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Take the Poll - To Steam or Not to Steam Couscous

By October 14, 2010

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This weekend the first annual Couscous Festival will take place in Pasadena, California. In addition to sampling North African cuisine prepared by Chef Farid Zadi and others, attendants will get to see cookbook author Paula Wolfert roll fresh couscous from scratch, and they'll also see the traditional method of steaming couscous in a couscoussier.

How about you? Do you steam couscous or always reach for a box of instant? Take the poll and see how your own couscous cooking preference stacks up to that of other readers.

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October 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(1) Vegetarian says:

I’ve *heard* of such a thing as non-instant couscous, of course, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such an elusive, and shy creature. Is it available in regular grocery stores? I think it might be an endangered species in the USA.

October 15, 2010 at 4:53 am
(2) Christine says:

Large grocery stores might carry regular couscous in their international isle, or you can check with Middle Eastern or halal markets in your area, which I would guess to be the most likely sources. I even once stumbled across couscous in a dollar store of all places – the shop was apparently owned by Moroccans.

By the way, the halal and Middle Eastern markets are often excellent places to stock up on spices..much greater quantities at much better prices than conventional grocery store brands.

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