Healthy Vegetarian Main-Dish or Side Dish: Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Two of my favorite ingredients are acorn squash and Israeli couscous. For those of you who haven’t tried Israeli couscous, it is a small pearl grain made of wheat flour twice the diameter of regular couscous. You can find it in the grocery stores where couscous and rice are sold. In this vegetarian main-dish or side dish, the couscous is flavored with lemon zest, olive oil and red pepper flakes and stuffed in a roasted acorn squash brushed with honey. This healthy dish is as pretty as it is delicious and very filling.

Creative Holiday Cookies: Fennel Pistachio Cookies

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These Fennel-Pistachio Cookies are so delicious. I know it sounds a little strange, but the combination of fennel seeds, lemon zest, and amaretto, is incredible. See me on Tuesday morning CBS 42 in Birmingham on “Wake Up Alabama” between 6 and 7 a.m making Chipotle Chocolate Cookie as well as these and Cinnamon Chai cookies. I developed this recipe for http://butterisbest.com. Butter is great to use for holiday baking, especially cookies.