Something Different

I am not one who likes to try new things.  I know what I like and I like to stick to it.  I have friends and relatives who will try just about anything from animal parts to fruits that look like eyeballs with cockroaches in the middle of them.  All I can say is there is no way that I will put those things in my mouth.  Sometimes I tell myself that there are a whole world of flavors and textures that I will never know (at the end of the day, I am OK with this).  On a rare occasion, I try something new.  Well, while I was visiting a friend in Princeton, NJ,  I boldly tried an orzo dish that I thought I would hate.  My friend C.P. is a food dare devil.  She will try almost anything including a celery orzo salad on the back of  the celery package.  I wouldn't even look at the recipe let alone try it.  So here it is.  Try it, I think most of you will love it.


1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 1/2 c. celery, diced
1 1/2 orzo, cooked in chicken broth and drained
3/4 c. cranberries
3/4 c. sliced, toasted pecans or almonds
3 Tbsp. sliced fresh basil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

In a skillet, melt the butter and olive oil over med-high heat.  Add the onion, cook for 4 minutes or until the onions are translucent and golden brow.  Add the celery, cook for 4 minutes more.

Combine, cooked orzo, celery mixture, cranberries, nuts, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Toss gently to combine.  This may be served hot, room temperature or cold.  Enjoy!


  1. Thank you! Thank you! DEE-licious! Can't wait to make it.

  2. This was delicious. Although I have a suggestion -and go with me with this one. Next time -leave out the celery. Now I know what you're thinking -"what's a 'celery orzo salad' with the celery?". I'll tell you -delicious!


  3. I am so excited that I got a mention in your blog! This is one of my all-time favourite recipes to serve for company. (In fact, I'm making it this weekend!) I am so glad you worked up the nerve to try it and that you liked it enough to blog about it. I still remember the look on your face when I told you I was going to make it for dinner...priceless!


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