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Deconstructed Gyros


I can’t believe this weekend is almost over!  It has been so much fun- filled with soccer games, birthday parties, church & punkin patches!

How cute is this?

The weekend started by making some deconstructed Gyros…..OOOOHHHHHMMMMMGGGGEEEE

Michael Symon made a version of this on The Chew last week and I just had to make it!

It was better than I could have ever dreamed of.  It is most definitely on my faves list from now on and it really was super easy!

Here are the players to marinate the lamb:

slightly adapted from Michael Symon

  • 1 1/2 lbs of leg of lamb, cubed – the recipe called for shoulder but my butcher said it is more fatty and I would enjoy this more.  It is more $$ but about the same cost of good steaks
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Greek seasoning
  • salt & pepper

look at this lamb– isn’t it beautiful?  And my butcher cubed it for me!  They will really take good care of you and just think you are paying for their services anyway by shopping at the store!  Use your resources!

Cover and throw in the fridge for 2 + hours.  Mine marinated about 4-5 hours and then I pulled it out of the fridge while I made the cucumber salad and let it come to room temperature.

Turn on your grill to medium-high and let that puppy go while you make the salad and prep the meat on the skewers & get the pitas ready.

The salad was super easy-

  • 1/2 english cucumber, peeled and sliced super duper thin – I used the vegetable peeler and the slices are perfect!
  • 1/2 red onion – use the same method of slicing paper-thin with the peeler
  • 3-4 tomatoes, cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup of mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • salt & pepper

Next you will need to cut about 2-3 pitas into quarters and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Greek seasoning

Place the lamb on either metal skewers or if they are wooden- make sure you soak them (or you will be putting out a fire!).  I only had the big metal ones which worked perfectly!

I put them on the grill for about 3 minutes each side and added the pitas about halfway through~


The pitas grill very quickly so DO NOT WALK AWAY- they WILL burn!

To plate-  Place about 3-4 pieces of lamb (once it has rested) and pita on the plate and add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt on the plate next to the cucumber salad

This was a fantastic Friday night- gateway to the weekend meal.

It would be so fun to invite friends over and have a Mediterranean themed dinner party outside!  Well we can still do that here in October in Texas but you may need to think a little on that one if you are up north!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Enjoy your Sunday night and look forward to some yummy Fall recipes this week!

What is your favorite Fall treat?

Hands down it is Pumpkin Spice Latte!


It’s time for a party!


Hello my friends!  Happy Humpday!

I have been a little crazed the past few days planning recipes and then we had our first soccer practice- look at my little soccer player 🙂

I will definitely be updating you throughout the season to let you know how things are going 😉

So as promised 2 surprises for you tonight!

Avocado Fries + a Labor Day Spritzer~

Today was a fun day for testing recipes!

Let’s start off with the Avocado Fries (adapted from dine & dish)

  • oil for shallow frying
  • 3 firm, ripe avocados
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • Cholula
  • eggs
  • flour
  • Penzey’s smoked salt
  • Penzey’s Northwoods spice (paprika, salt, tellicherry peppers, garlic)

First make your 3 dredging bowls:

1/4 c of flour

2 eggs, beaten w/ a dash or 2 of Cholula

1 1/4 c panko w/ smokey salt & northwoods

And away here we go~

in a deep pan put 1 1/2 inches of oil and turn on medium

cut your avocados in half & scoop the whole flesh onto the cutting board & slice them into 1-1 1/2 inch slices

mmmmm those are pretty….ok lets dredge those babies!

First flour them~

then put ’em in the egg~

then throw ’em in the panko~

then to check the oil…take a wooden spoon and turn it upside down and if it bubbles you are set!

put those babies in for ~60 seconds, turning halfway through

and you will have this…..

is that not just beautiful?!

I just drooled all over my keyboard….

I made some homemade ranch and added some hot sauce for a dipper sauce….it is really good!

Let’s make our cocktail now….

