Orzo with Asparagus or Peas

Orzo with Asparagus or peas is an easy recipe that can be altered to suit the meal you plan to serve it with. I have successfully used beef broth in place of chicken broth for beef based main dishes. I have changed out vegetables without an issue as well. You could even add some protein and turn it into a one pot main dish.

This version of orzo looks like you worked hard and kind of reminds me of risotto without all the hard work. When I think of risotto I hear Gordon Ramsey in the background talking about incompetence. His shows may have scarred me for life and scared me away from ever attempting to make risotto. I’ll stick to orzo.

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Bacon Cheddar and Green Onion Scones

Saturday morning breakfast is a ritual around my house. Coffee must be brewed, bacon must be fried, and breakfast must be cooked. However, there are some mornings where the weather is perfect for sitting outside. If you live anywhere in the deep south, you know the weather isn’t favorable for outside sitting very often, so we try to take it in when we can.

On those nice mornings, the last thing I want to do is spend my morning in the kitchen cooking, even if it is ritualistic. However, while sitting on the back porch I love sipping on a fresh pot of coffee, listening to the birds, and eating a scone. It can be a plain scone with a bit of butter. It can be a blueberry scone. Or, it can be my personal favorite scone, bacon, cheddar, and onion. I’ll focus on whipping up a batch of my wife’s famous bacon cheddar and green onion scones.

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Strawberry Mandarin Orange Salad with Mango Coconut Dressing

We call this $30 salad at our house. My brother-in-law Charlie deemed this a $30 salad.  I think he might have been referring to the cost of the ingredients, but Andy swears it is because they would pay $30 to eat this salad in a restaurant.  This does NOT cost $30 to make.

This is a bright and cheerful addition to any meal.

It’s real name is Strawberry Mandarin Salad with Mango Coconut Dressing.  We used to eat a similar salad, along with the best banana bread and strawberry butter at a restaurant in Venice, Florida.  This is another of those foods we had not seen anywhere else and no recipe existed. So, as usual, I felt compelled to create a recipe that would be similar.  I have been asked to share this recipe most times I have carried it to gatherings or served it at my house to guests.

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Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta

Sometimes, the best foods have few ingredients and are easy to put together. Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta is one of those foods.

Served as an appetizer or light snack, this Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta is a great way to use the bounty of ripe tomatoes available during the summer months. In my opinion, there is no winter tomato or canned tomato product that can beat the taste of tomatoes fresh from the garden or farmers’ markets.

However, if you are looking for something different to serve at gatherings, this will work with the “on the vine” tomatoes from the store, even through the winter.  They may be a little mealy, but the flavor is better than other year round tomatoes.  Whenever I am forced to use these kind of tomatoes, I tend to cut out the middle mealy portions and just use the outside portions with skin still attached.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is probably my favorite food.  Chicken and dumplings run a close second.  My mom told me once that when I was barely old enough to hold a spoon she left me home alone with my dad and told him to feed me a can of chicken noodle soup for dinner.  He opened the can, plopped a spoon in it and gave it to me.  I guess that moment is when my love affair with chicken noodle soup started.

I can still eat it from a can (water added now and heated – not actually out of the can), at a restaurant, but homemade is preferred with chicken pieces, swimming in a golden broth, surrounded by carrots slices and noodles.  When I make it, I usually start it in the late morning so I eat some for a late lunch, again for dinner, then put some in the refrigerator for lunch for a few days, and some in the freezer for later.  Later is usually a day or two after my refrigerator stash has been consumed.

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