Something very bizarre happened to me.
I found out that I have a sister I didn’t know about.
For 29 years.
A simple message sent through Linked in to my little brother and here I am sitting with one more sister in my circle.
I met her and recognized my biological father in her lips, her chin, and her skin.
I saw my exact same green eyes when she pulled down her sunglasses.
And I saw my own feisty self in the little glimpses I had of her personality.
Her name is Alessandra.
It’s funny because it is a name I have always loved.
And now I know one.

I am not sure where we go from here, because where do  you start from after 29 years?
All I know is I am glad I met her-that I saw her smile.
-That I know she is well and on this earth…
Have a beautiful day full of surprises and smiles!


Here’s What You Need: (Serves about 6 as a side)
1 box of Near East Couscous with Parmesan
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
Greek Seasoning (I prefer Penzey’s)
Garlic Salt
2 TBS flat leaf Italian parsley
1 medium or 1/2 large ripe tomato, chopped and seasoned with salt and pepper
1 cucumber, chopped
Vegetable broth ( 1 1/4 cups)

Here’s What You Do:
Make the couscous according to the package substituting the water for broth and then set it aside. Meanwhile heat a tsp of olive oil in a pan over medium high heat, seasoning it with Greek seasoning. Add the almonds and heat them through until they start to brown slightly (about 3 minutes or so).  Mix 1/8 cup of evoo with 1 tsp each of Garlic Salt and Greek Seasoning and pour over the fluffed couscous. Stir in the almonds, cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley and it is good to go!

Kid Tip:

Okay so my kids are not jumping up and down begging for couscous, but I feel very strongly about at least exposing my kids to different foods. Then I carefully deconstruct this to make piles of cucumbers with hummus and the “rice” separate so they will actually eat it 😉

Lets’ be friends!


  1. the almonds make the perfect crunchy addition

  2. male fan says:

    very cool!

  3. Natalie says:

    Nice flavours in this and love the crunchy almonds.

  4. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh how delicious, perfect flavor combination :) can’t wait to make this for my husband!

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