Sunday, May 31, 2015

Greek Potato Salad

 Go ahead, grab your fork, I've made tons!!

So, we had our little cook out early for Memorial Day.  I knew that the weather was not going to cooperate with us, so we celebrated on Sunday instead of Monday.  
Grilled chicken strips, my delicious Summertime Grilled Meatball Skewers, corn on the cob, and finally my Greek Potato Salad.
You are going to ask me; "Didi, what is Greek Potato Salad"?
"Aha, I thought you would never ask"!

It is basically potatoes, tomatoes, green onions, fresh parsley, good for you olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano and salt and pepper.

How easy right?  I know!  I love serving this salad over the summer, and now that we have heirloom tomatoes readily available in the winter time.  In the winter time too!  It's so versatile as a side salad, plus there is no mayonnaise, so you can always bring it to a gathering too!  Trust me, it will be one of the first salads to go.

So you are going to ask me; "Didi, where is the Feta cheese"?  Well, you can certainly add some if you would like.  As for me, and I am a true Greek (first generation I might add), I prefer it without.  I love the flavors of fresh herbs, tomatoes coupled with the olive oil and vinegar.  To me, that spells GREEK!!  

Ready for this very simple recipe?  Here we go;

5lb potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 pints cherry tomatoes cut in half, or 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and cubed
1 cup green onions, diced
3/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 red wine vinegar

-Prep your tomatoes, dice your onions and fresh herbs, set aside.

-Boil your potatoes in salted water till just tender.  Remove and strain.  Cool by running over with cold water very slightly.  Take 1 or 2 cubes of potatoes and pop them straight into your mouth.  What?  
You want the potatoes still warm to be able to absorb the dressing.  That's the best part.

-In a small container, add your olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano, whisk till combined.

-Add your still slightly warm potatoes to a bowl and pour over your dressing and onions. Toss to mix.

-Add in your fresh parsley and finally those beautiful little red gems, the tomatoes.  Toss, and take a taste for seasonings.  I mean it has to be perfect for our loved ones no?

I love to garnish this with fresh chives from the garden, they just look and taste so good with this salad. 

That was it.  I know right?  How easy?  I love fast, easy and delicious my friends.  So excuse me while I go get myself a small bowl.

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DIY - Toilet Paper Holder (something new for me)

Can you believe it?  I made something functional?  I know, I was so happy with it.  My rustic creation came out of frustration and necessity.  

I had one of those plastic tube like toilet paper holders.  I mean it was okay, when I first bought it.  It was supposed to hold the toilet paper so there was always enough and no one was to call out my name in a frantic voice for helpBecause if you are a mom/wife what have you, you know that it is always "your name" being called in such matters.

The problem with this plastic holder was that you had to reach deep inside, and heaven forbid you bought the large tubes, then you were literally priding them in and inching them out.  Frustrating I say!!
So I thought to myself, I know, scary.  "Self, you can make up something can't you"?  So I did.  

Ready for the simple project?  Here we go;

1 lid from 28oz  can of whatever
1 dowel rod
2 screws
1 nail
1 cabinet door knob


-Instead of heading to your nearest big store, go shopping in your garage, basement, craft containers.  I did!

-Take your dowel rod and position it in the center of your tin lid.
Mark it with your nail.

-Using your nail, make an opening.  You want to make an opening and not nail the tin lid to the dowel.  We are going to use a screw for better wear.

Now you can certainly drill an opening if you would like.  However, for me, that would entail asking my husband for his drill.  Heaven forbid I  use that man's tools.  He stands over me like I am going to make them disappear or rust or something. Sheesh!  So I improvised!  It worked no problem.  What?  This is what I mean if you are visual like me.

-Screw the tin lid into the dowel rod.  Voila, you have the base!

-Screw the cabinet door knob into the top of the dowel.

It's nothing fancy, but it is definitely functional to say the least.  I stained it just lightly.  However, I think I will go at it one more time with a darker stain, and then use a raffia bow to just give it that extra touch.  I'll also be looking for a fancier cabinet door pull in my outings at estate sales and garage sales.  

You can certainly make it your own by adding beading if you like, maybe an old comic book page along with some modge podge?  I know right?  Plus, you never have to leave your house or spend money!!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi