Monday, June 28, 2010

Mission Impossible?

My sister got married on Saturday! A beautiful wedding on a beautiful day. The couple danced the night away with family and friends. They will be heading on a road trip to PA, SC, and a couple of other places. Yay!

On a more frustrating note, finding a place to rent seems impossible! Nothing seems to be working out. It's unbelievable the price people will charge for a crappy rental! We checked out a house yesterday that left us less than impressed. As we got out of the car we were hit with the smell of cigarette smoke. After walking around the house my husband and I literally felt it in our lungs. Maybe we're just not used to it, but this house seemed like it had the smoke pumping in! Then there's the houses which seem nice until you get to the one room that they didn't post pictures of. One house had a scary second floor bedroom that I swear I'd have to board up. It had floor to ceiling, wall to wall, dark wood furniture. I can't even explain the creepiness of this room other than to say that all I could think of was that movie The Haunting in CT. I know why they conveniently left pics of this room out in their advertisement!

We never thought it would be this difficult to rent a house. We joke that we'll end up in our parents' houses with a microwave, living out of suitcases. Joking...just joking...we NEED/HAVE to find somewhere to live!!!

Landlord Summer Salad
Our wonderful landlord,who we don't want to leave, makes this salad at picnics and gatherings. *I do not eat shrimp, however everyone else who eats this asks for the recipe.

5 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Olive Oil
3/4 lb Orzo Pasta
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 lbs shrimp ( peeled and deveined)
1 cup minced scallions
1 cup fresh dill (chopped)
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
1 diced cucumber (unpeeled and seeded)
1/2 cup diced red onion
3/4 lb diced feta cheese

Cook orzo pasta according to package directions. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, 2 tsp salt, and 2 tsp pepper. Pour over hot pasta and stir well. Place shrimp on sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Toss to combine and spread in single layer on sheet pan. Roast in oven for 5 to 6 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through. Don't overcook! Add shrimp, scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper to orzo. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temp for 1 hour, to bring out flavors, or refrigerate over night.

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