Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mediterranean Dip

I love love love Greek/Mediterranean food! 
We don't go out to eat it much so I'm always recreating dishes at home.
Tzatziki, Gyros, hummus and now this fantastic dip! 
Great refreshing flavors, and easy to make always a bonus!
Hope you like it :)

What you need:
4oz cream cheese, softened
6oz feta, crumbled (I found a Mediterranean seasoned feta @ Trader Joe's)
2 scallions, chopped
4 leaves basil, chopped
6 ex-large kalamata olives, chopped
4 chives, chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons, sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
3 Tablespoons cucumber, chopped
1 teaspoon, honey

How to make it:

Look who went to Trader Joe's :) 
Make sure your cream cheese is softened or room temperature, easier to work with.
In a bowl mix the cream cheese with feta cheese, use the back of a spoon to break down feta or simply mix it with spoon.
Chop the remaining ingredients and stir into cheese mixture.

Be Careful chopping that jalaneo, I am very sensitive to them and boy it hurts!
If I'm working with a lot of jalapenos I wear gloves but in this case I just was chopping the one.
I found this cool tool, Target I think.  It just scoops those nasty seeds out! 

Next add a teaspoon of honey, combine well.

Now it's time to dig in!

Serve with pita chips or sliced cucumbers
It's deliciously light and fresh! 

*I adapted this from The Mediterranean Dish 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bar 209

Don't let the outside scare you away, I thought at night it looked pretty shady, we had our 14 year old with us, lots of smokers hanging outside the door.
But I'm so glad we went in!
You're greeted by a monstrous buffalo head on the wall, wouldn't want to run into him!

Seat your self, it was hoppin we sat at the bar.
Absolutely excellent service! Total team work vib.
You can see into the kitchen, watch them work their magic.
Food & prices were excellent! Beer selection awesome.
We shared this amazing dip - ugh wish I got a better photo for you :(

This is the Sante Fe Cheese Dip - Roasted chicken, pepper jack cheese, fontina, poblano peppers, sour cream, cream cheese, jalapenos, black beans & tortilla chips- they topped it with guacamole.
Really Really good!

We shared the B Squared - a burger encrusted with blue cheese, prosciutto, bacon & finished with roasted garlic balsamic aioli. On the side beer battered onion rings.
Just - WOW!  

Awesome menu, made it hard to choose!!!

The selection of beers were awesome!
Happy Hour 4-6PM & 10-11 PM - 2 for 1s | Half Priced APPETIZERS
Happy hour 4- 6 & 10 -11, 2 for 1  &  Half priced appetizers

So if you're ever in the area of Bemidji, MN - swing on in!  

*Forgive the terrible photos, it was dark, and the bar lights......  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Everything Bagel Pizza Crackers

Have you heard Trader Joe's carries an everything bagel seasoning?!  My FAVORITE bagel ever!
Oh the options of uses for this fabulous flavor combination!
I was reading a library book I just borrowed, ya thats right people still go to the library :)
In that book was a recipe for fennel crackers, I am not a huge fan of fennel, so I adapted and made it my own.
I just made this for watching our first football game at home this season.
They are super easy!
You can totally change this up to your flavor liking.  Add different seasonings, fresh herbs, cheese.
Next time I'm SO putting cheese on this!
I mean right?!  Cheese makes everything better in my opinion.
Also this would be a great one to get the kiddos involved in, really easy to make.

What you need:
1 pre-made refrigerator pizza dough (you can find in the dairy section)
1 egg
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons of each of your choice toppings, I used TJ Everything Bagel seasoning, sunflower seeds, fresh rosemary chopped)
*Not necessary, but I sprayed the top with I can't believe it's not butter

How to make it:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Using a non stick baking sheet, roll out your pizza dough.
Try to get that dough as thin as you can, reaching the edges of your pan.
Whisk together 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of water.
Brush this mixture over the top of your pizza dough.
Next sprinkle your seasonings of choice evenly over your pizza crackers.

Not necessary like I mentioned before I gave mine a quick spray of butter spray.
Pop this into the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes.
**** I baked for 15 pulled them out gave them another spray of the butter spray and popped the tray back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
Once done slide your pizza onto a large cutting board, cut into cracker squares.

Now enjoy!  
We loved these!

*A few more options for toppings, I mean you can just go crazy here!
Slivered almonds, parmesan cheese, poppy seeds, chives, red pepper flakes, caraway seeds