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Bright, citrusy spring peas are the perfect pairing for succulent seared scallops.

While the American South may be acclaimed masters of all things meat, there’s no excuse for passing on the produce. From picnic sides and pickles to fresh garden salads, soups and desserts, the fruit and vegetable bounty of the South is beautifully represented in The Southern Vegetable Book, a new collection from author, writer and TV personality Rebecca Lang.

Scallops are incredibly quick to cook but really need a skillet that’s large enough to give each of them plenty of breathing room to sear. To ensure a golden crust on each scallop, wipe the skillet between batches. The moisture left from the first batch will keep the second one from searing properly. If you can find pea shoots at the farmers’ market, this is a perfect time to show them off as a garnish.

Reprinted with permission from The Southern Vegetable Book