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2 Years in A ROW AWARDS FROM THUMBTACK!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 6, 2016,
How can it be? I guess you would need to ask my many satisfied and Healthy Clients that Question? I only try my hardest each and every time I make and deliver food to all my clients!:) I have a saying in my business, if I can't eat it, You are not going to either!! So get on The Diva Train and start  "Living to Eat Today!!!




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BBQ Recipe Chosen by Thumbtack.Com

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : 3 Ingredient BBQ Recipe 
Being chosen by Thumbtack.Com for a featured Top Chef is always exciting and a personal Kudo's for me. Creating new recipes that are sometimes all consuming can be mind boggling, and when a Big Company such as Thumbtack asks you to share just one you say okay, when ... I did just that and pick one of my favorite easy (3) ingredient recipe that works on Pork, Fish, and Beef, and it is so easy to make. I hope you enjoy it too.

Here is the link to make a copy of the recipe and please share with o...
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Feeding your Cravings???

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 25, 2015, In : Feeding your Cravings? 


Sage/Onion Bread

What do you grab when you get a craving? Is it bread, a cookie, or chips?

Why are there always so many tempting food commercials? Making Us weak and always thinking about Eating!

Personally I feel it is a conspiracy between Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, or maybe it is Medi Fast????

Who knows, and who has the money to feed their hungry pockets... Here is what I would like to suggest, Hire a Personal Chef who can keep the cravings at bay by feeding your Hungry Beast with satisfy...

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Top Catering Company!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 13, 2015, In : Top Caterer Recognition! 
Divadish is working her magic in the NorthEast Metro Area, I have been voted The Top #3 Catering Company in The Andover Area. Bragging rights are given to my company by Thumbtack Professional Web Site .

Click on the link and read more.  http://thumbtack.com/mn/andover/catering

Many Thanks, from Divadish Kitchens & Catering.

Chef Gianna E. Ianos Owner & Chef.

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OATS... Superfood Spotlight

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Oats 
Did you know that Oats was once considered a invasive weed? it was unwanted, and considered invasive to crops like wheat & barley.

Now centuries later we realize that it is a great grain to help us manage our cholesterol levels along with adding fiber to our diets.

Studies have shown by adding this grain to our diets can reduce "BAD" cholesterol by 7%

It has also been  shown that a diet containing Oats can improve blood pressure and significantly reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

In addi...

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Thumbtack 's Top Chef's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : Top Chef Spotlight 
Divadish was chosen among many other applicants to be featured on Thumbtack Spotlight Feature. 

This is a very prestigious award and solidifies my own Mission statement that my clients come first .
I want to thank everyone who has helped me achieve this recognition and also for Thumbtack who choose my company.
You can find my spotlight feature here@ http://www.thumbtack.com/mn/minneapolis/chef/


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Top Chef 's In Minnesota!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : Top Chef Feature 
http://www.thumbtack.com/mn/minneapolis/chef/

Please check out this link and see that Divadish Personal Chef Services made the cut.... I am so excited to be featured, please share this with friends thank you Gianna
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Chia Seeds(Super foods Spotlight)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 15, 2015, In : Chia Seeds 
Chia Seeds what are they? and where do they come from? 

Answer they are a native plant of Argentina, Paraguay and Mexico, they originated as a food source for the Aztecs and Mayan Civilizations.

The word Chia means" strength " both cultures used the seed as energy boosters making it easy and nutritious to add to many foods. 

(3) tablespoons of chia seeds is only 160 calories and is rich in omega 6 fatty acids, add to that it has (5) grams of protein (12) grams of fiber, 20 percent of your daily ...
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Fruit Cobbler

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, February 2, 2015, In : fruit cobblers 


Mixed Fruit Cobblers

Fruit Desserts? Yes and Low Calorie too... How can that be? Well I will share that with you too.

When I make these fruit desserts I usually use frozen organic fruit mixes. You can mix and match them and that way you get good quality fruits and a larger variety of choices during the Winter season too.

Put your fruit in a large mixing bowl if frozen let thaw before adding sugar and spices to it.

Ingredients:

2-4 cups of mixed fruits
1/2-3/4 cup of white or brown sugar
1/2 tsp. of ...

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Sweet Potatoes /Super food

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, January 15, 2015, In : Super foods 

Sweet Potato Soup

What do sweet potatoes do for your body? They are full of radical killing antioxidants, which assist our bodies in blood sugar regulation. Then they are full of fiber which also helps our colons, the next thing is they are calorie free, Yes and sweeter than regular potatoes and healthier.just one sweet potato is a 114 calories, but,,, it gives us 377 % of a daily intake of Vitamin A, this vegetable is a guilt free snack that is good for you.

So next time you are craving a snac...

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Steak Kabobs!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : Kabob's for Dinner 


Steak Kabobs....

Okay we are 3 days into the New Year so how are the Resolution's going for Ya??
Me, I stopped making them year's ago, why you may ask, since I am a A personality type I already had them on a get it done list...:):):) Yep sometimes Anal retentive about things, but oh well we are all made different....

So in keeping with my get done list I am posting this year's first food blog and it is a goodie...

Like steak? who doesn't, but you get tired of it just plopped on a plate, so I made...

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Italian Christmas!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, In : Christmas Meal 


Sausages & Peppers Spaghetti

Divadish wishes all her foodie friends and their families and friends a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

My above picture is how I celebrate Christmas, a big plate of Angel Hair Pasta with lottsa MEAT!!!

May yours be as Joyful, enjoying what you have not what you didn't get. Reminiscing, Laughing and Loving each other.

I look forward to seeing all of you in 2015.... 
Always a Diva

Divadish Personal Chef Services & Catering

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Beef Stew!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Winter Meals 


Beef Stew

The cold brings out the best soups and stews season...Brrrrrrr! My beef stew is delicious full of flavor and low in calories. Can't beat that with a stick...

I usually use beef chuck roast and cut it up myself because buying stew meat costs more because of the convenience of it being cut up. 

Ingredients:
Yukon Gold Potatoes 1 to 2 lbs peeled and quartered
Celery 1 pkg. washed and quarter. ( Do not use the ends or the leaves in stew it will sour it.)
Carrots ( Pre- Boil ) so they are 1/2 ...

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Apricot Stuffed Pork Chops!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 6, 2014, In : Low fat Meals 


Stuffed Pork Chops

Pork the other white meat? Yes indeed, and it has as many ways to fix it as chicken, with less calories too.

This dish pictured here is one that I created for my clients, it is a Apricot& Coconut Rum Marinade with a apricot stuffing.
Now you may think low calorie no way, Yes Way as the kids say, I make the marinade with a all organic no sugar marmalade and a 1/2 cup of coconut rum, add a little olive oil and garlic and stir all together, brush the pork chops with it after they...

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Mini Turkeys !!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, November 28, 2014, In : Cooking for the Holidays 


Mini -Turkeys

Thanksgiving week deserves it's attentions towards our favorite foods week, here is one I think deserves it's time in the Spotlight....

These little babies are mini turkey roasts, I just Love them, they have all the taste of their Bigger Brothers but not as much work, and when you are fixing food for a family gathering or a meal on the fly these would fit the bill and make your Life a whole lot easier and simpler too...

I prepare them with a olive oil basting and seasoned with garl...

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Stay Well in Winter?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, In : Staying well 


Spinach Bacon Quiche'

Eating healthy is easier than you think and is one of the ways to help your Immune system.

Here is the (6) strategies to stay well all year!

  1. Eat Healthy
Limit your sugar intake, saturated fats, trans fats, and processed foods. The Old Adage everything in moderation has always been the Golden Rule for most everything we do in Life, our diets are no exception. 

It is OK to celebrate during the Holidays with our favorite foods but make sure you are also eating plenty of vegetabl...

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Brandy BBQ Sandwich!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Alcohol in the kitchen 


Brandy BBQ!!

Fall is now in our shadows and daylight savings is Sunday, sooooooo? what do we do now....? I have a simple solution let's head back to our kitchens and start cooking again... !

Colder weather brings out the best foods, soups, stews, BBQ meats, Pulled Meats with glazes, Turkey, the list is endless.

I love creating new flavors and new seasoning combinations, and Winter brings out my what if thinking, and since it is cold and windy out it just ramps up I am staying inside today...

Here...

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Taco Soup.......!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 25, 2014, In : Taco Soup? 


Taco Soup
This weeks soup is Taco , if you Love Taco's you will Love this easy making soup.....!

Your list of ingredients:
  • (2) cans of Mild Chili Beans with sauce
  • (2) cams of diced tomatoes 
  • (2) cans of tomato sauce
  • (1) can of tomato paste ( add water to paste in a separate container, app. 2 cups till all is blended then add to your soup mixture)
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • (1) pkg. of taco seasonings
  • 1/2 tsp. of Ginger (dry)
  • 1LB. of browned 80/20 chuck hamburger (drain all fluid off before adding to the ...

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Potato Bacon Soup!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 19, 2014, In : Fall Soup's 


Potato Bacon Soup

Fall is here and so is soup season,,, today's soup is Potato Bacon,,, Yummy and full of creamy goodness.
Made with 1/2 & 1/2 and chicken stock it is one of my fav's with a good dunking bread...Beverage of choice a cup of hot spiced apple cider and your have a meal. If you fill extra ambitious you could even add a Candied pecan /bleu cheese salad with Balsamic dressing. Really what's not to like? 

If you like more veggies in your soup you can add a can of organic corn bits and 1...

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Greek Chicken!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 12, 2014, In : Healthy Eating 


Greek Chicken

Being half Greek & half Italian allows me to combine seasonings that add flavor to all my dishes. Both my parents were self -taught Chef's and very good ones. My Dad was a Personal Chef to our local parish out East and cooked for the Cardinal himself, my Mom was the go to person for family meals in their restaurants.

Cooking and creating new recipes has always been in my blood and I find myself doing it in my head when I see something I like but want to change it up a bit to make ...

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Fruit Tacos

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 4, 2014, In : Fruit Roll Ups??? 


Fruit Tacos????
Love fruit? tired eating it out of a bag? How about in a soft shell taco????
No I am not Nuts, well ,maybe a little, but these are really tasty and are only 4 grams of fat.....:)

So who's laughing now...hmmmmm!

Okay here is your recipe... 

Take any brand Soft taco shells, I do use Mission brand like it texture and they are organic...
Ingredients:

Raspberries (Fresh or Frozen)
Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
Strawberries ( Fresh or Frozen)
Put all these in to a large bowl so you have room ...

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Foods for Fall?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 28, 2014, In : Creating Dinner Tonight? 


Chicken Wild Rice Soup....

Although it does not feel like Fall weather outside now it soon will be, and we will all need to get ready for it right????

When I feel the weather changing, I start to build up my soup stocks. Chicken, Beef, and Vegetable stocks are all the basics when making a good tasty soup base, it like a house's foundation, you need good Bones before you can guarantee your structure is not going to fall down on you!

What do you need to do, here is my basic list that I always, alw...

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Apple/Peach Pies are Here!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 20, 2014, In : Fruit Pies 


Pie Season....!


Pie season  is what makes Fall so wonderful...  There are so many good choices and so little time to get them all in....
I Love fruit pies especially, the flavors are so good and you can combine several fruits to add even more taste and texture.

This one pictured is a Apple & Peach pie, I felt like trying this combination for two reasons, one I had some over ripe peaches that were too good to waste and also some Pink Lady Apples that were given to me so I said why not combine the...

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Blueberry French Toast Quiche?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 13, 2014, In : Quiches for anytime meals 


Fruit ,Bread and Eggs!!!
Quiches have always been a fav around my kitchen, because it is a one pan meal and you can add so many delicious ingredients to them.

I prefer mine to be a little sweet & salty at the same time, so adding bacon, cheese or feta, helps with that.
Now once you pick your ingredients then you add your seasonings to match your quiche your put this pan into the oven @ 350 for app. 30-40 minutes till a toothpick stick comes out clean. 

Serve this with sliced fruit and toast or ba...

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What's for Breakfast?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 6, 2014, In : Muffins made your way! 


Pumpkin Or Apple Muffin?

Breakfast muffins are so delicious especially if they are lower in calories, fat, and sugars. Right?
Now don't go wimping out on me now, you do not need all that fat & sugar to make a muffin taste better, and you do not need  to Super-Size it either, because that is where we all get into TROUBLE!!!

Let's start with one of these little tasty gems for our breakfast trays. 
Here is what one of these muffins will add up to a whole 75 calories each, yes you are reading it righ...

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Who's your Super Hero?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Who's your Super Hero? 


Apple/Peach Pie?

If I was to pick a Super Hero  it would have to be Superman, but not the new one the old one Clark Kent, in the 60's show. He was my dreamy guy as a child of 8 years old as he appeared magically on my TV each night after dinner. I would sit there and be mesmerized by his power to see threw objects and with his strength to bend steel and fly it was so amazing to me as a kid!

Now everything is done by digital computers it goes beyond what is even believable.

Super Hero Powers woul...

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Mixed Berry fruit Wraps,,, Yum!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 23, 2014, In : fruit desserts 


Berries, Berries, Berries

Love fruit? Love it even more with a chocolate drizzle? Well I can make that happen for you with just a flick of my famous drizzle stick... It is so easy to do... !!!

I love making fun and delicious snacks, and it is also healthy, what's not to Love.... :)
The above picture is a multi -mix of berries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and finally raspberries, are you dizzy yet? Hope not because here comes the Kicker a swirl of chocolate sauce over the whole thing...

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Shrimp & Pasta!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 17, 2014, In : Shrimp & Pasta? 


Shrimp & Angel Hair Pasta!!!

How do you say perfection? with a forkful of shrimp and pasta. What else, they were like they say made for each other, put these two together in a room and I will guarantee you the plate will be returned empty, and No Room key was required:) 

Yes Food Humor but heh, you gotta play as you see it, or in this case as you EAT It... Preferably by the plateful with lots of grated Parmesan Cheese on top and a good glass of Pinot right next to it:)

So when you get hungry for...

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GarlicChicken Sausage Pie?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 9, 2014, In : Meat Pies? 


Meat Pies!!!

Europe is not the only place you can eat meat pies! Divadish created this recipe for a client of hers who Loves Meat, with a side of Meat!!!!:)
Now before you get your undies in a twist about the calories, the cholesterol and so forth,,,, this delicious beefcake is made with Chicken and stuffed with Mozzarella and garlic seasonings.
A match made in Heaven and simply Divine for sure for your taste-buds!

I made this one pictured above with sweet bell mini peppers, slice Vidilla onions,...

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Seared Greek Chicken!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : Chicken the other meat? 


Greek Chicken

Who's Loves Chicken? 

It probably is one of the most versatile meat on our grocer's shelves. 

Here are some meals that come to mind.

  • Stir-fry and seasoned rice

  • Ginger Sauce & Apricots with Chicken fried rice and pea pods

  • Seared Greek Chicken with Rosemary seasoned red potatoes
  • Grilled chicken with a Brandy or Rum Marinade
  • Italian Breaded Chicken (Baked or in Red or White Sauce)
  • Chicken 
    Chili
  • Pan fried chicken with sweet bell peppers and onions
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Good Food Good Life?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 26, 2014, In : Good food? 


Organic Chicken Pot Pie!!!


The Old saying "Your are what you Eat" is very true indeed. Why you ask, well let's talk about that for a bit.

Fast foods chains may be trying to lure us back with the salads, or the wraps, but do you really know what is in them? how many calories are there in each one?
How much sugar in the dressing, and what did you pick for a beverage?

Why am I asking all these questions because when they say Fast food that is what it means, it does not mean Home made, made to order ...

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Is your Garden Biting You??

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 19, 2014, In : Garden and Pests? 
As we get into our glorious days of Summer, one thing always puts a Buzz Kill to totally enjoying it,Bugs! 

What can we do? Do we kill off everything that flies in order to get back our yards and our gardens?

Here are some natural ways to keep these flying pests at bay and not hurt or harm our planet, and other good flying creatures and insects.

Mosquitoes:


Instead of using DEET, bases spray products which of course work but are not environmentally safe there are plant based natural alternatives....
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Brandy BBQ Sandwich!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, July 14, 2014, In : Alcohol and Cooking 


Brandy BBQ

Love BBQ? but hate the thick paste that it sometimes tastes like? I have a solution for all of you BBQ Lovers!!!!!!

Divadish loves to do her sauces she serves with meats to be rich yet not so thick they make you gag...:( 

What you need to remember is to thin them with a little liquor...:) Or as I like to suggest Happy liquids:)

Now don't go crazy with this and make it a Alcohol bath party,,,, just adding a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brandy or rum or wine to your sauces depending on what it is w...

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Spaghetti What's Not to Like?!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, July 6, 2014, In : Creative Cooking 


Spaghetti & Peppers

My Italian Mother always says you can eat spaghetti anytime. She's right, because my granddaughter eats it for breakfast, she likes her carbs and her meat. Now I don't always add meat to my sauces sometimes I prefer to use them as bases for other things such as soups, stews and pizzas.

Adding different ingredients to your red sauces adds texture and flavor, creating a whole another level of richness and tasty sauce.
Here are some of the things you can add to make your red sau...

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Shrimp Stir Fry!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : Veggies made easy 


Stir Fry

Do you Love veggies? would you like to have more taste to them then just butter?
Well here is another way to enjoy your veggies and add a little zest to it too! Like Mom use to say you have to clean your plate before you can have dessert!

Well with this meal you will be going back for seconds....!

