your call.

45. Diana Kennedy - The uncompromising, adventurous Mexican culinary authority is profiled by Kemp Minifie in this issue of Gourmet Live.

46. Gael Greene - She was one of the first powerful female restaurant critics and used that power to help millions of New Yorkers by founding Citymeals–on–Wheels.

47. Zarela Martinez - The Manhattan restaurateur has done much to popularize, and demystify, regional Mexican cooking.

48. Cat Cora - Being the only female Iron Chef earns Cora a spot on the list. Plus, her telegenic glamour and golden locks surely help in hooking folks on cooking—and having four sons with her wife, well, that’s just cool.

49. Soraya Darabi, Alexa Andrzejewski - Foodspotting, in which FourSquare meets those backlit pictures of dishes in diners and Chinese takeouts (with a dash of, well, Gourmet Live thrown in), is no doubt part of the future. Not sure why—it just is. And these two (plus a guy) thought of making a business out of it.

50. Julie Powell - The blog that spawned a movie. And turned on a few more million to the great Julia Child.

Wrap-Up Posts - A look back at the past year and our thought on the 50 women.
One Perfect Bite - The Trouble with Lists & Dione Lucas
More Than Burnt Toast -
girlichef - The Wrap-Up Post
Mangoes and Chutney - The End of a Series
Everything in the Kitchen Sink - Wrap Up w/ Ruth Reichl & Flat Zucchini Omelette
There and Back Again - Ruth Reichl's Vanilla Cake

I hope that you enjoyed this series as much as I did. And I hope that if you weren't around for the series, that you'll take some time to browse through some of the posts and see what it was all about. And as any "list" is bound to be seen, some saw this as controversial. Some were dissed as not belonging on the list while others were named as having missed out. After spending a bit of time with all of these ladies, I can see the merit of each and every single one of them and their place on "the list". Does that mean that I think "the list" is all-inclusive? Definitely NOT!

So a few thoughts to end the series on.

-If I had to choose one singular name to add to the list, it would be one of my all-time favorite food writers, Ruth Reichl. Who do you think should have been on the list that wasn't?

-Who was your favorite of the women who did make the list? Mine was Nigella Lawson.

-Was there anybody that you were introduced to during this series that you want to "get to know" better? I have quite a few including Elizabeth Andoh, Harumi Kurihara, and Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton.

Watch the video: Seared Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Romesco Sauce (September 2021).