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Pearl Couscous Salad

In recipe on October 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Growing up, we didn’t eat out that often at restaurants. Whenever we actually did go, what I remember most clearly is, whenever our food was done, my mom would pick at it, sniff it, and say with disdain, “I could cook that! And better!” (Looking back, I guess a good response would have been, “Well Mom, why DON’T you cook it?” Still no answer, to this day.)

I guess I’m getting old, for as I cook more, I find myself doing the same thing. I can hardly claim to be able to taste a dish and tell you what special herbs and spices were used, but especially with salads, I get very crotchety and think, “Who do they think they are, charging $9 for spinach, walnuts and apple? I could do that!”
Surprisingly even myself, sometimes I actually do come home and take a gander at the recreation process. Take the case of this salad, upon which I bestow the name Pearl Couscous Salad. It comes from a Trader Joe’s ready-made salad, and originally calls for chicken. As I don’t eat chicken most of the time, it would be really wasteful to buy the salad and toss out the chicken. So I swore to myself I wouldn’t rest until I recreated the dish at home. (By “wouldn’t rest,” I mean take four or five months to remember to do it.)