Basic Recipe:

Fresh or Frozen
 Pea Pods
Broccoli
Carrots
Sweet bell peppers
Dash of Ginger
Dash of Cardamon
Dash of Garlic powder
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Ginger Orange Glaze Sauce 
Cooked Large Shrimp


Take...

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Hormone Meats??

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, June 21, 2014, In : Hormone meats 


Veal Cutlet W/ Seasoned Steamed Broccoli

Hormone -Free Free Range meats are the best tasting meats to purchase when you are looking for your own tables.
What's the difference? Here are just a few to stick in your mouths and chew on for awhile, or maybe not?

  • Chemicals in animals to fatten them up quicker a toxic to them and Us
  • Bht's, Grain fatteners, Locked feeding stations are all forms of inhumane animal holding and atrophies the animals large muscle masses making them release more glucose and o...

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High" Carb" intake impairs Cognitive abilities?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 13, 2014, In : Brain Food? 


Spinach & Garbanzo Bean Salad
We all Love our Carbs don't we? but what if they were slowing down our Brains? Would we all eat a little better at least?
Good questions and I have some answers for you from a article written by Tait Russell from The Good Health Magazine June 2014 issue.

Fats, not carbohydrates are what's best fore our brains. Not only that but you can loose weight by eating fats, and you get fatter by eating carbs? What!?
Dr. David Permutter a noted neurologist at the Health Center ...

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Baby Boomers defy Aging?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, June 7, 2014, In : Baby Boomers 


Caraway /Rye Bread

Were you born between 1945 and 1965? if so you are one of 77 Million Americans we call The Baby Boomer Generation.
We are one of the largest group of built strong adults who are defying all the age restrictions that other generations before us couldn't! How? well let me tell you.

The following information is from a article that was written in my local paper East Side Review, in the 
GETTING BETTER WITH AGE BOOMERS & BEYOND


Here are some tips to stay healthy and active well beyon...

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Taco Hotdish !!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 1, 2014, In : Celebrations 


Black Bean Hotdish

What is coming up very soon? and No it is not July 4th and fireworks although that is around the corner too:)

It is and hear is your first clue, Cap & Gown... Yes you guessed it Graduations... 
Followed by Weddings, then as my Mother is fond of saying then Baby carriage.... 

So with all these celebrations coming out of the woodwork what are you going to cook.....?

Good question, here is a suggestion, Black bean /Taco Hotdish, it is delicious, fairly easy to make, and affordable....

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Happy -Memorial Day!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 24, 2014, In : Eating for Health 


Onion & Peppers Quiche

Memorial Day marks the beginning of Summer for everyone no matter where you live in the states.It also marks graduations, picnics, celebrations.These events are all marked with all types of foods.

Being a Chef and also one who professes healthy eating I do try to start my day out with a healthy meal, and this picture is a Hearty Quiche I made for a clients Holiday weekend. 

It is a 1/2 pan of light, fluffy eggs combined with sauteed peppers, onions, a dash of basil, and a ...

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Stir Fry Anyone?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 19, 2014, In : Stir Fry Meals 


Shrimp Stir Fry

When you are called for dinner what comes into your mind? This dinner did for me one night so I decided I see if I had all the ingredients to make it.. Whala I di so I sauteed the veggies in a Ginger/Orange Glaze sauce, added some extra ginger and garlic to sauce and slow simmered.
Then in another pan I seared my Jumbo shrimp in olive oil and a touch of lime juice, added a little sea salt and added those to my steamed veggies.
Then I made some Jasmine rice and when that was all d...

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Mother's Day Soup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 9, 2014, In : Mother's Day! 


Potato Bacon Soup

What no flowers? How dare you, well in my family we give food as a thoughtful gift. 
Flowers are nice but food is always welcomed, especially if I do not have to cook it:)

My Mother always Loved food gifts, and still does especially since she is in a Nursing Care Home, there food it somewhere between Icky & yucky...:( but they call it nourishment, I can't repeat what I call it!

So my picture is for all the Mother's out there who would like to receive a delicious bowl of soup or ...

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Seared Chicken & Honey Carrots!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, In : Searing Meats 


Seared Chicken

Chicken is such a versatile food that goes with just about any side dish too.This dish pictured I fixed with a side of honey carrots, it was a nice combo meal and was very satisfying.

Searing meats is something that has been done mostly by restaurants boasting that they have the secret to keeping your meats juicy and tasty.

How do you sear your meats? well it takes a heavy frying pan, preferably a Food Safe pan because these can take the heat and hold it too which is important for...

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Ricotta for Dessert?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 12, 2014, In : Ricotta for Dessert? 


Sweetened Ricotta Dessert

This dessert pictured above is very light and creamy to the tongue. Textures and visual is what most foodies look at when they go food shopping, they like bright colors and appetizing layout as much as a artist likes the perfect sunset.

When I make something new I make sure I like the combinations of the ingredients first, second I see if I want to tweak any of them, third then I see if I can make it taste better.

With all there is out there today to choose from in seas...

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Chocolate/Raspberry Drizzle Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 7, 2014, In : Drizzling 


Cake?
Divadish likes to mix it up a bit even with her cakes. I do not like thick frosting on anything especially cakes as I feel it weighs it down.

Why not eat a slice of cake instead of a mouthful of icing? it seems reasonable to me.

So what I do for my cakes, cookies, and cupcakes is use a drizzle stick, this is a great little tool and it allows you to decorate anything from desserts to a garnishment on a plate with a flick of the wrist and a small amount of product to make your desserts or ma...

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Comfort Foods?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, March 22, 2014, In : Comfort Foods 


Grilled Cheese & Cran -Raisin Salad

Comfort foods are so welcoming when you are not feeling well, or had a Bad day, or the weather is just plain awful.:( 

The Diva has one of her fav's pictured above, grilled Cheese and a side salad. This all American Classic has many variations but when I want the good old original I get my sliced cheddar, pepper-jack, and Colby -jack cheese slices lined up and pre butter the sour dough bread or Texas toast  warm the 6" chef's saute pan up add a little olive o...

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Anytime Meals! 


Sausage Pizza


Like the little Caesar Commercial  Pizza, Pizza, anyone? I do not know anyone who does-not Love pizza , anytime of
 any day.:)

Most people feel it is there all around Power Meal? Why, because it has bread, cheese, meat, vegetables and can be eaten anytime of day or night, or for any meal.

The above pizza was one I made for client who Loves Pizza, so I try to include some fun foods in his menus.
I use only the finest ingredients, and keep to a Heart Healthy Recipe that is delicious bu...

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Quiche for Dinner?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Food Olympics 


Ham Quiche'

Quiche is another wonderful alternative to dinner or lunch, especially if their made like this hearty one.

Loaded with smoked ham and cheddar cheese, then a splash of seasonings with half and half to make it all so fluffy you think it was a cloud you made. 

This quiche sliced into (6) servings is filling and delicious, full of meat and cheeses and just the right blend of dill, chives
and caraway to make it a very tasty meal for brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve it with a side salad or fr...

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Chicken Pot Pie Oh My!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 14, 2014, In : Eat for Life 


Creamy, Dreamy, Chicken Pot Pie

How do you spell Orgasmic? or maybe a better question is how would something taste with that description. What comes to my mind is Awesomeness x a 1,000!!!! Good food is not a rare thing, is it? by the TV commercials you see today one would think so....

I swear every other commercial is for Jenny Craig with the now skinny Marie Osmond, OMG, she looks great but really she is hawking for Jenny Craig? What gives, except $$$ for her checkbook. Then the next ad is for...

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza we want Pizza!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 9, 2014, In : Pizza for Dinner 



Italian Chicken Sausage Pizza

12" of Deliciousness

You all know the saying Pizza is The Breakfast of Champions....? Heh, well think about it, you got cheese, which is a milk, then you got meat, then you have red sauce which is a veggie because it comes from tomatoes, then of course you got the crust, the most important part.... bread, so put it all together and you got The Oldest Breakfast sandwich of Millions ! Way before McDonald's even coined the phrase, we were scarfing
 down cold pizza from...

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Cheesecake?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Sweets made to Order 


Raspberry Cheesecake Oh Yum:)

Valentines Day February 14th,2014

Want to be your sweeties favorite person?

Yes it is that time of year again, Wow that came fast didn't it, it was just yesterday it was New Years and now we surpassed Groundhog's Day, Puckster failed again and with No surprise to any of us we have six more weeks of this Deep Freeze Crap..:( Oh well, I know we don't like it but since we weren't in the Super Bowl play offs, and maybe you spent the whole day watching the game with your...

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Diva's Hoagies!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, In : Diva's Hoagies 







Roast Beef & Pepper-jack Cheese Hoagie

Move over Subway Sandwiches and blowing you totally away... Jimmy-Johns..... Diva's in The House now Boy's....:)

I so Love to challenge the norm or as I like to put it the accepted status Quo's... No Way, so Dam Boring...:) I made these Bad Boy's as a Picnic Lunch Winter Break Sandwich for my daughter and I for our get together this week, and they were really so God-Awful GOOD, I said why not offer these to my customers? I bet they would appreciate somethi...

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Diabetes Prevention?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 25, 2014, In : Preventing Diabetes? 
Diabetes Prevention? Written by Suzy Cohen
Licensed pharmacist for over 22 years

Excerpts reprinted by Divadish Personal Chef Services


What is the number one thing I can do to prevent diabetes?

Avoid WHITE!!!! Meaning white salt, white sugar,white flour. White flour is particularly offensive because it contains a compound known to harm the pancreas- the very gland you need for a healthy blood sugar balance because it secretes Insulin!

How does this happen? the pancreas has two parts the Head and t...
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MC DIVA BURGER:)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Mac Burger's 


DIVA MC BURGER!!!!!

Divadish likes to mix it up, and here is one of those mix up's.... I call it my version of a MC Donalds Burger except a whole lot more tasty and better for you:)

I created this for one of my clients since he just loves burgers and I wanted to make him something good and delicious too.So I created this little Devil of a Burger. Here is what I did....

Recipe:
1 LB. of 80% Ground Chuck
1/2 Vandilia onion diced
1 Tbsp. of garlic powder
1 tsp. of seasoned salt
1 Tbsp of Mild Mustard
1 T...

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Lasagna anyone?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Lasagna tonight? 


Lasagna Diva's Style!

What do you get when you have pasta, meat, cheese and red sauce in layer after layer?

I call it Real New York Italian Lasagna... Not something made with cottage cheese, hardly any cheese and a slight taste of cardboard:( Stoffer's please stop calling it lasagna and showing that commercial too. It is embarrassing...:)
 for you not Me:)

Lasagna should be loaded with lot's and lot's of Ricotta, Cheeses, Meat, and delicious red wine sauce.It should be layered one after another o...

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Meat with a side of T Bone Steak?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, January 5, 2014, In : Meat what's for Dinner? 


Brandy Seared T Bone Steak

Divadish Loves good meat and preferably fixed Med-Rare, Yum.... Good organic farmed raised Beef can be eaten a little rare because it is so sweet and soft anyway because of how the cattle are being fed and grazed, it does make a BIG DIFFERENCE, just ask a cattleman or a qualified butcher. A Great meal starts with Great Meat! So when my daughter asks for Meat with a side of Meat I know what she feels like.. it is usually a steak... What else. ?!

Maybe it is the Vampire...

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Birthday Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, In : Cake Happinness 


Hershey Kisses Birthday Cake!

Like the song says Celebrate, Celebrate, let's party hardy. Okay not exactly the right words but you get my meaning. Life is worth celebrating, laughing, and sharing good food with all that maters.

This cake is one of those moments, I made it for a very special clients birthday and it was so delish. I so like making something wonderful for someone who also is the same. Similar to what a cake does for our taste buds when we take that first bite, it is the same with ...

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BEST FOOD EVENTS OF 2013!!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 28, 2013, In : Food Stories 
Divadish Personal Chef Services & Private Catering  Top (5) Food Events

Number (5). Paisley Park  Cooking for the one and only Prince himself on two different occasions! This was not a Easy Deal.:(

Number (4).Cooking 
Demonstration for a CEO and her soon to be going off to college niece, her grand mother, and best friends.What I was not expecting was off - color humor, lots and lots of you knows, and what not to do in this situation discussions and Laughter that was the loudest ever!

Number (3). ...

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My Own Brazilian Christmas Carol Story!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 22, 2013, In : Tiny Tim Christmas Story 
Every once in awhile you take something on even though it is near impossible at the time. 
Well I did that this week, I took a very large private Catering event even though I was already booked and overextended. 

It probably was not the smartest decision I ever made but it was the Best and Right one I ever made.I will tell you why in the following story.

On Friday December 20,I got a voice message from Mayo Clinic asking me if I could call him back as it was a matter of dire urgency.My first tho...
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SAD SEASON?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : Need Daylight? 
Article written in Allina Magazine

Need more daylight?

SAD is depression that occurs at a specific time of the year. Experts say it is related to hormone regulation, body temperature, and seasonal variations in sunlight.

Check this list for SAD Symptoms
* appetite changes
*weight gain
*low energy
*low sex drive
*fatigue, sleepiness
*trouble sleeping
*poor concentration
*irritable,and anxiety
*avoiding social activities
*drinking or self medication

What can you do or who can help?
Always talk to your primary...
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Vision Quest?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, December 12, 2013, In : Vision Quests 
This article information was written by Stephanie Watson and medical information excerpts are from Michael Smith MD.

Some of us have Bad Habits example nail biting, grinding our teeth, snoring, wearing contacts all night with day wear contacts. Let's break this down a bit more, nail biting can cause infections, grinding your teeth wear down of your teeth, contact wearing irradiated or torn corneas.

Overexposure to sun, you use sunscreen for skin right? at least most of the time. Overexposure to...
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The Sweet Truth's?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 7, 2013, In : Myth's about eating? 


Cheeses cake Mini's?


Divadish has always cooked Heart Healthy foods that supports the Mayo Clinic Eating Lifestyle .Eating this way eliminates the so called myths to what you can eat on many diets.

These myth's are for Diabetes and information is from Dr. Brulinda Narario, MD.

Here is a short list of some of those myths that are out there:

Myth 1.You need to give up starchy foods and sweets.
Most of the time you want to eat the whole grains, veggetables, lean meats or beans. But occasionaly you ma...

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Small Business Saturday, Buy Now and Always!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 30, 2013, In : Buy Local, Stay Local 
Small Business Saturday is a growing Green Roots project that is spreading like a Wildfire, we small business owners make up for over 50% of business, ideas, products, employment, and just plain hard work that it takes to spring board any self employed business. You need the stamina, family, friends, $$$ and a good enough product to launch anytime. We will not all be famous, or millionaires, far from it! What we will be is Happy, Productive, and Independent, those possessions are PRICELESS. S...
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What are you Thankful for?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, November 21, 2013, In : Thanksgiving 


"Wine Braised Turkey"

Divadish Personal Chef Services does all the work for her clients. Yes that means grocery shopping, menu planning, prep, cooking, and clean up and then leaves you all the delicious foods. it is not a Dream and it is not for the Rich & Famous only. Most people spend monthly what my Chef's fees are on Junk Food and Fast Food. So before the Holidays are over and your one Christmas present to You or to Your wonderful Loving family would be the gift of Heart Healthy Food, pick...

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Greek Chicken

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, November 14, 2013, In : Greek Food 


Greek Chicken

Divadish's original recipe for this delicious all organic meal pictured above.

Greek food is a wonderful taste in your mouth and something I prepare for my clients when asked or ordered from my web site.
The seasonings and spices are all from original recipes created by me and experience and style by both my parents Catherine & Alexander Ianos.

What sets this ethnic food apart from others is the combinations of textures, seasonings, and flavor.

It is like they say once you try it you...

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Cheddar/Bacon Quiche'

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Eggbakes are back! 


Quiche' anyone?

Divadish loves new things, and eating them too. Before I allow any of my food to go to my clients I make sure I test them out myself. :) Of course this is such a terrible imposition for me but Heh someones gotta do it!

The above Quiche' was one of my most recent creations. Egg bakes which is what Minnesotans call them, because Quiche's sounds too Foo-Foo for guys....:) but mine are anything but ,,, they are heart healthy, and hearty too.
The one pictured has organic cheddar, spin...

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Simple Tips for Easy Cleanup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 2, 2013, In : Cleaning tips for kitchens 
Divadish  Kitchens & Catering Loves cooking, but she also Loves to clean, I know I'm Weird...:) but it calms me what can I say, blame it on my Mother!

My Ma as we call her had two favorite sayings, "keep your kitchen and your bathroom always Clean"

Now we won't talk about the second one but I am sure you know why?!
We do spend a lot of time in both areas and for good reason. 

Here are some simple tips to keep your kitchens clean that I found in my local paper Lillie News, wonderful and quick tips...

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Asian Chicken Salad!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 26, 2013, In : Asian Pasta's 


Asian Pasta Salad...?

Divadish likes different things and likes to share those different recipes with her clients too. We get tired of cooking the same things too, so we step outside those boxes of cooking like a artist does her first watercolor or a architect does his first cabin home, we Love the challenge and the mystique of what if?

When this happens we learn something about taste and textures and it results in a new recipe we then can share with our clients and  it enhances our own experie...

