Sometimes this California-transplanted gal finds life a little lonely with friends so far away. However, I can often feel just a bit closer by enjoying tales of tasty treats savored by distant compadres. Exhibit A: Couscous-Stuffed Peppers with Basil Sauce. Since we couldn’t be with the Phillips fam in Michigan when they created this treat, Sam + I recreated it in our neck of the woods. Thanks for the recipe, Marie! Quote of the day, “Wow, Henry’s is proud of their crème fraiche,” solemnly stated by Sam after graciously picking up the groceries needed to create this lovely, savory, and filling delight. Although a bit pricey, the crème fraiche provided the sauce with the perfect nutty twang. If you do not have access to this ingredient, here are two additional substitutions for your next dish: Crème fraiche substitute #1, or Nutty Twang substitute #2.