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Dessert: Cous Cous!

Dessert cous cous is a fave of mine, but ive never mde it myself. Alex had to bring something to a middle eastern themed party, so we made this.

2 cups cous cous, uncooked
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted with cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped dried dates (figs are good too)

bring water, sugar and cinnamon to a boil. turn off heat, pour in cous cous , stir quickly and cover with a lid. let rehydrate, about 4 minutes, remove lid, throw in nuts and dates, fluff with a fork, being careful not to mush it together. recover for another 3-5 minutes to let dates slightly rehydrate. serve hot or else chilled. serves a LOT. this can be cut in half easily and sweetness/cinnamon can be adjusted. honey can be used in place of sugar, make sure it dissolves in the water before adding cous cous.

stuff your face!

those are dates, not poop.

Challenge 1: Entree "Tomato Egg Cups"

This MAY count as a side dish, but it was dinner for us, so I count it as an entree!

Tomato Egg Cups
from Epicurious http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Tomato-Egg-Cups-242644

4 medium-size vine-ripened tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons shredded white cheddar cheese (we used shredded swiss)
4 slices toast, cut into strips (We just had toast on the side)


1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Slice off and set aside the top third of each tomato. Scoop out the seeds.

3. Place the tomatoes in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Season with the salt and pepper.

4. Break an egg into each tomato.

5. Bake, with the sliced tops, for 10 minutes.

6. Top the tomatoes with the cheese and bake until the cheese is bubbly, 5 to 7 minutes more.

7. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with the tops and toast strips (also called "soldiers"-as your child might be delighted to know) for dipping.

These were cooked thru, so no "dipping" which made me sad, but also made for good slices right on the toast

I dont know why my camera is blurry, i will have to figure it out.

dessert is up next!


Thanks to a challenge from a lot of people, I will be updating this community (hopefully at LEAST once a week) with new foods, as well as some tried and true recipes.
I have a few recipes to try out, but I will be posting a poll soon asking for ideas or challenges of items to make. I hope you enjoy (and if you ever want to come over to eat the stuff I make, let me know!)


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