Open Thread/Question of the Week

 Posted by on July 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm  Add comments
Jul 122015

Every week, we got this here open thread. Feel free to use it for chatting amongst yourselves about television in general, or any topic that pleases you. We suggest a topic every week because we want to inspire conversation.

This week? Favorite easy summertime recipes. It’s July! No one wants to spend it in a hot kitchen. What do you make that’s simple and seasonal AND YUMMY?


  3 Responses to “Open Thread/Question of the Week”

  1. From the Dean & Deluca Cookbook: Orzo Salad with Lemon, Mint and Feta*

    1/4 C extra-virgin olive oil 1/3C minced shallots 2 T fresh lemon juice. 1 garlic clove, minced
    Mix all together in a small bowl add salt and pepper to taste, add 1T or more of fresh lemon zest.

    Cook 1 C orzo in boiling salted water for 7 mins, drain but do not rinse, pour into a large bowl and add the olive oil mixture

    Dice red bell pepper, cucumber ( heirloom if you can find them), cherry tomatoes, yellow or green bell peppers, or any fresh veggie that you like to eat, maybe a 1/4 C each, whatever looks good to you.

    Let the orzo mix cool down on countertop then add the veggies. Add 3oz of feta cheese, crumbled, and 3 T of chopped mint leaves. Let sit at room temp for 2 hours then serve.
    *I have added and expanded this over the years, I have added chopped salami, taken out the mint, added more lemon zest, this is a very forgiving and adaptable salad or main course that doesn’t have to go into the fridge unless you have any left over. I have expanded it to make enough for 200 people and cut it down to feed 4. It is my go to dish for hot days.

    • I used to do this kind of thing all the time with linguine. I like crumbled goat cheese or chevre instead of feta, it melts better. It’s pasta plus whatever I harvested from my garden.

      • I love fresh stuff, anything really, in the summer. It is what makes summer really summer. That and the smell of copper tone and chlorine.

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