Month: June 2012

Couscous, the versatile food

I love cooking with couscous. However, a lot of people don’t cook with it regularly. Most people probably serve it plain and use it to soak up sauce as an alternative to rice or pasta. It can be intimidating because it’s hard to categorize – is it a type of rice or a type of pasta? To make things more complicated, there are many different kinds of couscous – Moroccan (small), Israeli (mid-sized), and Lebanese (the largest). I generally cook with the smaller variety, which is also the easiest to find in the grocery store and the easiest, most quick cooking version. (more…)

Smoky, grilled peppers

Gotta love grilling in the Summer. The two almost go hand in hand. Last night I broke out the cuisinart grill/griddle for some marinated grilled chicken. I was trying to figure out what I would cook as far as vegetables go and I remembered that I had a few orange bell peppers in the fridge that I needed to use up. Generally, I would probably just cut them up and eat them raw, dipped in a little blue cheese dressing (my fave!), but I was in an adventurous mood. I figured since I was already grilling the chicken, why not grill the peppers too? I brainstormed and shuffled through my spice cabinet to see what I could put on the peppers to give them a little more flavor, although, quite frankly, grilling them gives them great flavor on their own. I settled on cumin and chili powder. I thought it would give the peppers a great smoky taste, and I just love the way cumin smells in general. (more…)

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