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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Low Fat Tzatziki Style Orzo Salad

     Our Greek week would not be complete without something Tzatzkiki. I mean the cool creamy cucumber and yogurt sauce it what really makes a gyro.  I love it when they really pile it on there.  So I knew I had to make something like that for our Greek feast.  The thing is, I didn't really want it as a sauce or dip.  I wanted it to be it's own thing.  And that's when it hit me.  It would make a perfect pasta salad!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken

      This chicken is really lovely!  It comes together super easily and the lemon and yogurt really make for juicy, tender and delicious chicken.  This was Matt's favorite part of the Greek inspired feast, I would guess.  It would be hard for me to pick between this and the pita bread (Hello, I'm Carlee and I'm a carbaholic).  He loves grilling anyway and really seems to like it even more when I come up with new marinades to try.  The char siu chicken we made for the poultry grill-off  has inspired him.  We still need to make that chicken again so we can get pictures and write a post... and he is already asking for this chicken again too.  Our "to make" list is always longer than our time to make it!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Delicious Semi-Whole Wheat Pita Flatbreads

     Happy Monday morning to you!  I hope your weekend was lovely.  Ours was certainly a good one.  Somehow they are always busy, but I might as well accept that and move on right?  Luckily it was full of lots of family and plenty of good food.  We (and by "we" I definitely mean I) decided to have a Greek themed dinner.  Luckily my husband is happy to play along with these things.  His job was to light the grill and cook the meat I gave to him... then eat everything placed in front of him.  Two jobs he is always happy to do!   So, I thought I would share our Greek feast with you.  It just so happens that it pretty easily turned into a week worth of posts, so welcome to Greek Week!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Amazing Chanterelle Tart with Ricotta, Rosemary and a Phyllo Crust

     The best thing happened the other day.  The chanterelle fairy showed up out of nowhere!  It's true.  (Kind of at least!)  My father-in-law stumbled upon a couple of large patches of chantarelles on their land last year.  He did a lot of research to determine if what he had found was edible or not.  Those darn mushrooms are always a bit scary that way.  Even after he determined they were chantarelles, he still started with just a small taste the first day.  He said he read if you misidentified them, it probably wouldn't kill you but might make you wish they had... so that first bite came with some trepidation.  When that bite didn't send him running for the hills, they went for it! And thank goodness they did.

Friday, July 22, 2016

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

     Sometimes you want something sweet.  Ok, I want something sweet all of the time.  But sometimes you you have to control yourself. Unfortunately.  It is what it is, we don't have to like it.  Anyway, during the summer it is nice to have some treats that are easy to make and don't require the oven.  This recipe only add 1/2 cup of sugar as well.  I am certainly not going to pretend it is holy. Or light. Or anything but delicious!  But I did make this as a lower sugar option.  My Paw-Paw is watching his sugar intake.  So when I made my sister the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake With Mocha Whipped Cream that she requested for her birthday, I knew it would be nice to make something a little less full of sugar for Paw-Paw.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday #48

Welcome back to the 48th week of Throwback Thursday! Come link up your latest and greatest posts or reach into those archives and show us some of your blasts from the past!
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Welcome everyone! We are so happy to have you back with us for Throwback Thursday! Can you believe we will be approaching a years worth of this party?!

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake w/ Mocha Whipped Cream

    Do you know what today is?  It's Cake Slice Day!  It is so fun to have an excuse to bake something a little extra special once a month and share it with my cake baking friends!  We have been baking our way through Maida Heatter's Cakes since November.  Each month we are given four recipes to choose from and we each bake one.  Usually it is a surprise what everyone else baked, but there has been a little cheating on that this month! ;-)  In the end, that only ends up being a win for you guys as there is a great chance you will get to see them all!  I love the book, but there are no pictures and I have no imagination so I love seeing what everyone made!