Friday, August 26, 2011

Seven Layer Crazy Greek Dip

Every time I make something I always try and take pictures to post on my blog...
Unfortunately my cute little Asian niece (Tiffanie's daughter aka Wonton) 
loves Aunt Amy's camera and always kills the battery! 
So like many of my recipes I get my inspiration from my many bloggers that I follow and pinterest (online crack).
I dont have many of my own creations yet but this is why I food blog.
This Seven Layer Crazy Greek Dip is from Jessica's Blog "How Sweet It Is"
IF you want your crowd to compliment you MAKE THIS DIP!
I know we all go to parties and I always always see 7 Layer Mexican Dip I love how she kicked it up a few notches! Enjoy this recipe as much as I did for your next dinner party! 
ALSO if your on Facebook "Like" Our Page

Seven Layer Greek Dip makes one giant bowlful, probably serves over 10 people
1 1/2 cups hummus of your choice
1 15-ounce can of kalamata olives, drained and chopped
1 15-ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
4 ounces of feta (or 4 ounces of plain feta, crumbled)
1 1/3 cups greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh dill
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped cucumber
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper

In a bowl, combine yogurt, dill, garlic, 3 tablespoons of cucumber, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix. Grab a large bowl or plate and begin layering ingredients: the yogurt tzatziki, the chopped olives, the hummus, the chopped artichoke hearts, the crazy feta, and the tomatoes and cucumber. You can layer it however you’d like and use other ingredients to make it your own. I did sprinkle my cucumber and tomato with some salt and pepper for flavor, but the rest of the dip was VERY flavorful.

Serve with pita chips or use in wraps and sandwiches.

Note: if you want to make this dip even more enjoyable, you could add some ground lamb!

**I served this with fresh whole wheat pita that I cut in 8 pieces. Placed them in the oven for warmth and served on a platter!

Please Check Out Jessica's Blog! She has many a great recipes, I loved this one and I am sure many of her's are just as awesome!
*Note picture is taken from individual blog*

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Corn Bread Casserole

I wanted to wait and share this recipe when it got a little cooler outside
but Tiffanie's mother in law made some PHENOMENAL cornbread on Sunday and it made me miss my
recipe oh so much! I would give BOTH recipes but Miss Sandy won't give it over! 
I got this recipe from my cousin Fouad's friend Matt's Mom
Let me tell you I EVERY time I have made this dish for the holidays it was the HIT of the party!
Thanks Matt's Mom!!
I always make this when I make Chili comfort food at its finest

2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix
2 sticks butter, softened in the microwave
2 cans creamed corn
1 pint sour cream
4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
Put the eggs in the bowl first, and break up the yolks. 
Then, mix all the ingredients into the bowl. 
Put it into a pan, and bake at 400 for 40 mins. 
After you take it out, let it cool and settle for 20 mins.
I always half the recipe if I am just making it for Matt and I and freeze the rest, but if you are making it for a group use the FULL amount!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Week of Favorites!!

I have missed TWO weeks of this! Actually to be fair
I made one last week and my computer turned off and it did not save and 
I was just too tired to do it again!!
These were a few of my favorites that left me craving the food as soon as I left their sites!

Nibble Me This-  Chris is a grilling machine, the BBQ Master!! I love the stuff he makes. Now I am not a griller but I am darn good with marinating and seasoning the life out of some meat! Matt is the griller, although he tends to burn most of the stuff he makes but at least he grills! Not gonna lie I love a man that can grill. His Asian Sweet Chili Sauce is JUST what the doctor ordered for these hot summer days. I would probably use this sauce on chicken, and with a side of calamari! Check out his blog and follow him.
Dulce Dough- I think we all know why I posted Jill's peach pound cake, one it LOOKS AMAZING and too she makes it look like a piece of cake to make (pun not intended). I am the worst baker ever I think I have said that time and time again, Tiffanie can bake though and I plan on giving her this recipe to make for dessert! Although her recipe really does look simple enough that even the worst bakers like myself can make this! Jill is also going to me known from now on as the "Dessert Goddess" she really has some AWESOME recipes on her blog.

Lauren's Latest- Cheese= Good. Bread = Good. WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE!?!? Lauren is one of my new found love's she is an awesome cook and I love the things she comes up with. If you are on a DIET DO NOT read this Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread of deliciousness... seriously I would not even click on the link... but if your like me who says FORGET THE CALORIES I AM EATING then click away.  Lauren gives you step by step instructions on how to make the perfect dough and how to get this awesome looking pizza!