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Sausage & Peppers

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Genuine Italian Dishes 


Sausage & Peppers

Divadish brings to you the Real Italian Sausages & Peppers. New York original recipe from the Messano side of the family, this mouthwatering dish will make you think you just got off the boat and landed in your home land. Italians have eaten sausage and peppers probably before they were given breast milk! :) It is a really delicious combination of flavors and textures that when you take that first bite your mouth does a HAPPY-Dance.... I know I certainly do when I make mine.....

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Shredded Sirloin Beef Roast!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 12, 2013, In : Holiday Eating 


Sirloin Roasted Beef

Divadish Kitchens & Private Catering

Good food is important. There is no other way to say it, why settle when you can and should eat the very best each and everyday of your Life. 
Yes Life it  sustains us, feeds us, helps us stay as young and vital as we possibly can through good nutrition, which is Food. 

We as a nation have so many more good choices here than in other countries, we need to exercise them. STOP reaching for the Processed foods, the Microwave foods, or the Gra...

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Real Italian Lasagna!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, October 7, 2013, In : Lasagna for any occasion 



Lasagna

Divadish's Lasagna is all real, meaning real cheeses, real meats, Ricotta, (not Cottage Cheese) A rich Red Sauce made with a little Vino mixed in to make it even more delicious, and layer after layer of noodles filling each with all of this delicious, yummy , ingredients. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it... What would you do to get yourself a pan of Heaven? Make a deal with the Devil? call your friends Italian Mamma ? try to make it yourself? how about picking up the phon...

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Mini Cheesecakes @ Diva's Kitchens

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 29, 2013, In : Go Dessert 


Raspberry, Carmela, Chocolate Mini's





A Bite of heaven on a Fork!

These little delicacies are so light and delish you almost forget they are loaded with calories. Good ones because they are all organic ingredients and they are Mini's..
So as  Elizabeth Taylor use to say a bite of anything won't hurt. You can always spit out the rest... Hmmm don't think you will do that when you take just one bite.!

I make these with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and only about 1+ cup of white sugar, eggs and real vani...

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What is Your Saving Grace?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 21, 2013, In : Saving Grace? 



Beef Stew

Like the kid says at the end of the TV show what does that mean? Well let me tell you what it means for me.

When things are hectic, chaotic, stressful.... or anything else( ectic ) I can usually be found doing one of (3) things. Cleaning, reading, cooking. Not necessarily in that order either.

I had one of those weeks this week,,, with extra Gaga duties, a big catering event to prep for, and a sick cat, then toss in my Mother for extra measure, I guess you could say I hit the Mother lo...

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Lasagna (New York Style)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 14, 2013, In : Lasagna, New York Style 



Stuffed with Meat Lasagna
Divadish's Lasagna is not your average dry, tasteless slice of mushy pasta served up at your local restaurant... Yuck to that.. What is though is a mouthful of Yum.

Layer by layer of delicious white wine red meat sauce then a layer of (3) cheese seasoned cheese, sliced Italian sausages, and spoonfuls of smooth Basil Ricotta.
Repeat this till the full size pan is one inch from the top of rim, then bake to all the flavors and cheeses melt app. 1+ hours @ 350'

This baby wei...

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Diva's Apple Pie!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 7, 2013, In : Real Apple Pie 


New York Apple Pie!

What makes delicious apple pie? of course the apples along with the right mix of spices added to apple mixture.

I have tasted countless apple pie slices from here to Tim Buck Too, and let me tell you all truthfully they are dry and flavorless. Then that thing with adding a slice of cheddar to it?! What the Heck is that all about? it's not a Hamburger! The apple pie slice should be a combination of tart and sweet with the just the right amount of each. Adding the right spices...

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Cherry/Raspberry Pie Oh my!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 31, 2013, In : Fruit Pie's 


 Pie first....?
Presenting my original recipe for a slice of Heaven.... I Love pie better than cakes, and I like tart & sweet the
 best. So with that in mind I created this Cherry & Raspberry pie. The combination is really refreshing to your 
taste buds and it is just the right amount of sweet & tart too.I add a little extra raspberry syrup too the filling along with a few other secret ingredients and you have a piece of deliciousness. Of course pie season is all year long as far as I am concern...

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My (2) Biggest Fans!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Dreams and Change 


Karen & Jimmy/Jam

Divadish proudly presents her two children. They are also two of my foodies who test some of my new recipes. Now they Love good food of course but as my daughter would say"Where's the Meat" when I make a soup, or a casserole. A side of meat is just fine with her, the green stuff is okay but it better have a lot of meat!

I have been Blessed to have kids who still come and visit, Love me and my food, not necessarily in that order. Will do almost anything they can for me and tell...

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Cran Salad!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 17, 2013, In : Dinner Salads 


Salad?

What's for Dinner is the most common question of each and every day. Here is my suggestion.

Cranberry Salad with Sweet Yellow Bell Peppers, fresh mushroom slices, blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic vignette dressing.

Serve with any good hearty bread, maybe a glass of red wine, and a good cup of coffee. You have a nice light dinner, if you want more protein add some grilled chicken or shrimp. Now doesn't that sound healthy, simple and delicious? Now if you must be a little naughty for des...

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Oatmeal has a New Look?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Oatmeal Recipes 



Now we all know oatmeal is good for our hearts. Well how about Oatmeal Cookies... !

I remade a original and added some craisans, raisins, pecans and honey ,with a touch of Cocoa powder to the original recipe.Not only did it taste even better than the original but is better for you too, less sugars and more natural fruits. 

They go so gooood with a cup of coffee or tea, or even a cold glass of milk, no dunking needed, they are really moist.

I so Love cookies, they are what I call a small bite of ...

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Bailey's Irish cream Coffee Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Cake Crumbs 


Chocolate Coffee Cake

Diva's in the kitchen again making another Yummy Dessert.... Can you taste it? Oh yeah you reading this not seeing it up close and all personal including those two lips of yours! Well I guess you will just have to take my word for it.

This little morsel has Bailey's Irish Cream liquor  in it, Chocolate powder, Chocolate syrups, and chocolate morsels.

Then drizzled with chocolate & vanilla icing. Yep one good tasting bit of Yumminess.

I sell these 12" Bundt Cakes which serves...

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, July 21, 2013, In : Cake anytime 



Cake we all want cake... yes dessert before dinner, sometimes, even breakfast before lunch, we experience strange cravings, is it hormonal? or is it just a craving? could be both, but who really cares, it's cake... I say Yes to this Bad Boy and get your fork ready and skip the plate.... Okay now let's eat Cake as the French would say.

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Brandy -Seared Steak!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Man Cave 


Brandy Steak

Divadish loves her marinades, this one pictured is so good!

Using liqueurs or marmalade's enhances the texture and the taste. Of course you could do a little sipping before you turn it into a marinade.


Using Brandy, King's Spice and Garlic Powder with a dash of Sea Salt, mix in a little Olive oil and Whala it all starts to come together.

Brush the mixture all over pierced steaks, let sit for app. 3-5 minutes, grill in NSF Calaphlon pan and cook to medium rare, app. 160' internal temp...

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Orange Marmalade Smoked Pork Chops!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 6, 2013, In : Smoked Glazed Pork 


Smoked Pork Chop Dinner

Creating marinades for meats requires a creative side in you to come out. Why? because you must want to be a mixtologist to want to see what if I mix this with that to even try to make something new and Yes Healthy too.

Since I like being both, part Crazy Food Scientist, and a Personal Chef it is pure enjoyment for me to taste the
 results!

The results here came to mixing a 1/4 cup orange marmalade and a dash of lime juice, adding a little garlic mixing all together and br...

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Potato Salad

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Summer Salads 


New York Salad.

Who eats the deli's potato Salads? I can't or won't they are so full of sugar, and are kinda like eating Paste, you remember the kind @ school when that kid Johnny use to eat everyday!

My potato salad on the other hand has a White Wine & Olive oil with real mayonnaise, Not Spin Blend, I hold up two fingers of the cross every time I see that commercial for M&M YUCK:(

The other ingredients are a old family recipe that I am Sorry I cannot disclose, but I will guarantee you great del...

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Meat Lover's Rejoice!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, June 15, 2013,


Brandy Marinade Steaks


Putting a new twist on a old favorite. Loved it...!

I always have wine or brandy's and sometimes Rums for cooking and Yes a little drinking.

This time I skipped the libation part and decided to make a marinade for the steaks I was fixing for dinner that night.

Using the brandy with a small amount of olive oil and garlic and blackened spices I basted the steaks with the mixture and pan grilled them to a Med-rare perfection. They were Heavenly, now I am hooked on them when ev...

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Grilled Chicken & Balsamic Rice

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Swap Opportunity? 


Heart Healthy Eating!

Eating healthy does not need to taste like FIBER....!
This pictured meal is low in calories and fat and will satisfy even a meat eater!

I love cooking and eating healthy, it extends your Life, you look years Younger, and you feel Wonderful.

My suggestions for eating well include cooking with Olive Oil, eating lean meats, Fish at least 1-2 meals per week, plenty of vegetables and fruits. Whole Grains, and simple exercise. It does not need to be complicated and keeping it simp...

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Crowd Cut Deal Goes Live (5/29-6-16-13)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Save $$$$ 

Menu Options:

Appetizers (all the below appetizers can be paired with a either dry or semi sweet red or white wines) (6-8 People)
Choose Two From The Following Selections:
- Spinach & Feta Meatballs
- Mini Quiches
- Mini Sandwich Bites
- Blue Cheese Spread & Bread
- Avocado Dips & Chips
- Mini Pizzas
* Delivered Cooked & In Re-heatable Containers
*Must provide your own liquor, but Divadish will provide shopping list

Cave Man's Special Menu Options:
Choose From
- BBQ Pork
- Beef Ribs
- Penne Lasagna
- Pulled ...


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Chicken Pie!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 20, 2013, In : Pie for Dinner? 


Meat pies are very popular in Europe, here they are okay, but most do not make anything special.

I decided to change that!

Pictured is a Chicken Pie, loaded with organic chicken breast chunks, fresh peas, carrots, green bean, and even corn.

I make my gravy with cream, butter and cream of chicken soup with a dash of this and that.

The crusts are organic too, but not made by me, I forgo that for someone else to do as long as the quality is good.

This whole process from start to finish takes app. 20 ...

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Braised Lamb Chops

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Dinner Choices 


Authentic Greek Lamb Dinner


Yes Being Greek & Italian does have it's advantages!

The above dinner picture proves my  point exactly.

The lamp chops are Australian Free Range Lamb and prepared with a lime & olive oil and rosemary marinade.

I served this dinner with a Apple /Cinnamon Marmalade for dipping lamb bites into and a Idaho baked potato.

Life does not need to consist of what's for Frozen Dinner tonight dinner! It can be this meal or others if you order from The Kitchens of Divadish Kitchens ...

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Party Popcorn!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Snacks 
POPCORN ,POPCORN OVER HERE POPCORN FOR SALE!


Remember the Carnival's when you were a kid? or how about the ballgames, there was always  someone hollering Popcorn Popcorn for Sale over here, get it while I got it.

Now my Dad was a huge popcorn fan more so than the game that was playing right in front of him. My husband was the same kind, he use to  buy it by the lb!. All buttered and salted up and his butt in his favorite chair and he was in 7th Heaven.

So with all the baseball fans out there wai...
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Cobb Salad Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Sandwich for Spring. 


 
 

Cobb Salad Sandwich: 
Ingredients:
One Toasted Greek Pita smeared with Garlic & Olive oil
1/2 sliced thin Avocado
3 slices of crisp bacon
1/2 sliced hard boiled egg
lettuce
1/2 sliced thin Roma tomato
Drizzle Red wine vinegar & Olive oil plus garlic over sandwich
Fold over hold with toothpick till ready to eat the whole thing!

This is one hearty and satisfying sandwich high in protein, good fiber and good Brain Food too...

I know it looks too die for so tick your tongue on the computer screen and imag...
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Catering who Do I Pick?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : Catering 
  1.   
This is the season of Weddings, Graduations and all kinds of Special Events for Fabulous Food, How do I pick my Food Specialist!

Let Divadish help you with some of the most asked questions in this industry to help you get your special Caterer.

  
1 What is my budget, Do I want Quantity or Quality

 

2.Original recipes or Bucket Recipes
3.Reputation of Caterer
4.What do I get for my money
5.Is it made to order or frozen
6.Is it all Processed foods or all Organic
7.Is it Wholesome Home Made Quality
8.Wha...

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Where is SPRING?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Spring 

This is my Hearty Chicken Soup, my Mother told me when I was a little girl it could cure anything!
Of course I believed her, but I wish it could also change things too like this weather. Yuck.:(
It has gone from Bad to Worse with Frozen Rain yesterday and that Wind it made your Bones hurt!

All I could do was make Yes a hot delicious Ginger Bean Soup for dinner with a Hot Ham & Avocado sandwich, it was Yummy and good for me too but I would of Loved to be eating a big slice of Watermelon and a Col...
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Eating Lifestyle?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : Eating for Your Health! 


Brandy Seared Beef With Organic Carrots & Potatoes.

We all should eat better, take the time to eat slower, not eat things from a microwave package, or frozen sections of our favorite grocery stores.

Why? because most of these products contain hidden calories, salt, sugars and preservatives.
You get something Fast, Cheap, not Nutritious and your Waistline gets the negative results from these poor decisions. 


We really need to be making better food choices, Insurance Companies are now jumping on th...

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CHICKEN POT PIE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 25, 2013, In : Pie for Dinner tonight? 


Divadish's Original Recipe Chicken Potpie!


I remember when Marie Calender's Frozen potpie's use to me my family's go to when no one wanted to take the time to make it from scratch.Well all that has changed and so has Marie's too. Along with it's home made taste.

So if I want Chicken Pot Pie I make it my way, with a creamy chicken gravy, fresh green beans, corn, peas, and sometime carrots. Loaded with chunks of organic chicken and a buttery crust that makes you want to put on your stretch pants ...
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The New Superfoods?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : SuperFoods 
                                                Super Foods
                                                                       by
                                                            Beth Janes.

                     Divadish Philosphy is all about a Eating Lifestyle.

When you look at your fridge do you see any of these Super foods lurking about?
Let me list them for and then do a test of how many you actually do have in your seasoning cabinets or fridge. In fact let's do a contest Fello...

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What Kind of Shopper are You?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Super Shopping 
Grocery Shopping can be the two Ugliest words in our vocabulary today, let me explain why!

Most of Us have very little time to do it so sometimes we do not do it very well if at all really. 
According to a recent study Identify your M.O. these shopping experts put all of Us in (4) categories.

Let me list them for you and see what group you see yourself in.


29% Explorers
You are a browser and impulse buy, never using a grocery list to guide you.

26% Time Stressed
You grab & go no list, no coupons, no...
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Soup's on!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : Soup is it Magic? 

Chicken Soup, has been said to cure almost anything? Fact or Fiction? Maybe it's the comfort that makes Us feel better or maybe it's the memories attached to the soup. Which ever it is it makes Me feel better when I take my first spoonful and when I am completely finished with it I am smiling and feeling a whole lot better too! I wish Life could be that easy don't you? You would go off to where ever and say oh this is not working out how I planned, okay here take a spoonful of this soup and n...
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Lemon Almond Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 23, 2013, In : Desserts are okay again 


                                                                       Dessert anyone?
Divadish makes desserts that you can say Yes you Can have a slice...!

The above cake is one such cake. Low in sugar no processed ingredients, and low in calories too.
One  1/15 of a slice is 145 calories. That is allowable in almost all diet plans and it does not taste like cardboard either.

I am especially diligent about ingredients, complex sugars, and amount of icings goes on my desserts. Icing is wasted cal...
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Italian Dinner for you!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 17, 2013, In : Italian Dinner 

 
 Italian  Dinner for you by Divadish Kitchens & Catering

This is one of my Sunday's dinners. My parents both were big pasta eaters, but the sauce is what made that pasta just go down so much more. The red sauce was cooked for hours and it was made fresh with all the right seasonings, leftover meats and yes plenty of cheese & wine added to the slow simmering sauce. Just looking at this picture makes me hungry.Now according to my mother we always had to have a salad with every meal, and she fav...
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Sweet's for your Sweetheart!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 9, 2013, In : Valentines Sweets 

Divadish kitchens & Catering offers all organic and low sugar sweets. they taste better are less calories and you and your body will thank you!

The one pictured above is a chocolate/'raspberry cake with a almond chocolate icing. Moist, fudgey and just plain delicious.

Each cake serves (15) nice size servings @ 145 calories each. Wow, cake that tastes good, is less calories and I can really enjoy without the guilt. Sign Me up Please....!

Place your orders early for Valentines Day, please allow 24...
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SOUP'S ON!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Winter Soup's 

                                                                       Hearty Turkey Soup
What is your favorite soup during this Winter ?
I have many fav's such as the one pictured. Since a Chef never ever throws almost anything away because you might be able to use it in something. Of course it must be okay to do so, but I always save my meat bones and leftovers for soups , they have already been cooked and seasoned so they only need some vegies and broth or gravy added to them and Whala you h...
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SUPER BOWL FOOD DEALS!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Super Bowl Food 

Who doesn't like good food? Then my second question is it's on SALE!!!!!!

Divadish may not know a lot about the game but she knows what people like to do while watching one, EAT ......!

Here is what she is offering all her foodie Fans!
Choose from (3) meals for $325.00   
 each meal feeds (20) Starving People!


