Happy Thanksgiving (belated)!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers, even those not in the U.S.!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve made a veritable smorgasbord of updates! (new categories, new links, and extra posts!)

Thanksgiving Dinner

What to do with all that Thanksgiving goodness: using up those leftovers

 

I tried a new recipe this year- Cranberry Couscous (cold).  It turned out very tasty and would make an excellent vegetarian substitute for stuffing (if so desired- though we had both). I doubled the recipe and that caused no problems.  I made the couscous according to the package directions (water/couscous ratio, which I believe was 3/4 c water to couscous).  I also substituted pure cranberry juice for the water, to imbue more cranberry flavor.  This was a direction in the alternate, hot recipe listed below.  A suggestion on the original recipe called for vegetable stock instead of water.  Another suggested making the recipe a day in advance, which I did, to allow the flavors to balance.  The balance was good for the day after, but the balsamic vinegar dominated a little another day later.  Perhaps a little more cranberry juice sprinkled over would help re-balance the flavors? I chopped the vegetables very fine and used baby carrots.

Ingredients:
1 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
Directions:
1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cool for 10 minutes.
2. In a bowl, combine the couscous, cranberries, carrots, cucumber and green onions. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over couscous mixture; mix well. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, stir in almonds.

Original Recipe Link: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cranberry-Couscous-Salad/Detail.aspx

Hot Cranberry Couscous: http://www.cranberries.org/cranberries/recipes_couscous2008.html

 

Image Source: Photo showing some of the aspects of a traditional US
Thanksgiving day dinner:  November 2002 by Ben Franske.
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