Texas Tabbouleh

I’ve never understood how
Country Club
became a term which refers to
nibbling on white linen luncheon’s
while donning flowered derby hats.
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Because, darlin’
I’ve lived country.
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And Country Clubs ain’t country.
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What, then, does True Country Club membership consist of?
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Among other things, there are…
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Red wranglers worn so tight
you have to dental floss your teeth
to get your wedgies out.
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Grilled cheese sandwiches that begin when you
slap a hunk of cheddar on a paper plate,
and microwave until melty.
Then end when you plastic-knife the goop
onto slices of Wonder bread. Heck ya.
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Saving the environment by living off the land.
Depleting the ozone by schlacking
a quart of hairspray onto your bang-entity each morning.
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Never having to worry that your date smells
any accidental flatulence.
The always ambient new-manure-scent alleviates such concerns.
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In spite of it all,
I consider it an honor to have grow up {mostly} country.
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And an even greater honor to be a longstanding member of
The Suburbia Club
where minivan’s and McDonald’s are mainstays
to a rather hectic–but entirely happy–existence.
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Another honor?
Being a member of
Tiffany & Heather’s most brilliant
SITS club.
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Welcome to all you gals stopping by today!
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Texas Tabbouleh
I happen to believe grapefruit holds enough “Hello There and Howdy” to welcome in the winter months with delectable style. Willing to sit in a bowl and be eaten for breakfast, ready to join a medley of grains and veggies for dinner, or to be slathered in sugar to dance with desserts, grapefruit is always up for the plan. And with her purty pink color, no matter what the occasion, you can be sure she’ll sparkle.
Sweet, sassy and ready for anything. Now, that’s my kind of fruit.
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1 c. quinoa
1 1/4 c. water
3/4 c. coconut milk
20 large shrimp, cooked
1 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1/2 c. pecan pieces
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
In a large pot, combine quinoa, water and coconut milk. Cover tightly. Over stove turned to medium high heat, bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Keep covered tightly and set aside for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove lid and allow quinoa to cool.
Remove tails from shrimp, place in a large bowl. Slice TEXAS RIO STAR GRAPEFRUIT, then remove individual sections of grapefruit from membrane. Place in bowl. Add cilantro, avocado, and pecan pieces. Add cooled quinoa and toss gently to combine all ingredients.
Mix together salt & sugar. Sprinkle to taste over the tabbouleh, stirring gently to evenly distribute. Serve Immediately.

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197 Responses to “Texas Tabbouleh”

  1. 151

    Alex the Girl on April 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Happy SiTS day. Most enjoyable cooking blog I’ve read yet. Enjoy your day.

  2. 152

    MommyAmy on April 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Happy SITS day! Totally hilarious post! Love how you edit your pics to make them come alive.

  3. 153

    Cindy on April 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm Reply

    You have the coolest blog!
    Congrats on your feature SITSta!

  4. 154

    Brandi on April 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Congrats of FB!

  5. 155

    Heather on April 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Congrats on beinf BF, SITSa! Can’t wait to read more!

  6. 156

    Cookie Brochette on April 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Congrats on your SITS day! Love the blog and your photos. Funny!

  7. 157

    Jennifer on April 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

    It is the only country club I have ever been a member of!

    Happy SITS day!

  8. 158

    Rosie on April 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm Reply

    By Golly, I didn’t know Cupcakes could converse! Maybe if I didn’t inhale them I would hear their cries for help!

  9. 159

    Sophie on April 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Oh I miss the texas HILLcountry :P. For some reason, I always think of the great gatspy when I hear country club :).

    Lol I loved this (especially the stinky gas part :P). I loooove quinoa! It’s my new obsession; I’ll need to try your recipe :). Oh, btw, I got around to making those cupcakes…after the failed attempt :P.

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    Nathan and Bethany on April 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm Reply

    HOLY CRAP! 158 comments?!?! Are you going to forget me now that you’re famous? Seriously, are you going to turn into Patrick Dempsey a la Can’t Buy Me Love or Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed or pretty much any other teen angst movie and forget your nerdy science club friends to hang out with the football players? I’m going to go weep quietly into my chemistry set and pray that you remember us ruffians before the credits start rolling.

  11. 161

    Kay Bratt on April 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Love the post and your devotion to ‘country’…

  12. 162

    Jennifer on April 13, 2009 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Visiting from SITS.
    What a great blog.

  13. 163

    Marsha's Mpressions on April 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm Reply

    So funny! I’ll have to try some of your recipes. Thanks to SITS for bringing me to your site.

  14. 164

    KelsyC on April 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Visiting from SITS! Your blog is making me hungry! And making me wish I baked more! Delish!

  15. 165

    Amanda on April 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm Reply

    HAppy SITS day!

