toasted orzo with roasted garlic and asparagus

toasted orzo with roasted garlic and asparagus

There is something magical that happens when you toast orzo on a hot stove. Who would have thought that browning this cute, rice-shaped pasta in melted butter would be the first step in preparing a simple dinner like this? It’s one of our favorite tricks that adds extra flavor to dishes, and we’ve shared about this tasty technique before—like in our Toasted Orzo With Kale, Basil, And Pecorino Romano on the blog and in our easy, one-pan Toasted Orzo with Brussels Sprouts and Wilted Greens from the Sides chapter in our cookbook. Today we’re using this magnificent method once more and turning your dinner table into a colorful spring spectacle. This dish has been on repeat in our house all week, and we’re so excited to share it with you today: Toasted Orzo with Roasted Garlic and Asparagus.

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kimchi quesadillas with swiss cheese and avocado

kimchi quesadillas with swiss cheese and avocado

This post was created in partnership with the California Avocado Commission. All opinions are our own.

Spring is springing, and the Husbands are singing. It’s the peak of California Avocado season and we have a new recipe featuring this fabulous fruit, filled with golden sunshine and ready to light up your table! It’s been fun partnering with California Avocados this year—in March, their theme was creating dishes that use little to no food waste, and we made a delicious hearty pasta that comes together in just minutes. This month’s theme is “heritage cooking,” so today we’re excited to share a tasty new recipe that reminds us of home. Adam grew up in Southern California and Ryan has lived here for more than half his life, so Mexican cuisine has always been an integral part of our relationship—whether we’re ordering vegan tacos from a local food truck on a Saturday date night, or enjoying chiles rellenos and jalapeño-cucumber margaritas at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants around town. Pack your sandals and extra pairs of shorts, and don’t forget your sunglasses, because today you’re taking a trip to Southern California to enjoy a little taste of our neighborhood. Yes, you’ll probably spot a celebrity or two, but the highlight of your trip will certainly be this star. Will you please welcome to your table… Kimchi Quesadillas with Swiss Cheese and Avocado.

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lemon layer cake with matcha frosting

lemon layer cake with matcha frosting

What’s the saying—when life gives you lemons, bake a multi-layered lemon cake?! Ten years ago, Ryan gave Adam an adorable baby lemon bush as a gift for his birthday, and over the past decade we’ve watched it flourish into a full grown tree. Now it produces plump, juicy fruit throughout the year, and this month it is filled with tangy yellow ovals of sunshine just waiting to be turned into something spectacular. Waking up to Vegan Lemon Waffles for breakfast is quite the treat on a Sunday morning, and our Creamy Cavatappi with Artichoke and Lemon is a perfect cozy weeknight dinner—especially now at the peak of artichoke season. Since our kitchen currently resembles an overstocked lemon farm with brightly-colored fruit covering every inch of counter space, we wanted to make use of our abundance of gold, so over the past week we’ve been working on something magical: a light and fluffy lemon cake, layered with silky ribbons of vanilla whipped cream, and topped with a striking green ombré matcha frosting. Get comfy, fix yourself a Ginger Tea with Lemon and Honey, and let’s bake a cake!

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triple chocolate fudge brownie cookies

triple chocolate fudge brownie cookies

This calls for a celebration. Pop the bubbly—or even better, fix yourself a Sparkling Dragon Fruit Margarita—and join us for a toast. Our blog turns 6 next month so of course we had to do something extra special for the occasion. On our official launch day—April 29th, 2015—we published two recipes: a zesty Penne with Zucchini and Lemon (still a favorite) and Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies, a signature dessert that is famous among our circle of friends and family. Long before we started Husbands That Cook, we used to bring these glorious fudgy squares to every dinner party and birthday celebration, and they always stole the show, so it was clear that this beloved recipe had to appear first on our site. So in honor of our sixth blog birthday, we have a sweet surprise for you.

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spaghetti with asparagus, wilted greens, and avocado

spaghetti with asparagus, wilted greens, and avocado

This post was created in partnership with the California Avocado Commission. All opinions are our own.

Spring is near and the Husbands are here to kick things into high gear. Open your windows and let in some fresh air—the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day outside. It’s the beginning of California Avocado season and we have a new pasta recipe that is colorful, delicious, and filled with seasonal produce that we are excited to share with you. We are always up for a challenge, and when California Avocados asked us to create a new dish that uses little to no food waste, we got busy testing in the kitchen and came up with… dare we say a pasta paragon? Let us explain.

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