Meals Include Deluxe Salad & Bread

Meal Selections:

Sausage & Peppers
Penne Lasagna
Greek Chicken & Potatoes


Place your order ASAP payment accepted at time of order.
Schedule your date & time earl...
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Italian Potato Pancakes!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 12, 2013, In : Comfort Food 

                                                               Tasty Potato Pancakes

The recipe for this dish is a guarded secret in my family and we have protected it for generations too!
 My mother got the original recipe from several of her close friends when she was a very young woman. She in turn gave to her (2) daughters and we have made this our recipe now. 

They are made from  grated russet potatoes and a multitude of special seasonings, add grated paramesen cheese and pan fry in hot oli...

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Shrimp Stir Fry Dinner!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 5, 2013, In : Healthy Stir Fry 


                                                                          Shrimp Stir fry Dinner


I totally Love stir fry's but only from my kitchens. Why!? because when you order this meal out it is usually loaded with MSG, Fats, and Hydrogenated oils. This can add so many calories to your meal and a load of salt to your system.


 How does this happen, well the cooking process is not done like it is in a Personal Chef's Kitchen and their restaurant recipes are not geared towards a Heart Healthy ...
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Oh Dessert!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, December 28, 2012, In : Fruit Pies 

Blueberry pie Oh My!!!!


My Mother has always been a Big Fan of Desserts, so much so even today @ 87+ years young she orders (2) at her dinner meal when placing her meal with her nurses aide. Now I am not condoning (2) desserts as a Eat Healthy Lifestyle, No way, but she is 87+ and she is still of sound mind, and spirit, she Loves sweets and has made me love them too. Because of that shared affliction I came up with ways to literally have my cake and eat it too! 



The pictured Blueberry Pie is on...
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A Good Breakfast!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 16, 2012, In : What is your Breakfast? 

What is a good breakfast for you? Is it a quick cup of coffee and a bolt out the door?
Or is it a sweet jelly doughnut and a cup of coffee?
How about one of those 5 hour energy drinks and you are good to go?

All of these above mentioned choices are a recipe for disease if kept up for long periods of time.

Being a Chef has allowed me into a lot peoples lives and kitchens some are very good about their own care and eating Lifestyle others are not.

Eating good food as a Lifestyle will help you and yo...
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Ho, Ho, Ho, You can Enjoy the Holidays!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Ho, Ho, Holiday Eating 

                                                                 Cod over Rosemary potatoes

Ho, Ho Ho, Hold the Bigger Portions Please! How do you hold on to your hunger during the holidays?
it is so hard with all those wonderful temptations, all those goodies, all those delicious desserts,
  somebody please HELP ME!


Divadish has some suggestions for you to enjoy your holidays and eat healthy too.

Here are some tips:
 Avoid Hunger Don't skip meals, and eat a small, low fat snack before your holiday...

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Healthy ways to avoid Holiday Blues!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 2, 2012, In : Your mental health 

                                                     Hamburger Steak w/ Rosemary potatoes

 Anxiety, depression, overwhelmed feelings can affect all of us but especially during the holidays when we are adding extra activities to our schedules. Parties, shopping, meal planning, where is there anytime for you?


Take time for exercise especially during times of stress. This will help with your mood, keep your body and your spirit lifted and feeling at it's best.15-20 minutes of brisk walking will do...

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Baked Italian Chicken

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Baked Chicken 
                                                                             Italian Chicken & Seal Salt Baked Potato

Divadish Personal Chef Services presents this weeks meal.

The above pictured is a Italian seasoned chicken leg with  asiago bread crumbs seasoned with sweet basil and garlic and fennel seeds.

The combination of flavors adds a wonderful food dining experience for you and your family, and I will bet you that your children will say it is way better than The Colonel!

Good food does no...
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What I have to Be Thankful for!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, November 18, 2012, In : Being Thankful 
                                             MY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Growing up out East in a Greek & Italian family their was always two things involved, Noise, and plenty of good food!

We weren't The Norman Rockwell family picture, but we were a typical ethnic family. 
Daddy sat at the head of the table barking orders, Ma was at the other end telling Us to eat.
It was our tradition and I miss it very much. My Dad pass over 3+ years ago now, and my Ma is in a Care facility. 

No more Noise, la...
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Being a Chef!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 10, 2012, In : Being A Chef 

 




Being a Chef has it's rewards, one of them is being able to just create something you feel like. Yum, is what I call it when I step into my test kitchen and create something new.

Today was one of those Yum  moments, I live in Minnesota now and our weather is very changeable, so much so it is a common joke among  those who were born here, you must of heard it,"Wait (5) minutes the weather will change"

Well, when I woke up this morning it was just that, it is cold, wet, and bone chilling damp, l...
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Grilled Cod Dinner

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : What's for Dinner Mom? 


 
                                        " Divadish's Heart Healthy Eating Lifestyle Dinners"

 What do you grab when you are hungry? Is it healthy? or is it fast food? We are only human and sometimes we just can't make the time can we? maybe we can if you had your own Personal Chef to prepare your dinners! 
Look at this delicious heart healthy meal. Cod grilled with olive oil and dill served over a bed of roasted Rosemary potatoes. This meal is just one of the many we offer at Divadish Kitchens...
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LOW-FAT COCONUT CAKE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Dessert is on the Menu 
Let them eat cake, cried the French. Well Les Misrable' is not what we do @ Divadish, but we do do Low Sugar, Low Fat, organic cakes and desserts you can eat and enjoy.
This cake has it all, chocolate, fresh raspberries, coconut all in delicious bite.
A full slice of this cake is only 225 calories, Yes you are reading it right, so go ahead and enjoy your dessert and eat it too!
I so like a good cake and something everyone can always agree on is dessert. 
 
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Avacado & Poached Egg Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 13, 2012, In : Power Sandwich 

Power Sandwich 

This sandwich was featured on Dr. Oz's show for reducing Belly - fat, Male or Female.

it is delicious, easy to make and filling, and Yes it helps reduce that Spare -Tire we all carry around with us daily.

Why? because it has long been proven it is the combinations of our foods that makes our bodies work and the right ones also keep us lean and fit.

How to make this Power Sandwich:

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat English Muffin
(2) slices of ripe avocado
(1) poached egg
(2-3 tbsps. of olive oi...

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Divadish donates to Miss Teen Pageant

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, In : Miss Teen Pageant 



Picture

http://misscoonrapidspageant.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/1/5/13159936/1407168.jpg

 
The Miss Coon Rapids Program and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Pageants are  'OPEN' pageants. You must live, work and/or go to school within the State of Minnesota in order to participate. Proof of residency and/or college enrollment will be required to participate.

The Miss Coon Rapids Pageant began as a community service project of the Coon Rapids Jaycees and has always been a part of the Coon Rapids Snowflake D...

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MEDITERRANEAN EATING LIFESTYLE

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 29, 2012, In : Heart Healthy Eating 


                                                                         Dill Egg Salad Sandwich 

 Mediterranean heart Healthy Diet is:
Mayo Clinic reports that fresh, no preservatives, no high fructose sugars, artificial sweeteners  saturated fats, lean proteins, fish, dark leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts.

Oils: Vegetable, Olive, Grape Seed, Canola
Butter, No Hydrogenated Margarine,or any emulsified fats, pure can sugars, honeys, molasses, natural sweeteners, (not man -made) eating a diet with th...

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Lunch for One?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 23, 2012, In : Lunch is served! 


                                       Cranraisen Chicken Salad Sandwich

Divadish kitchens presents Lunch for one:

Organic white chicken breast meat app. 6 ozs.
1/4 -1/3 cup of Mayonnaise
Dash of Sea Salt
Small bunch of Craisins
Dash of Caraway seed
*Optional slivered almonds small amount

** Mix all above ingredients together serve this delicious chicken salad on any type of toasted bagel, mine is a Cinnamon Raisin with a light amount of butter on it first.

**Serve with aside salad, mine is with a Hon...

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Seared Greek Chicken Breasts!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Personal Chef Services 

 

 
                                                                      Greek Chicken
 
Divadish Personal Chef Services:

I absolutely LOVE Eating Good food. Cooking  Healthy Good food is for your  Whole Body, and it is easy to do, at least for me it is.

Here is what you need to do to start enjoying your meals more often and spend less time in your kitchen.

Lists of Ingredients Needed:

  •   Olive oil ( Extra Virgin)
  • (1) Fresh Lime
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Garlic (powdered or minced)
  • Sweet Basil (dried)
  • Kosher Sea Salt
  • (...

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My Comfort Food Meal!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Comfort food meals 

                                                                           Italian Meatloaf Dinner
Divadish's Comfort food groups! Yum....

When I get hungry I mean really hungry I usually crave something comforting, don't you? 

When this happens I turn back the hands of time and go for one of my family's favorites Meatloaf, boiled dill butter potatoes, and honey mustard pork-n-beans. 


To me it screams ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, and it tastes delicious.

What are your comfort foods?
Care to share your fav's wi...

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Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, September 3, 2012, In : New Recipe 

 

 Grilled meat always taste better doesn't it. This particular sandwich was a new recipe I was trying and I gotta say it turned out Yummy with a capital "Y"!

Sometimes you can just eat the whole thing just standing there in your kitchen, but you know you should go sit down at the table like a Lady,,, yeah right....!

Well I did go sit down and not because I am a Lady, but I was dropping food all my kitchen floor and thought it would be less messy if I just sat down.

This flatbread sandwich was li...

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Summer Salads

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, August 27, 2012, In : Easy Summer Salads Recipes 

Potato Salad & Chicken Salad

Warm breezes, a glass of lemonade or Ice tea on your table next to a plate of organic chicken salad & creamy potato salad, do I need to say more? 

One of the many benefits of being a Chef and owning your Personal Chef company is being able to create new ways to improve your own recipes.  

The pics above are just that, I was craving something creamy and something salty and I started thinking to myself what could I put together to satisfy that hungry craving I was feel...
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Southern Coffee Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 24, 2012, In : Coffee Cake 

Apricot Coffee Cake
 What could be better than a good cup of coffee with a moist absolutely Heavenly piece of coffee cake beside your cup!?

 The above picture was one such recipe I tweaked to my fancy.

I took a basic coffee cake recipe added a 1/4 cup apricot preserves and a 1/4 tsp nutmeg, a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of ginger. 

Now you can serve this warm with a drizzle of sunflower honey over the top of it, or with whip cream, or vanilla bean ice cream, any of those fine choices will do and...

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Hearty Soups

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 12, 2012, In : Italian Sausage Soup 

   

                                                                      Italian Sausage Soup



Recipes are just guidelines. I have said that comment to people for years. Yes they are necessary when you start a new recipe and you liked how that turned out. But, and here it comes you make it again and say to yourself I wonder if I added this what that would do or how it would taste.
That is how recipes get changed or tweaked like I like to say. I am always tweaking, twisting, and improving on my r...

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Food Updates!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, July 27, 2012, In : Food Updates 
Hello fellow Foodies!
I have been busy and the Summer is slipping by so quickly!

From moving into may totally new neighborhood and and a bigger and better kitchen I have been swamped with just about everything.

I am very grateful for all the patience my followers have given me and as time allows I will try to tantalize your taste buds with some new recipes and new twists to some of my Old Favorites.

 
May was a total Blur for me as I got ready for my move, June was like a Dessert Storm and July st...
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Easy & Quick Salad Recipe

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Salad Recipe 

Asparagus & Cranberry Salad

Recipe by Chef Gianna

Ingredients:
4 washed portabello mushrooms sliced thin
4 washed spears of asparagus chopped in 1/4 slices
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 cup of diced onion
 2-3 cups washed spinach or Romain lettuce

Dressing:
1/4 tsp. of ground dry mustard
3 tbsps. of red wine vinegar
1tsp. of sugar
dash of sea salt
3tbsps.of olive oil
Put the above in glass jar with lid and shake till blended.
Taste mixture to make sure it has enough tart sweet taste, if not add more of ...

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Beer Garlic Cheesy Bread!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Beer Bread 
Beer Garlic Cheesy Bread

by
 Divadish Kitchens
Recipe by Chef Gianna

You know how they say you can never have enough bread. Well I don't know who that quote is from but I agree a 100%.

I took a regular white bread recipe substituted 12 oz. of any kinda beer for moisture, added 1 cup of 3 cheese blend to dry ingredients and added 1 tbsp. of garlic powder.

Mixed all ingredients together till blended well.
Formed into a well greased and floured loaf pan .
Melt 1/4 of butter and pour over top of loaf  3 ...

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Fried Ravioli!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, April 20, 2012, In : Fried Ravoili 

Fried Ravioli

I LOVE doing fun new things with food. No it is Not State Fair time but it could be @ Divadish Kitchens.

Boil them till cooked 5-8 minutes till they float to surface and this indicates they are done.

These beauties are Spinach & Feta and pan fired in Olive Oil and are delicious.

Then layer them in a 9x13 pan grate each layer with Parmesan Cheese and broil for app. 3-4 minutes till lightly brown.
Serve with a green salad, preferably with Italian or Greek dressing.

This extra process m...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : chocolate & raspberry cake recipe 

Raspberry Chocolate Cake
I have always Loved Sweets, even as a kid growing up in New York I would do errands for my neighbors so I could earn extra money to buy a bag of candy @ that time for 5 Cents!
Or when I started my own grocery shopping business earning me a weekly 50 Cents per week so I could indulge my Ice Cream Addiction!
Then there was of course the Raspberry filled Jelly Doughnuts made @ my favorite Italian Bakery.
My list of sweet favorites are endless and that has continued even no...

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Beef Vegetable Soup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Hearty Soups 

Vegetable Beef Soup
By
Chef Gianna
Good soup starts with a good stock, or as laymen would say a good foundation.
This soup pictured started out as a pulled beef recipe and I always make extra because you can turn it into something else later on.

Knowing that when you are preparing a recipe will save you time $$$$ and less stress as you are cooking.

Here is what I did to make this very hearty, healthy delicious soup.

Ingredients:
1 green bell pepper (diced)
1 sweet white onion ( diced)
3 tbsps. Beef Bro...

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Chicken Avocado Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Chicken Avocado Sandwich 

Chicken Avocado Flat Bread Sandwich
By
Chef Gianna
Creating something delicious from scratch each and every day is a Wonderful Gift to be given.

That is exactly what I do every time I step into my kitchen. I just Love to create new Food groupings, new tastes, new combinations of seasonings and then pairing it all up together.
The result is one like is pictured above.

Let me give you my recipe for a mouth -watering Chicken Avocado sandwich that is sure to please even the pickiest person in your fam...

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St.Patty's Cabbage Stew!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : St Patty's Day Soup 

Cabbage & Ham Soup
Recipe by Chef Gianna
Divadish Kitchens & Cater

Super -Delicious Cabbage & Ham Soup


             Rated 5 STARS

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 3-4 hours App.
Servings (8) quarts

If you Love Cabbage & Ham you will Love this soup. Which I really like to call Stewp...It is a customers word for stew & soup together. Meaning when it can really be either!
This soup /stew is hearty, very flavorful,and warms the insides on a cold and damp Spring Day.
The bowl fills with the aroma's of Cabba...
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Apple Cake!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Healthy Apple Cake 


                                                                 "APPLE CAKE"
Recipe by Chef Gianna
Created in Divadish Kitchens


Ingredients:
1 medium sized Honey Crisp Apple ( diced )
1/2 tsp. of ginger
1/4 cup of Greeks Honey God's Yogurt
(1) basic White Cake Recipe ( I prefer using one with a Angel Food consistency)

Directions:
Put diced apple and 1/4 tsp. ginger into glass measuring cup
Add enough water to cover apples and microwave them for app. 1 min. on 50% power till they are soft.
Drain and add...
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Stuffed Pepper Soup!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Healthy Eating 

"Stuffed Pepper Soup"

This weeks recipe from Divadish Kitchens is Stuffed Pepper Soup.

Chef Gianna E. Ianos took this from the Italian  side of her Heritage and put together this hearty soup that will make your toes curl up in sheer pleasure and satisfaction!

Ingredients:
1lb 80% lean ground beef
2 md. bell peppers, chopped (Use the Sweet Bells tastes better)
1 c finely chopped onion
1 can (29 oz. of Hunt's diced tomatoes or (2) 15 oz cans)
1 can 15 oz. of Hunt's tomato sauce
1 6oz. can of Hunt's toma...

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Super Cook Cape!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Super Cook Cape 

Cranberry Sauce
By
Divadish Kitchens


The title of Super Cook Cape came from a magazine I recently received this last week, Taste of home.
I usually do not subscribe to magazines but my wonderful granddaughter was selling them @ school for a Education fundraiser and I felt it was a good cause to bend my own rules.I am so glad I did.

The article explains how this woman wears the Super Cape when she is cooking in her kitchen.
Not literally, but figuratively speaking.It was quite interesting really so...

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Gluten -Free Feta Meatballs!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 23, 2012, In : Gluten-Free Meatballs 

Now thatsa' a Meataball!!!

Divadish Kitchens Feta Meatballs
Recipe by Chef Gianna

Gluten-Free Recipe:
1 C Brown Rice
1lb. of 93% Chuck Hamburger
1/2 to 3/4 cup of Feta cheese
1/4 to 1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
(2) eggs
2tbsps of Spaghetti Seasonings
1tbsp.Garlic powder
1tbsp.onion flakes
Dash of Sea Salt
Dash of Red Pepper flakes

Add together:
Cooked Brown Rice
Seasonings
Eggs
Cheeses
Hamburger
Mix together well to all is blended

Next make into BIG MEAT BALLS...
Pan fry in olive oil till browned Not Cooked complete...