    Tabolueh with fruit, have never tried that,but I will!

  16. 166

    "FINE"al thoughts... on April 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Stopping by from SITS. You crack me up!

  17. 167

    bec4 on April 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Happy Sits day! Your takre on country clubs is good!

  18. 168

    Mom on the Run on April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Hi! Visiting from SITS! The recipe looks great!! Can’t wait to read more :)

  19. 169

    Reeni♥ on April 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Came by to say Hi from SITS. your Tabboulleh sounds delicious!!

  20. 170

    scrappysue on April 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm Reply

    that’s a lot of very useful observations! congrats on being the FB

  21. 171

    *Megan* on April 13, 2009 at 7:52 pm Reply

    Stopping by from over at SITS! Your site is great, it is making me hungry.

  22. 172

    The Stylish House on April 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Happy sits to you! Great site glad I found you, best laugh of a long day….Country Club Cathy.

  23. 173

    Tara on April 13, 2009 at 8:07 pm Reply

    I can already tell i’m going to luv ya….high-five from one country girl to another! ♥

  24. 174

    angie on April 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Hope you had a great SITS day! Congrats!

  25. 175

    Tamara Mitchell on April 13, 2009 at 8:42 pm Reply

    Amazing!!! Nice to meet you, SITSah!

  26. 176

    Nykki on April 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm Reply

    visiting from sits.

  27. 177

    Kelly on April 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm Reply

    THis is fun! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  28. 178

    The Brady Family on April 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Congrats on being the featured blogger! I loved reading some of your blog and hope to find time to read more!!

  29. 179

    Kat Rogers on April 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm Reply

    I love how your food comes to life. If I make this texas tabullueh will it have a face too?

    Congrats on the feature!

  30. 180

    Tammy Kling on April 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm Reply

    I’m with you – though I revel in my escapes from suburbia…anything is better than tight wranglers and paper plate-made grilled cheese sandwiches!

  31. 181

    Gamma Sharon on April 14, 2009 at 12:07 am Reply

    Wow, that sounds wonderfully delicious.
    Congrats on being the FB.
    Love your blog!

  32. 182

    MangoTango on April 14, 2009 at 6:46 am Reply

    Fun Blog! Love all the egg-characters!

  33. 183

    The Cookie Girl on April 14, 2009 at 7:53 am Reply

    I’m LATE gettin’ here but i made it.
    Stopping by from SITS and now following you.
    I love food blogs too.

  34. 184

    Liz on April 14, 2009 at 8:46 am Reply

    I love all your post!!I have given you a award check my blog

  35. 185

    Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge on April 14, 2009 at 11:36 am Reply

    Hey! Hope you had a great SITS day. Sorry I’m late but I’m trying to catch up.

    YOur pictures are so cute. You’re super creative!

  36. 186

    Michelle on April 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Congrats on being the SITS girl for the day! I’ve been to your blog before and your drawings always make me smile. :)

    I hope you enjoyed all your comment love!

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    Tiaras & Tantrums on April 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm Reply

    what a fun post!
    I grew up in RURAL (very rural) iowa!! But today I consider myself a total urban girl!

    Here for SITS

  38. 188

    Tiaras & Tantrums on April 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm Reply

    what a fun post!
    I grew up in RURAL (very rural) iowa!! But today I consider myself a total urban girl!

    Here for SITS

  39. 189

    Tiaras & Tantrums on April 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm Reply

    what a fun post!
    I grew up in RURAL (very rural) iowa!! But today I consider myself a total urban girl!

    Here for SITS

  40. 190

    Tiaras & Tantrums on April 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm Reply

    what a fun post!
    I grew up in RURAL (very rural) iowa!! But today I consider myself a total urban girl!

    Here for SITS

  41. 191

    Jessica on April 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm Reply

    I just love your pictures, the recipes are not bad either! LOL I’ll be back to try some.

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    kathy on April 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm Reply

    This sounds dee-lish! Your post was fun – I really enjoy your humor.

  43. 193

    Nanny Goats In Panties on April 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Stopping by a day late from SITS to congratulate you on your special day.

    Your blog looks delicious!

  44. 194

    Sassypants Wifey on April 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Happy SITS day!!! What a fantastic blog you have. Love all your recipes! Cant wait to try many of them. Keep up the great work.

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    Brenda Jean on April 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm Reply

    You are SO dang saucy I can’t stand it. What amazing pics you have:) Congrats on your SITS day. I’ve never been in a country club, though have lived in the country and the city and now the country again. I think I would frighten them. I do however love SITS and have a minivan too!

  46. 196

    Cindy DG on April 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Dropping in from the SITS site to say hi! :)
    Cindy
    http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

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    Modest Gal on April 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm Reply

    You’re too funny..loved your blog!!!

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