Kitchen Belleicious- Best for Last!!! Jessica posts some awesome recipes that by the look of it you want to turn away because you think "def. cannot make that" well maybe that is my thoughts BUT her recipes are easy, simple, and super elegant. I am making Jessica's Scallop Gratin  for my boyfriend this weekend since he moved away (and no one to cook for him) I am making him freezer meals. I cannot wait to bite into this yummy recipe. Thanks Jessica for all your awesome recipes I had to narrow it down today and it was just SUPER hard on which one to show.

That is the line up this week folks, if you do not check out these bloggers you are MISSING out!!!
*All pictures were taken from individual's blogs* 

Also if you get a chance and your on Facebook like our Page!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nutella Nutella NUTELLA

I think everyone should have Nutella on hand all day EVERY day 365 days a year!
Such a great TREAT to have, better than peanut butter :)
My mom used to make me Nutella Sandwiches in elementary school and I used to get made fun of
I would tell her NO MORE!! So she stopped buying it and now the craze has it and I am 
just as obsessed with it as I was before and I dont care WHO makes fun of me! 
I have collected 3 awesome recipes that I cannot WAIT for all you to try.
Pictures are Included *No getting mad when you want to eat this right away*
I saw all of these on Pinterest and I made sure to have some Nutella on Hand! 

Nutella Panini


slices challah or white bread 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 


Form 2 sandwiches with the bread and chocolate. Transfer to a hot panini press or waffle iron and cook until the bread is golden and the chocolate has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, cook the sandwiches in a hot grill pan, turning once and pressing down frequently.) 

*Recipe from Real Simple
 Nutella Banana Bruschetta
1 small loaf whole-wheat French bread
1/2 jar Nutella
1 banana, peeled and thinly sliced
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
Sea salt

Preheat the broiler or, if your oven doesn't have a broiler, heat oven to 450°F.
Heat a dry nonstick frying pan or griddle over medium heat.
Cut the bread 1/4 inch thick on an angle to make long, thin slices. Toast the bread in the frying pan for 2 minutes on each side, until lightly toasted. Remove from the pan and set on a tray or counter top.

* Recipe from The Perfect Pantry*

Nutella Fried Ravioli
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
12 wonton wrappers, defrosted (keep wrappers covered with damp towel)
1/2 Tablespoon of Nutella
Vegetable oil
Confectioners’ sugar, for sprinkling

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash. On a clean, dry surface, lay one wrapper down with a point toward you, like a diamond.
Place 1/2 tablespoon of Nutella near the top end of the wrapper. Brush a very thin layer of the egg wash on the edges of the wrapper.
Fold the bottom corner of the wrapper up to create a triangle and gently press to remove all air from the middle. Press the edges to adhere the sides.
Make sure the wrapper is sealed completely. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.
Keep the folded Nutella wontons covered under plastic wrap or a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying.
In a wok or medium pot, pour in two inches of oil.
Heat the oil to 350°F (180°C) and gently slide a few of the Nutella wontons into the hot oil.
Make sure you don’t crowd the wontons too much. Fry 1 1/2 minutes, then flip and fry another minute until both sides are golden brown and crisp.

*Recipe from Jamies Crazy Blog*

Hope you all enjoy these as much as I did!!!! 
Also check out these chicks blog's, I found them all on Pinterest

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mirko Pasta

SORRY we have not blogged for a while! I have been CRAZY busy at work and Tiffanie is sleeping 
most of her days now that she has baby number 2 on the way!
Tiffanie told me about this place that opened up next to her house Mirko Pasta
She ranted and raved about it...but  she is pregnant so she pretty much would rant and rave over applesauce!
Holly (my old co-worker and AWESOME photographer check out her work HollyBrooke Photography)

Told me I HAD to go here because not only was it CHEAP $4.50 for pasta $5 for the sauce but on 
Monday's it is free pasta night!! SO you get your meal for $5 bucks and it is bigger portions than Olive Garden (not to mention WAY better). I would go there even without the free pasta because it is so so cheap

Most places no one likes to wait AT ALL here you may want too because you get a free glass of Sangria when you wait for your table! Also they give you bread the size of your HEAD and it comes with a bean dip!
*Don't eat the bean dip if your a vegetarian it is made with bacon fat*