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Hiring a Personal Chef

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : PERSONAL CHEF 
What is a Personal Chef?
How do you Hire a Personal Chef?
What makes one better than the other?

These are all good questions for a future client to ask before you say YES to anyone who will be working in your Home!

Divadish Kitchens
Owner & Personal Chef Gianna Elizabeth Ianos
Will answer what she feels makes her qualified.

What is a Personal Chef:
I like to feel we are a extension of the family, we come into your home, get your meal prepared and served for you to enjoy.
What I like to do is discuss ...
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Gluten -Free Stuffing!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Gluten -Free Recipe 

                                                          Brown Rice Cranberry & Pecans Stuffing

                                       Delicious does not even come close to describing this gluten free stuffing recipe.

I am a Big Bread Stuffing eater, but a recent client asked for something gluten free and so I scoured my recipes did not have a single one! So I went on line to find this one, I did make a few changes to ingredients and did a beef stock instead of a chicken,I was more than please...
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Beef Stew

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Comfort Food 
Beef Broth Stew by Chef Gianna

What makes really good stew?
Some say it is the stock
Others the seasonings
Still some insist it is the meat

I say it is all and just a little more.
When making a pot of stew you have to know what you feel like putting in it.
Sometimes I put celery, and potatoes, and a creamy beef gravy.
Other times I will make a broth base stock add green beans carrots, broccoli, and onions, and even mushrooms.

Then there is the uncanny way we all put our ingredients together.
I seared m...
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APPLE PIE.. OH MY!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Apple Pie Memories 
Diva's Apple PieDiva's Apple Pie


Who's in the kitchen with Diva... Like the song you can almost always bet it will be Chef Gianna!
I just Love, Love, Love, to Create new or Recreate Old Recipes.
This Apple Pie is one of those recreations, when I lived out East Apple Pie was a big deal, and all the pieces I consumed as a kid always had Ginger in them. Here in Minnesota, that is not the case, I know it is True that state location makes a difference on how you get one thing one way and some where e...

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Pizza,Pizza, Pizza...!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Pizza for Dinner 



Pizza, I think who ever invented it way back when should get a Big Wet One right on the Lips....!

I Love making my own though, I use Boboli Crusts, and I brush a olive oil & garlic mixture over top and bottom of crusts then broil for app. 3-5 min. till slightly browned and crisp.
Then I proceed to do my layers of seasoned Italian Red sauce,then meats, this one pictured has Italian stuffed chicken sausage, low in calories, but great in taste.
I slice the sausage thinly, add onions, red or sweet y...

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Seared Chicken!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Seared Chicken 
Diva's in the Kitchen
Cooked by Chef Gianna

Cooking is my passion, my Zest for Life, and staying healthy.
The above picture is one such meal I fixed for dinner with friends.

It is hormone free chicken seared with lime juice & olive oil.
Seasonings used were garlic, oregano, thyme, sea salt.
Cooked in a # 8 size heavy aluminum frying pan till internal temperature is 165' app. 20 minutes.

This dish was served with garlic & dill buttered carrots, and crusty bread which is not pictured.
A 1/2 breast wei...
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Peanut Butter Kisses

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Baking Cookings 
Divadish recreated this family favorite by backing out some of the sugars and adding in more Organic Peanut Butter. Of course I used the Creamy kind, you could use chunky I suppose but to me creamy is Best.

The results were superbly little drops of Golden deliciousness.
When you pop one of these little Darlings in your mouth your whole Body starts to Quiver with Delight.
Lucky for Me I keep them down in my Commercial fridge or I would be quivering all night.

Making something better for yo...
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Hearty Stews & Soups!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Hearty Meals 

Cold weather, makes us do layering.
In the food business it makes us start thinking about Hearty Warm Meals!

The one I have pictures of above is a Italian Chicken Stew served over Bow-tie  Garlic Pasta.
Made with a Red wine red sauce and lots and lots of chicken, carrots, and celery this one served with my crusty bread is a Winner!

It is high in flavor, fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and very LOW in CALORIES....!

I usually put some grated Parmesan Cheese on top to add to the deliciousnes...
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Cookies & Mom time

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Cookies & Mom 

ALMOND JOY COOKIES:::
                      By
                 Divadish
            Recipe created by
            Chef Gianna

I really Love cookies, because as a kid my Mom and I would dunk them in Milk, it was our special time we spent together, laughing and enjoying each others company.

Now sometimes they were store bought Oreo's or Lorna Dunes, or Fig Newtons, but most of the time they were Home Made.
That's why cookies are always something I have on hand in my cookie jar, or flash fr...
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Breads-Crusty-Artsian Breads

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : Crusty Breads 



No Bloating, No Fructose Sugars, Low in Calories, high in Fiber, DELICIOUS BREADS!

We all Love our Carbs don't we!
But we hate the Bloating afterwards.Or the spikes in our Blood Insulin.
Here is how you can change all that, and it is very, very simple.

Order your bread from Divadish.
I make all whole grain breads, No Preservatives, all Natural Ingredients.
Each small batch made by hand by Chef Gianna makes (6) Boules, (round loaves)

This bread is absolutely delicious, has a chewy crusty t...
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Beef Stew Family-Style

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Gift Certificates 
Family -Style Beef Stew!!!! FEEDS 15-20 people.....Full of fresh organic vegetables, Hormone-Free Chuck Roasts,organic beef broth, fennel, anise,onions,garlic,sweet basil,sea salt, thyme, oregano.

This meal is just what everyone should have during the Holidays, or anytime you want to refuel your stomachs and your Spirits!
It is Hearty, full of vitamins, flavor, filling meal, that goes good with my Homemade Crusty Breads.

We all need good nutrition, and most of us do not have the time to ...
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Pasta

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Pasta 




I would not be Italian and my grandmother Julia would roll over in her grave,,, if I did not make a Pasta dish at least once a week!

Here is one of those I can't get enough of dishes...!

It has a very Fancy Italian name, but I choose to call it what it is,,, Angel Hair Pasta W/Sausage.
Of course there is a little more too it then that,,, it has sauteed red onions,green bell peppers,chunk ripe tomatoes,
all seared in dark green olive oil, with fennel, anise, garlic, and sweet basil, add a ...
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Pork Chop Pizza!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Divadish Pizza's 
Divadish Kitchens created this new Meat-Eaters- Pizza for all of those Carnivores!

I use Boboli  as my crust. I just Love the texture of them, and they are all organic, No -Saturated Fats,
and Low in Calories.

Take Boboli crust and spread a thin layer of garlic and olive oil mixture over it and put under broiler for a few minutes.Then proceed with your layering.
I took a Grilled Pork Chop,sliced it and added yellow bell peppers, red onions,and mushrooms.
Sauteed all of this in a small fr...
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Stuffed Peppers!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : What's for Dinner Honey? 
Stuffed Green Peppers by Chef Gianna owner of Divadish Kitchens & Catering

This recipe has been in my Mother's family over a 100+ years.
All of the Messano's and the Ianos's have tweaked it a bit over the years, but it still is our Comfort Food dish.
Especially when the weather gets colder we all turn to heartier meals.

My recipe uses lean ground organic beef & ground pork sausage.
No rice added to meat mixure, instead I did it like a meatloaf base.
Added fennel, anise, onions, garlic, swee...
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Chocolate Desire Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : Chocolate Addictions! 
Chocolate Desire Cake....by Divadish Kitchens & Catering
Created by Chef Gianna

The expression a picture is worth a 1000Words, is so true, I mean just look at it and it makes you Drool all over yourself!

The cake is a double fudge chocolate, with the following extras added to batter.
a 1/4 cup of caramel 
1/4 cup chocolate bits
baked @ 350' degrees in a bundt cake pan form app. 35-40 minutes

Icing is a chocolate fudge drizzled over top with chocolate bits and powdered sugar over that.
It...
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Pizza

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Pizza 
Divadish Kitchens & Catering Loves, Loves, Loves Pizza!

That is my pizza made with the Boboli Crust.

Using this fantastic crust gives you a Pizza even Pizza Man cannot compete with, and it tastes so much better!
The one I am featuring this month is a Alfredo sauce with Grilled seasoned Chicken and sauteed red onions and green peppers.

The first step in preparing your Boboli is to spread a thin layer of olive oil & garlic powder mixture over both sides of crust.
Next bake it @ Broil temp. ...
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Turkey Dinner

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Thanksgiving 
Traditional Turkey @ Divadish Kitchens:

First thing is get a all organic bird.
Second do not get the self -basted or juiced brands
This will save you money and calories, but especially TASTE!!!
Third take out gizzards bag, and put them in a pot half full of chicken broth and Kitchen Bouquet.
Fourth: Add onion flakes, Garlic powder, Sea Salt, Sweet Basil and simmer.
Fifth: Rinse out bird thoroughly, drain, and put in oval roaster.
Add Semi -Sweet White Wine to Gravy pan, app. 1/2 cup.
Rub en...
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Carrot Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Desserts 

Carrot Cake has been around forever, kind of like Aunt Myrtle's Fruit cakes...!

Only difference is everyone will eat this cake.

Being a Chef I decided to change this old time favorite up a bit.
Here is how I improved it for my tastes and hopefully yours.

First I added 1/4 cup more sweet raisins.
Then a 1/2 cup more of sweet organic carrots.
Added a little more moisture to batter.

Baked a tad longer @ 350' 
When cooled I made a Almond fudge Icing to drizzle over the entire cake.
Sprinkled Coc...

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Alfredo Pasta Dish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Pasta Dishes 

This Alfredo Sauce Pasta Dish is (6) layers of creamy deliciousness.

I use half& half for my cream, sweet cream butter, Parmesan cheeses,garlic,sea salt, a touch of sweet basil.
Add to that loads of (3) cheeses blend, and you have a Masterpiece even Divinci would want to Paint, then of course Eat soon after!

This is a special order only meal, and this particular culinary Divine was ordered by my C0-Workers.

I so Love to show off my Foodie Expertise,,, and what better way then to share with...
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Pudding Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Pudding Cakes 
 Lemon Pudding Cake

What do you know about pudding cakes?

Many people think that they would be overly sweet or gooey, but actually are not.

The one pictured above is a Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake, with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing. 

I absolutely Love Lemon anything, almost anything. 
What about You?
For Me Lemon is refreshing, light, and not overly sweet if done right.
I like my cakes light, moist, and not too sweet. I want to taste the flavors of the cake, not the sugars.

This cake is one of my fami...

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MEAL DEALS

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, October 28, 2011, In : Meal Deals 





                                                                    


MEAL DEALS @ DIVADISH KITCHENS... MEAL DEALS @ DIVADISH KITCHENS....
                                Retail Price $125... Now... $62.50....
  • Roasted Whole Organic Hormone Free Chicken 
Slow cooked with Greek Seasonings, dark green Olive oil & a Lemon marinade.
This complete meal is accompanied with delicious Lemon Wedge potatoes as pictured above.

  • Beefy -Gravy Meatloaf  93% Black Angus Chuck Free Range Beef
Slow cooked with Ital...

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Hamburger Steak!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, October 27, 2011, In : Take-Out Menu @ Divadish 

What could be better than (8) oz's of lean chuck hand -patted to perfection

 with a slice of Pepperjack cheese, sauteed mushrooms and red onions,
cooked to Medium Rare?
The answer is one of Chef's Gianna's Beautiful Hamburger's pictured above.


This mouth-watering, hunk of meat not only satisfies that I am A Man and need my Meat Craving, but also makes everyone come to the table for dinner and actually enjoy their food and each other. What could be more rewarding and filling than that.


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Caramel Apple Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Apple Cakes 
Fall is the best time to enjoy Apples. The temperatures are just cool enough and still not cold.
Apple orchards are full with all of our favorite kinds of apples.
Leaving us no excuses but to create new recipes for all those delicious apples.

Here is one of mine. Apple Caramel Bundt Cake

This tastes like a Carmel Apple except inside a cake.
Moist, swirled with caramel, and small bits of apple in each bite.
It is truly the best combination to asked for in a cake and you can eat it with a fork!
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Atlantic Seafood

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Seafood Selctions on Menu 
Divadish SEASFOOD DIFFERENTLY>>> 
Check out her Catering Menu and see her newest Seafood selections.

  • Shrimp
  • Blackened Salmon
  • Cod
  • Salmon marinated with Garlic Butter & Dill
DO-NOT Miss this Wonderful opportunity to get YOUR BRAIN FOOD PEOPLE!
Of course our Omega 3's too.
It is all so tasty you will have a very hard time deciding which to order first!

Divadish Kitchens

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Steaks

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Meat Lover's 






The one thing about being a chef is basically you can fix anything you want for dinner.
The above meal is one of those I feel like it meals.

Ever have that Meat Craving,,, ? if so this meal will satisfy it.....!

Here is how I made my steak.

First select a good quality Sirloin -Tip Steak, 2-3" thick watch out for veining, because those make the steak tough.
Always use hormone -Free meat and free range Black-Angus, that way the meat is pretty much guaranteed to be tender and healthier for y...
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Snack's What do you Crave?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Mental Health 
Divadish Kitchens offers many good kinds of snacks to help in our cravings.

  Go  to Products for Purchase page click on Nuts and see what you can purchase online to help you with your moods and your cravings.
Please read the attached article below from MSN about how eating these nuts, can help us feel better and eat less.

Nuts and seeds Eat it for: The magnesium
Examples: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, peanuts. (Green leafy vegetables and whole grains are also high in...
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Chicken Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Sandwiches 





Chicken Breast Sandwich.


Ingredients:
  • Grilled boneless chicken breast (seasoned with Garlic powder & Sea Salt)
  • Cooked in olive oil in small skillet till a internal temp of (165)
  • Just a few minutes before taking out of pan add a slice of Provolone cheese let it slightly melt on chicken
  • Remove this and serve it on (2) pieces of lightly toasted whole wheat or rye bread, lightly buttered
  • Add lettuce, thin sliced Red onions, mayo if desired.
Get ready to say MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, because it is one of thos...
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Hot Chocolate tonight!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Fall Drinks 

Ghirardelli  Better Chocolate and it makes the "Best Hot Chocolate drink".

The fall evenings is a perfect time to add this delicious drink to your beverage choices.
Here is the recipe for a cup of deliciousness.

  • 4 0z of 2% milk
  • 40z of Half & Half
  • 40z of Ghirardelli Syrup
  • put all the above in a medium size saucepan and slow heat to 120-130 degrees.
  • Add whip cream and a drizzle of additional syrup to cap off this drink.
Add a good shortbread cookie or a sugar cookie to it and you have the makings...
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Vegetable Soup

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 8, 2011, In : Soup's On @ Divadish 
Divadish & Chef Gianna love, the Farmers Markets. Fall vegetables are still in abundance and there are so many wonderful choices.

The picture here is just one thing you can make from a good red sauce, and fresh market vegetables.
My freezer would not be Happy if it does not have at least (6-10 ) quarts of soup frozen and waiting to be pulled out for any accompaniment to a meal or as the whole meal, of course with my crusty bread & butter.

This soup has a new little twist added to it, m...
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Whole Wheat Bread

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, In : Breads 

Yes... Divadish Kitchens makes it's own Artisan breads.


The one pictured above is my own recipe of Honey Whole Wheat. 
Using Organic whole grain flour,course  Kosher Sea Salt, and Sunflower Honey.

Then slow baking it with care and you have a crusty, soft, chewy bread.
Just the way you want it to be, add some sweet cream butter, jam, or just  plain, the problem will be waiting till it cools a bit.

Baked in small batches and all done by Hand,,, each batch makes (6) round loaves.
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Chocolate Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : New Cake Favorite 
This perfect Bundt cake is now my new favorite cake.
I created it for a family member and when we all sample it, we were like OMG this is so good!


I added Chocolate sauce to the batter, English toffee flavoring,and the results were just the right amount of sweetness and deliciousness to make your mouth water when you look at the end result pictured here.

The icing is made from Semi-Sweet Chocolate& Butter drizzled lightly over entire cake, then added crushed Heath bar bits over that, fi...
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Google Offers & Divadish Kitchens!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : Google Offers! 
Divadish was a selected Merchant to participate in the Minneapolis & St.Paul area Google Offers.com
campaign! This is a very Big Honor, and I am very excited to be included. 

The launch date is still a educated guess for October 2011, and with their new Customer Preference Match Up for Merchants there will be a Line outside all those Computers pads,Iphones, Android's Etc, it will be a Feeding Frenzy,,, No Pun intended! to get to all these Wonderful 50% off Offers!

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Meatloaf

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, September 29, 2011, In : Cooking Classes 

Chef Gianna & Divadish Kitchens has created another mouth-watering Divadish!
I Love meatloaf in the Fall, it is such a Comfort Food, who wouldn't!
Especially leftovers if you are lucky enough to have any!

Picture this literally, sliced thinly on my artisan rye bread, both sides lathered with butter, and then top all that off with (2) slices of Provolone cheese. Then take all this to your broiler for just a touch of heat, and whalla you have your very own Meatloaf Pannini! Can we give a L...
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Soup's on @ Divadish Kitchens!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 25, 2011, In : Soups and Fall Meals@Divadish 

Divadish  believes the best quality and taste comes from making your food in small Batches and by Hand!
This is the only way to make good food says Chef Gianna, and good food is what Divadish is all about.

The picture above is just one of those small batched soups that comes out of our kitchens.
Chef Gianna likes to call it one of her Masterpieces, because it is not a watery, thinned down version of what other resturants tell you is soup.
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PAY PAL IS LIVE@DIVADISH!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : pAYpAL 
Divadish now has PayPal, the World's most trusted way to purchase on Line!

