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Greek Lemon Potatoes

Looking for a side dish for your slow cooker gyros? These Greek lemon potatoes are a great option for any meal. Soft inside, slightly crisp outside and infused with lemon.

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Alright folks these are not your regular everyday spuds. Not because they take over an hour to cook and convincing you to cook them on a regular basis would be crazy talk (or is it?) but because they are one the best potato side dishes I’ve ever had. Other than the cook time they are actually quite easy to make. The potato wedges are roasted in a mixture of olive oil, water, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic which gets infused through the entire wedge making them both soft and flavorful. Then with the help of a secret ingredient, flour, the outsides get just a little crispy. In the end these potatoes became the stars of my dinner plate despite the beautiful gyro sitting beside them. “And the award for best spot-light stealing side dish goes to…”

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One year ago: Oven-Fried Mac and Cheese Ravioli Salad

Two years ago: Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal
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Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

My favorite chicken gyros are now available in from your slow cooker! Complete with an easy homemade tzatziki sauce.

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Ever since I reentered the working world after a year off post graduate school, cooking dinner has been a struggle. Per my usual working-life schedule I usually go straight to the gym after work and by the time I get home, shower, and cook, dinner won’t be on the table until 8pm at the earliest. This combined with the never ending frigid temperatures has given rise to more slow cooker meals. I hope whoever invented that magical contraption won some sort of award.

One such slow cooker recipe that has appeared was these slow cooker chicken gyros. I modeled the recipe after my non-slow cooker version. The very delicious success of these gyros has spawned my desire to attempt to turn all kinds of older recipes into those suitable for the slow cooker. If any more of them turn out as good as this one, you better believe I will be sharing those as well.

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After preparing the chicken for it’s hot bath in the slow cooker, mix up the tzatziki sauce and refrigerate. The flavors will marry while the slow cooker does its job. Then when you get home for dinner all you have to do is slice up the chicken and any other toppings you prefer before stuffing it all in a nice soft pita. Just don’t forget the tzatziki sauce!

One year ago: Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onion

Three years ago: Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mozzarella and Pesto

Four years ago: Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas
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Easy Greek Salmon and Orzo

Foil-wrapped salmon couldn’t be easier and it perfect for weeknights or a fancy dinner. Cooked in a Greek inspired sauce and served over Greek orzo.

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Day 3 of #TripleSBites! Today let’s talk about making sacrifices for love. For example, I cannot tell you the number of times I get scoffed at for not liking seafood with the pretense that since I am a food blogger I should love everything edible. Well I hate to break it to you but I don’t love all foods. I only love the ones that I like to eat which happens to be quite a lot, it just doesn’t include things such as seafood, pickles, and coffee. However, that doesn’t stop me from utilizing those things in the occasional recipe, especially when I am cooking for someone who will greatly appreciate it.

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Salmon is my sacrifice. It is the last thing I think of when picking a protein for dinner. Chicken, beef, pork, and even tofu occur more frequently than any kind of fish in my kitchen. In fact I think this is only the third fish recipe I am sharing on the blog. Since my salmon cooking skills have not been truly tested I rely on simpler, foil-proof recipes. Pun intended as this is a recipe for foil-wrapped salmon. This Greek-style salmon was incredibly easy to throw together and while it baked I whipped up some orzo to go with it. I have to admit, I didn’t hate it. In fact it was quite good. It seems great sauces makes nearly anything pleasing to the palate.

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One year ago: Mini Lasagna Stacks

Four years ago: Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (Nutella)
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Lemon Lush Bars

These fluffy lemon bars are so good you will find yourself rationalizing that such a light dessert just might be healthy. It’s all in perception right?

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Well, well, well, looks like my Buckeyes wanted to make sure my first day on the new job was one to remember! What a game! So excited for Ohio State to be the first College Football Playoff National Champions!!! I would have never anticipated this to happen after hearing that our starting QB was injured right before the start of the season. Neither would I have dreamed of it after losing to Virginia Tech and then again after almost losing to Penn State. Losing our second QB to injury right before the conference championship game. The controversy of selecting Ohio State over TCU or Baylor. Worst of all, the tragic death of Kosta. The list of things this team has had to overcome this year is just craziness and the team stuck together through it all and proved everyone wrong. Add it to the list of reasons I am proud to be a Buckeye.

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Going along with this new job of mine, you probably noticed the decrease in the amount of posts I share each week. I apologize for not feeding the addiction, providing daily fixes but until I can get back into a groove and have my kitchen fully organized (and not in boxes randomly dispersed around the floor), I regrettably will not be able to post as often. Lucky for you before getting the flu, traveling to Rochester for Christmas, and NYC for NYE, and moving to Ohio, I was able to whip up a few things to tide over some of the gaps. Bear with me as most things are sweets, such as these lemon lush bars, and may not abide by your new years resolutions. Just eat some healthy in compensate, that’s how it works right?

Two years ago: Overnight, Slow Cooker Eggnog Cranberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Four years ago: Stuffed Green Peppers
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Pomegranate Sangria

Sangria isn’t just for the warm summer months. Mix up with winter pomegranate sangria and it may be your new favorite holiday beverage.

