Thursday, January 7, 2016

Greek Gyro Inspired Pizza




(updated photo....you must get the cucumbers and tomatoes for it. It made it heavenly)






HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

I again, am cooking up a storm. The end of 2015 for us brought a relief , that we survived. During the  2015 year, we survived me having 3 hip revision surgeries, 2 disclocated new hips, the youngest, ear tubes, adnoids, and with a final end of the Daddy, falling and breaking his ankle, just with that in health problems, I guess we could have done worse. But we are all alive and kicking. We go into the New Year, with a little more hope and faith, that we made it through the fire and we can revitalize our lives.

Pinching those food pennies as always and trying to never waste a thing. I created this Pizza.

I have always had such a hankering for the Greek Gyro's. I think this comes from eating such different, cultural foods that I found while I lived in NYC. In the last few years that I lived in NY, I actually live in the Long Island City, Astoria part. It was known for alot of Greek restaurants and Diners. I always was a push over for a Gyro, with lots of the Tzatziki Sauce (white cucumber sauce) I would have to have oodles of napkins. MMMMMMMM I can almost taste it. Also in Astoria there were street vendors that would sell souvalakis, meat chunks on a stick, with a little piece of french bread stuck on the end. A little hot sauce and you were good to go (I think that will be next).I can smell them in my imagination.

Over the years, I have tried to duplicate this at home. I may just try to tell you that it is a challenge. I can always get just that taste, but then, you know.. I finally found this..
 I found this in the spices at our local Walmart. They have a no salt version. I think this is as close as I can get. I did try Alton Browns way and it was pretty good too, just took more time. I like this in meatballs. I actually last night mixed it into my turkey meat. We had Greek influenced hamburgers for dinner. With the leftover seasoned turkey, I browned up, and used on this wonderful pizza. My pizza was yummy, the next time I think thin slice cucumbers and tomatoes would take it even further and finish it out.







Isn't that a pretty pizza.. Don't forget when you make it put a little tomato and cucumber on the end with the lettuce and onions.


Greek Gyro Inspired Pizza



Ingredients:

1/4 lb of ground turkey (or any meat..lamb would throw it out a bounds)
1 tablespoon of seasoning ( I seasoned alot, because we love the taste)
feta cheese
spinach
black olives (if you have them)
pizza crust ( I used just a Pillsbury quickie on) (pre-bake for about 5 minutes)

Garnish

onions
lettuce
tomatoes
cucumbers


Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt plain0
1 lemon
1 med cucumber
1tsp dill
1tsp minced garlic

( I peeled and de-seeded my cucumber, threw it all in a food processor and blended, at end tasted if it needed some sea salt, pepper or even a little more onion.)


Instructions: 
1) Take the turkey and mix with the seasoning and brown and make into crumbles.
2) Take pre-baked pizza crust and sprinkle a little spice on it.
3) Take the spinach and cut into little pieces (sprinkle on pizza dough) a little sliced black olives(if you have them)
4) Sprinkle on the feta cheese (you could use a little motz if you would like, but feta was good)
5) Then add the turkey meat.. Throw in oven until brown

When it is done, garnish it with cold shredded lettuce, onions (julienned), tomatoes, and thin sliced cucumber. Not to overwhelm it just to add just enough balance of tastes.

When you serve it. Give each person a small container of the tzatziki sauce (cause I love it drenched)









Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015


 



Merry Christmas to all my Family and Friends.
I have learned this year about many things, I have seen the end of my rope and I have climbed back out of the pit of darkness, I have visited many ERs this year and spent a few days in a three hospitals. I am very thankful and grateful for all the doctors and nurses that took care of me. My family have been through worry and just the despairing anxiety of not knowing what to do next.
I am blessed beyond belief with my family. I am blessed for such loving and supportive friends, and FB friends. When I was down, I always seem to have found a a loving hand, thoughtful message, prayer, or thought to pull me back up.
This has been a ugly year for us, but through it all we have grown, learned and loved. We have stuck together through the fiercest times. God has brought me to and it and one day, I pray I will come through this. Never lose hope, and never forget the blessings you have right there under your nose.
Be kind, treat others, like you want to be treated. And as My Wise Mom once said, "Think of good things and this will be what you think upon."
"SO MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT" GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. FROM THE LYNCH FAMILY TO YOURS..

