Chef Nino: Sicilian Lamb Chops and Mediterranean Orzo

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Sicilian  Lamb Chops

6 lamb chops

¼ cup first cold pressed olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp  fresh oregano finely chopped

1 Tbsp fresh mint finely chopped

1 Tsp. Fresh rosemary finely chopped
3 Tbsp minced garlic finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes

Put everything but the chops into a mixing bowl and mix throughly.

Add the chops and mix them around to cover completely.

Let the chops soak up all those  flavors for about 30 minutes then remove, toss the marinade and broil or pan sear the chops for 4 or 5 minutes per side.

Mediterranean Orzo


2  quarts water

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

2 tablespoons fresh cut cilantro

1 teaspoon ground cumin

In a medium stock pot add salt to water and bring to a boil. Gradually add orzo. Stir gently and return to a rapid boil. Add cilantro and cumin. Cook uncovered  for 8-10 minutes. Drain orzo!