Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata)

Crisp vegetables, combined with the salty brine of Kalamata olives and capers, and the most delicious tangy feta cheese.

Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata)
Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata)
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Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 tomatoes, cored and sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt for tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1 Green pepper, seeded and deribbed, cut into 2 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 Red onion, sliced thinly, soaked in ice water for 15 minutes, then drained
  • 1 cup Kalamata Olives, pits removed
  • 2 Tablespoons of capers, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, use a good oil
  • Large block of feta cheese, Greek Sheep’s Milk Feta would be great, sliced into triangles
  • Oregano for garnishing feta
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle on feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Whisk together dressing ingredients.

Instructions:

  1. Toss tomato wedges with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and allow them to drain in a colander for 30 minutes.
  2. Soak the the sliced red onion in ice water for 10 minutes, then drain.
  3. Put tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumbers, together in a bowl. Add in 1 cup of Kalamata olives to the bowl. Also add in 2 Tablespoons of capers that have been rinsed.
  4. Add red wine mixture and 1/4 cup of olive oil to the vegetables and toss. Put on a large platter. Add Feta Cheese cut into triangles on top, sprinkle with more dried oregano and drizzle feta with additional olive oil.

Serve with a piece of crusty bread for a perfect summer meal!

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Double Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread

This delicious chocolate bread is an awesome way to use up that extra zucchini. You can make more than one loaf and freeze for when you want a satisfying chocolatey treat!

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread
Double Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used bread flour)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of mashed banana (approximately 2 to 3 medium to large bananas, depending upon size)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup neutral flavored oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated (approximately 2 medium or one large zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, plus 2 Tablespoons more to top loaf
Double Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread batter
Double Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread batter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Prepare loaf pan with cooking spray, and parchment sling, if desired. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, measure out dry ingredients, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk together.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together banana, sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. Fold in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Enjoy!

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Haul: July 26, 2022

See what I purchased at the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. It’s one of my favorite places to shop, such awesome savings!

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Haul: July 26, 2022
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Haul: July 26, 2022
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Cheesy Grilled Sheet Pan Cauliflower and Onions

I could not stop eating this cheesy cauliflower. It is so delicious, with simple ingredients, and is easy to make on your grill, smoker, air fryer, or oven.

Cheesy Grilled Sheet Pan Cauliflower and Onions
Cheesy Grilled Sheet Pan Cauliflower and Onions
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, to taste
  • One head of Cauliflower, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • One Onion, sliced thin
  • Land O’ Lakes Yellow American Cheese, from the Deli, Sliced Thin
  • Flat Leaf Parsley, torn, to garnish

Imstructions:

  • Preheat Traeger Grill to high heat.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Toss cauliflower and onion with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Put on parchment and cover with foil.
  • Cook on high heat for 35 minutes, until cauliflower and onions are tender.
  • Top with a layer of the American cheese. Gently tent with foil and place back on grill for another 10 minutes until cheese is melted and gooey.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.

Enjoy!

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Haul: July 7, 2022

See what I purchased at the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. It’s one of my favorite places to shop, such awesome savings!

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Haul: July 7, 2022
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market Haul: July 7, 2022
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Garden Update

How is your garden doing this year? I picked our first zucchini today. 😊

Garden Update
Garden Update

Breakfast on the Blackstone

Confetti pancakes, MorningStar Maple Sausage Patties, eggs, and Sausage Breakfast Strips cook up fast on the Blackstone.

Breakfast on the Blackstone
Breakfast on the Blackstone
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Quick and Easy Zucchini Veggie Chili

This Zucchini Veggie Chili cooks up SUPER fast and is a delicious healthy lunch or dinner. I served it over some yummy butter garlic rice. It’s so savory and delicious!

