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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Orzo with Brown Butter and Cinnamon + Winners of tsp spice contest

Orzo with Brown Butter and Cinnamon

Guys! Gals! Androids! I have something SO AWESOME to share with you…

and I’m not gonna.

just yet.

maybe in a couple of days.

I know, I’m a tease. But would you expect anything less from Steamy Kitchen?

In the meantime, I wanted to share a how decisions get made in the Steamy household.

How The Steamy Household Decides What to Eat

5pm weeknight, Jaden asks family: “What other side dish would you guys like for supper? We’re having tonight with some .”

says, “Oh cool, I love . We’ve been eating so much lately that it’s nice for a change.How about some

replies, “Ok. well, it’s 5pm and I can’t really make in time for supper.* How about just plain ? Kids, what do you want to eat?”

“Kids. We can’t have for supper. Are you crazy? Pick something else.”

“Vanilla Garlic’s Cinnamon Chocolate Cupcakes!”



(SIGH). How can I satisfy all?

Orzo with Brown Butter and Cinnamon

Recipe from Epicurious

GF-Adaptable: substitute orzo with GF pasta

1 pound orzo
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 lemon
3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 2 bunches)

Cook orzo in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until tender. While orzo cooks, melt butter in a small heavy skillet over moderately low heat, then simmer until golden brown with a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, then stir in oil, cinnamon, and pepper. Drain orzo in a colander, then return to pot and add brown-butter mixture, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, and parsley. Toss until combined well and season with salt and a squeeze of lemon.

*(YES I KNOW, Jeff and Zoe, if I had some dough in the refrigerator, I surely could have gotten laid tonight by by just seducing him with a beautiful loaf of .)


And now for the winners of the tsp spice giveaway!

Three winners will get some beautiful spices. Winners were randomly chosen by The Psychic Science nifty random number generator.

Drumroll….please…(sound of envelope being ripped open)

The first winner who is….on the next page.

[hee hee - I just did a "ryan seacrest!"]

Contestant #115, who will recieve tsp spices

TSP Sun Shine
Sun Shine:

Sun Shine contains one can each of organic lemon zest and organic orange zest. Each spice can contains 12 one-teaspoon packets. Organic lemon zest and organic orange zest infuse your cooking with a kiss of sunshine. $16.

# 115 claudia at ‘cook eat FRET’ Says:

thyme, garlic, salt and pepper
add cauliflower and cream
oh my!.

And our next winner is….

Commenter #42 who wins tsp spices:

TSP Sweet Heat Sweet Heat:Sweet Heat contains one can each of true cinnamon from Saigon and crushed ancho chiles. Each spice can contains 12 one-teaspoon packets. Sweet Heat is an age-old taste sensation made dazzlingly new. Awaken your senses with the delicate flavor of true cinnamon and ancho chile. Teaspoon packets allow you to use them singly or together. $16.

# 42 Lisa Says:

Cumin, coriander, turmeric and a tiny pinch of cinnamon. Not only does it taste great – the color is beautiful too!

Hey Lisa and Claudia- you guys should get together and swap some spice packets, because my absolute favorite combo for tsp spices is Orange Zest and Ancho Chile!

The final winner is of the spice giveaway is…..

Contestant #218 who will get:

TSP Savoir Fare
Savoir Fare:

Contains one can each of organic marjoram and organic sage. Each can contains 12 one-teaspoon packets. For knowing cooks, marjoram and sage are a deliciously compatible pair. Team them up to season a bread stuffing or pork sausage. Try them separately to flavor meat loafs, soups or bean dishes. Continental chefs have long savored both of these herbs. Now it’s your turn. Bon appetit! $16.

# 218 amy purple Says:

That is some fancy packaging for spices! I’m probably more of a Basil or Parsley person, but I on the last dish I made for my husband’s lunch, I used Ginger and Curry.

Do you have an orange tree? That photo just makes me want to suck the juice out of one of those orange slices!

Congrats winners! Email me directly at jaden@steamykitchen.com with your name, address and phone number for shipment!

50 Responses to “Orzo with Brown Butter and Cinnamon + Winners of tsp spice contest”

  1. megan — 3/2/08 @ 11:52 am

    The orzo recipe looks great! I’ll try it tonight with my chicken.
    Unless I get over ruled and we have Hershey’s.
    P.S. Your husband is cute!

