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Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

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Assembling Ingredients for Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

This weekend, we were in the middle of the first real snowstorm in Chicago’s 2014-2015 winter season!  So far, we have received about 19″ of snow.  Yesterday and again this morning, my husband and I went outside to finish shoveling the driveway and sidewalks.  The snow is the heavy, “packing” kind,  perfect for kids wanting to make snowmen and forts, but really irritating for adults trying to clear footpaths!  Stella was jumping around like a kangaroo in the snow!  This was before it got too deep for her.  After a few more hours, we ended up clearing a path in the backyard so she could walk without having the snow reach up past her   fluffy tail!

Stella Bear Braving Chicago's Big Winter Snow       www.morewinelesswhines.com

Stella Bear Braving Chicago’s Big Winter Snow

When we got inside from shoveling, I wanted something quick, simple and a lot like buttered noodles.  I made this ridiculously simple dish that does not even need a recipe once you make it a few times.   I put 1/2 a box of orzo in a pot of salted, boiling water.  I drained the orzo and made my butter-olive oil blend fancy by flavoring it with lemon peel and sliced garlic cloves.  Then, I stirred in some lemon juice, Romano cheese and parsley to finish the dish.  Easy!

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter    www.morewinelesswhines.com

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter     www.morewinelesswhines.com

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter      www.morewinelesswhines.com

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

serves 2

1 c. orzo
2 T. unsalted butter
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 2″ lemon peel
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 c. parsley, minced
1/3 c. Romano cheese + extra for serving
sea salt & pepper to taste

Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add Orzo. Cook according to package directions until ‘al dente.’ You are better off undercooking the orzo at this point. Drain into a colander and transfer to a medium glass or heat-safe bowl*. Return pot to medium heat. Melt butter in pan and add olive oil. Gently place the sliced garlic and lemon peel in the butter/oil and stir a little bit. BE CAREFUL! Let bubble until garlic just barely starts to turn golden, ~30-60 seconds.  (It will go from golden to burned quickly) Remove garlic and lemon peel from pan with slotted spoon. Let cool on a plate before discarding.

Pour flavored butter/olive oil over the orzo. Stir in lemon juice, parsley and Romano cheese. Season to taste with sea and freshly ground black pepper.  Enjoy!

 

*Note: You can keep the cooked orzo in the colander and just stir it into the saucepan once the butter/oil has been flavored and the garlic/lemon peel is removed. I do this to minimize dirty dishes. The problem is the orzo can stick to the hot sides of the pan if you do not stir vigorously and immediately. The choice is yours.

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter    www.morewinelesswhines.com

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter      www.morewinelesswhines.com

Orzo with Lemon Garlic Butter

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Gardening

Scenes from a Chicagoland Garden in May

Stella Bear stopping to smell the primrose blooms   www.morewinelesswhines.com

Stella Bear stopping to smell the primrose blooms

I was fortunate enough to spend last Friday surrounded by beautiful flowers.  Saturday became my workaholic- have not seen summer weather in Chicagoland for 8+ months sort of day.  I hand tilled my 25′ x 8′ garden with a pitch fork.  I won’t get too deep into the story, but I decided since my husband was working I would do it myself.  I asked him what I should use, as I could not rent and lift a rototiller in and out of the car on my own and misunderstood what he really said.  Note:  Do not EVER till a garden with only a pitchfork!  The soil is incredible, but my back, neck and arms ached from all the lifting and bending.  Regardless,  it felt liberating to be out in my garden again!

Here are a few photos highlighting the month of May from a Chicagoland garden:

Daffodils blooming in front of the rhododendrons    www.morewinelesswhines.com

Daffodils blooming in front of the rhododendrons

Chanticleer Pear against the blue sky   www.morewinelesswhines.com

Chanticleer Pear against the blue sky

My front yard summer container    www.morewinelesswhines.com

My front yard summer container

Close-up of my front yard summer container  www.morewinelesswhines.com

Close-up of my front yard summer container

Planting Away in the vegetable garden    www.morewinelesswhines.com

Planting Away in the vegetable garden

St. Francis of Assisi watching over my parents' garden    www.morewinelesswhines.com

St. Francis of Assisi watching over my parents’ garden

The sunrise from my Sunday morning 6:42 am walk with Stella bear    www.morewinelesswhines.com

The sunrise from my Sunday morning 6:42 am walk with Stella bear

Sweet 100 Tomato Seedlings -  www.morewinelesswhines.com

Sweet 100 Tomato Seedlings

Ostrich fern unfurling among Lily of the Valley     www.morewinelesswhines.com

Ostrich fern unfurling among Lily of the Valley

Bloom on one of the 6 PJM Rhododendrons we planted last spring   www.morewinelesswhines.com

Bloom on one of the 6 PJM Rhododendrons we planted last spring

One family of Geese and their goslings   www.morewinelesswhines.com

One family of Geese and their goslings

 

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