Here are some menu highlights and pictures
Bruschetta Classica- Grilled homemade bread with fresh diced tomatoes, basil, garlic,black olives and olive oil $5

Impepata di Cozze al Pomodoro Steamed- mussels with white wine and spicy tomato sauce $8

Insalata di Spinaci Fresh baby spinach, goat cheese, raisins with a balsamic, honey and walnut dressing Full $6 Half $3.50

Boscaiola Fresh peas, wild mushrooms, ham, cream and parmesan
Gamberi e Zucchini Shrimp, zucchini, diced tomatoes, garlic, white wine, extra virgin olive oil and red pepper
Norma Eggplant, tomato sauce, basil, fresh ricotta cheese and mozzarella

To check out their full menu click here

Did I forget to mention they have a full bar, full cafe bar and homemade desserts?!??!

Athens, Buford, Buckhead, Nashville, Toco Hills, East Athens, Macon, Marietta, Monroe, Peachtree City, Rosewell, and Watkinsville

Also check out our Facebook and "like" our page!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Millionaire Monday/Theatre Menu

I am preparing our company Christmas party this year and 
I was looking up event information when I came across 
this restaurant called "Livingston" it is in the Georgian Terrace Hotel.
Now I plan on getting married here and it is the most SPECTACULAR place EVER
I could NEVER in a Million Years afford to ever come here and eat... 
Or can I???
They have a special going every Monday called "Millionaire Mondays"
You choose between soup or a salad
and for the meal you choose between a 10 oz Filet or a WHOLE Lobster for 
get ready for this.... ONLY $16 BUCKS!

Matt and I are making our way over here for that dinner!!
Also for anyone who is in Atlanta catching a show at the Fox Theater Livingston is located 
right across the street and they do a Theater Menu where you choose from
Soup or Salad, Main Entree, Glass of Wine, & Dessert for $30 bucks!!

This place is seriosuly the most amazing place ever, and the views are amazing.
My friend NIcole and I purchased Tiffanie Wicked Tickets at the Fox in September and we are going 
here for lunch so I will give more updates (and pictures) of how awesome it was. 

Here are some great pictures of Livingston. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First Day of Ramadan

 Before I begin wanted to Share that Tiff and I have our Facebook page up!!
Check it out and "Like" US!!!!

Once a year my Family fasts for religious purposes for a month called "Ramdan". You do not eat or drink from Sunrise to Sunset. It is to remember that no matter how bad you have it, there are starving people in the world.  So during the 14 hour day where you cannot eat or drink the only logical thing to do is  cook.... and we DID! Lots and Lots of Traditional Lebanese Tapas I will share some recipes others my Dad may kill me if he found out I gave it out :) Some of the recipes there are no English Translations too so I will try my best to describe!

This was the End Result 

 This is a Lebanese dish which is raw meat blended with spices and cracked wheat
I think the first time my boyfriend saw this he was like "DO I HAVE TO EAT THIS???" 
Now when he sees it on the table he knows to grab as much as he can because there is NO LEFTOVERS
 This is the same Dish but the above my dad adds some chili flakes, cayenne, and red chili paste
This is the tame version
You eat this with some pita bread and fresh mint 
 This is the cracked wheat we use to make the dish
and you need to add the meat in once it is nice and seasoned.

This is basically the Lebanese version of a Frittata.
Except that my dad makes it more sinful by frying it...

These were so good! Served cold after you fry them and eat with 
what other than Pita Bread
 These Egg rolls are the BOMB! My dad will spend HOURS on the first day of Ramadan
and just freeze them and make them every night so we do not run out
There are two kinds: One with feta cheese, parsley and onion
the other is hamburger meat seasoned with some spices and my dad adds
some pomegranate syrup... the real kind you get at a Greek Grocery store.

 This is a great side dish to make with any meal but we eat with PITA BREAD! 
Fry some cubed potatoes
Add some olive oil, garlic,salt, pepper, and cayenne
Toss in some cilantro at the end 
This is Fetoush Salad
Usually it has romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes
Salad Dressing is olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, dried mint, and dried oregano
Throw in some pita chips and there ya go! 
This runs out within 3 minutes of this being put on the table
No matter HOW much extra you make
This is the Frittata and the cilantro garlic potatoes

This is my brother in law Samir!
He is cooking some sirloin meat to go with the hummus!
Throw in some salt and pepper cut into cubes and add some of that pomegranate syrup

Hope you guys enjoyed my AWESOME dinner! 
I know I sure did :)