Quick and Easy Zucchini Veggie Chili
Quick and Easy Zucchini Veggie Chili
Quick and Easy Zucchini Veggie Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • One small onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into coins, then quartered
  • 1 can of Bush’s Chili Magic Chili Starter, I used Texas Medium
  • 1 can of Rotel, Mild flavor
  • Add water, if too thick
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Rice, seasoned with butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Add olive oil to the sauce or stock pot and heat on medium high heat. Add in onions and garlic paste and sauté until onion is translucent. Add in tomato paste and zucchini and sauté until slightly cooked.
  2. Add in the chili starter and the Rotel and heat. Cook until hot and until zucchini is tender. Add salt to taste. If too thick, add some water.
  3. Serve on top of the garlic butter rice, sprinkle fresh lime juice on top before eating. Feel free to add other toppings, such as cheese, fresh chopped tomatoes, sour cream, fresh crema, avocado, whatever sounds good to you. I enjoyed as is!

Enjoy!

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Low Sugar Fresh Seedless Red Raspberry Jam

This jam is so delicious! We hand picked the red raspberries at our local orchard and this jam reminds me of what you’d find inside a delicious raspberry jelly donut. So yummy!

Low Sugar Fresh Seedless Red Raspberry Jam
Low Sugar Fresh Seedless Red Raspberry Jam
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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of crushed red raspberries, run through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds
  • 4 cups of sugar, I used golden sugar (1/4 cup sugar to mix with Sure Jell, then an additional 3 3/4 cups of sugar)
  • 1 packet of Sure Jell for no or low sugar jams and jellies
  • 1/2 teaspoon of butter
Low Sugar Fresh Seedless Red Raspberry Jam
Low Sugar Fresh Seedless Red Raspberry Jam

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your jars, lids, and rings for canning. Boil for 10 minutes to sterilize while preparing the jam.
  2. Crush the red raspberries with a potato masher. I started with 2 quarts of fresh picked red raspberries from a local orchard, they make the best jam.
  3. Filter the raspberries through a sieve to remove most of the seeds. It ok if it has some seeds.
  4. Once you have your purée, add it to a stock pot.
  5. Mix together 1/4 cup of the sugar with the Sure Jell in a bowl. Then add it to the fruit purée.
  6. When the mixture comes to a rolling boil (stir mixture frequently), add in the remaining 3 3/4 cups of sugar and the butter. Bring to another rolling boil, constantly stiring. Allow to boil for one minute. Then remove from heat. Using a wide mouth funnel, add jam to your sterilized jars leaving a 1/4 inch room for expansion at the top. Wipe edges clean, and place new mason jar lids and rings securely on top.
  7. Place a rack on the bottom of your canning pot for easy jar removal. I use a silicone rack. Place jars on top of the rack and make sure water is a inch above the jars. Boil the jam jars for 10 minutes. Remove jars of jam and let them cool on a towel on the counter. Let cool on your counter for 24 hours. Check your lids by pressing on the top of the lids to see if they properly sealed. If they did not seal properly, you can still enjoy the jam, just make sure you refrigerate it and use it up sooner rather than later. 😊

Enjoy!

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Super Easy Homemade White Bread

This homemade white bread is so easy to make. It is so delicious hot out of the oven with some butter and homemade jam!

Easy Homemade White Bread
Easy Homemade White Bread
Easy Homemade White Bread
Easy Homemade White Bread
Easy Homemade White Bread with low sugar red raspberry jam
Easy Homemade White Bread with low sugar red raspberry jam

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 cups of bread flour, I used King Arthur Organic Bread Flour
  • 1 packet of dry Instant Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter

Instructions:

  1. Using a dough whisk. combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a microwave safe Pyrex, slowly heat the water, milk, and butter in 30 second intervals until warm to the touch (not hot). Approximately 120° to 130°F.
  3. Add the warm water, milk, and butter mixture to the dry ingredients. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 10 to 15 minutes in a warm, draft free place.
  5. Pat dough down and knead on a lightly floured surface until shaped like the shape of your 9 x 5 bread pan.
  6. Spray the bread pan with cooking spray. Place the dough into the pan and spray the top with a light layer of spray before covering with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in the pan until doubled in size, approximately 40 minutes. If you prefer to use parchment paper to line your pan, it will make it easy to remove the bread loaf after baking. I use a stoneware pan and found it released easy with cooking spray.
  7. Bake the bread in a preheated 375° oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Enjoy warm with butter and jam, it’s so good! Or use to make your favorite sandwich. It would be awesome toasted too.

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