Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Few New Sides

Jon loves marinating and grilling pork chops when the weather turns nice. Last night he used a marinade that we had used on London broil a few weeks ago. It consisted of EVOO, Worcestershire, lime juice, fresh garlic, thyme, dry mustard, and turmeric. It is a really good marinade and was excellent on the beef. It was ok on the pork as well, but I think it definitely works better on beef.

I wanted to make some "new to us" sides to go along with the chops. I consulted my favorite recipe website,, and found a few good recipes. I decided on
this recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon and thyme for our veggie, and this one for orzo pilaf with green onions and Parmesan for a side.

I pretty much followed the recipes exactly except for the fresh thyme - I substituted dry. I loved both recipes. Jon loved the orzo, but wasn't a fan of the Brussels sprouts but only because thyme isn't his favorite flavor.

I love making orzo in broth because it's a lot like a cheater-risotto. Risotto is one of my favorite things to cook, but sometimes you just want something quick and easy!

Definitely take a look at those links - I'd highly recommend both recipes.

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  1. Yum. I love orzo and am always looking for new ways to make it. I could pass on the brussel sprouts though =P

  2. I love orzo and risotto... A few months ago I discovered that using a pressure cooker you can have risotto cooked (not stirring required!) in just 6 minutes. Now, we can have it more often since it's so easy.