Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Sep 9, 2006 at 5:50pm

St. Paul Sweeney’s with my sweetie on this chilly Saturday afternoon. Fabulous burger, man it hit the spot, rarrr... Then we made our way over to the Grandview Theater to see Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth – excellent. After a long, scenic drive, we’re home and I’m supposedly pulling something together for dinner soon but ack, I’m WAY too full from my burger to even think about it, whew. My plan was tabbouleh salad, warm pita, olive tapenade, a roasted chicken from the deli, and falafel with yogurt sauce. Hmmm…I guess just because I’m not hungry doesn’t mean that I can’t make dinner for John and Nathan. I always forget that! I definitely cook what I’m in the mood for, and frankly, not much else. Luckily for my family, I have a good appetite.

I did it! Not a tricky dinner to pull together, that helped. I ate some of it, but not much. Nathan and John feasted and then hit the Blue Sky Creamery caramel ice cream. Me? I am done, done for this day. Tired, full, ready for BED. Good night! (Recipe posted in comments, below.)

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  1. By Stephanie on September 10, 2007 at 5:14PM

    Tabbouleh Salad
    Stephanie Levy
    Serves 4

    1 cup bulgur
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 1/4 cups water
    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (usually juice of one lemon)
    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 cup finely chopped green onions
    1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
    1/4 cup minced fresh mint
    3 tomatoes, seeded, chopped
    ground black pepper to taste

    optional additions:
    seeded, chopped cucumber
    crumbled feta cheese
    cooked chicken
    cooked chickpeas
    toasted pine nuts
    raisins or currants

    Put bulgur and salt in a medium bowl. Bring water and lemon juice to a boil, pour over the bulgur, and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes, until water is absorbed. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve at room temp or chilled.