Friday, August 28, 2015

Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and Blogger Get Together's...

I mean how much more gourmet can we be you ask?  But they are so ever easy, and I mean super easy to make these gourmet goodies.  My friend Michelle from Our Real Deal  will give you the recipe to recreate these beauties.  Not only is the recipe there, but she has step by step photos and directions.  DELICIOUS, amazing and elegant, beauties! Trust me, I had 4, shhhhhhh...

This past Saturday I had the honor of meeting with my blogging buddies to brain storm on our blogs.

This was our day;

We couldn't get away from the view.  Coupons For Your Family
by Denise, graciously hosted for us.  As you can see Denise lives right on the water.  Such sacrifices...

Happy Deal Happy Day by Maura shared with us her killer pasta salad.  We all love to eat, and there was plenty of food!

Of course selfies need to be taken...

Those lovely beauties are;
Tricia from; Tricias Frugal Finds
Michelle from; Our Real Deal

It's amazing how alcohol was involved somewhere right? 
Ann from; Ann's Entitled Life

Was whipping up some amazing creations! If you are looking for killer drink recipes, look no further than Ann's site.  I'm serious, you will be amazed.  We can all vouch, that the experiments were DELICIOUS!!  For blogging purposes of course...

We were there for hours, hours I say!  We learned, we ate, we drank, drank some more, and pretty much laughed the day away!  So much so, that; Denise's poor hubby actually called from the boat.  "Honey, are the girls still there"?

Ah yes, the sacrifices bloggers make for their readers.  I know!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

Sunday, August 16, 2015

College, shopping n' hairstyles...

Balayage highlights, that is what I was going for, for my daughter going back to college do.  She's currently out with her dad driving don't you know.  But I have to tell you, I actually went further than those highlights.  With an almost platinum blonde to compliment her natural hair.  I think I exceeded the YOUTUBE tutorial.  Yes, yes, I have!! Here's a general picture of the highlights above!

Score one for *MOM*!!

This weekend has beyond busy as the past 3 months of weekends have been since my baby has come home from college.  I rarely get to spend *quality* time with her.  So on the weekends, it is "our time".  Whether it be shopping, estate sales, sample & wine tastings, flea markets, farmer's markets.  That's where we can be found!!
I'm going to seriously miss her!  She is my best buddy!  She is my "mini me"!  We have the same tastes and interests!!  I have NO IDEA what I am supposed to do without her for the next 3 months.  
Wait, I know...
I will send her gift baskets, because you know, I can!!  She will know how much her mommy loves and misses her!!

Can I just say she is the best child, like EVER!!!  She doesn't drink, smoke, do drugs, and she, (after having an encounter with being hung over on her freshman year). decided she doesn't like the taste of alcohol either.  I know right?  I mean a dream child right in the making!!  She gets straight honor roll, and she made dean's list last year!!  She was upset that she didn't make "President's List".  "Are you kidding me right now"??  
I had no bloody clue what President's list was at college.  I was just hoping and praying I passed the danged class...
See what I'm saying??

Anyways.  So today as we were leaving Sally's Beauty Supply with the hair color that I needed to use for the Malaysian look for my little one.  In the parking lot was a briefcase.  Just sitting all my it's lonesome for some unknown reason.  As we were walking by it, I could of sworn it was ticking.  I looked at my daughter who heard it as well, and I said to her; "GET IN THE CAR, HURRY NOW"!!

 I then proceeded to call 911.  Well, I guess being a "good Samaritan" just doesn't cut it in our world anymore!!
Not only did I get the 10th degree questioning from the 911 operator.  I actually was told to "calm the freak down" and speak more slowly with total disrespect!!  I have no idea what happened after they dispatched officers to the scene.  I had left quickly.  

Well, that was my Sunday expenditure!!  Off to finish the stuffed vegetables for dinner!
Yemista Stuffed Greek Vegetables

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Grilled Southwestern Pork

 I can't even begin to tell you the flavor!!  It was seriously "mind blowing", well at least that is what my brother said!!

So, if you have been following me for a while, you know that I am in the midst of a kitchen remodel.  Can I just say; "I MISS MY KITCHEN ISLAND"!!  I'm serious, I don't know what to do with my little counter space to say the least...
Cooking never much baking is absolutely gruesome!!  Never-the-less, I have been doing what I can to serve my family delicious, budget friendly meals.  I mean we can't go out all the time can we?  Plus, I cook better!  I do, I really do!!

 I had a nice pork roast in the freezer.  I defrosted it and was planning on using my rotisserie.  Hubby had other ideas.  He wanted to grill.  "Who knew", I usually am the griller in the family!!
I wanted something smokey, with some nice smashed potatoes and maybe a fresh side...

This is how this baby came about, and boy was she delicious!
Unbelievably easy, bursting with crispy, smoky flavors,  and the best part?  Leftovers for sandwiches and salads.  Right?  I know!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

4-5lb boneless pork roast
1-1/2 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 heaping tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dried cumin

1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

-In a small bowl add your rub ingredients and mix well, set aside.

-Rub half of the dried mixture onto your pork roast.


 -Place on well oiled grilled grated.  Sear at high heat on all sides.  Once seared, lower the heat and let's let this baby go.

-Every time you turn the roast, sprinkle that side with more seasoning till it's nicely crusted and almost cooked thru.  Continue to cook till internal temperature is 160F.  Why we add the spices throughout the cooking process you ask me? Aha".  Well, once we sear, the flavor is locked in of course.  But it's subtle, well it is to me you know!  So I figured, why can't we just continue to layer the flavors?

I am here to tell you my friends, that my "experiment" not only worked, but it worked beyond wonderful!!  Every single slice is bursting with "southwestern flavor".  You don't need a *top sauce* of any kind... 
As my hubby and brother said; "This is man's food".  The only thing they didn't do was stand up and beat on their chests.  I was scared!

 -So since we are done cooking, let's remove this gorgeous baby onto a pan and let her rest for 15 minutes.

-When the 15 minutes are up, we start to slice across the grain.

 -Now, let's talk about those juices. You know, the ones that you want to keep dipping your finger into? What, is it only me?  
Yes, those ones...
Well, keep your fingers out of them, because we have other things in mind for them!

-We dip ever so slightly the slices into the pan juices, and then continue slicing and placing onto a plate...

I sprinkled the slices with fresh chives from the garden for you know picture taking purposes and all, but the chives just enhanced the smoky flavor!!
So in the end, we have created amazing perfectly spiced pieces of pork and no one has to fight for the crust.  I know right?  Who knew?  Those released juices have all the flavor!  Why waste them!! I will never waste them again...

Excuse me while I go grab another piece!  Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken

Can I just say, these were absolutely delicious!!  I mean that from the bottom of my heart!!
I know they were winners, when the kids, (who by the way hate dark meat chicken), polished these babies off in a heart beat and kept saying what an awesome flavor they had!! I say SCORE!!  A mother's dream  To have her family love them, and know they she is serving them healthy, and delicious food!!

I wanted something different, you know...
While I was raiding my spice pantry I rememberd that awesome Middle Eastern Spice mix I had told you about a little bit ago?  Dukkah Remember my post with my excursion to the farmers market with my friend Kecia?  This one.  Breaded, Baked Chicken Cutlet Rolls with Dukkah (Low Fat & Delicious)

My friend from the farmer's market makes the best, most amazing variety of Dukkah's you have ever seen, and his love of his culture, along with the love placed into his product?  Well it's next to none!!
If you place an order, please place from him!!  His quality is the best I have ever bought, and I love my Dukkah.  Heck I was introduced to it from my patients, and they always give me the best!!  His, I am here to tell you, is the best!! 
Here is his Facebook page, I am sure he will ship!
Allens Hill Farm Facebook Page

So I decided to grill.  Yes, yes, I did!!
Ready for this very simple recipe?  Here we go;

6 chicken thighs
1/3 cup Dukkah
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin

-Place your chicken thighs into a medium bowl.  Add your lime zest along with your lime juice.  Set aside.

-Mix the rest of your ingredients into a small bowl and sprinkle onto your chicken thighs, making sure both sides are covered.
Cover with plastic wrap, and let marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

-After 1 hour, place on pre-heated grill grates.

-Grill to internal temperature is 165F and you can't wait to dig in!!

I know right?  My family loves me!! So will yours...

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi