So, it’s been a little while since my last post. If by “a little while”, you mean 851 days. I don’t think it’s really that long, actually. Since only my entire life has changed.
I moved back to Memphis, where I’m from. From where I am. From where I originate.
(Side note: I’m constantly in the midst of this internal battle between using proper grammar and using vernacular. Sound pretentious, but correctly pretentious, or sound local and real, but open yourself to the occasional “Actually, it’s “from where I am”, to which I always reply, “I’M UTILIZING LOCAL VERNACULAR IN AN ATTEMPT TO HUMANIZE MYSELF MORE AUTHENTICALLY. I KNOW HOW TO USE PROPER GRAMMAR. I WAS AN EDITOR FOR CHRISSAKE!”, which is always so much more pretentious than just saying “from where I am.” Oh, my life is so difficult!)
Anyway, I moved back to Memphis, started a production company, started working in audio design and sales, went on tour, got really tired from tour, met a boy, got a regular 9-to-5 job, started business school (What can a philosophy major really do, anyway, besides more grad school?), became completely domesticated, and flung myself face-first into a tech startup.
I’m sure you could surmise from that verbose spittle that since I’m domesticated with a boy, have a 9-to-5 job, and am in grad school…. that I don’t have that much time to cook at regular hours any longer. You’re so smart! and/or creepily tuned-in to the universe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This, my friends, is why this dish is so darn spectacular. First of all, it’s one of those recipes that you read and think, no matter what, I will like this. It has A, B, and C that I love. Oh, and D, E, and F! Ooh, I just love G and H.. And on and on you go. This is what one of my dream recipes consists of (vernacular intentional): orzo, lemon, dill, shrimp, feta, green onions, and red onions.
We’ve been hoarding dill in the fridge for a while now, thanks to a spectacular trick I recently learned but am convinced everyone else already knew. I keep fresh herbs upright in a glass of water in the fridge–have had better luck there than on the countertop–and, with the exception of cilantro, they stay much fresher much longer. I don’t know where I went wrong with the cilantro, but the roots got soggy, and the leaves wilted. Of course, it’s the most difficult, because it’s our favorite.
But I do love dill:
Awesome part of this dish #2: I threw it together on my study day and it was ready and waiting for me and the boyfriend when I got home from class. Yet, as we took the first bite, we both groaned and sank deeper into our chairs, mumbling about how incredible it is. I’m not exaggerating.
It’s light and summery and just overall perfect. What else would you expect from Ina Garten? Make this.
- 1 tablesppon Kosher salt for the pasta water
- 2 teaspoons salt for the dressing
- 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground, for the dressing
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil for the dressing
- 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for the pasta water
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil to coat shrimp
- 3/4 pound orzo rice shaped pasta
- 1/2 cup lemon juice 3 lemons, freshly squeezed
- 2 pounds shrimp 16-18 count, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup scallions white and green parts, minced
- 1 cup dill fresh, chopped
- 1 cup flat leaf parsley fresh, chopped
- 1 whole cucumber hothouse, unpeeled, seeded and medium diced
- 1/2 cup red onion diced small
- 3/4 pound feta cheese good quality, large diced
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, or 204 degrees C.2. Fill a large pot with water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it’s cooked al dente. Drain orzo and pour into a large bowl.3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.4. Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle about 2 teaspoons olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out into a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are just pink and cooked through. Don’t overcook or shrimp will be rubbery!5. Add the shrimp to the orzo. Next, add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. *Note: If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it’s cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.
Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Don’t overcook!
Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.