Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

What's that, you say? Valentines was over a week and a half ago? Well, the decorations are still up at my house! And I'm just now getting around to blogging about them. What can I say, I'm a little slow. I have a box full of vintage Valentines I found at my grandparent's house that I've kept, and this year I decided to frame some of them with some scrapbook paper for Valentine's Decorations. What do you think?

Also my sweet husband gave me some lovely flowers. He bought two bouquets so I could combine them into one arrangement since he knows I like to arrange flowers. So thoughtful, that one. I think I'll keep him!

And I got him this DVD, because, you know, he's a rock star.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Since Nancy shared her recipe for her salad dressing after our Greek themed birthday party, I thought I'd share my recipe for tatziki sauce. The rock star isn't such a fan of gyro meat, as he relates it to meatloaf, mystery meat, etc. So when we make gyros, we just grill steak with gyro type seasonings on it and slice it thin. Mostly, I just need an excuse to eat that tatziki sauce. Oh man, I love this stuff!

Tatziki Sauce:
1 pint Greek Style Yogurt*
2 Cucumbers
2-3 cloves garlic
1 Lemon

Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds with a spoon and discard. Dice cucumbers, and add to yogurt. Peel garlic cloves and grate with a fine grater over the bowl with yogurt and cucumbers. Juice lemon and add juice, salt to taste, but I usually do about 1 tsp. Now, enjoy, because it's delicious. Yeah, it's that easy!

*If you can't find Greek yogurt (I've been able to get it at Macey's), you can use regular plain yogurt, and strain it of the extra liquid through a tea towel or paper towels and a sieve. Keep in mind that you'll probably want to start out with more than a pint so you end up with about a pint after it's strained.

I also got my mom's recipe for making pita's. They don't end up with a pocket in the middle, but they're really tasty, and work good for making wrap style gyros.

Pita Bread
1/4 Cup warm water
1 tbsp yeast
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups flour*
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Combine water, yeast, and sugar in mixer and allow yeast to bloom. Add buttermilk, flour, salt, and baking soda, combine and run mixer for a few minutes to knead the dough. Allow dough to rise for about an hour, then pound it down and divide into eight equal pieces. Roll out each piece into a round, and cook on stove top over medium-high heat until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Now throw on some of that tatziki sauce, and gyro meat, because they're best fresh. We also decided that these would work well as individual pizza crusts, or as naan for the next time you make curry or tikka masala.

* I used all plain white flour but my mom made them with 1/2 white 1/2 wheat flour, and both ways were tasty.