Coucous Salad with Cranberries, Pine Nuts and Honey


I had the opportunity to try this dish at the Taste of Mexico in Los Angeles.  It was presented by  SCrystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; mix until blended. Set aside. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in couscous. Cover and let stand 5 minutes; fluff with fork. Remove to large bowl; let cool. Stir in chicken, garbanzo beans, carrots, onion and parsley. Add dressing; toss to coat.


Cranberry Bliss Bar Recipe

Before Chef Efren Cardenas became an Executive Chef at Red O in Los Angeles, he shared a recipe for what he calls Chef Efren Cranberry BlissCranberry Decadent Bars.  Oh those proper chefs but we know them as a seasonal treat found at Starbucks

called the cranberry bliss bar.  Learn how to make them and have it with coffee.



  • Orange Zest
  • Tablespoon of Grand Marnier
  • 6 ounces of Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups of Confectionary Sugar
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries

The Batter

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • ¼ of granulated sugar
  • 1 and ¼ cup of cranberries
  • 2 ½ sticks of butter
  • 1 cup of White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 and half cups of all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

Directions for Batter: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl through a sifter except for sugar. Knock it through the sifter. Put in mixer and wait until batter is creamy before adding sugar. Add Grand Marnier to eggs then add the egg into the batter while it mixes one at a time. Add the cranberries and white chocolate chips. Line pan with parchment paper and cooking spray. Spread batter to edge of the pan. Cooking at 360 degrees.

Directions for Frosting
Mix cream cheese and butter in mixer. Slowly add confectionary sugar. Add cranberries. Coat the cranberry bars then zest(candied or fresh) and enjoy.