Today is Guest Post Friday with Mommie Cooks and my CSN $80 Giveaway!

Friday is my favorite day of the week!  This is the day I get to spotlight one of my favorite blogger’s and friends!
Today I would like to introduce to you  Julie from Mommie Cooks  she is one of the hardest working blogger’s I know.  Not only does she tempt us with her wonderful creations , she wows us with her beautiful images.  Friends let me tell you that itself is quite an accomplishment in my book, but she does this while taking care of three beautiful little boys!  Now that is not only impressive but tells me about her dedication as a true foodie!!
So after your done checking out her great post on MTMF, please head on over to see
Julie at Mommie Cooks, I promise you not to be disappointed!And don’t forget our good friends at CSN, they have been so good to our blogging community, offering us so many wonderful giveaways to their great stores, where you can find everything under the sun, from dining room sets to Dutch Ovens!  So you know the drill, all you have to do is leave a comment, then follow the link to another great CSN store, and if your not in the mood for Dutch Ovens  they have so much more to choose from.

So now my friends, please enjoy this wonderful guest post from  Mommie Cooks!

I’m so excited to be guest posting over at More than a Mountfull today!  I have been following Dennis for some time now and truly look forward to my weekly visits to his blog.  Not only are Dennis’ meals delicious, but they’re beautiful as well.  Every time I read a post I know I’ll leave hungrier than a came and most likely ready to take on the quest of the elusive zucchini blossom in order to cook up another tasty creation.
But what truly brings me back time and again is the warm, caring, personality that Dennis puts out for his readers to enjoy.  When I read his posts, it feels as though he’s talking to me personally; like I might just turn around and see him sauteing up a delicious meal right there in my kitchen (shhh… don’t tell my husband I have my very own chef).  So Dennis,  thank you so much for the opportunity to take over your blog for the day.  I am delighted and honored to be here!

Let’s get cooking!  Today I’m going to pop up a tasty side dish that was enjoyed by both my boys and my husband alike.  It all came about with a lonely box of couscous that was taking up residence in my pantry.  Couscous is one of those starches that I always think about cooking but never actually buy once I get to the store.  I have my four year old, Alex, to thank for this dish because he’s the one who actually pulled the box of mini pasta balls from the shelf and proclaimed that we simply “must” buy it.

In honor of Alex, I decided to create a dish using some of his favorite flavors, including garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes and cinnamon (yes, both my four year old and my 19 month old love chick peas).  This dish was a hit at our house and hopefully it will be one at yours as well!  Head over to your kitchen and grab up the following ingredients:

1 Tbsp of Butter
2 Cloves of Garlic
3 Green Onions, Chopped
8 Oz of Dried Couscous
11/2 Cups of Broth (Chicken or Veggie)
1/2 Cup of Wine
1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
1/8 tsp of Pepper
1/4 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 of a Lemon, Squeezed
11/2 Cups of Halved Cherry Tomatoes
Salt to Taste
First up, melt your butter on medium heat and add in the garlic, letting it cook up for a minute or two.
And in case you’re wondering why my garlic is in a square shape it’s because I often use Dorot Frozen herbs; they’re perfect for quick weeknight meals.  You can find them at any Trader Joe’s in the freezer section.
Next you’ll go ahead and add in your green onions to the mix.
Swirl them around and cook em up for a minute or two and then pour your couscous into the pan
Stir the couscous in the pan a few times and give it a good 3 or so minutes to start browning up the grains.  Now you’ll add in your broth, wine, beans, pepper, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
Bring it to a boil, cover the pan, turn it back down to  low and let it cook for around 12 minutes or until the couscous is cooked through.   Finally, you’ll toss in your tomatoes and salt the dish if needed.
And just like that you have a tasty side dish (or even a main vegetarian dish) inspired by a four year old and now enjoyed by all.
Thank you again Dennis for allowing me to share a recipe with your readers!
Grab a Copy of the Recipe HERE.
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  1. This is a wonderful dish. Love couscous. Fast, simple and healthy, it does not get any better. Oh wait, yes it does, your children love it too.

    Great guest blog post.

  2. Great job on the guest post Julie. :o) I didn't discover couscous until just a few short years ago. I love it! We eat it all the time as a side dish to fish. Yes, and it's great that your children love it too!

  3. Julie this looks amazing! What a wonderful guest post! And thanks for introducing me to another great blog!!!

  4. Cardamom Hills says:

    like always chef, this one's as appealing….is is ok if we skip the wine and make using rest of the stuff?

  5. This looks wonderful! Thanks for the great guest post, Julie!

  6. Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:

    This looks great! Quick and low mess, perfect for lunch! My almost 4 yr old loves garbanzo beans & cherry tomatoes, too, she'd gobble this one up. Thank for bringing us another great guest blog Chef Dennis! Julie, I'm going to your site now!