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Another pomegranate alcoholic beverage? Another sangria? Why yes! Not to down play any of the other sangrias I have shared but this one is my favorite so far. Maybe I am partial to pomegranate, maybe it’s the seasonally delicious citrus fruits, or maybe you need to stir this up for your New Year’s party tomorrow. Serve it garnished with some bubbly for some extra festive flair.

One year ago: Best of 2013

Three years ago: Best of 2011
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Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Make hummus even healthier with the addition of kale. With a whole head of roasted garlic you won’t even notice the kale except for the green color.

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Alright folks, I know it is September and many of you are gearing up for fall with pumpkin recipes but I just cannot do it yet. The highs have just started to stay below 90 but unfortunately 80s are not conducive to dreaming of pumpkin either. It’s like the summer that refuses to end but one day it’ll drastically drop in temperature and never return. Living in the south the past 8 years, I have noticed the complete lack of a gradual season change. Oh winter is nearing it’s end? BAM infernal summer. It is fall yet? BAM start making hot cocoa. It’s as if there are only two real seasons, mild winter and sticky-hot summer, with a week of spring and fall in between. And I think I write  post saying the same thing every year.

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The weirdest seasonal aspect of living in the south is the lack of fall weather at the start of football season. We’re supposed to be gearing up for spiked cider and hoodies, not slushies and skirts/shorts. Thankfully no matter what you are wearing, football food is always welcome. This week’s recipe is yet another dip because who doesn’t love dip? Hummus is a particularly popular one and this version is packed with a whole head of roasted garlic and kale.

One year ago: No-Bake Funfettinutter Granola Bars

Two years ago: Bleu Cheese Ball
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Nutty Edamame Dip

This nutty dip resembles the texture and versatility of hummus with a different flavor twist – edamame. 

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If you are into college football then you are as excited as I am about tomorrow! Well you may be more excited than I am actually because upon hearing of the injury of the Ohio State QB’s shoulder I deflated a bit. However, that won’t stop me from watching all the games I can lay my eyes on and whipping up appetizers and desserts made of peanut butter and chocolate. Which means for the next several weeks PB+Choc Saturdays are back! Even if you don’t like college football you can appreciate from peanut butter and chocolate goodness. But that’s tomorrow.

Being the day before the game I decided it was a good time to post an appetizer recipe. Maybe I’ll make it a thing, “App Friday”. The first dip up for grabs is one that reminds me of hummus but instead of pureed chick peas it is edamame which creates a pretty green color. Different flavor of course, but just as versatile of a spread/dip. Chips, veggies, crackers, whatever you can find to scoop it up!

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One year ago: Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce

Two years ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Three years ago: Almond Berry Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal
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Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad

This colorful vegetarian taco salad comes together in minutes. Quinoa, black beans, corn and kale will fill you up while the spicy avocado dressing satisfies the taste buds

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I go through phases with my food cravings and lately it has consisted of arugula, kale, Mexican food, and ice cream. So why not combine two of them in this healthier taco salad? Other than the quinoa, this vegetarian salad requires no cooking and comes together very quickly making it a great salad for lunch or a weeknight dinner to beat the lingering summer heat. It’s made even healthier by serving it in a bowl of purple cabbage leaves. Crunchy like a tortilla without the guilt. As a bonus it even looks pretty!

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One year ago: Mixed Berry Slab Pie

Two years ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake
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Pass the Cook Book Club: Emeril’s Almond-Poppy Seed Pound Cake with Lemon Neufchâtel

Slices of dense and flavorful almond-poppy seed cake coated with a lemon glaze and sandwiched around a lemon-Neufchatel. Hold on to your taste buds!

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This month for Pass the Cook Book Club, Julie (White Lights on Wednesday) picked three recipes from Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Almond-Poppy Seed Pound Cake with Lemon Neufchatel, Turkey Waldorf Sandwich, and Beef Shwarma with Tzatziki Sauce. The shwarma originally struck me but when I looked more closely at the pound cake recipe, the slices sandwiched around lemon-Neufchatel seemed like a fun presentation.

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The cake itself is an almond-poppy seed pound cake but is infused with lemon flavor by a lemon glaze brushed on all sides and served with lemon-Neufchatel (or cream cheese). Unfortunately I did not think to reduce the temperature for baking in a glass loaf pan and the outside browned while the inside was just short of being fully cooked. But it did not deter my taste buds for one second. I even served it with freshly picked blueberries! My dad picked 9 pounds of blueberries the other day – we might have an addiction.

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One year ago: Birthday Cake S’mores Cookies

Two years ago: Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Hearty chicken, veggie, and whole wheat orzo soup with a refreshing lemon broth seasoned rosemary and parsley. Comforting but not too heavy for the summer.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Homemade soups usually hit their prime during the fall and winter months but who says you cannot enjoy soup during the summer? This lemon broth based chicken and whole wheat orzo soup is comforting yet light enough to enjoy despite the heat outside.

In family news my nephew Luke has been exceptionally good with his new little brother Griffin. He actually requested to hold him one day and has been showing him how to do tummy-time. Sounds like he’s going to be a good big brother! Hopefully I will get an opportunity to venture out there soon and then will shower you all with photos sweeter than any cookie photo you’ve ever seen.

One year ago: Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter
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