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chorizo Potato Hash w/ Fried Corn Tortillas




 Shipped the family off to Calloway Gardens to see the Christmas Lights. I unfortunately still am recouping from hip revision surgery and can't ride that long in a car. And to be really honest, even though these places are to be handicap friendly, they always seem to fall short. Either the chairs are too short, or the potties... That is okay, I guess, but it sure would be fun, if I could have gone.. Well shoot..it is what it is..

Tonight's dinner was Dining for one. Well of course you know I made it large and could have been for 3.

I am just a maniac for Chorizo, I love things that are already spiced and ready to go. My other love is onions, that is because they soak up just about anything you cook them with.. butter, chorizo (the oil and juice that comes out of the meat as you cook it) Then my other all time is potato, because it also just loves flavor and loves salt and pepper.

So for dinner I present to you >.. A Chorizo Potato Hash.  ( I had wanted to amp it up more and was going to put a sunny side egg on top, which I guarantee would have been to die for, but I couldn't reach the egg carton...booohiissssbooo) But is was still very good.

Chorizo Potato Hash w/Fried Corn Tortillas 

Ingredients:

3 medium potatoes (wash and cut into small bite size cubes, I leave the peel, I like the texture and the vitamins)
1 large onion (diced in small bites, same size as potato)
1 tablespoon of oil (I used coconut oil)
2 small tubes of Chorizo (they were about 5 inches long, I would say after I browned it and crumbled it up I got about a 1/2 cups worth)
Corn Tortillas (how many you would like)
Coconut Oil

Instructions:

1) After dicing up the onion and potatoes, put them in a large saute pan with the coconut oil and start cooking them, starting to get them tender.


2) When the potatoes are about half way scoot them over to the side of the pan and put chirozo in and start breaking it up and cooking.. Then mix it all together..
Letting it cook and finish making everything tender. If you like the crusty bits you can get it all tender then raise heat and get the crispy on the edge. Just watch and flip often the chorizo has some of its own oil and it could burn really quick.



3) With this I took corn tortillas and fried them in 1/2 of coconut oil. I think this will be how I do it from now on. I went really fast. You have to watch them, the oil must heat up fast..So Please Keep and Eye on It.









I served in a large bowl (my own bowl) I topped mine with a little shredded cheese and sour cream. I am still wishing I had the egg, but I had a whole other serving I just put up. So I guess breakfast is Chorizo Hash and I am still not sharing.

 I could have stopped there...no...





It was very, very good and filling.. still wish I had an egg....

I thought I would post this quickie meal. I know you know that I love to share.. Hope you try it and enjoy it. I will be back after Thanksgiving, I am going to break down our entire meal into recipes. Atleast if the world doesn't enjoy them, then my kids and family will have them forever.
Take care and make wonderful memories. Put those phones and tablets down. Give everyone alot of attention and lots of memories. It really is just that simple....

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Thanksgiving Menu 2015


 
My Thanksgiving Menu

Dinner

Turkey
Ham
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy
Peas
Cranberries
Glazed Carrots
Bacon Glazed Green Beans (just like the wrapped but the easier edition) (see my blog for recipe)
Corn Pudding
Hashbrown Casserole
Sweet Potatoe Casserole
Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie

Chips and Dip

Breakfast

Fried Stuffing with a Runny Egg on Top.

This year I promise I will take each and blog a recipe and a picture for future references. I just love to cook. I would love to hear from what everyone else is making. I am always looking for a new recipe or a new idea.

Going to use my new crockpot for the ham this year. Can't wait to see how that works.
If you are interested in the crockpot. I found it on Amazon and here is the link.






Friday, September 18, 2015

My Dear Daughter...

So it is Friday and my dear daughter who has worked all week comes in and says she needs a present. So of course I ask her why, and her response was just because she is her. So I the loving mother went on Amazon, and the first screen I see is about all the new tablets being released. She already has the FireTV and I really think she would like this. I am so proud of her and sometimes after long weeks we all need a gift for just being us. I know I might indulge her, but my kids put all the heart and effort into everything, and they don't usually ask for anything. Today was the exception, but then again I did teach them to speak their minds. So I am linking what I bought my Dear Daughter, and maybe you will buy someone you love something special just for being them. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Casserole Crock Pot - Kitchen Item of the Month








I bought this a few months ago, and I have been trying it out. It is really been a very handy thing in my kitchen. I have a few other crock pots but the shape of this one, has turned out to be unique. Also says on the box that you can cook in the crock part in oven. I have not tried this yet.

