Well, thanks in part to all of the encouragement and ideas, we gave it a shot. Heather recommended a good bread recipe to me, and I got lots of ideas for orzo salad.
We found the bread recipe that Heather recommended here. This is our first shot, and it turned out pretty good. Andrew made a second loaf last night and it was better. I can definitely tell this is something that will taste better the more experience that we (meaning Andrew) gets with it. I can't wait until the next batch when we are going to try some of the herb add-ins. Anyone want some homemade bread?For the orzo salad, I just ended up making it up as I went. I cooked some orzo, added 2 chopped green onions, a bunch of fresh parsley, 1/2 can chopped olives, feta cheese, 1/2 yellow pepper, and 2 fresh chopped tomatoes. It was pretty good. I definitely will make it again but I want to add some artichoke hearts. It just wasn't as good without them.
Here is to figuring out how to make your favorite meals! Thanks everyone!