Many of my girlfriends have become moms too. It has been wonderful to see us evolve from young party girls to older (just slightly) and wiser (much) women who now run around after their children. I think it has brought us to a deeper level in our friendship.
We all met up today for lunch at Jamielyn's house. She is the latest to join the "mommy club" and couldn't be more radiant. We oohhed and aahhed over her gorgeous nursery that could easily be featured in a magazine. Lunch was potluck style so all of us gals brought over different dishes and desserts. Together it was the most amazing spread! We stuffed ourselves silly. Jamielyn's lemon bars were the best I've ever tasted and just affirmed that my baking skills are poor.
My contribution was an Israeli coucous salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, pine nuts and goat cheese. I assembled most of the salad before I left the house but brought the pine nuts and goat cheese in a separate bag and added them at her house. I made sure the goat cheese was pasteurized too for our pregnant friend.
It was a lovely, lovely afternoon. Thank you ladies!
Israeli Couscous Salad
- 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (or just 1/4 cup if you prefer it less lemony)
- 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, whole grain Dijon if you can find it
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 8oz. of dried Israeli couscous; cooked according to package directions; set aside to cool; orzo could work too
- a handful of fresh basil (about 8 large leaves),chiffonade
- 2 cups small organic tomatoes; cherry, grape or small heirloom tomatoes all work; cut the larger ones in half
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
- 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup of pine nuts, toasted to a light golden brown (be careful, they go from light brown to burnt in a blink of an eye!)
In a large bowl, add the cooked and cooled couscous, tomatoes, cucumber and basil. Pour the dressing on top and use a large spoon to gently fold everything together. When you are ready to serve, sprinkle the pine nuts and goat cheese on top.