I like the casserole shape, it made stuffed peppers sit really nice in them.
I did a package of pork chops with gravy.
I did a chicken cutlet pharm .. ( recipe will be in blog soon)



Another really neat thing about this casserole crock pot that I tried and use totally all the time. The foil lasagna size pans, 



 all fit inside of the casserole crock pot.. which left all kinds of possibilities. You could do freezer meals (never put frozen anything in crock) pull out and thaw overnight and place in crock pot in morning for heating up while you are gone. For our cookout we made extra and each day I put for example the grilled chicken in the foil pan on one side and frozen corn on the other.. turned to high for 4 hours. Quick leftovers and they tasted exactly the same as the day we grilled. The water from the corn made steam in the crock and the chicken stayed juicy.

I have re-heated ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, I have even steamed veggies.

This casserole crock pot is one of the things I can't do without..

As a matter of fact.. I have my ribs from the grill on Sunday in it today.. lay them in a little more bq sauce and in 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 on low.. we will have dinner.. making baked potatoes to go with.


If you decide you would like to purchase one of these. The cheapest place I have found is on Amazon. If you use my link I will get a purchase credit.. So it is a win, win for all.

Even if you don't purchase through my link.. you need this.. just being able to use the foil trays makes it an all out easy meal.. and throw away too.

If you get it and try it let me know, how you liked it..
I will be posting more recipes that I come up with.

I did make a angle food/pineapple cake in it.

Just so many possibilities...

One more look at my ribs.. ready to go...




Now just seeing this makes you wanna get one.....

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Inspirational Tuesday >> In My Heart Today. August 11/2015




Didn't like my link not showing a picture.. so a little throw back of my inspirations. My children.
I make pretty kids.

Today, I really wasn’t into going out in the little 15’ up ground pool that we have. Much less make myself go and put on a swimsuit that looks like my granny would have worn. Saving my dignity, I bought the two piece short set, so I could dress myself with ease.  Then with the daunting task of limping  out and down two stairs and pull myself up the other 7 and get into a mildly chilly pool. Now that I have set the mood, do you feel it, just like a giant rainstorm hovering overhead?

I am about 14 weeks post op on a revision hip replacement. I am doing much better, and there is no pain in the new revision. I do really feel improvement. Wish it was faster, but it has been years since I have walked very well at all. The other hip will most probably have to be revised also, because it is the achy one.

I find though one day, I will be all over with my walker, canes and doing my exercises with ease.

 Along with all my other random chores that goes with a house and my family.  Then the next day the residual pain makes me shut down. I of course just can’t accept the fact that maybe just maybe it is a sign to slow down. I refuse that of course and have to analyze this new trend. I am wondering if for the last 7 years when the pain was incredible horrible, if my mind shut down my body, enough just to cope? Realize that coping in my house is still running a home, a young child, older kids, and being a wife.  I think that the mind is powerful. Leaving with that thought pending for more scrutiny, I decided instead of stopping and taking a break day, I would just push through.

So then we come to the storm cloud you read about in the beginning.

Once getting outside the sun was shining, the grass green, birds all over, and a beautiful summer day, all around me and my sad sulking self.

I finally got in the pool and started walking around, and around, and around. I refer to this as being hamster in a wheel. I also call the pool my little pond. It really is a blessing, it has made it so much better to recoup with the water, than even actual therapy.

As I am walking around, I am still pouting, thinking  ... wow, wish I had a friend to do this with, with I had...I wish I had. …when suddenly this beautiful butterfly came floating close to me... kinda like hovering around me as I walked around, and around. Concentrating on walking and watching the butterfly (If you know me, I can barely walk and talk) I start to feel much better, and I am thinking about the old wise tale that a random butterfly is someone sending you love from heaven. That can really make the heart feel warm fuzzy and break through those moody storm clouds.

I started to brighten up.

The will to continue has to come from within. You must love yourself enough to strive to do better, get better. Don’t rely on who, or what you think you are missing. Really no one else can do it for you. No one has ever walked in your shoes, and you know what you must do, take care of yourself.  I am only human, like us all, and days are good, days are bad. Bad things happen to good people too, it is just all in the way you want to handle it. I prefer to go out of this world fighting to become a better person all around.

Encouragement is a blessing from family and friends. Always accept it and be thankful for it, but make it count... Get up; get that body moving...Get out of that box. Do something uncomfortable. Do it afraid, just do it.

In this life I have chosen to keep doing it. It really is that simple.