Saturday, May 30, 2015

Orzo Salad with Shrimp

This is a delicious and simple salad perfect for the summer months! 

3/4 lb. orzo
1 large cucumber- seeded, quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 C chopped fresh dill
1/4 C white wine vinegar
3 T Dijon mustard
1/2 C olive oil
3/4 lb. feta, crumbled
16 med. shrimp

Combine cooked orzo, cucumber, onions and tomatoes in large bowl. Blend dill, vinegar, and mustard until smooth. With motor running on low, add olive oil slowly until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in feta and shrimp. Mix well.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Split Pea Soup

2 cups split peas
1 lb ground beef or sausage (or omit, but it adds a nice flavor)
1 t garlic salt
pepper to taste
salt to taste (you will need quite a bit)
6 cups water
2 onions, choppe
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, diced
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Soaking peas overnight will help them cook faster, but isn't necessary. (I never plan this far ahead, personally! :)) Wash peas, add water, salt (start with 1 t) and put on to boil. Simmer for about 1 hour. Brown beef in skillet with garlic salt and pepper. Add onion and continue cooking for a few minutes. Add celery, carrots and parsley and saute for a few more minutes. Add to peas and cook until peas are tender or another 1/2 hour or so, til flavors blend. Peas are very bland, so they require quite a bit or salt. Add water ass needed while cooking to give you the consistency you want.

Serve with this homemade multi-grain bread from All Things Delicious that is so so yummy!!!