I have picked out several new items, for you to drool over and if you like what you see you can now add them to your shopping cart!

Any items that are not pictured with a click button can be added please just contact 
Divadish directly and she will make arrangements. 

I am so excited to finally have entered the Big World of Plastic Buying Power!

Please share this with all your Foodie friends.
Thank you and let...

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PayPal Coming Soon to Divadish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Plastic Buying Power @ Divadish 
Divadish is joining the Tech Savy times by  offering her clients PayPal to make there menu purchases.
We are working on our  list with pictures and price buttons for you to click on and buy now!
We are very excited about this Wonderful additional opportunity for our clients and fellow Foodies.

Keep checking back as we move forward into the the Tech Age of Plastic Purchasing Power!
We expect it will be up and running Very soon.
Thank You and keep Eating Fit for Life!
Chef Gianna
Divadish Ki...
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Spicy Chilli by Chef Gianna

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Fall Foods 






The leaves are changing color, the daily temperatures are getting cooler, and you can definitely smell Fall in the air.


When these things happen in Minnesota, we start to think about different warm foods to fill us up.Or as I like to say put on our food layers so we don't feel the Cold!

Divadish and Chef Gianna knows how we all feel about good food. 
Especially our chilli's, the bowl pictured above has the the right amount of spicy heat to make your mouth go ahhhhhhhhhhhh, and your tas...
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Pumpkin & Fall Desserts!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : Fall Desserts! 
The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change, and our minds drift off to warmer meals, and pumpkin desserts.
This is one such dessert. Prepared a touch different than most recipes which are all sugar and not so much pumpkin. 
At Divadish we want to focus our attention to all the flavor of pumpkin has to offer. Combined with spices, a cinnamon and butter base and sprinkle it all  with a crumble topping and spiced icing.
These little babies are moist, light and just the right amount ...
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Chicken Soup Cures EverythinG!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : Soup. Soup, Soup 
My mother use to make a big pot of chicken soup at least once a month when we were kids growing up out East.
She would always say it can cure everything, if you are a little anemic, it helps, if you are a little fluish it helps,
and if you are just plain hungry it fills you up!
No my mother was not Jewish, but she could of been, she had the mannerisms and definitely the hand movements.
When she was a young woman she was a housekeeper for several different ethnic families and she would gath...
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Angie's List Has the Diva!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, In : Angie's List 
Divadish Kitchens & Catering is now listed .
It is a honor to be part of the Angie's list business membership. 
At Angie's you have a code of ethics you are expected to run  your business by.
Service, quality,   on time, caring about your clients each and everyday.
I am very proud to be counted among the other businesses who are listed. 
Divdish Member ID#6343506
divadishkitchenscatering.com            
 Thank you;
Chef Gianna
Owner...
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Lasagna Tonight!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Call ahead Meals @ Divadish! 

Divadish Kitchens can make this delicious lasagna dish for you and your sweetheart.

This is a 9x13 size pan of cheesy, meaty, goodness!
Each forkful is loaded with meat and tender penne noodles.
Available in Take -U-Bake or fully cooked and delivered.

When you are trying to think of something different and delicious and good for you tonight
or anytime why not call Divadish for your Dinner choices.

Check out my web site @divadishkitchenscatering.com 
This and many other selections are avail...
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Divdish is Celebrating!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Anniversary! 
Happy (1) Year Anniversary to Divadish!

I cannot believe it has been a year already. 

I have had a very good year, and am very thankful to all of my customers who have tried Divadish and enjoyed it.

Without you there would be no need for my culinary skills and that would make me very sad.

Continue to  tell others about Divadish and share in the Joy of Good Eating!

Thank you for your business and look forward to seeing you all again.

Chef Gianna






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Back to School -Back to School!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : School Specials! 
School shopping Ugh!!!!

Talk about hard work, I remember when my daughter was going through all that, from ages 5-10 they are perfect little Oh I love it Mommy, the comes the terrible tweens and it is oh No I'm not wearing that!

How do you manage to hold on to your sanity!?

I am offering a BACK-TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!!!   25% off any one item on my menus. 
Cannot be combined with other offers and has no monetary value. One per household. 
Coupon expires 9/30/2011

I hope this helps with holding...
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Divadish Joins Star Limo's Service!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Star's & Diva's 
Divadish is proud to announce her company will now be partnered with one of the finest limousine fleets in the
Tri -State area.

Please welcome Star Fleet services and Divadish Kitchens & Catering paring their talents, knowledge and quality care to their customers.

I am so honored to be part of such a wonderful team and ever growing company. 
I hope to offer some unique original recipes to compliment a already stellar service.
I am attaching their web site for you to book your next comple...

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The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Really!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! 
Soft, chewy ,chuck full of raisins, these oatmeal cookies have a secret ingredient that makes them very addictive.
When I was putting together the recipe and lining up my ingredients,I decided to add a little extra of a couple of things.
It keeps things interesting and recipes can always be tweaked so why not tweak them.
These cookies have nutmeg, cinnamon, and raisin juice, added to them, which puts these cookies on my must have list for Fall. 
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies, we must have our Coo...
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TAKE-U-Bake- Meals @ DIVADISH

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 7, 2011, In : Take-U-Bake- Meals 
This is one of Divadish's regular menu items.
The whole roasting chicken is hormone -free, free range, and delicious because of it.
The pictured meal feeds (8) good size servings of 5-6oz each,+a side of the lemon wedge potatoes.

I can prepare this meal in your kitchens or you may do a Take U-Bake in your kitchen.
Additional sides that compliment this meal:
  • Greek Salad
  • Pickled Cauliflower
  • Garlic & Dill Butter Broccoli
  • Almond & Garlic butter Green beans
  • Artisan Breads & Spreads
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Taking Reservations for Holiday Meals!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 5, 2011, In : Holiday Meals! 
The Holidays are 90+ days away... Yikes...!

Divadish has the answer to all your prayers.

Call Chef Gianna @612-859-3270 and book your Stress free Holiday Meal .

**Limited Offer: Free Dessert with all orders.

**You shop I'll Cook!


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Dinner Party Hire Chef Gianna!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Dinner party! 
It is Friday night, getting ready for the weekend yeah....!
But wait your wife just called and left a message saying she invited a few friends over for Dinner tonight is that okay!? 
What is a fellow to do, I have the answer, call Divadish ask for Chef Gianna who is also the owner and she
will come to your rescue and cook and entertain you and your guests...!
Why not enjoy your guests company and leave the cooking to a Professional Chef, who promises to deliver excellent food and service.
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# SUNFLOWER POWER #

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Flower Power! 
It is so beautiful to see this magnificent flower open itself to the sun everyday.
As the sun moves through my yard this flowers head turns gladly to follow it namesake, The Sun!

Warm, soft,full of color and grace this tall gracious flower is like a beacon to the world in it's simple and outstanding beauty. It says behold I am The Sunflower gaze upon my face and you will receive  inner peace.

I love my gardens they truly hold the power of peace and tranquility for me and calm my spirit ...
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Professional Chef Services On Sale!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Chef Services 
New Client Special

10% Off

Try Divadish Personal Chef services and save $$$$!

Services include:
  • Grocery shopping
  • Menu planning
  • Cooking classes
  • Nutrition Classes 
  • Cooking
  • Freeze ahead meals 
  • Holiday Meals 
Call for appointment @612-859-3270
divadishkitchenscatering.com 
elizabethjj555@gmail.com 
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Blueberry( Coffee Cake Muffins )!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Coffee Cake!!!! 
They say, who they is I guess the experts, but of course since I am a Diva I would follow my stomach first anywhere!
Anyway the opinion is that muffins are now the new Cake!
Cupcakes were all the fad a few months ago, but the old time favorite is pushing that sweet little thing aside and taking it's dominance over it once more!
So taking my lead from what YOU want my customer,This is my new favorite for my final muffin in the July series.

This Blueberry cream muffin taste like a coffee ca...
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Gourmet Pumpkin Muffins!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Jumbo's 
Pumpkin Spice and everything nice! 
Creating new flavors for morning muffins is always exciting.
This muffin was no exception.

Here is what I did to make it a little more spectacular.
I took my spice bread recipe + my muffin recipe added some Libby's gourmet pumpkin mix and a touch more pumpkin spice.
Then added a little extra cream to make everything a little more rich.
Combined all the above, blended to creamy and baked in jumbo cupcake liners for 
app. 16 minutes @ 350' 
The result was m...
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Muffins in July!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, July 15, 2011, In : Muffins! 
I love these. Sometimes not being able to sleep can create something new & wonderful!
I created these on Thursday of this week, as I wanted to sample them with a new client I was meeting.
You never know what will come out of your brain @ 3:00Am,, well (3) new flavors of muffins did.
I am very pleased with the results and so were my new clients. 

Now to describe these I would say this.
Combine in your mouth a soft taste of semi sweet chocolate and a mild tasting coffee. 
The balance is subl...
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Desserts!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Desserts first! 





Divadish Kitchens Loves making new desserts.


This one was one of my all time favorites.

Moist full of chocolate bits, my chocolate gnache icing and also added extra in batter.
This is a totally flour less cake made with garbanzo beans.
No it did not taste Funny, or like vegetables.
It is perfect with any meal, or before,,,,like I like to do....!
Like the Greeks say this one does come bearing gifts, and it's gift is deliciousness!
So when you are hankering for something CHOCOLATE,,,, gotta h...
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Summer Salads

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 9, 2011,

Divadish Kitchens loves to make salads.
They are simple, do not heat up the kitchen and are a satisfying meal.

The pictured salad is a Pear & Blue cheese with Sweet Bell peppers.
I sometimes will add crumbled lean bacon crisps to it for extra protein, or sliced hard boiled eggs.

The dressing I make with this is a dry ground mustard, Italian wine vinegar, dark green olive oil, and sugar to taste. Shake all together all ingredients in a glass jar, and refrigerate any leftovers.

Their a...
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Ice Cream Sale!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, In : National Ice Cream Month 
July is National Ice Cream Month:

Did you know that?
In 1984 President Ronald Reagan desginated July as National Ice Cream month.
http://www.idfa.org/files/ice_cream_month_proclamation.pdf
He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food
that is is enjoyed by 90% of the nations population.
In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and events."





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Red, White & Blue!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : July 4th, 2011 
Today is Independence Day....! We all know what that means.... Food....(:) (:) 
So to continue in this honered tradition I am going to throw my culinary caution to the wind and give you my July 4th's picks....!

Red: My choice a rich Marina sauce simmering slowly for 2-3 days, add lots of Parmesan cheese, feta, and mozzrella.
Serve over  angel hair pasta, add a large italian salad and crusty bread.
Open a bottle of semi sweet red wine, and let the evening unfold perhaps in someones embrace...

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Have you had your veggies?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 29, 2011,
Broccoli! from DIVADISH KITCHENS:

Now before you start saying Yuck.... you all need to try this recipe, I guarantee even the fussiest, pickiest, finicky eaters will go Yum!

You may use frozen or fresh.
Recipe:

Take a 3- 5 quart saucepan, filled with cool water.
Add one 16 oz package of frozen broccoli, or same amount of fresh.
Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook till soft. App. 12-15 min.

Drain it:
Then add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
2-3 tbsp. of butter
Sea salt to taste.

This veggi...

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Edamame Soybeans

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 24, 2011, In : Have you had your Veggies today? 
Divadish loves her veggies!!
This is just another great one that if you haven't tried them do.
High in protein, and fiber, low in calories and Great for You & Your Body!

They are chuck full of protein @ 8g a 1/2 cup
                                                                 9g carbs
                                                                 1g sugar
all of this @ 100 calories a 1/2 cup serving.
Loaded with Essential Acids and easy to prepare why not add this Wonder Veggie to your...
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Lasagna

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, In : Cooking in Your Kitchen tonight! 
The art of lasagna making:

Divadish Kitchens first plans the Sauce:
The rich marina sauce should be filled with a robust combination of spices and semi sweet wine.
Dark Green Olive oil, imported Parmesan cheese, and feta crumbles.
Then slowly marinated over a period of 8-16hours in a slow cooker.
Adding your choice of meats:
Pork
Chicken 
Beef
Sausage
Or combinations of the above meats is also very good and very tasty.


Next cooking your noodles till they are Al-Dante or half cooked and co...
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Oprah Say's!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 19, 2011, In : Real Talk Show! 

Oprah Say's!

Oprah's show was a Window to all of our Fears, Hopes, Inspirations and Despair.

She talked, helped, expressed, and molded each one of Us in our own living-rooms @ 4:00- M-F.
We all felt like she was personally talking to each one of Us when we turned on our TV sets!
I did, and I learned a lot from her candor, and her own personal experiences.

It was not a Reality Talk Show, it was a Real Talk Show>>>> Quality, Honest, and Meaningful.!
Why I am writing this today to all of...
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Greek God's!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Yogurt for a Healthier you! 
Divadish Kitchens Loves her yogurt.
You simply can add this yogurt to almost anything and make your dish taste better.

Some examples:
  • Dips
  • Spreads
  • Cakes
  • Cookies recipes
  • Sauces
  • Bread recipes
  • Fruit
  • Milkshakes
  • Smoothies
I literally find new ways to add this Power Protein to everything I eat.
The best and easiest part to a Healthy You and a Healthier Colon!

Colon Cancer is a very serious Silent Killer....!
This form of Cancer sneaks into our system without Us noticing a lot of of changes, until it is to...
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Yogurt for a Healthy Life!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Fit for Life! 
Greek God's Yogurt: Plain, Honey, or Strawberry flavored.

Thick, natural, with all the pro-biotics from enzymes of pure  ingredients can give you in one delicious spoonful!

DivaDish uses this product where she wants to cut down on the sugars in recipes and boost the moistness.

From Cakes, cookies, salad dressings,dips& spreads the uses almost seem endless!

What you get for using this wonderful product in your recipes is another form of rich protein, lean in calories,
great for your diges...

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"Meals in Home"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : Meal Planning 
Divadish Kitchens offers full service meals in your home.
The above picture is a very delicious, healthy, yogurt based & fresh fruit chocolate cake.
Who says you can't have your Dessert and Eat it Too!

This dessert weighs in @ a 125'calories a slice... and it is low in Sugar....!
Part of of life has always been to look forward to the surprise @ the end of the delicious meal.
It started way back in our culture and continues today.
They make commercials on looking @ dessert first and then ord...
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"Care in Home Meals"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, June 9, 2011, In : Meal Planning 
Divadish is expanding her business this year to include in home meals and care.
Personal Chef means just that, the first word in the front is Personal.
I am taking this business to the next level, by adding additional services for my clients.
Cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, are now part of Divadish's additional services.

Divadish wants to be your full service Personal Chef company.
Listening to my clients needs and not what I need to make you Happy!

Creating a atmosphere of Trust, Reli...
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Lemon Cookies

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Cookie Monster 
Finding a good sugar cookie recipe is almost as hard as finding a needle in a haystack.


These wafer thin buttery lemon crisps are melt in your mouth Yum!
Let me draw you a pictured in your mind, light, chewy, moist, and just the right amount of lemon to make your mouth say Yes please!
I like these anytime because they are not a heavy cookie, and you can have (3) @ only 50 calories...
Now you all know how we like more for less!...
Accompany them with your favorite beverage and you have a mid-mo...

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A Little Diva in Every Dish!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : On Location Personal Chef 
Cooking is not just a passion, it is a feeling that comes over you when that dish you just created looks and tastes just the way you imagined it would!
It is surreal at times, you think about food differently, and when you see tomatoes, potatoes, meats or anything else for that matter, you start to put together recipes in your head.
You get so excited about good food, for everyone, you want everyone to know that good food does not need to be only in the finest restaurants, it can be i...

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American Classic!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : Italian Potato Salad 
Potato Salad, is always a mainstay on everybody's summer picnics, BBQ's,Graduations,
or just about any event. 
I think it is because it is a all American favorite, like Apple -Pie, or a Ball park frank, or our hamburger.
It just goes with everything!

I do make my potato salad @ Divadish a little bit different though. 
My mother had a very good recipe that she gave to her daughters years ago,and we have changed it a bit over the years.
Here is my version:
  • Heavy Mayonnaise
  • 1/4-1/2 of half & hal...

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Quiche's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, May 29, 2011, In : Breakfast 
Breakfast is our most important meal of the day.
Why? because we have been sleeping all night and need to fuel our bodies.
This Quiche pictured above is one of those fuel choices.

It is a Divadish original recipe, and made to order for any of my clients.
This pie serves (6) good size slices, or (8) smaller ones.
I sell them for $38.00 each.
All ingredients & seasonings, are natural & organic.
All of my quiches are crust less, I prefer to use crumbled breads or potato or vegetable crusts, t...
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Divadish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 27, 2011,

DIVADISH has Joined Serenity Now Healing Center!

Divadish recently joined one of the areas local Healing Centers, called Serenity Now.
There offices are located @ the Professional Building @
 1310 E Hway #96,  Suite #204A White Bear Lake, Minnesota.55110

Owners Jennifer & Bill Klein
651-429-0061
www.serenitynowhealingcenter.com

I am there offices Personal Chef & Nutritional Coach for there ongoing and Growing client base.
I am very excited about this new venture as I will be able to do...