  2. daphne — 3/2/08 @ 11:58 am

    well done to all the winners! and love your write up Jaden! Cracks me up-especially the hershey’s bit.

  3. Kitt — 3/2/08 @ 1:02 pm

    Oh you lucky winners! Congratulations!

    But we’re all winners with this recipe. Yum!

  4. lisa? i’ll swap some packets with you! just let me know… then we can make something great and impress jaden!!!

  5. Shankari — 3/2/08 @ 1:41 pm

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! I did not win….:(

  6. caroline — 3/2/08 @ 2:38 pm

    I love this post! You’re too funny. It sounds like something that would happen around my house – no one helps me pick something to cook! And everyone wants to each chocolate instead, too! :)

  7. kat — 3/2/08 @ 3:11 pm

    cool post! and congratulations to the winners!

  8. argus — 3/2/08 @ 4:05 pm

    Like you, I’m the boss in the kitchen. I decide what the two of us eat — unless it’s his birthday. ^_^

  9. Rivka — 3/2/08 @ 5:01 pm

    Love the post! It reminds me of madlibs — too funny.

  10. RecipeGirl — 3/2/08 @ 5:24 pm

    Very cute :)

  11. Melinda — 3/2/08 @ 5:28 pm

    Hershey’s chocolate isn’t a food group? Darn.
    Love the post!

  12. Jessica H. — 3/2/08 @ 5:32 pm

    That orzo looks awesome! I bet the cinnamon adds a nice flavor.

  13. JEP — 3/2/08 @ 6:24 pm

    Amazing post & photos! Sooo much suspense to finally reading the lucky winners!

  14. Very clever! I love it! I’ve made an orzo kugel that is similar, except it also has eggs and cream too.

  15. courtney — 3/2/08 @ 11:44 pm

    So cute. You guys make a beautiful family.

  16. Jenny — 3/3/08 @ 12:56 am

    Adorable! And the orzo recipe looks great.

  17. decision making process:

    me: so who’s gonna cook tonight?
    xx: you, i have no idea, no inspiration, nothing
    me: ok, we’re having beef then
    xx: beef..ok, how will u do the beef?
    me: saute with blablabla
    xx: ok, sounds good, i’m gonna cook it
    me: wat the….!@##$%$@$#!!! tat was MY idea
    xx: no! tat was MY idea!!!

    —-at the supermarket—–
    me: so, we’re getting beef eh? will$25 be enough?
    xx: yeah, no no make it 30
    me: look at those braided chicken chops, only $10!!!
    xx: wow!!!!!! and they are NOT expired!!!
    both: ok we’re having chicken chops tonight

  18. Kitt — 3/3/08 @ 2:22 am

    Funny, Rita!

    Hey Jaden, speaking of chocolate: You can use the regular no-knead dough to make Nutella bread, too!

  19. wmw — 3/3/08 @ 5:50 am

    I have problems deciding where to eat and what to eat everyday, let alone what to cook! It’s quite a process we go through daily.

  20. Jen — 3/3/08 @ 10:08 am
  21. chunky — 3/3/08 @ 10:24 am

    i enjoyed the comic strip very much…if i may call it that. thank you for making my day!

  22. Jandi — 3/3/08 @ 10:48 am

    I love the rebus-style post! That text-and-photo style of writing would make a great children’s cookbook, doncha think? It is something you could do in your spare time (insert insane laughter here!) Jaden ;-)

  23. Meeta — 3/3/08 @ 11:57 am

    Now that orzo looks soooo good. i think I could make this to satisfy my boys too.

  24. mimi — 3/3/08 @ 1:31 pm

    was all ready to get the recipe for a delish looking orzo side, but then cracked up at that little decision making re-cap! love the kids’ poses!! and love that dough in the fridge = getting laid! :)

  25. Amy — 3/3/08 @ 4:02 pm

    Hahaha… I vote for the cupcakes! Jk! I will eat anything with browned butter. Mmmm mm!

  26. Mansi — 3/3/08 @ 4:54 pm

    That’s one nicely-packaged post jaden!:) I so love your sense of humor:)

    congrats to all the winners, and looking forward to an aromatic blogosphere!!:D

  27. LaurieL — 3/3/08 @ 6:59 pm

    1) you’re such a great, creative story teller, 2) you have a hot husband, and 3) I want kids (someday, not quite yet) as hilariously photogenic as yours!