  7. Evan Thomas says:

    What a delicious looking recipe!

  8. This couscous dish looks great! A really good quick dish to take to potlucks during fall festival season!

  9. Great recipe Julie! Easy, healthy, and delicious…you can't beat that:)

  10. That looks so delicious–right up my alley, really. 🙂

  11. Wonderful dish! And Dennis is right you do take some lovely photos. Whenever I try to take photos of my food cooking in the pan they turn out horrible.
    I see someone is a fan of Trader Joes!

  12. Gabrielle @ i.gourmet says:

    This looks really good. I just had Israel couscous for the first last week. I really like it and this recipe looks divine, thanks for sharing!

  13. ravienomnoms says:

    What a great dish! Looks delicious!

  14. Julie has quickly become one of those dedicated Foodies that you'll want to get to know…she's wonderful. Nice post ;o)

    Flaovurful wishes,

  15. anniebakes says:

    Great day for me! Julie and I go WAY back and I LOVE Dennis! So put the 2 together and MAGIC–Love you guys, and great job, Julie on the guest post!!


  16. jose manuel says:

    Una receta deliciosa, esto se ve muy rico. Saludos

  17. Emily Malloy says:

    Pick me pick me! Oo Ooo OOO!!! 🙂

    Great guest post!!!

  18. Pure Mama says:

    I love israeli cous cous! It's so fun and definitely different. This salad looks fantastic; I will definitely try it soon! Thanks Chef Dennis, for a great guest post!

  19. jen cheung says:

    looks wonderful! healthy and simple! this is what i need. thanks for sharing love.

    its FRIDAY! Have a lovely weekend!
    jen @

  20. This look wonderful Dennis, nice recipe, gloria

  21. Lazaro Cooks! says:

    Lovely recipe. Light and full of flavor. Without a doubt couscous is a wonderful ingredient to work with.

    Good job with your guest post. Well done.

  22. foodtravelandwine says:

    Fantastic!!….delicious and healthy!!….great blog! is Mommie Cooks….Abrazotes, Marcela

  23. Oh, I would take this plate anytime! Looks great and healthy!
    Her pictures are very nice, too!

  24. Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds says:

    She's so right about leaving hungrier! It's lunch time!

  25. Kim - Liv Life says:

    MMM!! A most excellent dish! Nicely done.

  26. Foodtographer says:

    Love couscous! Great recepie and great guest post. Awesome!

  27. Started trying couscous recently and a simply it..your recipe looks wonderful too..Thanks for the giveaway…

  28. Julie as always you created a piece of art. I love it! This is a great guest post!

  29. Torviewtoronto says:

    lovely post delicious couscous

  30. Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) says:

    Nice to *meet* you Julie! I did not know about the frozen herbs. That sounds perfect for a busy weeknight, thanks! Chef Dennis thanks for doing the giveaway. I love the chance to win because I am in the mood for Dutch ovens! 😉

  31. Yum! love this recipe! Similar to how my grandma makes her pilaf!

  32. Chow and Chatter says:

    wow Julie's here love it and what a lovely recipe great guest post

  33. This is a really nice recipe and you did great. I was just thinking I need to use Israeli couscous in a salad. Yum!

  34. When you find something a 4 year old will eat, you hang on with everything you've got! This looks like a colorful and flavorful side dish! Thanks for introducing us to Julie, Dennis!

  35. We eat a lot of couscous and I've been looking for ways to add more garbanzo beans to our menu. I'll have to give this a try.

  36. The Mom Chef says:

    Yea! Mommie Cooks. I'm already a fan of hers. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us Julie. It looks fantastic. And, Chef Dennis, thank you again for another wonderful guest blogger. This has been a very, very fun experience for all of us.

  37. Anna Johnston says:

    What a great little dish Julie, I do believe I have a similar Couscous pkt sitting patiently waiting in my pantry as well… lucky that 🙂
    Thanks for highlighting the wonderful Julie to your world Dennis, I'm already a big fan.

  38. ELIANA-Coisas Boas da Vida says:

    Wonderful dish!
    What a wonderful guest post!
    thanks for sharing

  39. Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen says:

    Great job!!! And what a lovely, easy meal to make! Thanks!!

  40. I will most definitely visit Julie, and will grab the recipe. Love wonderful. Thanks for sharing such wonderful blog friends.

    Have a great weekend 😀

  41. Yes, loving the cinnamon in this – never would have thought but tasted it as I read through the delicious dish!

  42. Jess @ Bakericious says:

    Great guest post, Julie and thanks for the steps to steps photos!

  43. Dennis,

    Thanks again for letting me be a part of your blog for the day! I really enjoyed guest posting. Have a great weekend!

  44. From the Kitchen says:

    If you are going to keep introducing me to these tasty blogs, I think you need to send a donation to my treadmill fund. I'm going to need one!! Kudos for your great blog discernment.


