You know what they say about the best laid plans? Last week the three of us spent six days in Chicago. Paul and I both lived in Chicago for a long time. I went to college and graduate school there and it's where we met, and so we're always looking for excuses to go back there. Last week my family threw an 85th (!) birthday party for my grandma in Chicago, so we decided to make a vacation of it. Knowing that I'd be away, I made the couscous and red peppers a couple of weeks ago as part of a family dinner. I thought that way I could be sure to get both posts up on time. Oops! It turns out that vacationing with extended family and a 14 month old is anything but relaxing. We had a lot of fun seeing friends, family, and the city (Chicago will always be my favorite), but there wasn't a lot of down time. When I did have time to sit, I found myself catching up on work, reading my book, or doing Red Eye*** crossword puzzles with Paul. So, my blog post didn't get written. Then last night Charlotte had a touch of insomnia and kept us all up from 11PM-3AM, so now I'm late with this post too. Oh well!
I served the couscous and red peppers with grilled chicken and corn, and salad. My mom made blueberry pie. Everybody loved the peppers (except for my picky father who doesn't eat them). Next time I make them I'll use the grill instead of the oven (so much easier in the summer), but these were a definite winner. The couscous salad was okay but not as good as the one I made for CCC, which I'll be writing about soon. If I made it again I would definitely halve the recipe.