  28. kate — 3/3/08 @ 7:56 pm

    thats a really beautiful tray u have presented the rice in. Congrats to the winners …
    and speaking of ur surprise … u preggy ??? haha thought i’d freak u out instead !!

  29. Heather — 3/3/08 @ 9:05 pm

    You are such a card! I love that pictoral. Cracked my shit up.

  30. Kevin — 3/3/08 @ 9:08 pm

    Looks good. Cinnamon orzo sounds interesting. I will have to try it.

  31. Amrita — 3/3/08 @ 9:46 pm

    hhahaha! WHAT a fantastic way of posting! I love it!

  32. scrapper al — 3/3/08 @ 11:42 pm

    I love today’s posting, too funny! And congrats to the winners!

  33. Suji — 3/4/08 @ 1:38 am

    I think your blog hits it on the spot to the term “Food Porn” in literal terms ;);). I mean, come on, how many of us can think of seducing our guys with fresh baked loaf of bread ( make it French if you will ;)). Fun to see Scott’s taking kids’ side when it comes to cup cakes..lol

  34. Suganya — 3/4/08 @ 2:12 am

    At least your family agrees on something. Lucky, you are.

  35. That photo story was hilarious. Too cute.

  36. sia — 3/4/08 @ 4:53 am

    LOL @the decision made at SK household :))

  37. Donald — 3/4/08 @ 5:45 am

    Am I missing something? I don’t understand. Why exactly can’t we have chocolate with the chicken?

    And I really wanted those spices! Oh well, congrats to all the winners. I’ll be using my marjoram that my mom bequeathed me.

    Great orzo recipe. How curious, cinnamon…

  38. Suzana — 3/4/08 @ 8:56 am

    oh my. Loved the post – you’re too funny!! The Orzo with brown butter and cinnamon sounds awesome too. ;)

    Congrats guys on winning beautiful spices!

  39. amy purple — 3/4/08 @ 9:56 am

    Oh my goodness – thanks so much Jaden!

  40. Rahul — 3/4/08 @ 11:17 am

    When I first read the post, I thought the link for the cupcakes went to a recipe for vanilla-garlic-cinnamon-chocolate cupcakes. Now *that* sounds like a delicious treat!

    Jaden, your blog is awesome, and thanks for the intro to Vanilla Garlic!

  41. I made the Ginger and Coriander chicken recipe you posted, it was terrific.

    (Ok – I cheated a little, I added shallots and enriched the sauce with butter, but other than that i followed it exactly.)

    The kids loved it! Served it on couscous.


  42. Mike — 3/4/08 @ 4:12 pm

    lol, great insight into the decision process.

    The orzo sounds like a great treat. I used to have something similar growing up, and I always loved it….there was always room for orzo!

  43. Deborah — 3/4/08 @ 4:31 pm

    I am always looking for ways to use orzo. Yum!

  44. Karina — 3/5/08 @ 1:02 pm

    I love the visual storytelling. And isn’t chocolate a vegetable? ;)

  45. katy — 3/5/08 @ 10:22 pm

    hilarious! i am sitting here eating bread with nutella for dinner, so i am about one step up from your kids. :-)

  46. canarygirl — 3/6/08 @ 7:38 am

    OMG what a hilarious post, Jaden! The orzo looks amazing, too. :) Congratulations spice winners!! :)

  47. Tarah — 3/13/08 @ 1:34 pm

    Ahaha, I love this entry. So cute; And the food looks delicious. I will defiantly try :]

  48. Jaime — 3/14/08 @ 12:28 am

    i just found your blog! it’s such a fun read! :) if my husband were to read this he would comment: “Look! another white guy who was smart enough to snag a hot asian!” LOL

  49. pen and paper — 3/27/08 @ 3:56 am

    Psh, whatevs. Chocolate is a TOTALLY legit choice for dinner, especially when preceded with chocolate and followed by chocolate, with some chocolate on the side.


    For serious though, I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have some orzo that’s been pouting in my cupboard for weeks and I finally know how to put it to use! I’ll just have to think of a (relatively) light main dish to balance all that lovely, lovely butter.

  50. DmOrtega — 1/29/09 @ 2:20 pm

    I got a kick out of your dinner scenario. It’s pretty much the same in my house. =)

    I’m printing out the orzo recipe because it just sounds so good.

    P.S. When is your book being published? Don’t forget to give us a heads-up!!!

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