Summer Orzo Salad

Summer Orzo Salad

This salad was whipped up by my wife, Jan Baby. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of healthy eating, and pasta with veggies in it is far off my radar; this one however, knocked my socks off. For a summer salad and holiday BBQ action, think Memorial Day, July 4th; it is a fun and deliciously healthy alternative way to enjoy the taste and health benefits of a pasta salad.

Orzo was a new one on me. I had never heard of it before, never cooked, eaten or discussed it or ever seen it in the store. This is a petite pasta, little rice sized and shaped pasta kernels.   Jan Baby swears that it is fairly easy to find in most grocery stores, and she is right. Since discovering orzo, I now look on the pasta isle and have no trouble ferreting it out.  Jan adapted this recipe from one she found while surfing the web from the family iPad.

Ingredients

1lb Orzo Pasta
¼-½ Cup Olive Oil
1 Cup fresh spinach leaves, torn or leftr whole ~or~ 1 Cup broccoli flowers, blanched or raw
4oz crumbled feta cheese
½ Cup dried cranberries ~or~ dried cherries
8-10 Torn or sliced basil leaves
½ Cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 Teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1 Carton cherry tomatoes, lalved ~or~ cubed fresh tomatoes
Handful calamata olives (optional)

Method

Cook orzo pasta according to package directions. Cool in bowl, adding a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to prevent sticking. When cool, add rest of ingredients. Combine well and enjoy!

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San Diego Rose Society

My father, famous for his amazing rose garden, recently attended the San Diego Rose Society show. He was surprised to discover they also featured and exhibition of rose photography. Since we both share a love of photography, we have been kicking around the idea of entering a few of our rose images since the requirements don’t look too intimidating.

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I take a different approach these days, as can be seen in this small gallery of images. I actually take more enjoyment in the post processing via Photomatix, Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Are you a Ford Explorer owner? Is your Explorer’s lift gate trim panel cracked? If you answered yes, then you are in good company, as there are countless thousands of Ford Explorer owners who suffer from the same defect. How do you fix it? The lift gate trim panel can be ordered from Ford, and comes unpainted! By the time you get it ordered, painted and installed your looking at close to a $500.00 bill. I digress; I’d love to share a photo of your crack on my Facebook page: “Ford Explorer Lift Gate Cracks“.

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Vintage Hockey Photos

Tempers were flaring and feeling had gotten hurt. I received a tearful phone call last night from a concerned hockey parent who had just learned our Jr. Eagles recreational hockey team would not be playing in the Slapshot Invitational tournament. Rather than go into that ever turning can of works, I have chosen to share a photo I dug up out of the archive of the 2005 NCYH Grizzlies rec team.

Being ‘Flash’, I couldn’t just leave the photo as is, so I spent some time in Photoshop and put a vintage spin on it.

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