Baked Lemon Oregano Orzo and Shrimp

This Mediterranean-flavored casserole has been brewing and bubbling in my head for months now. I kept pushing it to the back burner, until finally, with a ton of leftover Orzo sitting in the fridge, I saw the perfect opportunity to make it. Even though I didn’t have a well-planned out recipe, a quick inventory of… 

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Light and Luscious Lemon Chicken

My Mom loves lemon chicken. Any and all kinds of lemon chicken. She makes many different ones including Chicken Francese, Chicken Piccata and this recipe that she just calls Lemon Chicken. It is the simpler of the three – without the strong flavor bursts of the capers in the Piccata or the wine in the… 

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Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Salad

This healthy and delicious recipe for Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Salad is a spin-off from my Mom’s favorite Chickpea and Tuna Salad. I built on the original recipe by adding orzo, lemon, Parmesan cheese, and toasted almonds. A light and summery pasta salad. You can pick up a bit of smokiness and crunch from the… 

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Gorgonzola Pasta with Bacon, Chicken and Walnuts

A creamy sauce with a big bite to it is tossed with pasta, chicken and walnuts to make up this rich and delicious pasta dish. Gorgonzola is an Italian blue cheese with a strong flavor and smell. It is made from cow’s or sheep’s milk in the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Northern Italy. It… 

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Caramelized Pepper and Sausage Pasta with Tomato Pesto

A hearty and delicious pasta tossed with caramelized bell peppers, Italian sausage and a fresh tomato pesto sauce. Slices of bell peppers are slowly sauteed over the course of an hour to caramelize them. In the meantime the fresh tomato pesto is made and sliced sausages are pan-fried. The peppers turn into sweet, intensely flavored… 

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

On Top of SpaghettiAll covered with cheese,I lost my poor meatballWhen somebody sneezed. It rolled off the tableAnd onto the floor,And then my poor meatballRolled right out the door!I always use a lot of Parmesan cheese on my spaghetti and meatballs, a habit I picked up when I was just a little girl. When I… 

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