Pinterest Love – Recipe: 5-Layer Greek Dip

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To wrap up my Greek week, I wanted to share one more recipe.  It is a Greek Layer Dip, and it is delicious.  You can serve it with your Chicken Gyros or as an after-school snack with some pita chips and/or vegetables for your littles.

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Once again, I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It is at this point that I must confess that I am not sure how I made my weekly menus without Pinterest.  Whenever I am reading food blogs or just looking at other Pinterest boards, I simply pin or re-pin something to my various boards – breakfast, pasta, pizza, etc.  Then, when I plan my menu, I sit down with my computer and my big binder of recipes and start planning away.  If it something from Pinterest, I simply note the board so that I can find it on any given day.  I love it.  And, no, Pinterest did not ask for my endorsement.  I really just love how it has helped me to organize the things that I find online without having to print out or bookmark everything.

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Okay, back to the recipe.  When I discovered it, I was directed to The Lovely Cupboard.  It was my first trip to Heather’s blog, and it is truly just adorable.  She blogs about organic food and her DIY projects.  Her posts are precious, and I am in love with how she displays her photographs on little chalk boards.  Her 5-Layer Greek Dip is simple and delicious.

5-Layer Greek Dip

Ingredients

Kalamata olives, sliced

Red bell pepper, diced

Hot house cucumber, diced

16 ounces hummus

Fresh dill

Feta cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Finely chop olive, bell pepper, cucumber, and dill.
  2. 2. Spread hummus about 1-2 inches thick in the bottom of a wide serving dish.
  3. 3. Sprinkle the vegetables evenly over the hummus.
  4. 4. Crumble feta cheese on top.
  5. 5. Sprinkle bits of dill and serve with warm pita slices, pita chips, or vegetables.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/05/pinterest-love-recipe-5-layer-greek-dip/

I shared this recipe at Cooking with Karyn, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Somewhat Simple, A Glimpse Inside, It’s a Keeper, Delightful Order, A Creative Princess, Domesblissity and Fireflies and Jellybeans.

Short and Sweet – Recipe: Pita Bread

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I am going to make it short and sweet today.  We are getting back into our school schedule, which means that we are tired,

Photobucketmissing Christmas vacation,

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and counting down the days until spring break.  🙂

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This homemade pita bread will change your life.  You will never want to buy it at the store again once you experience how easy and amazingly delicious it is fresh out of the oven.  Add the Greek Chicken and some Tzatziki Sauce, and you can build your very own, totally homemade gyro.  And, trust me, you will be so glad that you did.

Pita Bread

Ingredients

3 cups flour, plus 1/2-3/4 cup more as needed

1 ½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1 packet instant yeast

1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups water, roughly at room temperature

2 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the yeast in with the flour, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add the olive oil and 1 ¼ cup water and stir together with a wooden spoon. All of the ingredients should form a ball. If some of the flour will not stick to the ball, add more water.
  3. Once all of the ingredients form a ball, mix it at low speed for 10 minutes.
  4. As the dough is mixing, continue to add flour, a tablespoon or two at a time, until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. You want the dough to be soft but not sticky.
  5. Place it in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil, rolling it around a bit to make sure that the dough is slightly covered in oil.
  6. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and set aside to rise until it has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.
  7. When it has doubled in size, punch the dough down to release some of the trapped gases and divide it into 8 equal pieces.
  8. Roll each piece into a ball and place on a baking sheet.
  9. Cover the balls with a damp kitchen towel, and let them rest for 20 minutes. This step allows the dough to relax so that it will be easier to shape.
  10. While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 450°. If you have a baking stone, put it in the oven to preheat as well. If you do not have a baking stone, turn a cookie sheet upside down and place it on the middle rack of the oven while it is preheating. This will be the surface on which you bake your pitas.
  11. After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, spread a light coating of flour on a work surface and place one of the balls of dough there.
  12. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch and flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to between ¼ – 1/8” thick – 6 inches in diameter. If the dough does not stretch sufficiently, you can cover it with the damp towel and let it rest 5-10 minutes before trying again.
  13. Place discs on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper and let rise, uncovered, until barely doubled in thickness, about 30-45 minutes.
  14. Open the oven and place as many pitas as you can fit on the hot baking surface. They should be baked through and puffy after 3 minutes.
  15. Remove from the oven, add your toppings, and enjoy your fresh, hot, delicious gyro.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/04/pita-bread/

I shared this recipe at My Girlish Whims, Lil’ Luna, Ginger Snap, The King’s Court, and Lady Behind the Curtain.

Pictures for the Moments – Recipe: Tzatziki

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One of the things that I love about looking through my pictures each month is looking back on the things that we did as a family.  While I journal and try to keep up with pictures and  memories, it is the actual moments that are sometimes forgotten in the busy days.  However, when I look at the pictures, I am taken back to that exact moment, and I love looking back and remembering everything about it.

PhotobucketI back up all of my pictures to a few sources.  Recently, my external hard drive crashed, and as I was moving everything onto the new external hard drive that my sweet husband bought me, I saw some pictures that I had forgotten about.

PhotobucketAfter one of our mall dates, Summer immediately wanted another one…like that very week.  Since I am not much of a shopper, I decided that we would take a different kind of a mall trip, one to the great outdoors…the outlet mall.  We had not been in almost a year, and Summer had all but forgotten that it even existed.  So, her play land was new and exciting and filled with new memories for her.

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Looking at the pictures made me so happy that I have taken the time to take so many pictures each day, week, month, year.   I know that there is no way that I will ever be able to sit down and go through each one of them.  But, when I am having a moment of wondering about a specific event or moment, I know that I can always count on the pictures to take me back, to remind me, to bring that immediate smile to my face.  And, I love that.

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PhotobucketAnother thing that I love…Greek food.  I wanted to share that love with you so that you can make that Chicken Gyro on Thursday.  🙂  You will need this Tzatziki to use as a sauce on the gyros.   There are many, many tzatziki recipes out there.  I did some research and created my own.  In my opinion, it was good…and a little bit perfect for the chicken gyros.

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Tzatziki

Tzatziki

Ingredients

16 ounces Greek yogurt (I used The Greek Gods brand)

1/2 hothouse cucumber, peeled and seeded (You can use a regular cucumber, but I prefer hothouse cucumbers)

2 gloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1 tsp. dill weed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Strain the yogurt to remove any extra liquid.
  2. Finely chop the cucumber.
  3. Mix together the strained yogurt, diced cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, dill weed, kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. Enjoy on gyros, with fresh vegetables, or with pita chips.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/03/pictures-for-the-moments-recipe-tzatziki/

Note – I took all of these photos on my iPhone with the Instagram app.  You can follow my feed here