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orzo chickpea feta salad

We’ve been stuck in a dinner rotation — turkey tacos, chicken meatballs, scrambled eggs — so when we tried this orzo salad this weekend, we were especially struck by how fresh and springlike it tasted. I’d highly recommend it, if you’re looking for something new. — Joanna

puzzle huddle

Parents Matthew and Marnel Goins were frustrated when they couldn’t find puzzles featuring children of color, so they created their own. The characters have jobs like doctor, veterinarian, astronaut, chemist and president. How great are they? — Joanna

quiz

Have you seen the new show Quiz? It’s a three-part series, and I am hooked. It’s based on the true story of the couple who allegedly cheated the system on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The cast is full of favorite actors (Claire from Fleabag! Tom from Succession! Aine from This Way Up!), suspenseful moments and humorous turns. Bonus: Once you’ve watched a scene play out in the show, it’s fun to see the YouTube video of how it went down in real life. They do an incredible job re-enacting the infamous million dollar win. — Caroline

P.S. More fun things, and 9 great Instagram accounts.

  1. Mary says...

    Tried the orzo recipe. It was a delight! So easy too!

  2. OM says...

    These puzzles are great!!

  3. Megan Sweeney says...

    great rec on the puzzles!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yum!!!!

  4. Louise says...

    Have to mention Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant (the host) in Quiz. Chris is probably not familiar to readers in the USA but let me tell you that his impersonation is absolutely incredible!
    Joanna – what did you think by the end?! Did they cheat?!??

  5. Vee says...

    Looks like I can’t watch Quiz because AMC requires that I log in with or through a cable company. They just pulled that trick, where they lure you in and let you watch for 10 minutes, and then say you can only keep watching if you sign up. Anyone know a work around? But I cut the (cable) cord a long time ago. :)

  6. Kate says...

    Caroline – check out the podcast from the makers of Quiz – it is SO GOOD! Interviews with the writers, producers, costume designers – such a great listen.

  7. Ileana says...

    Just received our Puzzle Huddle goods yesterday! My little one loves the robot puzzle :)

  8. Amanda says...

    Just binge watched all the episodes of Quiz thanks to this post!

  9. Agnès says...

    The puzzles! That’s a great recommendation; it’s too far for me but I’m glad they exist ;-) my 6 y old love puzzles and I get a little frustrated with the lack of nice choices…

  10. Stevie says...

    Looks yum! but also what are Turkey tacos??

    • Shelley says...

      I think it’s probably the same as ground beef tacos only with ground turkey.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! super simple: ground turkey with taco seasoning and then inside taco shells with grated cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream. that’s it!

    • Kim says...

      Just had them last night. Sam Sifton falls them “middle school tacos” because they’re reminiscent of middle school cafeterias (in a good way). Family fave.

  11. Melanie Bell says...

    OMG – 2 of my favorite foods are dill and chickpeas. My stepdaughter jokes that I can find dill in any supermarket anywhere. It’s true. I once ended up at a farmer’s market around 2 am (in my 20s), and the next day found about 3 pounds of dill in my fridge! Oh – and feta! What a winning combo. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

  12. Eloise says...

    Just getting up from watching Quiz straight through. Thanks for the recommendation!

  13. Neha says...

    Hi Joanna, don’t ease up on BLM just yet… please don’t ease up just yet…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We aren’t, don’t worry! Please stay tuned. Xo

    • Lindsey says...

      thank you for saying this!

    • LK says...

      Do you subscribe to her newsletter? So many good links every week!

  14. Olivia says...

    Does anyone have good recommendations for gluten free orzo? We use a brand I can’t even remember the name in little navy bags, which is fine, but takes forever to cook and is super yellow in color, so it feels G-free-ish. Delallo?

    Also, to the COJ team, perhaps this is already here and I’m missing it – but I’d love any easy way to search the comments, especially for my own comment to see the follow up..though maybe I should just use control F on my computer.

    • Lauren says...

      I’m not certain that it’s GF as I don’t have a box in the house at the moment to check, but TJs makes an orzo out of a chickpea and red lentil blend that would be worth checking out! It has 10g of protein per serving too which is a nice bonus

  15. susan says...

    For those trying to cut down on pasta, I (because of celiac) use a chickpea based rice from the brand Bantu, and it comes out surprisingly similar to orzo! It would also up the protein in the dish as well!. I am definitely going to try it with this recipe.

    • isabelle says...

      FYI anyone looking for this, google “Banza.” Must be autocorrect – Bantu is an ethnic group from Africa.

  16. Amy says...

    Do the boys eat this orzo, Joanna? I’m wondering if I could get by with this with my 8 and 7 year olds….
    It sounds soooo nice!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      They loved it!

    • Amy says...

      Thank you! Going to try this out this weekend!

  17. Michelle says...

    Oh my god Joanna, the puzzles!!! I will getting several for my granddaughter
    even though she’s only two. Thanks so much! xoxoxo

  18. Andrea says...

    I think you meant to say…Hareton, from Wuthering Heights ;)

    (I will never not see Matthew MacFadyen as this character)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, this sounds so good!

    • Emily says...

      Katie I have the Newlywed cookbook that this recipe is in!! I love the orzo salad and many other recipes from that cookbook, which predictably, I got 14 years ago as a wedding present ;)

    • Katie says...

      I’ve had it for thirteen years Emily! I also got it as a wedding gift. At that time I had no idea how to cook and remember reading it from front to back like a textbook. I have so many favourites from it now and have used it more than any other cookbook.

  19. Beth says...

    My aunt has been making this salad for decades. But with cilantro, not dill. A family staple. Delicious.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m one of those people where cilantro tastes like soap!

    • Samantha says...

      me too, Joanna!