Couscous with Summer Vegetables

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Hey, friends! Hope you're having a great week. Evan and I had a wonderful weekend...the weather in San Francisco was just dreamy. Sunny days in the city just can't be beat!

The Rock! Even on a sunny day, Alcatraz is a little spooky.

Anyway! I have a great summer side dish to share with you - it's seriously so, so good. Plus, zucchini is in full force right now (and cheap!), so here's another way to use it up if you're already stuffed from zucchini bread (but really, one can never have enough zucchini bread). 

Couscous meets corn and zucchini in this delicious side dish. A few simple ingredients + little cook time = the best summer recipe!

I served the couscous with some Honey-Soy Sauce Tofu (sauteed instead of baked) - a quick and easy meal. Oh, and I totally used frozen corn even though the original recipe called for fresh corn. I made this dish on a whim, so it's what I had on hand - still tasted delicious. 

Hope you give this one a try!

Couscous with Summer Vegetables
Adapted from Cooking Light

3/4 cup uncooked couscous
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (one medium)
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook couscous according to directions on package. Omit the salt but keep the fat (either butter or olive oil). Keep warm.

Heat the one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add zucchini, saute for 3 minutes - then add corn and cooked couscous.  Cook for one minute, stirring to ensure everything is mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Grilled Corn on the Cob

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Hey! Hope your week is already off to a great start! Evan and I had quite the enjoyable weekend. We love exploring our new city and fall more in love with San Francisco every day. It's a great feeling! 

One of the fabulous things about our new home means that we have a grill! Our apartment complex has two grills on the rooftop deck, and we've definitely been using them. We never grilled when we were at Stanford, so this is a change that we're definitely happy about!

We picked up some fresh corn at Whole Foods because it was only 33 cents/cob! Gosh, I love when veggies are cheap! I've heard about grilling corn on the cob but had never tried it - until yesterday!

After removing the husks and silk, I spread a little butter on each cob. I then placed them on two sheets of foil big enough to fully wrap around the corn (wrap the cobs separately). Before wrapping the corn, I added in a clove of smashed garlic to each cob. We grilled the corn for 15 minutes over medium heat, turning a few times. 

Seriously the garlic flavor is so delicious with the corn! It adds great flavor, but it's not overbearing. Definitely try this!

Wine-Soaked Berries

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Wine-soaked berries? My favorite kind of berries!

After spotting these on Iowa Girl Eats, I knew I had to make them! I was in charge of dessert at a Memorial Day BBQ (yes, yes - I'll be playing catch up with some posts here!) and this was quite the patriotic sweet treat!

I served the boozy berries with some French vanilla ice cream because I couldn't find vanilla bean at my Trader Joe's. It's usually vanilla bean > French vanilla for me when it comes to ice cream, but TJ's French vanilla is quite delicious! 

You know how I love simple recipes and this one does not disappoint! You literally mix wine, sugar and berries. That is it! Here's the direct link to the recipe on Iowa Girl Eats. Enjoy!

I'm Back!

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Friends. Life is so darn wonderful. I know I've been completely MIA over the past few months. I've been living life, and it's been great. Here's a quick update!

We moved! Evan and I now call San Francisco home, and we couldn't be happier! We both started new jobs last week (him: Design Engineer; her: Events & Communications Coordinator) - we're so blessed!

Evan graduated with his second Master's degree and is officially done with graduate school...forever! I deeply admire his determination and motivation - he is now a proud alum of Stanford University!

We went to Mexico! After three years of marriage, we decided to finally take a honeymoon! We spent a week at an all-inclusive in Cabo San Lucas and enjoyed every minute. 

One of my best friends visited last week, and we spent 4th of July in Sonoma. Oh, wine country. It's my favorite!

And now...well, I think life is starting to become normal again! I've missed blogging oh-so-much, and I'm excited for its return to my life! I hope you all have been doing well. Please let me know about any major life updates...I don't think I'll be able to sift through all the 1000+ posts in my Google Reader. :)
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