Rockin’ the Suburbs

Tonight we enjoyed a progressive dinner with our next door neighbors.  It was really nice to get to know the awesome people who live just a few steps away from us. And, I especially enjoyed walking the 15 seconds home at the end of the night.

We started out at our house with some guacamole, loosely based on this Ina Garten recipe. Guac is one of my favorite things to make – I’ve done it enough times that I just know how much of each ingredient to throw in, no measuring needed. And, if something’s off, it’s easy to keep adjusting and tasting until it’s just right.

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Grill master Mike fired up the Weber and seared some killer Yummy Honey Chicken Kebabs. We marinated the chicken and veggies earlier in the day, and were happy with how these turned out. The veggies were especially flavorful – nice work Mike! We also made a green salad and some couscous. Couscous is the best because it takes just 5 minutes to make, you can throw basically anything into it and it always tastes great.

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We went over to our neighbors’ house for dessert, where we were welcomed by Eddie the Boston terrier, Holly the Cairn terrier, and a beautiful chocolate Kahlua bundt cake. Whoa, it was super good. I also whipped up a simple lemon bar recipe that we brought with us. A bit of citrus was in order given the 90+ temperatures in the Twin Cities today.

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Here’s to many more good times in the neighborhood!

Until We Eat Again,

Two Happy Cooks

 

Lemon Couscous

10 oz. couscous

½ C lemon juice

2 Tbsp. olive oil

¾ tsp. kosher salt

Ground pepper to taste

1 tomato, diced

1 cucumber, diced

 

  1. Bring 1 ¾ C water to a boil. Stir in the couscous and remove from the heat – let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, tomato and cucumber together in a medium bowl
  3. Gently stir in couscous. Chill for an hour before serving.
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