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Greek Chef's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 23, 2011, In : Jimmy the Greek 
Greek recipes are very delicate combinations of many seasonings that add to it's wonderful flavors..
Because of that it is a delicacy that not everyone knows how to do well, or at all, and feels it is well above their knowledge level.
The Alexander's Greek Chicken is one such recipe, it contains many processes to get to it's finished state of elegance and juicy deliciousness, but once there and on your plate you will say it was all so worth it!
Seared whole chicken breats in  lime & ol...
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Chef @ your Home!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Hire a Chef tonight! 
The above picture is Greek Cod.
This fish is seared in dark green olive oil & sweet cream organic butter, add in Fresh grown Rosemary and a touch of Greek Oregano.
Then a bit of Lime juice and heat up frying pan to med-high and grill it to the fish begins to flake apart, telling you the fish is ready to eat.
This meal can be fixed with many different seasonings that make it taste a little different with each seasoning that is brought into the dish.
Adding the fruit bowl with organic Pink ...
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Graduations

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Party /Events 
Graduations, are already here, wouldn't this decadent all chocolate cake be the hit of your friends!
This is one of my Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Fix it all cake. 
This bundt cake serves 15 nice size pieces and is all hand crafted, all Organic,
delicious tasting, with my secret gnache icing to Spoil all of you Rotten!
The Best part is the very affordable price of $35.00.... 
This and other desserts available, also my full menu of delicious meals.
I am your graduation headquarters @ prices an...
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Cookie Please!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 20, 2011,
Cookies with milk, cookies, with Tea, Cookies, with Coffee, Cookies with anything is my plea!
Yes I am Guilty as a Jaybird,I'll confess....!Just don't take away my chewy, moist, sweet delights!
Cookies are like Treasure is to a Pirate...
maybe even a Pirate as Scary as Captain Jack Sparrow of 
The Pearl? Yes you guessed it, Pirates from The Caribbean would consider these littlest sweet gems Treasure, very delicious, valuable treasure!
Covered in chocolate & butterscotch morsels, they go boom...
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American Favorite "The Greek Hotdog"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : New Hotdog 
Never underestimate the power of The Greek Word... This was a Line from the movie The Big Fat Greek Wedding!
I never have nor will I ever doubt the power of Greek...
Think of it, Greek food is to Die for, figuratively speaking of course.
But my dear old Daddy would say Yes I would Die for it, because once his poor mind went and he was put into managed care because of it, he would consistently ask Me Honey, do you have a Salami sandwich?
Of course it broke my heart to see the end results of...
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Caramel French Toast!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 14, 2011, In : Breakfast Yes! 
Divadish loves to twist things up a bit, and adding a custom butter to this family favorite made it a little more interesting.

What did I do pray tell??? I took some sweet cream butter, softened a bit, added some semi-sweet DaVinci Caramel Syrup, a touch of cinnamon, and blended it all together.
It was a nice bit of caramel & a hint of cinnamon to make it a perfect butter for this family favorite.
It even past muster with my granddaughter this week when her one and only GaGa had a overn...
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Berry-Wine Chicken & Parmesean Potatoes

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : ECSTASY MEALS! 
Divadish Loves too cook with Wines... Why,, because you can sip a little out of the bottle too!!! Just kidding......!

No, really, the taste that wines add to the flavors of meats, soups, sauces, and salad dressings, is Phenomenal!!!
Combine all of that with special blends of seasoning and you have a Winner each and every time.
The above picture is just one particular winner.
I marinated (4) chicken thighs over night in a semi-sweet berry wine & lime juice, with my special blends of season...
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Lasagna @ Divadish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Family style meals 
Divadish loves to make the family style lasagna pictured above.
Lasagna is a work of Art when you are making it.
Layer after layer of Meats, Sauce, Ricotta, Cheeses, Spinach,Noodles, then repeat it until the lasagna pan is 2/3 full of this mixture, and add the final touch of two large handfuls of Feta cheese on top.
Put into the oven @ 325' degrees and slow back all of this deliciousness for about (2) hours.
 Of course there are alot of other steps in between, like the sauce has to be ma...
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Gluten-Free Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : Chocolate & Gluten Free! 
We all LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!!!
Sometimes  we are allergic to the Gluten so desserts are a Big NO!
Not for this cake pictured.
This is Divadish's Gluten -Free Chocolate Cake.
I served this yummy slice of chocolate heaven today for Mother's Day.
My granddaughter could not believe it was totally made without flour, and it was made with a vegetable!?
What silliness is that, it taste too good she says, as she starts to attack her piece of cake with a vengeance.
I haven't  seen that  outside of the in...
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Small Sizes, Smaller Prices!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Menu Changes! 





Divadish has  recreated her original recipes in smaller portion sizes with you in mind!

Why?
To save you money!
To reduce leftovers!
To encourage you to try more menu items!
The same great Taste, all Organic, No Preservatives, still apply to all her foods, just the size & price has changed!

Thank you for being a Divadish Customer, your Support & Suggestions are always appreciated!
Buon  Appetito!
Divadish
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Peanut Butter Cups

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Truffles 
Picture this, you just got back from a extensive jogging routine and your body is craving something sweet really big time!
You start to wonder what could really fill that hunger for a sugar buzz!

Or how about this scenario, you want to reward your taste buds with something smooth and luscious and 
your usual hit is a Reese's peanut butter cup... Not anymore it's not,,, these will literally blow them right out of the water!
These say Oh Baby! as soon as they hit your mouth and start to melt ...
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Art & Food Show

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Art Show W/ Divadish 
Hot off the Presses!

ART SHOW & GOURMET FOOD from 6-9:00pm May 6th,2011

Divadish Kitchens & Catering is doing a
 
Free Sample tasting

 of her Gourmet Spreads & Artisan Breads

                    @
 Bella Galleria
3006 West 50th Minneapolis, MN.55410

For directions & more information
Contact #612-922-9227

                   or
Divadish Kitchens@612-859-3270

Art Show & Food from 6-9:00PM May 6th, 2011

Artist exhibitor :    
          Ceceile Hartleib
                    ...

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Pasta Soup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, In : Soup time! 

"Picture this," as Estelle Getty from Golden Girls use to say before she went into her story!

Soup is always on my menus when I prepare food for my clients. 
It adds balance to a meal and can also be a meal when they are as Hearty as the one pictured above.
This soup has a rich red sauce, fresh zucchini,carrots,chunk tomatoes, and  egg noodles.
Added a little semi - sweet red wine and  good amounts of Italian seasonings.
Simmered for 6-8 hours and let the flavors come together and HMMMMMMMM...
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Stay-Kation!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 23, 2011, In : No-Fly -Zones!? 
Greek Chicken
                                                                                            W/Angel Hair Pasta
Whenever I dream about Greece, my fathers homeland, I get a little homesick.
What would it be like to sit a look out into the Ageian Sea and be eating a Authentic Greek meal.
Since my birth I have been blessed with good genes as they say, 1/2 Greek, 1 /2 Italian.
You are so lucky everyone keeps telling me, I wish I was you!
I am very lucky indeed, I grew up in a fami...
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Sugar Cookies

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : Sugar Nirvana Cookies! 
Divadish Kitchens created (4) dozen of  these crunchy & moist cookies in her test kitchens last week.
I took my sugar cookie recipe, cut back on the sugar a tad and added some really crunchy English toffee bits to the dry ingredients. 
Then I thought why not kick in a little more  caramel, so I then added some imported caramel syrup.
What I got besides a Sugar Cookie Niravana high, was the perfect crisp & chewy all at the same time 
Toffee& Caramel Sugar Cookie, Nothing and I mean Nothing,
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Slice of Heaven

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : Delicious comes on a plate! 
Sweet & Tart, what a great combination in your mouth! 
The American classic pie can be changed to the better.
Adding the  organic cranberries gave this apple pie a little tartness that your mouth was rewarded with a following bite of Yum!
Low in sugar, but full of taste, this delicious apple& cranberry pie was this weeks Winner.
Divadish loves to tweek even the best classics, and who can blame her when her customers come back for more.

Order this and any other of her fine meals or desserts 
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Apple Pie Reborn!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 16, 2011, In : Creating a Masterpiece! 

Apple Pie

Apple & Cranberry Crumb Pie
Apple Pie is our all American Pie choice when we think of a slice of deliciousness.
This new recipe I created @ Divadish is just as delicious, but with a new twist.
Adding Cranberries, to the semi sweet apple mixture is like dressing up a old favorite and it also adds a little tartness to it. It really is a very good combination, and makes you think yummmmm!
The next little thing I did was make it a Butter crumb crust on its bottom and not a...

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Waffles

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, In : Breakfast of Champions! 
What are your food groups?
How do you start out your day?
What is the first thing that goes in your mouth for breakfast?

Since we are all trying to start our engines on all cylinders each and everyday, then I suggest you put something good in your engines each and every day.

The above picture is Divadish's Buttermilk Waffles.
Full fiber, full grains, No Preservatives, and Good Tasting too.
They freeze very well, and have a frozen shelf life of app. (2) months.
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Mini -Angels!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, April 10, 2011, In : Angels have arrived @ Divadish 
Divadish Kitchens & Catering
Delivers her promise each and every-time a menu item leaves her kitchens and goes to yours.
Divadish wants your first experience with her company to be positively Heavenly and Delicious!
Miss Divadish herself Chef Gianna promises each and everyone of her clients her pledge of quality assurance, or she will gladly exchange for another item of equal value.

Her above picture is her newest creation of a Lemon Cream Angel Food Mini Cake.
Lightly balanced lemon flavor in...

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Taco's tonight !?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : What's for Dinner? 

Taco's

Black Bean Taco's
divadishkitchenscatering.com

Cilantro
Chili tomatoes
Lettuce
Scallions
Monterrey Jack cheese
Cukes
Black beans
Spicy 93% lean ground beef
All served on a baked hard taco shell.


Yummy doesn't even come close.
This taco blends spice, cheeses, meat, and crunch all in one bite. 
I sell these by the 1/2 dozen @ $24.00 =$4.00 each!
Taco Bell it is not, Delicious Yes!


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Chef @ Home

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, In : Chef @ Home 

Personal Chef




Hiring  your own Personal Chef?
Are they expensive?
What do they cook?
Is it per meal?
What type of menus or cuisines do they offer?

These are all very good questions and can be answered in a telephone interview or appointment.
Generally if Divadish is coming on site it is hourly +groceries.
If it is to a  deliver a fully cooked meal it is the meal price on menu +delivery.
If you want all your meals prepared by Diva...

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Banana Bread

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, In : Breafast of Champions! 

Banana Bread

divadishkitchenscatering.com
missdivadish.yolasite.com

Caramel-Nut Banana Bread

All natural, No fillers, whole grains, No Hydrogenated fats!
Flavor, Flavor, Flavor, YES>YES>YES!

Regularly Priced @7.00 a loaf
Special for April @ 4.00 a loaf


Each serves 8-10 slices .40 cents a slice!!!!
Caramel, nuts, coconut,whole grains and melts in you mouth even without a Ton of Butter!
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Chocolate Lava Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : Cake Goodness! 

Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake
Do you think you are dreaming?
Have you had a dream about a cake like this?
Are you having chocolate withdrawals?

Well, you can stop all that Wishing, Dreaming, and Withdrawing, and place your own order for yours!
This Chocolate Nirvana has it all....
It has chocolate ricotta, chocolate gnache,chocolate syrup, and finally chocolate sprinkles.
It is so moist that when you cut into it, the crumbs donot fall off the fork...
Now that is just plain...

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Try Divadish for Free!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, April 1, 2011, In : Cookies ,Cookies, Cookies 

Try Divadish for Free!

FREE>FREE>FREE>FREE>FREE>!?

Yes totally free, a 1/2 dozen cookies just for giving 
Divadish Kitchens a try!
Nothing to buy, nothing to enter, just you enjoying great cookies with your favorite beverage.

Quantities are limited,& while supplies last, and all orders and pickups must be made ahead of time and picked up @ my Divadish Kitchens.
One per customer or family
No cash value
Flavor of week for cookies

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Spices ???

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : Spices & Meal planning 

Ginger Steak #48

Ginger Steak & Edamame Beans
Comfort Food:
Whole grain rice, flank steak,edamame (soybeans) and a little fire added to round out this yummy dish.
When I plan my evening dinners I always , always spice things up a notch.
Why?
Because the heat of spices are very good for your body.
How?
It breaks down our cholesterol,and buildups in our arteries.
It also adds flavor and we use less salt because it is not needed.
When you do you own meal planning look at what you have f...

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The Greek's Chicken

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Alexander the Great! 

Alexander's Greek Chicken!


Alexander's Greek Chicken 
I named this chicken dish after my father,
Alexander Harry Ianos.
Or as he liked to call himself
"Alexander the Great "

He was very proud of his heritage, and often told people he had ancestral roots to the great Kings of Greece.
Well I know we had Spartan blood in our veins, because if you disagreed with him
there was definitely sparks, swords, and tempers all over the place!
Yes he was a male Diva in the kitchen but his food ...

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Chocolate Addictions????

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Chocolate, I need Chocolate Now! 
Addicted to anything Chocolate?
PMS says you need your Daily Fix?
Chocolate is a Antioxidant so I can have it!
I went to the Gym today!
I ran a extra ++++ miles so I could have it!
What ever is your reason, or need I have the cake that will literally satisfy all of them and more!!!
This dreamy moist chocolate piece of Heaven is exactly what you need to keep all those cravings, needs, or desires in check.
Order yours today or later, but probably sooner than later @612-859-3270 DivadishKitchens...
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Pickly/Apple Grilledcheese Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, March 26, 2011, In : Crazy-Good! 

Pickly-Apple Grilledcheese Sandwich


Pickly/Apple/Grilledcheese Sandwich

This Bad Boy Orgasmic Sandwich will make You Cry to your Momma it is so GooooooooD!
So don't say I didn't Warn you...!
 
Think of it as you Bite  into melted Montrey/Jack Cheeses, Garlic Pickles,& thin slices of Pink Lady Apples!
Can you hear your stomach crying out for more!?

I certainly can, and if you want one of these Bad Boy's you will need to call for your very own Deliciousness!
Limited -Time-Only 
Call today @...

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Sweet Sugar #48

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Sugar types 

Sugars #48

Sweet, Sweet Sugar...hmmmmmmmmmmmm!? 
 It looks better on paper than in Us!
Why?
Mini-Chocolate Truffles
Because we eat too much of it, have too much of it in our diets, and we ae becoming obese because of it!
The above picture is of my Mini's Chocolate Cakes. (15 calories each)
They are a small bite of Orgasmic Delight!
Very Low in sugar, Low in calories, and full of dark chocolate flavor!

My secret, using Greek Yogurt for 1/2 of the sugar the recipe called for instead.
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Spaghetti Bolognese #47

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, In : Chef Gianna 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese
This is one of Divadish's all time favorite comfort foods!
It is rich, full of tender meats, and it is definitely one to Lust for!
The sauce is thicker , because it has tomato chunks in it and chopped onions.
The combination's of simmered meats, and a special mix of seasonings, and letting it slow cook for over 8+ hours gives this dish it's rich but delicate taste.
For this particular  recipe I used Flank steak & 93% ground chuck.
I browned th...

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Organic

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 20, 2011, In : Choosing good foods 

Organic # 46

Organic or not Organic that is the real question these days?

How do you decide?
What exactly is organic?
Will it be hard to eat this way?
What will I be able to eat?
Will the family eat it?

These are all good questions and let's answer them.
  • Eating naturally takes patience, and relearning> It is about making better healthier choices, skipping the fast foods, and convenience foods, and making time to make something and somethings from scratch!
  • Whole grains, no additives...

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Preservatives the War on our Bodies!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, March 18, 2011, In : Figthing the War 

Preservatives # 45

It is all in the packaging that makes consumers buy.
This is very True!
The colors, logos, name regonition, placement on shelves.
I sometimes think we as consumers have been Brain-Washed so much by commercials that we don't even think anymore.

Pretty -Scary-Stuff, we all need to Wake-Up- and Smell the Coffee people!
If you break down the advertising, read the lables on the products, really read them, you will see that the manufactures of these so called nutritiou...

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Baking Bread #44

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : Baking, Just like Momma's 

Baking Bread #44

The fresh aroma of bread baking is something almost no one can resist!
Bakery's still count on it, and on those days weather permitting, will open up their doors to let the smells hit the streets, enticing customers to come in and buy!

Of course @ Divadish test kitchens we cannot do that, but I can attach a picture to make you drool over.

I sell these loafs for $6.00 each. Each rolled by hand, made with Love, Care, and deliciouness all rolled inside each and eve...

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Italian Buttermilk Pancakes #43

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 14, 2011, In : Italian Breakfast 

Italian Buttermilk Pancakes #43

These light, fluffy, cheesy buttermilk pancakes, will make you Swoon, and go weak in the Knees all @ the same time! They are so light, and moist, and full of flavor, you may not be able to stop @ just one. But @ a 118 calories each, you won't have to Either.!
So take a extra one this time, you are getting a serving of vegetables, and protein all in one serving. 
Aren't you Lucky you came down to breakfast today! 

Of course this little delectable can ...

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Spring Salads #42

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : My favorite Salads 
Spring. Spring> Spring! Robins, Budding leaves on trees, warmer weather!

I have a new category to add to the above list.

Spring Salads:

One of Divadish's favorites is Potato Salad.