  • white wine (I chose Sauvignon Blanc because my mom spoke to her wine dude and he said that this particular one had nice grapefruit & gooseberry notes) or champagne
  • plumcots
  • lemon
  • fresh mint
  • tonic
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

then throw the sugar & fruit in the water in a pot on the stove and put it on medium to bring up to a simmer and watch the magic happen

you can simmer it for about 20 minutes to get that deep rich color & then you need to strain it but before you do….taste it so you can make sure you get the fruit flavor you want and then cool it down

get those champagne flutes ready and fill about 1/3 with the white wine + 1/3 of tonic + top it off with your fruit juice & a splash of lemon juice

Garnish with a slice of fruit. lemon & mint(not pictured- cause my brain had a spasm when I took the picture)

It’s a party my friends!  Crispy, crunchy, creamy avocado fries & a tart, refreshing perfect end-to-the-summer cocktail!

Have a fabulous night, ya’ll!

What is your favorite party food?

A cool 95 degrees


Happy PRE-Friday everyone!  We are soooooo close to the weekend!

As many of you know the weather here in Dallas as been iNsAnElY H-O-T  H-O-T  H-OT!!  We were 1 day away from breaking our 1980 streak of 40+ days with over 100 degree temps.

But today we got a break~  the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up and the temp dropped to 89 degrees with a quickness…but then *poof* it went away 😦  But on the bright side of things we ended up topping out at a cool 95 degrees:

Pretty crazy when the mid 90’s brings us a sigh of relief from the heat….we don’t look so lucky for the rest of the week!

Look at this easy breezy dinner I made tonight~  Chicken Mozzarella Popovers

Here is what you need:

  • rotisserie chicken
  • store bought crescent rolls
  • shallot
  • fresh mozzarella (bocconcini)
  • Penzey’s Country French Vinaigrette Base mix
  • melted butter

Roll out the crescent roll dough into four squares and pinch the creases so that they don’t split.  Add a piece of mozzarella & the shallots on top of the dough

shred up some chicken and add it to the mix

now it’s time to fold ’em up!


pull up one side and then the other and pinch all the sides together

then brush them with some melted butter and sprinkle the Penzey’s seasoning on them

Then follow the directions on the store bought dough on cooking temp & time and then come out brown and yummy!

Definitely 4 year old approved and it only took about 20 minutes from start to finish.  I served with carrots and ranch dressing 🙂

I have an ice cream run to make…because I promised

What is your favorite go-to meal to make?

Hello Everyone + Hybrid Fruit Anyone?


Today marks the beginning of my documented foodie adventures and I am so excited!  This has been a long time coming and with the support of my family and friends, I am finally taking the leap into the world of food blogging.

My food passion all started when I started watching Food Network in 1997.  My parents had the huge satellite dish that got what seemed 300 channels (a drop in the bucket now) but I thought it was cool because it had a the “WEST” channels so I could watch all the shows when they were airing in California…..again…I was thought I was cool!

At the time, my parents had a gourmet kitchen and it was really neat.  Gas burners, granite countertops, sub-zero fridge, warming drawer & a wine chiller.  I didn’t even drink wine but that totally added to the “cool” factor.

So one day I am watching Jacques Torres- chocolate/dessert extraordinaire, feeling brave, and I somehow think I can create this:

Note to adventurous foodies- PLEASE do not try to make spun hot sugar cages for your 1st attempt into the gourmet world- you WILL burn yourself and make a HUGE mess-  And if you live at home your mother will be mad when you mess up her beautiful kitchen…because you will mess it up.  Please take my word.

Lookie what Bella & I had this morning:

Plumcots!  Look at that beautiful color…it looks like a ruby!

They are a hybrid fruit that are 50% plum & 50% apricot and they are soooo insanely good.  I picked up a couple at Central Market (HEB) and so glad I did.  I had read about these and also Pluots which are also a hybrid plum/apricot but not a 50/50 mix and in my opinion–not as good.

You should definitely try Plumcots!

What hybrid fruits have you tried?