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Cheddar and Broccoli Orzo
July 14, 2014, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Pasta, Side Dishes | Tags: , ,


I love orzo! This recipe caught my eye because it had veggies right in it. Saves me some cooking!


1 cup orzo pasta

1 tablespoon butter

1 1/4 cup chick broth, divided

1 cup water

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed and finely chopped

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tablespoon flour



1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add orzo and stir until some of the pasta is brown.

2. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in. Pour in 1 cup broth. Stir until liquid is absorbed.

3. Pour in water in 1/2 cup intervals, stirring until water is absorbed and pasta becomes tender.

4. In a separate pan over low heat, add 1/4 cup broth, milk, and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Spoon 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture into a small bowl and stir in flower until dissolved. Pour thickener into the pot of melted cheese.

5. Once the orzo is tender, add in chopped broccoli and melted cheese sauce.

6. Adjust seasoning if needed and add more broth to get desired consistency.


I used fresh broccoli instead of frozen and put it into the pot a bit earlier so that it cooked while the rice was cooking. It turned out fine.

Our Home Rating? 4/5 bites

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Cowboy Caviar
July 14, 2014, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Appetizers | Tags: , , , ,


A delicious appetizer. I think it makes a great, summer treat.


1 (11 oz) can corn, drained & rinsed

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed

2 large tomatoes, diced or 1 (10 oz) can tomatoes, with juice

2 ripe avocados, diced (add just before serving)

ΒΌ cup red onion, chopped


2Tbsps. Lime juice

2 Tbsps. olive oil

2 Tbsps. red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cumin

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely

a few dashes of tabasco (optional)


Combine all ingredients, adding avocados last, and toss gently. Serve with Tortilla Scoops.


I love this treat! I don’t put the cilantro in because I don’t like it, or the tabasco, since I don’t really want a spicy snack. But, the option is there for those who like it.

Our Home Rating? 5/5 bites

Source: My Mom