Dinner Party for the Holidays

Seared scallops with lemon butter sauce, rye bread and a bottle of red wine on top vintage linens and good conversation.

Styling and Art Direction by Jessica Soga. Food Styling & recipe by Molly Shuster. Dipped antique salt & pepper and homemade napkins from the DIY article by Christy Pitre. Images and outtakes from our table top collaboration shot in Brooklyn this past Autumn for Working Class Magazine.

Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce (2 servings)

10 large scallops
canola oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick)

Heat a medium sauté pan over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pan. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper. In batches, place the scallops in the heated pan (they should immediately start to sizzle). Once they have a nice golden color, flip and cook the other side. Each side will take about 2 minutes, depending on the size of the scallop. Set scallops aside and reserve.

In the same sauté pan, make your sauce. First discard any extra oil from the sauté pan. Add the lemon juice and boil until it has reduced to about 1-2 tablespoons. Remove pan from the heat and add two pieces of the chilled butter, stirring to incorporate. Return the pan to the stove and cook over very low heat. Add the remaining butter one piece at a time, stirring to create a thick, creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, evenly divide the sauce into two shallow bowls. Place the scallops on top of the warm sauce and serve immediately.


I have been working so much recently that Kevin decided I need a break and tonight he is taking me to see Coco Before Chanel at the Paris Theatre, one of those truly wonderful New York experiences! I can already smell the pop corn, feel the purple velvet seats, hear the crinkle of the New York Times closing as the lights dim. I’ve packed my 1960s movie glasses I had my prescription put in so I don’t miss a single visual detail.

*outtakes from the shoot What She Wore