Rerun : Orzo Recipes

Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe

AND both of these recipes can be made ahead, refrigerated, then served cold or rewarmed. So if you’re looking for something new to pack for lunch, a side dish for that next party or a tasty Meatless Monday option, be sure to check these two orzo recipes out. I think you’ll like them very very much.

30 Perfect 4th of July Recipes

4th of July Recipes

You’re in luck! I’ve gathered a list of 30 tasty 4th of July recipes that are really perfect for any summer celebration. All of the recipes listed below are easy to prepare for a large crowd, plus, (and this is a big plus) most of the preparation (with exception to the final grilling for some main dish items) for all of the recipes in the list below can be done ahead of time so you can enjoy the celebration too instead of being stuck in a hot kitchen. That wouldn’t be any fun at all, would it? So claim your independence from a hot kitchen and prep ahead for this 4th of July!

White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken Recipe

Tomato Braised Chicken Recipe

This White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken Recipe combines white wine, herbs and tomatoes with chicken for an easy and satisfying meal that the whole family will love. This savory dish is full of rich hearty flavors without leaving you feeling stuffed. White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken is a great comfort food for cooler temperatures, but it’s also a terrific option for warmer weather, enjoyed over fluffy rice with a light salad.

Pecan Encrusted Halibut Recipe

Pecan Encrusted Halibut Recipe

Here in South Carolina we don’t always have the best selection of Alaskan fresh fish so when when the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute contacted me about sending some Wild Alaska halibut (the steak of seafood) to try, I was more than tickled. I knew exactly what I would make with it before it arrived at our door, but instead of a Potato Encrusted Halibut I prepared a Pecan Encrusted Halibut. Nothing but a simple coating with pecan bits, a quick sear, a visit to the oven to finish up and it was perfectly done in no time. I served it along with a mushroom risotto and easy Roasted Asparagus and it was just like being at Brick Street only I was barefoot. Try this one soon the next time you’re able to purchase Wild Alaska halibut. I think you’ll enjoy this a lot.

Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime


Here’s a fresh simple pasta I threw together for lunch in no time. Spinach fettuccine pasta noodles were tossed with olive oil, olives, garlic, basil, a little butter, and lime zest, then finished off with a squeeze of bright lime juice for a simple, happy, light pasta dish. I’m thinking it would be mighty fine served as a chilled pasta too. Mighty fine, indeed.

4 Special Occasion Weeknight Dinner Ideas


These are some of our favorites which double as comfort food and special occasion meals. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or another special event, any of these would be great options to serve along with a big salad, and a tempting dessert.

Fish and Corn Chowder


    Chowder is, without a doubt, one of those foods that says “comfort food.” This Fish and Corn Chowder I recently discovered over at Tasty Kitchen is no exception. The recipe is pretty basic and can be put together fairly quickly, which makes it perfect for any weeknight where a little comfort is needed… 

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Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup - a lighter version of the decadent comfort food

The soup came together in no time and disappeared just as fast. Although this lighter version uses a reduced-fat milk instead of heavy cream, it was still mighty rich and creamy. Serve alongside a salad, and/or a baked potato for the perfect lunch, or low-key weeknight meal. I can’t see how you’d be disappointed with this one. It’s one totally satisfying soup.