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 [email protected] with your name, address and phone number for shipment!

Did not load Widget Area 5

Comments 50

  1. megan

    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. caroline

    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! πŸ™‚

  3. mochachocolata rita

    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

  4. wmw

    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.

  5. chunky

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

  6. Jandi

    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 πŸ˜‰

  7. mimi

    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! πŸ™‚

  8. Mansi

    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

  9. LaurieL

    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!

  10. kate

    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 !!

  11. Suji

    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

  12. Donald

    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…

  13. Suzana

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

    Congrats guys on winning beautiful spices!

  14. Rahul

    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!

  15. Brave Sir Robin

    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.


  16. Mike

    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!

  17. katy

    hilarious! i am sitting here eating bread with nutella for dinner, so i am about one step up from your kids. πŸ™‚

  18. Jaime

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

  19. pen and paper

    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.

  20. DmOrtega

    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!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *