This blog series is called “If I Liked It, Then I Should Have Put A  Ring [Binder] On It.” I know, naming blog posts after a 5-year-old Beyonce song makes me a huge loser, but until somebody tells me to cut it out, I’m just going to go with it. The title just means that I try out a lot of recipes from magazines and websites – only the ones I really, really like go into a 3-ring binder to keep for the future and make again.
Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Couscous-Stuffed Peppers with Basil Sauce (click to be taken to the full recipe)
Background: Look, I admit that Giada can be a bit annoying. That random Italian accent that comes out only when it wants to. The twiggy body that is evidence she doesn’t eat much of the food she cooks for her television shows. But you know what? Most of her recipes are really great. I even have one of her cookbooks. I saw her cook these stuffed peppers one Sunday morning, and I immediately went to the grocery store to get all of the fixings so I could make it for dinner that night. I’ve made it countless times since then, and passed the recipe on to my parents, who also love it.
What I Like: It’s the first vegetarian meal I ever made for my husband where he didn’t ask where the meat was. It’s incredibly flavorful, with a nice balance from the salty feta cheese and sweet currants/raisins. The sauce is pungent with garlic and basil in the best possible way. I also use the couscous filling recipe – but instead of stuffing it in peppers, I just leave it in a bowl – and take it to parties as a side dish.
- Cold Sesame Noodles from Savuer
- Savory Palmiers from Ina Garten
- Seven-Minute Huevos Rancheros from Real Simple
- Couscous-Stuffed Peppers with Basil Sauce from Giada De Laurentiis
- Greek Tacos from Jeff Mauro
- Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies from Bake or Break
- Black Forest Cupcakes from CookiesCakesPiesOhMy