Strawberry Banana Smoothies

This weekend  over father’s day we decided  to go strawberry picking, I had never been  before  but   you say the word strawberry and I am there. Image

I love strawberries, they are easily my favorite berry.   I never expected to come away with so many strawberries though, it was the perfect day to go, we didn’t have to move very far in the field to  come away with two big crates filled with strawberries. We got  so many strawberries I don’t even know what to do with all of them. 

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I made a strawberry pie,  ate a couple dipped in Nutella and brought them for lunch all week long, good thing I decided to freeze over half over them  I don’t think I would  get sick of them if I had to eat them everyday until they were all gone.  Freezing strawberries, especially these fresh ones  will make delicious summer treats.  One treat we will have to make more of are these delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothies.

Strawberry Banana Smoothies

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makes 4

-2 cups of  frozen strawberries

-1 banana

-1/2 cup of yogurt

-1-2 teaspoons of honey

-1/4 cup or so of milk and/or water to thin it out

Mix in blender or vita-mix and  you have a delicious refreshing summer treat!

 

 

 

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Greek Fest

So  this past year Mr. Pea and I have really gotten into cooking other kinds of cuisine.  One of our favorite cuisines  we have been exploring is Greek, so checking out  Greek Fest a the State Fair grounds  was a must, in order to check out the cuisine.  I have never been to Greek Fest before, it is usually one of the fests we decide to skip since every weekend  in the summertime in Milwaukee  there is a different festival  going on.  I am not complaining, it is my favorite time of the year,  so  you  get to Experience Greek Fest  through my eyes.  Greek Fest wasn’t very big   they have about 50 feet of great food, a couple of tents for Greek related merchandise, where Mr. pea and I picked up a new traditional Greek cookbook I am excited to try some new dishes out of.

One thing  you must have when you go to Greek Fest  is a gyro.  Around Milwaukee there are plenty  of gyro stands,  but they do not compare  to  a gyro  from  Greek Fest, this gyro is like no other gyro I have had before from any  stand, it was so fresh and juicy and it was topped with both red and white onions , fresh tomatoes and tzatziki sauce it was delicious.

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Mr. Pea and  I were very adventurous today and decided to try some things we have never had before. One thing we tried for the first time were dolmades which are essential stuffed grape leaves, they are filled with a rice, herb and  olive mixture. They were pretty good,  Mr. Pea liked them better then I did but I  thought they were okay.

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Then  we tried Spanakopita, which is Greek Spinach Pie. This is an authentic dish,  and is a really rich pie stuffed with spinach, onions, cheeses and herbs that are all enfolded by crispy, flaky phyllo dough.  I though it was  really good, but  and it must have been good because I ate it before it cooled and  burnt my tongue on it slightly.

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 Then we couldn’t leave Greek fest without dessert, so we decided to try  the dessert that had the longest line and that happened to be the Loukoumathes, the Greek honey puffs. These deep-fried puffs, drizzled with honey and cinnamon, are a New Year’s Eve tradition in many parts of Greece, and a sweet  treat enjoyed at Hanukkah. I thought they were pretty delicious,  they reminded me of a Italian doughnut that I like called Italian Sfingi’s only in a smaller size and a little lighter dough.

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 All in all we had a great time at Greek Fest and  I can’t wait to go back next year!

Egg Salad Sandwich

So I think I have finally come out of my sugar coma that took place last Sunday on Easter. This always happens to me, I get so excited  for all the candy and sweet treats around the holidays, that I over indulge and end up paying for it later! Maybe it is because I hardly have any candy or sweet treats when it is not a holiday. Oh well, maybe I will learn my lesson, one day.

Still have hard boiled eggs left over from Easter?  I know I do, maybe its because we dyed 3 dozen!  It was a lot of fun, but I have been eating hard boiled eggs all week and I feel like I haven’t even made a dent in my stash of 1 1/2 dozen eggs.  So I decided to get rid of them once and for all, with a good ole egg salad sandwich recipe. Everyone makes theirs a little different, but my recipe is pretty basic  with good flavor.

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Egg Salad Sandwich

Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs

1/4 cup of mayonnaise

1-2 teaspoons  Stone Ground mustard

1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions or parsley

Paprika to taste (sprinkle on top of egg mixture after you assemble sandwich)

1 teaspoon of Frontera chipolte sauce (optional, Mr. Pea likes things spicy and  adds it to his egg salad sandwich)

Directions:

Boil 6 eggs, remove shells. Chop up using a potato masher or I just use a fork.

In a medium bowl, stir the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and green onions OR parsley (and chipolte sauce, if you like yours spicy like Mr. Pea). Then take the eggs and fold them into the mayonnaise mixture. Store in airtight container until ready to use.  I like my egg salad cold  when using it for a sandwich  but if you like it room temperature that is fine too.  To assemble the sandwich, I  toast  the bread in a  toaster oven  and place Swiss cheese on one side ( you can use any cheese, but swiss is my favorite). When cheese is melted and the bread is toasted remove from toaster oven and  place the egg salad on the side without the cheese. Then sprinkle paprika over the egg salad mixture and top  with a tomato and slice in half. And that’s it,  it is delicious and all your hard boiled eggs are gone!

Enjoy!