Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

tzatziki sauce with vegetables and pita

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | February 20, 2020 | By

Tzatziki sauce ~ creamy traditional Greek yogurt recipe with shredded cucumber, grated garlic, lemon and dill. A fresh, simple healthy dip with pita bread and veggies or a delicious sauce with chicken, meat and seafood.

One of our favorite Detroit neighborhoods is Greektown. It’s one long block of restaurants with the most amazing aromas and lively Greek music. 

This sauce is served pretty much everywhere there, along with Saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer and of course, we don’t leave without a piece of baklava for dessert.

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Dill Pickle Soup

bowl of dill pickle soup garnished with sliced pickles

Dinner, Soup | February 18, 2020 | By

See how easy it is to make authentic Dill Pickle Soup! Creamy, hearty soup with tangy dill pickles and briny flavor.  A classic Polish comfort meal. 

If you’re like us and eat pickles almost daily with sandwiches, burgers and even just snacking then maybe it isn’t a far stretch to include tangy dill pickles in soup.

It’s a classic Polish recipe and if you’ve ever eaten in a Polish restaurant, chances are you’ve seen Dill Pickle Soup on the menu. Maybe you’ve even scrunched your nose at the thought of pickles and soup together.

I’m here to change that notion because this creamy soup with tender potatoes and carrots has amazing flavor and the texture of potato soup but with the added briny flavor of finely chopped dill pickles and yes – pickle juice!  

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

overhead view of bbq chicken pizza sliced into pieces

Dinner | February 14, 2020 | By

Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza ~ crispy flatbread crust topped with tangy BBQ sauce, bites of chicken, red onion, mozzarella, smoked gouda and cilantro. Bold, delicious smoky flavor in a simple, quick weeknight recipe. 

Nobody puts this BBQ Chicken Pizza in the corner. For fans of the movie Dirty Dancing, you know what I’m talking about. For the rest . . . you may think I’ve lost it.

Stay with me. This simple, any night pizza is loaded with layers of flavor starting with my favorite BBQ sauce, mozzarella and smoked Gouda cheese, red onion and cilantro and baked to gooey cheese, crisp crust perfection. 

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Sausage Rigatoni

Dinner | February 10, 2020 | By

Sausage Rigatoni in spicy tomato cream sauce with plenty of garlic and Parmesan cheese. Delicious homemade sauce is easy and quick enough for weeknights or anytime you need a total comfort meal!

When it comes to comfort, Sausage Rigatoni is pretty high on the list. It’s ideal for busy weeknights, popular with almost everyone and if you’re looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day dinner (I beg of you skip the reservations!) this is it.

This dish has something for everyone: pasta, meat, a really great sauce and plenty of cheese. Let’s just say it’s saucy, a little spicy, decadent and crazy good in every way.

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Chicken Piccata Recipe

overhead view of chicken piccata in skillet garnished with parsley

Dinner | February 6, 2020 | By

Chicken Piccata ~ boneless chicken in lemon-caper, white wine sauce with artichokes. This easy, elegant meal goes stove to table in under 30 minutes.

I get asked a lot what my favorite recipe is on the blog. Up until now I’ve haven’t divulged it. Is it appropriate to name your favorite child, er recipe? Well, here goes:  Chicken Piccata ~ whipped up in under 30 minutes, elegant enough to entertain with but the best reason is the lemony, white wine sauce the chicken simmers in. 

I’m a huge fan of artichokes and capers and if I was a good wife, I wouldn’t add them because my husband doesn’t really like them. But because I’m doing the heavy lifting, I add them anyway. Translation: I don’t have to share.

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Cheesy Potatoes

closeup scoop of cheesy potatoes

Dinner | February 4, 2020 | By

Cheesy Potatoes ~ creamy, cheesy, hash brown potato casserole topped with crushed potato chips and baked to golden perfection. This ultimate side dish can be prepped ahead of time and freezes well too. 

Cheesy Potatoes ~ extra creamy and super cheesy ~ are my family’s #1 most requested side dish. They’re easy to make with only a few grocery store ingredients and never disappoint.

The recipe was shared by my sister-in-law Gloria, who makes them better than anyone and has been doing so since the 80’s. Give this kitchen-tested, crowd favorite a try. You won’t regret it.

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Appetizers & Beverages | January 31, 2020 | By

Jalapeno Popper Dip ~ warm creamy cheese, fresh jalapeno and crispy bacon appetizer. Quick and easy to make loaded with your favorite jalapeno popper flavors. 

In my book, there are three main ingredients that come together for the perfect dip:

  1. spicy heat
  2. lots of cheese
  3. crispy bacon

This Jalapeno Popper Dip has all three and is loaded with your favorite jalapeno popper flavors but in dip form. This appetizer is simple enough to make in just minutes and is a proven crowd pleaser.

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Cheeseburger Sliders

sliders on red and white checked pepper with pickles on the side

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 27, 2020 | By

Cheeseburger Sliders ~ mini ground beef patties topped with caramelized onions and gooey melted cheese. The ultimate dinner or party food!

With the Big Game coming soon, you may have been all over Pinterest looking for that game-winning recipe. Let’s face it,  while some are counting down to kickoff, others (me!) are checking out the food we’ll be eating!

Cheeseburger Sliders ~ mini burgers topped with caramelized onions and gooey melted cheese between two buns. They’re the ultimate party food but also the perfect weeknight dinner.

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Mini Strawberry Pies

Dessert | January 24, 2020 | By

Mini Strawberry Pies ~ fresh strawberries in a delicious sweet glaze nestled in bite size golden, flaky pie shells. 

Many of us have a memory of food that takes us back to childhood. For my husband, it’s these Mini Strawberry Pies that his aunt brought him as a special treat from Sanders where she worked. 

They remind me of a mini version of mile high strawberry pie from Elias Brothers Big Boy’s restaurant where we spent many Friday night dinners when our girls were small.

Maybe you’ll find a piece of nostalgia in these pies, too. Or maybe you’ll make new memories with the first bite. Just 5 ingredients and a few minutes time ~ they couldn’t be simpler to make. You might say they’re easy as pie!

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Easy Black Bean Soup

Soup | January 21, 2020 | By

Easy Black Bean Soup recipe ~ 5 ingredients and stove to table in under under 30 minutes. This soup is loaded with delicious flavor, protein and fiber making it the ideal healthy weeknight meal.

There are a lot of days that demand an easy, no-fuss meal and if you can find one that goes from stove to table in under 30 minutes, all the better.

This delicious, healthy, power-packed meal cooks all in one pot with just 5 simple ingredients

I originally created this recipe after a trip to Key West several years ago where the breezes are balmy, the Rum Runners flow and there’s a definite Cuban flair to many dishes, including Black Bean Soup.  With the help of a jar of salsa verde, this soup hits every flavor mark and a quick pulse with an immersion blender it has just the right velvety texture. 

It’s soup season. Let’s make soup!

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