  45. You know how to pick them! Julie is such a talented chef/baker, and such a wonderful woman. Her blog has brought me much joy (just like yours!) I hope you both have a wonderful, laughter-filled weekend!

  46. This looks wonderful! We had couscous for dinner tonight; but this looks way better!

  47. Treat and Trick says:

    Healthy and delicious dish Julie, enjoyed reading your post dear..

  48. Treat and Trick says:

    Healthy and delicious dish Julie, enjoyed reading your post dear..

  49. lol, I was wondering about those squares. They didn't look like garlic and were kinda funky looking butter. 🙂

    The one time I tried couscous I didn't "do" anything to it and was sorely disappointed. I did to get over it and give it and your recipe a try. 🙂

    Btw, I wish, wish, wish we'd get a Trader Joe's here!

  50. Lovely dish, Julie. You've got such wonderful flavors mingling together there. The tomatoes were a perfect touch to add great color to the dish. I've never cook couscous before, but would someday like to try. Great recipe and guest post Julie!

    Thank you for this wonderful guest post Chef Dennis.

  51. Joudie's Mood Food says:

    This dish is gorgeous. I am so happy to hear such young kids liking these foods. It was what we grew up on. NOne of this horrible stuff peolpe eat nowadays! This is something that i think will be on my dinner table tonight…. YUMM!!!!!

  52. I see why you love her blogs! The photos make you feel as if you are right there, and they are so crisp 🙂 I love couscous, the possibilities are endless with it!

  53. The Simple Skillet says:

    Wow, this looks Simple and Delicious. Will have to try it!

  54. The Southern Cookbook says:

    Great recipe Julie. I myself just met Chef Dennis recently, I will tell you he really makes you feel Welcome and at home with his blog. You are right he kind of makes you feel like he is right there talking to you personally, wich is number one in my book. Great post! 🙂

  55. Allie and Pattie says:

    Love this dish- couscos is a favorite of mine!
    xoxo Pattie

  56. All That I'm Eating says:

    I'm always at a loss for what to do with couscous. This has enlightened me. Thanks for sharing it.

  57. I have to say, couscous is a new addiction of mine and I love the way it was prepared here! Healthy and delicious.

  58. GreenGirl says:

    My 11 months loves both couscous and chickpeas but never added them to the same dish, next time I'll give it a try. Thanks

    Chef Dennis, another great blog entry, as usual

  59. Hi there, Julie! 😀

    This looks fabulous. I adore how simple yet flavorful it is. 🙂 Great job!

  60. Nicely done!!! Simple and delicious – what could be better than that! I love working with Israeli couscous – it has a terrific texture and is so adaptable!!



    Thanks for hosting Julie on your site, she's one of my favorites!

    My kids are crazy over Israeli couscous! Something about the size and texture makes it so much more interesting than the smaller version.
    This looks so fresh and delicious!

  62. What a wonderful guest post! And thanks for the kind words on my blog!

  63. RamblingTart says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous dish!!! I love the ingredients and spices so very much. 🙂

  64. sweetlife says:

    great guest post, we love couscous and it provides many options for a great meal. I recently saw frozen herbs at the grocery store and wonder if they would work, thanks for the great info..


  65. scrambledhenfruit says:

    I have the opposite problem- Couscous is something I buy, but don't think about making it. I think I'll post this on the refrigerator to jog my memory!

  66. Angie's Recipes says:

    Love both couscous and chickpeas! Chef D, this is another awesome guest post! Two thumbs for you and Mommie Cooks!

  67. Super guest post, Julie! Quick, tasty and healthy!

  68. amanda@seegirlcook says:

    This looks so wonderful and fresh! I'm excited to try this dish out.:)

  69. Looks great!

  70. Melissa B. says:

    Delightful and delicious, I'm sure. Julie, you're a real peach!

  71. Great job on the post Julie, your couscous looks very delicious. I enjoy following both your blog as well as Dennis' blog. They are both great!

  72. I love these guest post Fridays – beautiful! Thanks for sharing Julie with us, Dennis =)

    Jax x

  73. Love cous cous this look absolutely wonderful and delicious! gloria

  74. This has to taste heavenly; what a gret combination!

  75. Lindsey @ FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD says:

    I love your guest posts too, as well as the ones you write! Thanks so much for being truely dedicated yourself. I'm going to become your newest follower because you are so inspiring and generous to the blogging community! Thank you.

  76. Lovely guest post! The coucous looks so tasty and healthy. I do enjoy Julie's blog 🙂

    Thanks Dennis for a featuring a very talented blogger.

  77. denise @ quickies on the dinner table says:

    Wonderful guest post! Thank you Julie for sharing your lovely recipe – I love couscous and cook it often. Now I have to try it with chickpeas! Children can be inspirational in the kitchen, can't they? 🙂

    Thank you Dennis for bringing Julie to our attention – her blog is indeed lovely!

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