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Citrus Couscous

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I've had a few boxes of plain couscous in the cabinet for a while now.   Previous attempts at using it wasn't greeted by much enthusiasm from anyone but myself.     In an effort to start clearing my pantry out, I searched through MasterCook to see how I could use some up.   

I settled on this recipe from Cooking Light, but played a little loosey-goosey with it.    First, I don't ever remember to buy green onions, and on the rare occasion I do, my menu plan gets moved around and they go bad before I can use them.    I substituted Penzey's dried chives, about a tablespoon.    I also used dried parsley, about 3/4 of it stirred into the mixture when it called for it, and the rest over the top when it hit the plates.    I used half the zest from the orange, next time I'd use it all.    I used 2T of lemon juice, because I didn't want the rest to go to waste.    Normally I'd pour any leftovers into an ice cube tray, freeze completely and then put it in a ziploc …

Buttermilk Brined Chicken Salad

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Chicken on the grill is my nemesis.    I always seem to overcook it.    I saw this recipe on the Eating Well web site, and it just looked so delicious and easy.    I brined the chicken for about 7 hours, and it was good.   Next time I'd probably do the full 12 hrs.    I had 4 breasts in the package, and no two were the same size, so I was creative in placing them around the grill where I knew the hot and cooler spots were.     I checked to make sure they were cooked through with an instant read thermometer, pulling them each when they were 160ยบ.   Carryover cooking took care of the rest. 

For the salad, I had some baby spinach to use up, and sliced up some red onion.   I drizzled the dressing over the chicken, took my photo and then tossed everything with the greens.     Absolutely fantastic summer meal!




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                  Buttermilk-Brined Chicken Breast Salad

  2               cups  buttermilk
  2        tablespoons  sugar
  1                     sha…

Grilled Zucchini Rolls

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My son is suddenly open to trying veggies in all kinds of ways.  So in the spirit of "striking while the iron is hot", I've been making veggies in all kinds of ways   LOL   Some of our last farm trip included some zucchini, and it's pretty easy to get him to eat veggies in sweet stuff like breads, so wanted to try something a little more savory.    

The verdict?  These are a little fussy, but if you've got everything ready to go, it goes quickly.   Jake helped with the layering of the spinach and basil and the rolling.    In the end, he ate 2 and he liked them.    Woo hoo!

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With ImageWithout Image Grilled Zucchini Rolls ingredients:3 zucchini (about 1/2 pound each) -- sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices1 tablespoon olive oil1/8 teaspoon salt1 Pinch freshly ground black pepper1 1/2 ounces reduced-fat soft goat's cheese -- used 1/3 less fat cream cheese1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley leaves -- used dried1/2 teaspoon lemon juice2 cups baby sp…

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

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My husband loves fudge.   There's a place in Maine called The Candy Man that makes the most amazing fudge.   We even used it as our wedding favors.    Tim's been craving that fudge for a while, but we've been too busy to make the drive up there to get some.    I found this recipe and though I've had terrible results with fudge in the past, I gave it a go.

Absolutely no changes to the recipe.   The flavor is excellent, and I liked it a lot better by the second day.    Is it as good as The Candy Man's?  No, but it was close and for this week, good enough.    I think it might have done with another minute or 90 seconds of beating with the wooden spoon.   Thank you so much to Book_Worm at Allrecipes for sharing this one, which I found through KitchMe.   





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                      Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge


  2                cup  white sugar
     1/2           cup  cocoa
  1                cup  milk
  4               tbsp  butter -- or marg…