Pineapple Chicken Couscous Salad

May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

E: We made this salad totally on a whim. We had some extra pineapple sitting around from an earlier and unpublished recipe, and decided we wanted something with couscous. Joanna loves couscous, but I often find plain couscous is less interesting than even plain pasta. However, warm couscous salads such as this one have no such issues. We loved this! It is one of our favorites and it is a shame it has gone so long unpublished. The mix of flavors here is really excellent: if you are a fan of pineapple you will love it, but I think the pineapple blends so well into the dish as a whole that it is worth a try even if you don’t love it on its own. We used some Mediterranean-inspired parsley and basil to flavor the chicken, which we thought played off nicely with the sweetness of the fruit, but the chicken could be done in a multitude of different ways.

Toss in some peas and, if you are feeling brave, garnish with some sauteéd asparagus and you have yourself a tasty salad, warm or cold.

this was awesome!

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

J: So, after a month-long hiatus in which EVERYTHING in the world was happening, thereby preventing us from being responsible bloggers, we come back to you with the assurance that no, we have not abandoned the blog — and here is an extremely alliterative recipe to make up for our absence!

I think I made this for the first time one or two years ago and since then it’s been something of a staple for us.  Recently we were trying to find the recipe and realized that we had never posted it here — so, obviously, that had to happen.  This is really easy and if you are anywhere close to as much of a pasta-holic as I am, you’ll love it.

pasta preparation #1

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