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Greetings my loyal followers! Last week I moved Gourmet Gab to thegourmetgab.com.  Visit the new link and enter in your email address on the right hand side to subscribe to posts. If you have been subscribing to this site, you will no longer be getting any emails from me because this is my last post! Stay in the loop and check out the new site!

Here are a few things that have been on thegourmetgab.com lately:

…My recipe for this couscous and edamame salad.

…This Turkey Avocado and Caprese Sandwich. How delicious does that look?

…Every Wednesday I post a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. Below is a cake stand turned perfume tray!

…One of my favorite projects so far this summer has been these Scrabble coasters. They would make an awesome gift!

Thank you for all your support! Hope you subscribe to thegourmetgab.com to stay updated with new fun and delicious posts!

Love food | Love self | Love life … Gabriela

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Gourmet Gab is moving on to bigger, better and more delectable things on thegourmetgab.com! From today forward you will find new posts on the new site. In the archives you’ll find old posts and recipes that were featured over here.

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I am so excited to start this new chapter with you as my readers. Let the fun begin!

Love food. Love self. Love life … Gabriela

Couscous and Edamame Salad

There are some words that are just plain cool. You know, the ones that roll off your tongue and are fun to write in cursive. Ironically two pretty cool words found their way into this Couscous and Edamame Salad.

Couscous and Edamame Salad

Couscous has been a part of mediterranean cooking for centuries. The tiny little grains make a light, but hearty addition to a meal. Edamame is in the soybean family and is a good source of protein and fiber, according to WHFoods. Together in this salad, they make a great combination of texture and flavor.

I love the chewy, salty, crunchy and chilled elements of ingredients in this salad. It would be great to take on a picnic or enjoy as a light lunch. If you’re looking to fill up even more you could add some chicken or tuna! I added beets for more color and flavor, but the salad tastes great either way.

Couscous and Edamame Salad

Couscous and Edamame Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of cooked couscous (according to package directions)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked edamame
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
  • 2 green onions, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts*
  • For Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

For the salad: Cook couscous according to package directions. Fluff and let cool. In a separate bowl add cooled couscous, edamame, corn, garbanzo beans, green onions, cranberries, feta and pine nuts.

For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, lemon, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Pour the vinaigrette over the couscous and toss to coat evenly.

*To toast the pine nuts, heat small skillet to medium heat. Add pine nuts and shimmy in pan   until light golden brown. This happens quickly so don’t go anywhere!

Couscous and Edamame Salad

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I am so excited because I have a few surprises in store but I can’t reveal them for a couple weeks, so stay tuned! Hope you enjoy the salad.

Love food. Love self. Love life.

Gabriela

Monday Mood: Picnic Perfect

Today I am in the mood for a picnic, especially because it is Memorial Day. Summer is the perfect time to whip up a simple salad, grab a bottle of lemonade, call a few friends and meet at the park for a picnic.

The first place to start for a picnic is a comfy blanket…this one even zips up for easy carrying! Next, keep your salad chilled and ready to serve with this 3-piece salad bowl. Classic red gingham napkins are essential for picnic-ing! And you can store fresh fruit, pasta salad or crackers in stylish translucent take-out cartons.

Picnic Time!

I’ve always wanted a traditional picnic basket. The one pictured above can be customized into any color! Ice mats will keep your food chilled and won’t melt like ice cubes. Don’t forget some festive plates with a rockin’ pattern! If you’re bringing a bottle of lemonade or wine along, use this Jet Bag to keep it from leaking.

1. Target $19.99, 2. Crate and Barrel $11.95, 3. Etsy $14.00, 4. The Container Store, 5. Crate and Barrel $3.50, 6. Etsy $25.00, 7. Target $15.99 for set of 8, 8. The Container Store $3.99.

Let’s be honest – it’s rough getting back into the swing of things on Mondays. I hope that my weekly Monday Mood posts will give you a little something to look forward to this summer. Stay tuned for the fun! Happy Memorial Day!

Love food. Love self. Love life.

Gabriela

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation season means two things: festive parties and tasty sweets. My cousin Emily just graduated from high school in North Dakota. She and my Aunt Buffy were Pinteresting (planning) for months coming up with lots of fun ideas. I had a blast helping them craft, bake and decorate for the celebrations!

