The day 2 recipe is a another tried and true (TNT) recipe that everyone loves. I have no idea where I got it, but I have been making it for years and it is a family favorite. Christie from Fig & Cherry suggested slowly roasting the cherry tomatoes and smashing them a bit to make a low fat sauce in yesterdays post…that would be a lovely addition here too-thanks Christie!

Orzo with Artichokes

FOR THE SALAD
1 c orzo
1 9-oz package frozen artichoke hearts
2 c tomato chopped
1/2 c red onion chopped
1/2 c crumbled feta
1/4 c black pearl olives chopped

FOR THE DRESSING
2 T lemon juice
1 T olive oil
1 T champagne garlic mustard
1 t dill
1/4 t salt and black pepper, or to taste

1. In a large saucepan of boiling unsalted water, cook the orzo for 6 minutes over moderately high heat. Add the artichoke hearts and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes more or until the pasta and artichoke hearts are tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Transfer to a large salad bowl and add the tomatoes, onion, cheese and olives.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. In a food processor or blender mix together the dressing ingredients

3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently until well coated. If desired, garnish each serving with sprigs of dill.

Serves 4 to 6

Last night my most wonderful husband treated us to homemade sausages on the grill and his “potatoes and grass” which is tiny red skinned potatoes, butter, freshly snipped chives and some other things he throws in there that he never shares.

Today begins my daughter’s summer vacation and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day. We have to do our shopping and get the weeks meals made (that is where being a personal chef comes in REALLY handy) and I have a pile of clients to get caught up on.

Here is quick shot of some of the 2008 ducklings. Check out the heads on the Fawn & White Runners! They are so gawky (but super cute and funny!) at this age!

Have a wonderful Monday and do something delicious!

Colleen
Creatively serving the Greater Binghamton area in the lovely Southern Tier of NY. www.foodwineartdesign.com

Colleen is a private caterer and personal chef, she also hosts the internet’s favorite resource for the home wine maker at www.homemadewine.net. Her blog and websites are viewed by thousands each day who enjoy her simply explained, illustrated and photographed recipes and helpful tips.

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