Calico Couscous

I love couscous, especially in the summer mixed up with some veggies and dried fruit.  This recipe, which I found at Tasty Kitchen, is so simple and delicious.  I tweaked it just a bit–it makes a great side to take to a cookout, or just to have for dinner!

Ingredients

Couscous:
1 cup vegetable stock
¾ cups Uncooked Couscous
½ cups Chopped Celery
½ cups Chopped Carrot
½ cups Red Or Yellow Pepper
¼ cups Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
½ cups Dried Cranberries (or other dried berry…cherries, pomegranate, etc.)

Dressing:
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring vegetable stock to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.

In the meantime, place celery, carrots, and pepper in a microwave bowl; pour water to cover the vegetables, cover, and microwave for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain well.

In a serving bowl, combine the couscous, cooked vegetables, green onions, and cranberries. In a jar or Tupperware dish with tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Pour over the salad and toss to coat. Serves 6.

Tasty Tuesday: Memorial Madness

It was an all-in-all successful Memorial Day. I realized that we had a cookout last Memorial Day, just after we moved into the house. Hard to believe it’s been over a year! Anyway, take a look at the goodies we enjoyed…

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Want to make these little delicious treats? Just melt Hershey’s kisses onto tiny twist pretzels (275 degrees, 3 minutes), remove, and immediately press a single m&m on each. Refrigerate until eating to make sure they are deliciously solid!

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See the iced tea I brewed? To try this flavored, yet unsweetened tea, just brew orange spice, orange pekoe, and lemon teas (4:4:2) in 1 gallon of hot water. Allow to cool and serve over ice!

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My dad’s famous pasta salad. Sorry, can’t give out this recipe…but with pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, and green chilies, it definitely has a little kick :)

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Chicken kabobs! A summer favorite. We also had burgers stuffed with cheddar and blue cheese, but as I was on grill duty they disappeared far too quickly for me to take pictures of them. I also highly recommend grilling a few skewers of just meat and just veggies just to have them on the side…

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And though it was supposed to rain, it ended up being quite warm and humid. Luckily, Tucker found a nice cool spot in our bushes…

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