Mediterranean Couscous Pasta Salad

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Mediterranean Couscous Pasta Salad is a simple side dish recipe or light dinner with fresh herbs, olives, artichokes, bell pepper, spinach, and lots of other goodies from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

We made Mediterranean Couscous Pasta Salad awhile back to go with Greek Chicken. It's an easy go to pasta salad for all the summer barbecues, picnics, and potlucks that happen.

I used the larger Israeli Couscous or also known as Pearl Couscous, because I prefer the larger texture for pasta salad. Israel Couscous is the size of small pearls when cooked, and is usually made from wheat flour or semolina flour. 

To cook Israel Couscous it is boiled unlike regular Couscous that's steamed.  

I made a herbed vinaigrette to dress the Couscous Salad. I then added kalamata olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, cucumbers, bell pepper, spinach, and fresh herbs.

It's very similar to our other favorite Mediterranean Pasta Salad that was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in the July issue with just a few small changes.

Definitely a family favorite that never lasts long.

Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Greek Chicken Marinade makes for the most amazing tender chicken with crispy skin and delicious flavor. Is delicious baked it the oven or barbecued from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

This marinade for Greek Chicken is a family favorite. It's delicious over drumsticks, thighs or breast. When it's hot out we love to use it to marinade cubed chicken breast for Greek Chicken Shish Kabobs.

The chicken turns out super tender and juicy every time whether we bake it in the oven like this time or throw it on the grill when the weather heats up.

Plain yogurt and lemon keep the chicken tender while lemon zest, fresh dill, rosemary, thyme, and plenty of garlic leaves the chicken so flavorful.

If your anything like us chicken makes a pretty regular appearance on the dinner rotation and Marinated Greek Chicken definitely deserves a reserved spot on the dinner menu.

Greek Chicken is one of those recipes you'll wonder why it took you so long to make.

Blackberry Buckle

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Blackberry Buckle is a favorite cake that is the perfect recipe to make for dessert from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Blackberry Buckle is a perfect cake recipe to make using all those summer ripe blackberries.

It's a light cake loaded with tons of ripe blackberries, a hint of cinnamon, vanilla, and light crumb topping.

It's a favorite in our house as dessert for breakfast, brunch, camping or a sweet treat to bring to a friends for a get together.

You can never go wrong with Blackberry Buckle, it lasted less than 24 hours in our house, and Colt was already requesting I make it again.

To me that's a sign of a good thing! 

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