Monday, May 24th 2010
From My Kitchen (no, actually, i CAN’T type that with a straight face)

Not only did Seth-4yr request something that I COOK…. but… did y’all miss this…? Big Deal. BIG deal. Michele requested my recipe for cous cous.

Y’all. That sort of thing does not happen! I mean, to ME. To y’all, yes of course.

Anyway.

Michele.

Toasted Pine Nut Cous Cous*:

saute extra pine nuts in olive oil. remove them. (Don’t burn them like I do because pine nuts are expensive and I prefer to burn only cheap ingredients whenever possible.)

Then?

It’s $2.  And LOVELY. Do whatever the directions say, but use chicken or veggie broth instead of water.  And is ‘couscous’ one word, like on the box? I had no idea. I thought it was 2. Clearly. Anyway. It’s better with extra pine nuts, sauteed asparagus (yum), diced roma tomatoes and onions. Because I never met an onion I didn’t like. Seth-4yr just likes it plain, but that’s fine. More asparagus for me.

And yes, I know it’s RIDICULOUS to say, “hey someone asked for a recipe,” and then show a photo of a box. But in case you haven’t noticed, I kinda AM ridiculous, and it’s not like I have “From the Kitchen of Kelsey Kilgore” cards stashed around here anyway.  But I suppose it’s like someone saying, “hey – love that beefy pasta thing you do,” and then me saying, “why thanks! here’s the recipe:”

Except no one would ever say “Hey, love that beefy pasta thing you do,” because I can ruin Hamburger Helper with the GREATEST of ease. Oh yes I can. I think I usually do something that makes a frothy white nastiness that might be curdled something or other. Yum, huh?  Yeah. My kids don’t ask for that one.

But the couscous is really good.

In other recipe news, Geekwif gave me her black bean lasagna recipe and I made it for Mother’s Day and it was SOOOO good.  (And if you ask her, I bet she won’t email you a photo of a box.)

*there’s gluten in this, Michele, since it’s wheat.

~hm

6 Comments on “From My Kitchen (no, actually, i CAN’T type that with a straight face)”

1
Michele
May 25th, 2010
12:05 am

Thanks! I’m not sure how to go about making a GF substitute…millet or quinoa would probably work, but what seasonings would I presume to use? Garlic? Herbs, maybe?
I’m inspired. It was a lovely box and all your suggestions for creative add-ins sound great! :) I needed something new. Tonight’s dinner was a disaster that resulted in me hand rinsing and straining several small bowls of stew in order to convince my kids to eat it without the ‘sauce’. I hate wasting food.

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Geekwif
May 25th, 2010
4:37 am

Mmmm. Cheeseburger Macaroni is my favorite HH! And the couscous thing sounds good too. Nothing wrong with a box! Even better if you spruce it up a bit. (That asparagus bit sounds so yummy. LOVE the asparagus. :)

I’m so glad you liked the Black Bean Lasagna. And yes, the recipe is no secret, if anyone wants it.

3
Cheryl
May 25th, 2010
7:54 pm

Hey, if a box will work, why try to reinvent the recipe. It is kind of the same with brownies…Smiles

4
Heather Ivester
May 26th, 2010
6:06 pm

YOU INSPIRED ME. I bought this exact box at the grocery store today, and I would never have splurged on pine nuts. Didn’t even know our store carried such dainties. But I bought a small bag, sauteed them in olive oil and added them to my instant couscous. And yes! They were a hit around our table.

See? I think you’re a foodie, and you’re just letting us think you’re not. We’re gonna see you on TV someday. “Cooking with Holy Mama.” Your next book will be a cookbook for moms who don’t have time to cook (we’re too busy burning ourselves with wax — or in my case, reading a novel.)

5
Kimberley
May 27th, 2010
12:10 am

Oh my gosh you are too funny!
You write just like how my friend talks, 100 miles an hour! Love it!

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June 10th, 2010
5:00 pm

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