Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm a

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It's time to see what all this Twitter business is about!

Playing With My Food now has it's very own Twitter account.  You can sign up to follow at @PlayingWMFood.

Does anyone have any Twitter tips to share with a newbie like me?  I am super green with this kind of stuff, and would love to hear from you!

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Easy Caprese Salad

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My mouth is watering from looking at these pictures.  Five ingredients.  Taste perfection.

Fresh juicy tomatoes, crisp fresh basil, chewy fresh mozzarella, all sliced and topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Fresh, fresh, fresh.

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When I was in Italy earlier this year, The Hubby and I ate Caprese Salad every day.  I loved Caprese Salad so much there that it hurt (my waistline, but what else is new).  Arriving back in Canada, I worried that when I made it at home it wouldn't be the same.  But it was.  Thanks to the two-pack containers of fresh mozzarella at Costco for less than $10, I can make amazing Caprese Salads at home that taste just like someone's mama used to make me back in Italy.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Greek Yogurt Tzatziki

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Yeeeeeesssssssssahhhh I love tzatziki.

I have made tzatziki a few times in the past, and my attempts have been so-so, but I think that I have now finally discovered the best tzatziki recipe known to man.  It's sooooo good, and really easy too!  I found this recipe on, and made it as an accompaniment to my spanakopitas for a recent Greek-themed Supper Club night.

It's seriously a must-try recipe!  Do it!


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Spanakopitas...mmmmmm...I want you.


Phyllo pastry is a total jerk.  The phyllo dough comes in paper-thin sheets, tears easily, dries out easily, gets too wet easily when you are trying, like, your hardest, not to dry it out, and just in general doesn't want to do the things you want it to do, especially when it's almost midnight on a Thursday night because you didn't start making spanakopitas until after Real Housewives of Orange County, and you have Greek Supper Club tomorrow night so you have to finish them, and you have to be up at 6am.


Because your taste buds will be soooo happy, you should probably make these spanakopitas anyways, if you have the time to fuss.  They freeze beautifully, so I've been known to make a triple batch and keep them on hand in my freezer for something quick to pop into the oven and serve as an appy when friends and family come over.

I had Supper Club #2 last Friday at my friend Cleary's house, this time with a Greek theme.  Oh, supper club, and the amount of wine that flows.  Here's an excerpt from the evening:  At one point in the night, I accidentally tipped the glass coffee table over in Cleary's living room, causing it to fall to the floor.  The coffee table was fine, but what was on the coffee table, do you ask?  Oh, nothing...except two full bottles of red wine, three full glasses of red wine, and the game of Taboo (ironic).  I remember looking at the tipped over bottles of wine and slow-motion-watching the red fluid just chug-chug-chugging out them onto the floor.  The 'floor' was white carpet, that was now covered in broken shards of glass, copious amounts of red wine, and a soaked Taboo score-pad.  The next thing you know, all four girls are washing and spraying and vacuuming and wiping, in between all of the laughter.  If that happened at my house, there would have been no laughter, only faces with a look of sheer fear on them when they see my reaction to the disaster.  Kudos to my friend Cleary who actually commented afterwards that her living room looked cleaner than before we arrived.  That's what friends are for!  It's also good to know that I still hold the title for the spilliest girl in the world.  For this reason, my best friend Sheena doesn't approve of me buying white clothing when we are shopping together.  Well Sheena, I was wearing a white t-shirt at Cleary's house that night, so I guess one point for you.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

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Oh, heyyyy.  How about I just take 3.85 weeks in between writing new posts?  K.  Thanks.

It's been so very sunny and hot, and I have been so very busy.  There's also the problem fact that I am so completely an 'all or nothing' person, that once I get out of a routine I really get out of a routine.  That's the reason that I will occasionally use for how little I go to the gym too (that would be the 'nothing' part of the 'all or nothing' that I refer to above).  And for how often I eat pizza (the 'all' part).  And for how many reality show series recordings I have scheduled on my PVR (again, the 'all' part).  And for how infrequently I water my plants, even in 32 degree Celsius weather (the 'nothing' part).  Routines are important.

Do you like Frank's Red Hot Sauce?  I do.  Of the six hot sauce varieties in our fridge, which yes are all necessary and each have their own important role, Frank's ranks at least second place in my heart/mouth/stomach.  This week, however, it's been in first place.  I just ate it a few minutes ago on popcorn.  And of course I also ate it a few days ago on these tacos.  The chicken in these tacos is doused in Frank's sauce before being wrapped up with all sorts of goodies like fresh avocado, cabbage, cilantro (come to mama), green onions, tomatoes, and ranch dressing.  I like it.  I like it a lot. (said in Lloyd's voice from Dumb and Dumber).

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