Sunday, March 20, 2011


My children call Sunday evenings, "cook's night off". Now sometimes I take a little offense at that statement, as I am not their "cook", I am their mother!!  However, as parents, we all know that we wear a multitude of different hats when raising kids.  I am a chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, financial planner, advocate, cheerleader, nurse, coach,can we think of anything else?  I know I've missed a few.

Last Sunday, I had Food Network on whilst making breakfast burritos with my eldest, (6 dozen, by the way), I don't do anything in small scale, and Guy was making pitas. I haven't ever been able to say no to bread. So, we made some, and also found a recipe for grilled flat bread along the way, so made that to compare, too.  There is a little restaurant in Lawrence, KS, called, "The Mad Greek", and the only thing I have ever ordered there, mostly because I love it so much, is called, "the tour of Greece", it is a sampling of four dips served with warm, fresh pita bread. Hot feta, tzatziki, babaganoush, and hummus. Sorry if the spellings are butchered. This, paired with the small house salad, is a wonderful meal. So, for Sunday evening snacking, I decided to try my hand at the hot feta dip, which is my favorite.

Hot feta dip

1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1  cup of Greek yogurt, or reduced fat sour cream
1/4-1 tsp of cayenne pepper, depending on taste, I used about 3/4 tsp
1 tsp. sweet paprika
pinch -1/4 tsp oregano
1-2 garlic cloves, mashed. I used 1 and I love garlic, 2 seemed a bit overpowering.
4 tsp olive oil
 Put in a bowl, and use a potato masher or fork to smush everything together. Or you could use a food processor if you prefer a smoother consistency.
This is great eaten right away, or let sit overnight in the fridge to totally meld the flavors. Serve with warm pita bread wedges. I might even try this heated up just a little bit.  MMMMmmmmm!  

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