Recipe Hoarder

I know I’m stating the obvious when I say, “I love collecting recipes”. Sure I enjoying cooking, but sometimes the thrill of finding that perfect recipe excites me just as much. Because of this, I’m constantly wrestling with ways to organize all these acquired recipes. I have countless cookbooks, magazines, emails, a recipe box, random loose papers, and a robust Pinterest page…often times I just don’t know where to turn first.

In college, I started collecting Cooking Light magazines, and after several years it got to the point where my stack had grown to half my height; something had to be done. With a lot of dedication and time, I went through each magazine and cut out every recipe that interested me, and stuck it in a recipe binder that had scrapbook pages. I was recently flipping through said book, when I came across the Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette recipe. This was an old go-to that I had forgotten about. Resurrecting this recipe was the best idea since it’s simple, satisfying, and perfect for work-week lunches.

Please tell me, do you have a method to your madness when it comes to recipe organization?

Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings

What You Need

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 cups bagged prewashed baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled and divided

What To Do

  1. Cook the orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; rinse with cold water.
  2. Combine orzo, spinach, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.
  3. Drain artichokes, reserving marinade. Coarsely chop artichokes, and add artichokes, reserved marinade, and 1/2 cup feta cheese to orzo mixture, tossing gently to coat.
  4. Sprinkle each serving with remaining feta cheese.

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