Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lemon Dill Orzo Salad

One of many, many, many reasons Summer is my favorite is the PASTA SALAD. Endless combinations; throw together your favorite things with some yummy dressing, and call it dinner. Several nights a week.


Pasta salad also happens to make perfect boat food, served in paper cups... which we confirmed last weekend during an annual lake trip, celebrating a couple of our favorite people. I pretty much made this recipe up as I threw it together on Friday night. So by all means, every component should be adjusted to taste! Lemon, dill, and cucumber are a natural combo.  A couple of the ingredients are exclusive to Trader Joe's, but easily replaced.

It's simple and tasty.


To one pound of cooked orzo, mix in the following...


one English cucumber, diced
a generous handful of dill, chopped
four ounces dill Havarti (Trader Joe's)
one bag rosemary Marcona almonds (Trader Joe's- SO good)


For the dressing, whisk together the following:


juice of two lemons
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
one garlic clove, minced
one teaspoon Dijon mustard
a generous squirt of honey 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
(A very basic vinaigrette perfect for most any salad.)


Stir the dressing into the orzo mixture. It only gets better if it sits in the fridge a day or two! And just because I love fruit in my salad, I figured throwing in a few handfuls of strawberries wouldn't hurt a bit.

Here's to the upcoming weeks and weeks of refreshing pasta salads! Yay, Summer!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

hello, 911...


oh, i have blog?!  hmmm... must've slipped my mind.
or maybe it's just that this is one of the busiest seasons of my life!
blogging just seems to be one of those things i can't keep up with these days.
but i am super excited to be participating in heather hamilton's home made lovely series tomorrow!
do you want a peek into my crazy home?

what kind of crazy you ask?

well, for example...

when you pick up my house phone (which i my case is just my phone because i am anti-cell phone), the previous number dialed is displayed... just in case you want to do a quick re-dial.



so when i called my mom to inform her that her grandson almost gave me a heart attack... it was a clear reminder of how scary the previous moments were.  Because it was a total blur when I dialed 911 on Sunday when WE COULDN'T FIND COLE ANYWHERE!  The scariest moments of my life led up to Chloe finding him hiding in a corner of the garage while Kevin was frantically searching the neighborhood on his bike, Chayse was double-checking his usual hiding spots, Camden was hysterically asking over and over if he had been "squished by a car", and I was just running around like a crazy person before eventually calling the police.

that boy is a STINKER! which totally supports my no time to blog sob story.

like i said, it's crazy over here.