Last week I was ellipticaling away (is that a word?) to Tyler Florence making whole fish stuffed with this amazing couscous mixture. Which for the record makes any ellipticaling easier if you know what I mean ;)


But while dreaming of Tyler in his kitchen may seem like the perfect way to spend an afternoon to some, I couldn’t stop thinking about the couscous salad. Since I’m not about to go get some whole fish to stuff – believe it or not, but I do try to shop on a budget sometimes – I thought it would be a perfect with some shrimp or scallops. The flavors and textures of this salad were great: the crunchy beans and fennel, sweet and tart grapefruit. It was perfectly light and refreshing along side the scallops.

Couscous Salad adapted from Tyler Florence

  • Whole-Wheat Couscous – 3/4 cup dry
  • 1 grapefruit, segmented
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb green beans, blanched
  • 2 green olives, sliced (taster doesn’t like olives so it was just for me)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • seared scallops

Prepare couscous as directed. Set aside. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 2 minute and remove and place in ice bath.  Toss all ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Serve under scallops or alone.


the taster & raw pasta

As you know, the taster is pretty open to healthy foods, vegetables, etc. (To my surprise he actually picked up a piece of kale to munch on the other day) and while he loves his veggies, he also loves “frying stuff”.  Sigh. One place he has not ventured is into the Raw Foods world. He’ll

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in the news: milwaukee public market

My good friend Mary Beth had told me about this market and so with my frequent Milwaukee trips recently I knew I had to get there. During my last visit when I was with my Mom, we were a little too late and the market was already closed The Market consists of various little shops

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lunchables for adults

In my quest for new lunches, I decided to make some of my favorite snacks into lunch. Meet the lunchables. Adult version. 2 French Meadow Sprouted Fat Flush Tortillas, baked until crispy, cucumber, lettuce, red peppers home-made hummus, marinated artichokes & kalamata olive tapenade oikos tzatziki Voila! A quick to assemble lunch – extremely portable and

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restaurant: punch pizza

Punch Pizza, a Twin Cities favorite is a Neapolitan pizza restaurant that uses a wood-burning oven to bake the pizzas in 90 seconds at 800 degrees. Super fast and extra delicious! I had been wanting to take my parents for a while so the last time they were in town we knew exactly where to

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in the news: julia child

In honor of The Julia herself (it is her birthday after all), I wanted to dabble in a little cuisine de Francais. My choice cuisine? What better than a tart? I found a recipe in the August issue of Bon Appetit and when there is baking involved I’ve learned an important lesson: Always, ALWAYS follow the directions. Exactly. And

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My good friend Nikki is moving to California this month  (one of those situations where I’m sad she’s leaving but so happy for her at the same time!) Since she has a special place in her heart for Spain I wanted to have her over for some Spanish Tapas – or my attempt at Spanish

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