courtesy Jodi Miller Photograpy

Well, I got my wedding photos back (you prob already got a sneak peek if you’re my fb friend) and they’re pretty much better than I ever imagined they’d be.

Jodi Miller Photography does SUCH an amazing job (you can see my engagement photos by her here). Not to mention, Jodi and her husband Kurt are the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. They send all the clients they work with the most thoughtful and beautiful care packages and are just so great to work with. Anyway, you can click here to see the highlights of the wedding that they posted on their blog. There are SOOOO many more amazing pictures but I obviously can’t post them all. She did a pretty good job summing up the important parts in her blog post…but I can share some more when I go into detail with my wedding craft projects sometime in the near future.

Also, if you missed it in my prior post, check out Nate’s seriously amazing video he made for the wedding :)

courtesy Jodi Miller Photography

I thought once the wedding was done that I’d have more time for blog posts…but now instead of wedding crafts and stressing over my dress, I’m busy with thank you note-writing, cleaning the apartment (which is a mess between honeymoon unpacking and tons of wedding gifts), and the usual other million to-dos.

Scallops with Pumpkin Risotto

I do have a lot of recipes stored up though. Even though I haven’t found the time for blog posting, I’ve still been doing a decent amount of cooking. I made this recipe when we went down to my mother-in-law’s house. She always cooks dinner for us when we’re there, but I was kind of in the mood to make something, so I found this recipe and it’s definitely a winner. Hopefully you guys aren’t too sick of pumpkin yet (actually i used butternut squash).

Scallops with Pumpkin Risotto

I know I’m late on the brown butter band-wagon, since it’s been all over the food blogger world for months now, but the sage brown butter on this is amazing. It’s nutty and rich. So rich that a small portion of this meal is seriously satisfying. In fact, I think I made myself sick eating it.

Scallops with Pumpkin Risotto

Pan-Seared Scallops with Pumpkin Risotto

Sightly adapted from Gourmet, October 2001

Print this recipe!

Serves 4

For risotto:
1 1/2 cups diced (1/4 inch) peeled seeded fresh pumpkin (preferably from sugar or cheese pumpkins) or butternut squash
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup white wine
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup Arborio rice
1 oz grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/3 cup)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
For scallops:
20 large sea scallops (1 1/2 lb), tough muscle removed from side of each if necessary
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage
2 tablespoons white truffle oil (optional)

Cook diced pumpkin in a medium saucepan two-thirds full of simmering water until tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Bring stock and wine to a simmer in a small saucepan and keep at a bare simmer. Cook onion in oil in a 2- to 2 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1 cup simmering stock and cook at a strong simmer, stirring constantly, until stock is absorbed. Continue simmering, adding stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is tender and creamy-looking but still al dente, about 18 minutes total. (There may be broth left over.)

Remove from heat and stir in diced pumpkin, cheese, and butter, stirring until butter is melted. Season with salt and pepper and cover to keep warm.

Prepare scallops:

Pat scallops dry very well (especially if they were pre-frozen) and season with salt. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté scallops, turning once, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. If scallops are not cooked through, reduce heat to moderate and cook about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon and discard any oil remaining in skillet (do not clean skillet).

Cook butter in same skillet over moderate heat until it foams and turns light brown. Add sage and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in truffle oil if using. Season with salt.



  1. Beautiful wedding pics! You looked just lovely. And those scallops look amazing!

  2. ohmygodiloveeverythingaboutyourwedding!!!!!!!!! girl moment! seriously, no comment i could ever write could effectively explain to you the joy on my face as i look at your photos. it’s, no lie, the coolest wedding i’ve seen with a person i actually know in it. Had i had a fall wedding (mine was a december one, very winter, very formal) i would have wanted it just like this. and i mean, exactly. it is just lovely, and you and nate look beautiful (nate, in a dude way). and so happy! *swoon*
    there’s no good way to make a transition to how lovely these scallops are, but they are. i never think to make them, and i’m unsure why, because i like them quite a bit. and sage brown butter is the BEST brown butter. delicious.
    i’m going back to looking at wedding photos now. :) and yeah, no: the wedding busy isn’t over until that last thank you note goes out. I did mine in shifts, and it was WORK. plan a little celebratory dinner for when they’re done, because i promise you, that’s when it starts to feel really in the bag.

    • haha, wow, thank you SO much Shannon! That’s probably the sweetest comment anyone’s every left me :) I’m so glad you like the pics! I’m going to try to get them on a wedding blog or in a magazine…we’ll see, but that would be super cool!

  3. I am totally remembering those photographers for when the.boy. and I get engaged! LOVE the photos girl!!

    And pumpkin risotto? With brown butter? And scallops? You had me at hello.

    • Thank you, Joanne! You should DEF use them when you and the boy get engaged ;) They’re based in VA but are willing to travel. They’re the best!

  4. I loved the wedding photos…it seemed like I was there. I think that is the loveliest fall wedding I have ever seen. You should contact some of the wedding magazines. It was truly beautiful and I know you and everyone enjoyed the day.

    Now to your scallop dish…it sounds delicious.

  5. Beautiful, gorgeous wedding! :) The colors are fantastic and I just LOVE those bouquets!

  6. G O R G E O U S
    you are beautiful together.
    & the scallops look Deeelish! X

  7. First of all I just have to say, whoever Shannon is, keep her. She’s a good friend ;-). Your wedding photos are gorgeous… and yes, I’ve been gawking at them for weeks on FB. I can’t believe how photogenic you two are – smashing… and the hair Amy…. love! I’ve never had scallops with pumpkin but I love the idea of that touch of sweet with the savoury and scallops are my fave seafood so I think I would love your dish! Food blogging is time consuming stuff, isn’t it?!

    • Hehe, I agree, Shannon left the sweetest comment :) Thank you so much, Kelly. You got a sneak peek! Aw, I’m glad you love my hair…I had this image in mind and while it didn’t look exactly like I had thought it would, I definitely still liked it.

      You should def try the pumpkin and scallops! You don’t taste the pumpkin so much. I feel like it’s more there for the color and texture than anything else.

  8. How gorgeous. You were a stunning bride. Love your hair. And what beautiful Fall colours. And pumpkin risotto with scallops would be amazing – it looks so good. I’ll look for you on FB xx

  9. There’s nothing I can add to the comments above – they’ve said it all!! Gorgeous. Seriously gorgeous.

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  11. Gorgeous! Just plain beautiful! I love the style, the photos, the subjects. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

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  13. I’m SO behind on reading blogs, and I can’t believe I never saw your wedding photos! You looked absolutely stunning…and so happy! Thanks for sharing, Amy. :)

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  15. OH my goodness Amy! I just looked at your wedding photos and they are stunning. You looked beautiful and so happy :) Congratulations!

    • Thank you!!! I’m so happy with how the photos came out…I still can’t stop looking at them. Do you stare at your wedding photos all the time too?? ;) hehe.

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