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Orzo Salad with Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This salad became a fast favorite when I dug into the first batch a couple of years ago, and it remains a fave – especially this time of year when tomatoes are in season, sweet onions are plentiful, and the garden overflows with basil and mint.

Protein-rich chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and hearty orzo pasta provide the basis for this delicious meal-in-a-bowl. Sprinkle in fresh halved cherry tomatoes, sweet onion, chopped mint and basil, then dress with a lemon vinaigrette and you’ve got a simple – and simply winning – salad.

(Wow. The word “winning” just really doesn’t work anymore, does it? Thanks a lot, Charlie!)

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Bing Cherry Mojitos

Bing Cherry Mojitos

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Beverages

I grow mint in my garden for pretty much one reason and one reason only.

Mojitos.

Nothing beats an icy-cold, minty mojito on a hot summer day. This version brings another summer staple – juicy ruby-red bing cherries – into the scene. The result is a gorgeous scarlet cocktail of cherry, lime, and mint … how can you go wrong?

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Shamrock Shake Shortbread Cookies

Shamrock Shake Shortbread Cookies

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 in Happy Endings

Top o’ the morning to ya! Welcome to a big, huge day in my blogosphere. See, not only am I sharing this insanely delicious cookie in honor of Saint Patty’s Day, but I’m also launching a new blog! It’s called Kitchen Treaty, and it’s been in the works for awhile. It’s a food blog dedicated to showing that vegetarians and meat-eaters can live together, and I’ll be sharing loads of recipes that I’ve developed over the years. Some of them start out as one dish and end up as two – one for the vegetarians, one for the carnivores – and some of them are vegetarian recipes that are so delicious the carnies in your life won’t even notice the lack of meat. Plus a few extra thrown in here and there. I’ll still be posting here, but I do so hope you’ll come on over and check Kitchen Treaty out, too.

And now! About these cookies.

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Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 in Happy Endings

For as long as I can remember, I’ve done something a little weird on Saint Patrick’s Day. Even though I love green, I enjoy only wearing a tiny little scrap of the stuff – well hidden – on the big day. See, where I grew up, you get a pinch if you’re not wearing green. Okay, so that’s the same for everyone. But here’s the twist – the beauty of the hidden green. After receiving that dastardly pinch, you smugly reveal your stealth green, thus earning you the right to sock the offending pincher square in the shoulder.

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