Cupcake Icing

My Aunt Buffy baked 400 mini cupcakes in Chocolate, Vanilla and Red Velvet. The mini cupcakes are fun for parties so people can sample one of each.

Cupcake Icing

The homemade Peanut Butter, Buttercream and Cream Cheese Frostings were so divine!

Cupcake Sprinkles

Icing cupcakes is so therapeutic for me…I love making the uniform swirls! Adding a pinch of multicolored sprinkles is a magical touch.

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes

These little toothpick flags printed on scrapbook paper added personalization to the cupcakes, not to mention lots of pizazz.

Emily and Gabriela

Here’s my cousin Emily, the graduate, and I! We are all about bright colors this summer…and just happened to match the party’s theme.

This was the “party wall!” We made tissue paper flowers to hang from the ceiling. Buffy made flag banners out of scrapbook paper and printed letters. Tied together with some ribbon and ta-dah! The dessert plates are made out of drink glasses or vases, glued to plates, and spray painted. Inexpensive and adorable!

Graduation Party Wall

The table center pieces were my favorite part of the decor. Spray painted wine bottles accented with multicolored ribbon were filled with mini tissue paper flowers. I made these little flags with scrapbook paper and wooden dowels. Adding a quote of advice from Emily’s family members made for great conversation and even a bit of inspiration!

Graduation Quote Center Pieces

“Be nice…to everyone…all the time!” -Words of advice from Emily’s Mom

Don’t these pictures make you want to have a summer party? I’m ready to bake some lemon bars and have a few friends over to celebrate. P.S. For more details from the graduation party check out my Aunt Buffy’s (aka Sara) board on Pinterest!

Love food | Love self | Love life … Gabriela

My Trip to Oregon

Last weekend I went to Eugene to visit my boyfriend Alexander at the University of Oregon. Mother Nature was good to us (or maybe I just snuck the sunshine in my suitcase!) because it was sunny and gloriously warm all weekend.

Alexander and I had a blast playing frisbee under the sun, biking and exploring trails by the Willamette River. Saturday morning we ventured to the open-air market for some produce and people watching. We picked up batch of gorgeous radishes and cut them up for a salad. What’s your favorite thing to do with radishes?

We also made trips to Prince Puckler’s for ice cream, the Milky Way for bagel sandwiches, and Agate Alley Bistro for dinner. The Fig Prosciutto pizza with brandied figs, salty prosciutto, creamy gorgonzola and peppery arugula was divine. I am going to try making it at home and will share the recipe! I also enjoyed the Ahi Niçoise salad with champagne white truffle vinaigrette.

VooDoo Doughnut in Oregon is famous for their crazy concoctions and mind-blowing flavors. Alexander and I got their Bacon Maple Bar and Voodoo Doll filled with raspberry jelly! I am going to try replicate the salty and sweet combo with these Maple Bacon Cake Doughnuts.

I had such a lovely time with Alexander and can’t wait to cook with him this summer. A sprinkle of love always makes a dish taste better! If you have been to Oregon will you share some of your favorite places to dine? We love trying new places!

Love food | Love self | Love life … Gabriela

Arizona Blogger Conference

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Last Saturday I attended the Arizona Blogger Conference put on by the Phoenix Style Collective. The Saguaro hotel where it was held had a modern southwest vibe. The miniature orange cactus, golden glittered tables and Dia de Los Muertos masks were a few details that I loved.

The Saguaro Scottsdale

At the conference I learned lots of great tips about blogging, how to use lighting in photography and connected with other fabulous bloggers in Arizona!

Perry Czopp of The Coffee Chop even shared some of his knowledge about espresso. He caters events and will make personalized espresso drinks. What a unique idea for the next wedding, party or birthday celebration!

The Coffee Chop

I sampled a Blackberry Latte and oh my goodness….I never would have imagined those two flavors together, but it was incredible! The sweetness of the blackberry balanced the bitterness of the espresso perfectly. If was as if I were sipping dessert!

The Blackberry Latte sparked my imagination about creating Blackberry Espresso Brownies. I want to mimic the experience of the latte in a rich chocolate form. Over the next few days I will test some recipes and report back with my favorite ASAP!

Until then, have a fun, festive and delicious Cinco de Mayo!

Love food. Love self. Love life.

Gabriela