Lemon Orzo Salad

Just a quickie post to recommend a dish I made last night. Thank you Pinterest!


Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes

I would say it was quite delicious, however could have used a bit more of a kick. Even just a teaspoon more pepper probably would have zested it up enough!


(picture from original site where recipe can be found: http://www.abigmouthful.com/lemon-orzo-salad-with-asparagus-and-tomatoes/ )


Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes

12 oz. orzo
1 bunch fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lemon, zested and juiced
4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs. fresh parsley, minced
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano*

Bring 2 large pots of water to boil.  Add a big pinch of salt in each.

To one pot, add asparagus and blanch, about 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus.  Place blanched asparagus in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and keep them green.

To the second pot, add the orzo.  Cook per package instructions.  When tender, drain and place in a large bowl.  Add blanched asparagus and tomato halves.

Mix olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Stir into orzo and vegetables.  Stir in parsley and grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

This can be served warm, room temperature or cold.

*Note:  If you want to keep this salad vegan, leave out the Parmigiano Reggiano.


The Sicilian Kitchen | Burrito Night

Some of you may recall that a few weeks back I made lasagna and decided that it was time for a new category of blog posts: recipes.  Well since then, I haven’t posted a new recipe (shame on me!) in “The Sicilian Kitchen” category, so I decided that tonight would be the night!

To all my fellow college students out there (or for those of you who are simply in need of a quick and simple dinner), you will appreciate how easy this recipe is, I promise.  Honestly, what is easier than making a burrito?

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The Sicilian Kitchen | Coming Soon…

I promised big things to come here on meganeilers.wordpress, and let me tell you the wait is almost over. To my repertoire of categories (like Obsession of the Week and Fun Finds) I will be adding posts about one of my passions in life: cooking!

For those of you who took the time to check out my “about me” page you know that I am of Sicilian heritage.  Obviously, this means I am a fantastic cook, simply based on my DNA, right?! Not exactly…

The first 18 years of my life I spent a lot of time hovering around both my mom and dad (who are great chefs) while they were in the kitchen. Thankfully some of their good mojo rubbed off on me, and I proudly admit to being a decent cook–especially when one considers it is based on a college budget (filet mignons aren’t exactly in my grocery cart when I leave the store).

Anywhoo, this new category will be called The Sicilian Kitchen.  I will be posting recipes, pictures, and simple how-to instructions to help aid any of you readers who either need help learning some basic cooking skills or just need a fresh idea for dinner.  In honor of this new add-on, I will be starting with my mom’s lasagna–it seemed appropriate to start with something traditionally Italian.  A friend of mine asked me to teach her how to make it and I decided this would be the perfect start to The Sicilian Kitchen!

So come on back Monday to see how my Italian feast went Sunday night…I would post it on Sunday night, but the premier of Amazing Race will be on, so you know I won’t be blogging (I’m literally squealing with excitement)!

Buon Appetito!!

caprese sandwich....my favorite version of grilled cheese (mozzarella, basil, tomato)

No excuses, but…

Hi everyone,

I know that I had made it a goal to be really on top of my blog again this year, but of course with the start of school my plate has been very full.  I have big plans to blog a bunch this week/weekend in between studying and sleeping, but some things you can look forward to include:

-10 random things to do during a county-wide power outage (clearly something learned from personal experience)

-a movie review for “Contagion” (I was lucky enough to se it before it hit theaters!)

-some fun new recipes that I’ve stumbled upon recently

I hope those intriguing, yet extremely vague descriptions bring you all back this coming week to see what I have in store! Get excited people!!

I leave you with this image as a sign of good luck for my fave baseball team, who is currently beating the San Diego Padres :)

Social Media Excitement

Anyone out there who doesn’t believe that social media is the most awsome-ist wonderful-ist addition to our lives is absolutely crazy.  That is a fact.  Okay okay, maybe you don’t think so, but let me tell you I am OBSESSED.

Yes I understand it is a problem, but good things CAN come from it!  So any of you who follow my blog are probably aware that I am Sicilian (for those of you who need help with geography, that is the island that Italy’s “boot” is kicking), which means of course that I am a complete “foodie” (a.k.a. the nice way of saying I’m seriously addicted to food).

Combine my love of social media and food and this is what you get:

That’s right, I got a response from Giada DeLaurentiis herself!  For any of you who aren’t already following me on twitter (*cough* click the link *cough*) and didn’t see the link to the recipe, you can check it out here.  Sorry I was unable to post a picture, it was gone too fast! (yes, it was that good)

Anywhoo, how awesome is that? I felt so special that of the three or four people she responded to that evening, she chose me!!  I know that lots of celebs respond on twitter, but it is still AWESOME!!

Keep your eyes posted on the blog, I am going to try and post some cool stuff this week (in between packing boxes and struggling to drive a U-Haul).

In the comments section let me know if you have any cool celeb encounters (on social media sites or in person) or if you have tried any really awesome recipes lately.  (Also, if you don’t know how crazed I am about Pinterest and the cornucopia of recipes on there, you can check that out here :) )



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