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My quick and easy Thursday night dinner

This dinner is one of the fastest ones I’ve ever whipped up. The two dishes I created don’t necessarily go together but I happened to be trying to use up left overs so I made them in the same night. One dish, I can’t take credit for. It’s from Trader Joe’s frozen department. The other dish, I can take credit for and it consists of only 5 ingredients.


It started because I wanted to cook up Trader Joe’s frozen Thai lime shrimp skewers to try. However, I had just made couscous the other night and I didn’t feel like making rice. Plus I already had some leftover whole grain pasta from the night before when I made my favorite zucchini and mushroom pasta. So even though pasta and Thai flavored shrimp on skewers don’t go toghether, I decided to use up the leftovers in my fridge. The pasta actually may sound like a pretty weird concoction but it actually works and it’s so easy to throw together. Continue reading

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Shrimp Orzo Salad

I mentioned in a previous blog post that while we were vacationing in North Carolina with my husbands family, his aunt made a shrimp orzo salad that was to die for. I was determined to recreate it. I knew that it definitely had dill, parsley, feta and lemon in it. What’s funny is, after I came up with this recipe, trying to mimic the salad we ate in North Carolina, I found a recipe from Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa (who I adore) that was almost exactly the same! And if the Barefoot Contessa says it’s good, you can be sure it’s good. I was proud of myself for coming up with a recipe that was almost an exact replica of super-star chef and queen of entertaining, Ina Garten. If you want her recipe, click here. Like I said, mine is pretty similar. There are a few slight differences, the major one was instead of cucumber, I used celery and cherry tomatoes, which I have to say, really added something nice to the dish. Continue reading

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