My family recipe is unique and very tasty, the first bite will be a small explosion of Yum in your mouth.
Potato salad is one of those first salads of the season you start to crave when the weather gets above 40+

It is like Mother Nature, should we put on a jacket, wear shorts, or a T'shirt today, you know ...

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Happy #41

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 10, 2011, In : Make your list of Happy! 

Happy # 41

What makes You HAPPY!!!!!?

Is it your favorite shirt with the holes in the elbows?

Spending time with your family?

Or spending time with your Lover?


Gong for a walk with your best (4) legged friend? or human friend?


Enjoying a good cup of coffee, and inhaling it's strong aroma's?

Having that first sip of sweetened English Tea every-morning?

Birthdays, the joy of (1) more Year of Life?

Food, how does Food fit into your equation for Happiness?

These are all very good...

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Self-Help YOU!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, In : Questions & Answers 

Self-Help #40

Finding our answers to perplexing questions, or doubts is only a click away!

With that said you also have to realize that with all that information out there on the World-Wide Web, you still have to decipher it and understand it too.

So here is my advice, go to sites that have documented studies, and explain the most common causes or problems from ailments, medications, weight-loss, food alergyies etc.


One that I have found to be very helpful is Mayo- Clinic web...

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Food Journal #39

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 7, 2011, In : Menus 
Having  a Food Journal is very helpful. It is our Diary to our eating habits.
If we write down what we eat everyday and for each meal and snack we are less likely to over-eat!

It has been proven scientifically, and of course I think we all need visuals to understand what we are doing.

When you journal you see patterns of what you are doing and not doing.
Meaning:
When you are eating
What
Portion size
If  it was satisfying
Did you exercise before or after
Snacks
Cravings
Bedtimes

Now you c...
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Binge Eating #37

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 6, 2011, In : Hamster wheel 
Eating on the run, skipping meals, fast  food,cravings.


 These bad habits lead us all to Binge Eating. We are never properly sitting down long enough for our food to register with our brains. 

We are also eatting foods loaded with Salt, Sugar, and Processed.
Then we keep up the hamster routine when we keep up the chasing, the running, the skipping, and the bad choices of foods.

Our bodies are pretty complicated machines, and complex. 
Where it is accepting of our bad choices, & habits...

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Easter Bunny!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : Candy, Candy, Candy 

Easter Bunny is coming!?

I want the Easter Bunny to visit asks little Danny, I promise to be really good!
Really Mom, I will pick up my toy's, eat my vegetables, and even walk the dog.
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, says Mom to Danny, all that? yes Mom, I will!

Now I know it is not right or fair to bribe our children Big or Small, but heh Free Help and no arguing who's turn it is, gets Me to consider it!

So here is how we can all get what we want and not break too many parenting rules, or Honey's ...
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Recipe: Broccoli with Garlic Butter & Cashews

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Vegetables Rule! 

Recipe -Broccoli with Garlic Butter & Cashews

Miss Divadish Cooks!!!

Now don't get so excited it is only veggies... and Miss Divadish knows how some of you are still trying to feed them to your dog, or are pushy them around on your plates making believe you ate some.

Well no more! You will actually ask for seconds when you try this new recipe:
Broccoli & Garlic Butter W/Cashews.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of fresh broccolli cut into bite size pieces.
1/3 cup butter
1tbsp. brown suga...
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Soup # 41

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, In : Soup Nazis! 

Soups

"Moroccan Lentil Soup" 

The weather is warming up slowly, but soup is good anytime. A bowl of hearty soup a slice of artsian bread 
paired with a salad and you have a complete meal... So without further adieu' here is my recipe for Moroccan Soup.


Ingredients:
2+onions chopped
2+ cloves of garlic or (Minced in Jar too)
1 tsp. ginger
6 cups water
1 cup of red lentils
1 (15 oz)can of garbanzo beans,drained
1 (19 oz.) can of cannellini beans
1 14.5 oz) can of Hunt's diced tomatoes
...

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Where are you? #31

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 27, 2011, In : Lies, Lier, Truths 

Where are you Now? #31

 It is always difficult to measure our  own progress.We really do not want to be truthful with ourselves.
Or maybe we are not good at it either!

Either way it will cost Us, because of it.


Facing the music as they say is not always a pretty sight!
But one thing is clear, you do not have to remember any lie!
That part is easier.
So how do you manage to be True and still not hurt so Bad!?
Here are my suggestions:
Tears (healthy release of our emotions)
Jere's (oth...

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Jump's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 26, 2011, In : Spring, Spring!? 

Jump's

Spring is forever eternal. Who said that? I don't remember , do any of you? If so please blog back and tell me too!

For now we will just know that it does. Otherwise how would we all get through such a very long Winter.
I start thinking of Spring in January, when I get my first glimpse of my seed catalogs,the Robins coming back,
the birds in the trees making more noise, or any temperature above 10' degrees!

Then there is the first Spring flower, Johnny Jump Up's... They are the...

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ST Patty's Day

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : Sandwich in the day's honor 

St. Pat's Day

The 1st day of March is next Tuesday.... Of course we know what comes next, St. Patty's Day on March 17th!


In honor of this auspicious day I am making a very special St. Patty's Day Sandwich.
of course I am Naming it St. Patty's Melt.
It will have Pastrami, Provolone Cheese,Red Pepper,& Sauerkraut on a  Grilled Dark Rye Bread.
Now I already did a Test Sampling of this Bad Boy, and I gotta tell you it is one Bad A_________S sandwich!
This is a Special Order only Sandwich a...

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BYOB

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : Oscar are you winning? 

BYOB

We all know what this abbreviation stands for most commonly is Bring your Own Bottle!
It my case it stands for Bring Your Own Body!
If you watch the Emmy's or the upcoming Oscars, just take a look @ what these Actors, Actress, and just Celebs do to their Bodies to maintain a certain Body Image!
It is Mind-Blowing, and sometimes Shocking too! As some have had to gain enormous amounts of weight for a part, that Fat Suits cannot mimic, or loose massive amounts of weight for a par...
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Spring is Coming?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : New Recipes 

 

Spring is Coming!?

As our days get longer, and the Earth is getting warmer, it won't be too much longer for the Robins, the buds on the trees, and green grass to comeback!
Oh God, I hope so, it has been a very, very long Winter.

As a transplan...

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Dreammaker's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, In : Everyone has Dreams! 

Dreammaker's

Today is February 22, 2011. Now to quote Winston Churchill a day to go down in History!

Why?

Because 11 years ago I lost my husband to Pancreatic Cancer!
It is a terrible,painful, disease, incurable, and usually slow-wasting.
I never knew what hit Me or Us until we got the news that  day back in February of 1997.
We were both expecting something much simpler, easy, and not a Death Sentence!

But instead we took our news, cried together, moved forward as best we could and m...

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Leg's # 24

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, February 21, 2011, In : Hot-Pants!? 

Legg's #24

Remember the Hane's commercial? Look who's wearing them now!

Yes and I say when you start shedding the weight, those leg's start looking pretty Dam Nice again!
They start to get their firmness back, those little dimples disappear, and we show them off more.
I know I do, and I want to wear tighter pants too.
Why not? when it is not a Tent you are displaying on your legs it is Fun to show off those parts again!
We all are looking for ways to get our bodies back to some form of ...
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The Neck # 23

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 20, 2011, In : Big Fat Greek Wedding! 

The Neck #23

Names for that part of our body can be very insulting to the owner!
I will give you all a few examples.
  • Turkey neck
  • Jello Neck
  • Elephant Hide
  • Flabby Neck
Now I also know that as we age this part of our anatomy changes. It becomes looser,which makes it appear larger.
Then it will wiggle, or make our snapshots look Dam Awful!
So this is what I do to make some of this appear better than it is...
It is a little trick a model taught Me.... Tighten up your Jaw Muscles when posing for ...

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Lips #22

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 19, 2011, In : Kiss, Love, Lover 

Lips #22

                                                                            Pout, Potty, Pursed, Perfect Lips! 


What do your Lips say about you!?
Are they like the song by Rhee, Rhee, S&M,,, I like it, like it.!
Or are they more a sly suggestion?
Or are they Wet & Wild?
How have they been since you are accomplishing your Weight Goals?
Do you or others see them differently?
They are part of our Face, and are important to it and Us.
Do you have thin lips?
Full lips?
Define the...

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Miss Divadish Teaches!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 19, 2011, In : Cravings, we all have them! 
Postcards: Front side
Free recipes @ each class
                                                                                                    Free Drawings for Cookies & Cupcakes
                                                                                                    Bring a friend get a Free gift
                                                                                    Post this @ your work, school, gym or anywhere else people might be interested and when you sign up...

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Eyes #21

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : Who do we See!? 

Eyes #21

The coined phrase "The Eyes Have it" was a very poignant statement. 
I have been told by many a person that our Eyes are our windows to our very Souls!? Haunting isn't it?
Do you think of your Eyes that way?
As you put on your makeup?
When they look back at you in the mirror?
When your Lover hold's their embrace?
Or when someone tells you they are just pools of deliciousness?
Or when someone shares their pain with Us? 
Or our own sorrow?
How do you really feel about those (2) r...
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Cheekbones

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 17, 2011, In : Your Face 

Cheekbones #20

Remember when Grand-Ma use to squeeze our little cheeks till it hurt!?
We all just hated that, and told our Mommy so. But she kept on doing it every time she seen us.

Then as we got older that changed to a Big Hug, and a sloppy kiss on the cheeks.
I think I liked the pinching better!

Then when we were young adults she totally switched things up and just took our hands and squeezed them a little.
Finally we were all grown up and stood taller than her, then everything w...

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Mirror #19

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Face,Eyes,You 

Mirror #19

Who's that in The Mirror asked Sleeping Beauty? The Wicked Witch answered it is I the most beautiful Queen of all the land! Sleeping Beauty looked again, and the reflection she saw was something quite different then what the Wicked Witch saw.
Her own image had changed, her face was thinner, her eyes more defined, her lips fuller and sexy.
What was this? a optical illusion? was the Witch tricking her?

No it was no trick, no illusion, it was all that hard work she had b...

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Smaller Sizes #18

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, In : Demons, Brain reprograming 

Smaller Sizes" #18

We have all been there before, maybe for some of us several times.
Like a rollcoaster ride, when we go Up &Down several times before the ride is finally done.
And we are either sick from all of those up& downs or tired.
It is hard work to maintain your weight, your new You!
I am not going to sugar-coat this for you, No never ever, It Is Dam Hard Work!
How can you make it easier?
What can you do to maintain it?
Will I gain it all back?

These are all fair questions, an...

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New You #17

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, February 14, 2011, In : No Snuggies here! 

New You #17

We all like to put those pair of jeans on that were a little tight once, almost couldn't get them on without laying Flat on your Back tight!
Today you go into that same closet, pull out those same jeans, and OMG>>> they are too Big!
What happened there, did they grow bigger overnight? did someone add more material so I wouldn't feel bad?
It is a Cold NO>>> to the above, You have lost that middle... And we all know what that means,
No Snuggies, No Sucking in the Gut till yo...
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Weight Control #16

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 13, 2011, In : Tool Boxes 
Weight Control or maintenance as the experts like to call it. 
What does that mean?
How can I continue my success?
What should I do?
Do I need  more tools?


Maintenance  is  really a complex word, and it has a few strings attached to it!
Let me explain by giving you a few examples.
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Animals
  • De stress
In order to maintain anything you have to deal with the above examples.
How do you do that, let's break them down into simpler terms.


Stress:
  1. Work
  2. Friends
  3. Responsibilities
  4. Bills
  5. Not enough time ...

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Hire a Personal Chef!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 12, 2011, In : Time for Family! 

"Hire a Personal Chef"

Alright you are still working on your weight & life goals. You are working on it, and that is instrumental in itself.
I have another suggestion to help you maintain those goals.
HIRE A PERSONAL CHEF SERVICE!
Now before you say I can not Afford that, I am not Bill Gates!
It is not as expensive as people might think!
In fact when you break down the average costs per meal it is between $7-10.00 per serving.
Now what would you spend yourself doing it, and you do all t...

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Goals #14

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Buying our rewards! 

Rewards #14

Is everyone Happy!? What makes you Happy?
Is it buying yourself something Shiny?
How about something for your wardrobe?
Another pair of shoes?
A gadget for your car?
A gadget for your kitchen?

Any of these are good as long as their done in moderation.
We all like to reward ourselves for a job Well-Done, it is like someone else patting Us on the back.
It is that same feeling except with a price tag attached to it.
So that is why I said with moderation, because going overboar...

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Goal Setting #13

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Road to Success 

Goal Setting #13

We are refueling ourselves with only positive feedback. What does that mean Doctor says the patient.
Well replies the Doctor, it means what makes you want to do something in the first place!?
The patient sits there for a minute and looks a bit blank and then starts to tell him what motivates her each and every day.
Here is what she said:
  • Avoiding future health problems
  • Want to exercise often and comfortably
  • Be there for my children
  • playing with my grandchildren
  • traveling
  • Lon...

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"Falling In Love #12

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, In : Heart, Head & Body 

'Falling in Love" #12

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, what can we do to make it a Healthier Day?
  1. Does Falling in Love even for awhile really make our endorphins go crazy?
  2. Can we overeat because of it?
I have some answers for the above questions.
Speaking from my  personal experiences only I can tell you it is Yes for both.
The whys are different for each one of us.
For me it is like a feeling of Euphoria, I can't wait too see him again, smell his cologne, look in his eyes and...

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Name of Love #11

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, In : Your Dream Lover! 

"Name of Love"

In the name of LOVE... Or is it what's LOVE got to do with it!? Or Love is my DRUG!
Or how about your stole my heart and now yours is as Cold as Ice!
All great one -liners and they sure get us Yes right in our Hearts, the Lyrics always hit there marks and we are left to Bleed out our Pain from our wounds.
But it doesnot have to end this way!
I have the solution to stop the bleeding: CHOCOLATE< CHOCOLATE>CHOCOLATE>
It is a Aphrodisiac, a Anti-Oxidant, a Anti-Crying over...

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Weird taste in my mouth #10

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, February 7, 2011, In : Our body is our Temple! 

Taste,Texture,Appearance. The (3) Biggies when eating. I know we think we don't care, but really are you going to eat something that tastes like Dog Poop!? I don't think so! There are a lot of foods that if they are combined with other foods just will make your mouth start to water and your stomach start to roll, and you all know what comes next.So to avoid this terrible thing, make sure you are putting good quality foods into the Body which is your very own Temple! Then you will never...


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Yes you can #9

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 6, 2011, In : Banana Split w/ yogurt 

Yes you can!#9

Of course we all like the word YES>>> YES>>> YES>>>> but then we grow up and realize you get a  lot of No's with each of those matching Yes's.  The No's follows things we cannot do. That of course is a real Bummer, downer, or just plain SUCKS!!! As the kids say... But I am going to find everyone another Big Fat YES!!!!
It is from the food group Milk and more importantly >>YOGURT<<<
Like the movie Gig Fat Greek Wedding (Loved that Movie).. We will take from the word ...

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Just a Bite #8

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 5, 2011, In : Reshaping our bodies 

What is the secret to loosing weight? how am I going to shed these pounds before whatever event?

These are all questions I think the Universe asks themselves.

The simple answer as I see it is food portions sizes, combinations of foods, and No Processed foods.

Of course if you absolutely have to have something, because those Cravings are worse than giving birth pains, then have Just one Bite.

Remember when the Big thing was taking a one bite of something and spitting it out? it wasn't for the fo...


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Can't touch this#7

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : Popcorn recipe 

Okay people our favorite shows on The Boob tube tonight, what ever it is doesn't matter. We already eaten dinner, and our stomachs say heh, itsn't it snack time? Ohhhhhhhhh, but you are watching your waistline and say No way, I can't touch anything in that kitchen.....! Wrong,,, you can have my creation for the best tasting popcorn this side of New York City... Really...

Here is how it is made... take a 1/4 of popcorn + 1/4 of dark olive oil pour into a 4quart heavy bottom saucepan with...


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Little Piggy#6

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : Pitch the Dish 

Following the Miss Potters story book, this Little Piggy, I am sure she did not have in mind how we as a Nation have gotten this way.

Why TV and ads in our papers will not rest till we all have weight problems or diseases from our weight problems.

How can we as a Nation and a prosperous country tell them No-MORE!

I think we need to solicit the help of our congress, our legislators, our pet dogs!

I mean it, my dog Travis is the best Weight Watcher I own. He is a very active Border -Collie Mix Bre...


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Biggest loser#5

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : No Fridge Piggies 

We all hear the TV hype about how we all need to slim down to a reasonable size. 

Super-Size me is No longer in McDonald's commercials advertising.

Taco-Bell's is now pushing veggie taco's 

Arby's is back to pushing the BBQ everything hamburger

Domino's is limiting you to 256 pizza's deliveries.

Every commercial on TV is Food Gluttony.

We just don't stand a chance, we are consistently bombarded with it 24/7

So here is my common sense approach to the obvious over-eating they are forcing Us to watch....


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Firming The Batwings!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, In : Exercise Tip! 

Hello everyone:

As a person who will try almost anything to keep looking modestly good, I found a simple exercise that works on that problem area we so nicely call "The Batwing " skin under the forearms. As we loose weight this skin losses it's elasticity and it swings or spreads like a Bat's Wing's, hence the name it has so doubly received, Batwings!

The little Secret Remedy.... is using a elastic Rubber band exercise rope. You can get them @ any Sports equipment department in almost an...


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Get Back Your Wiggle

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, January 31, 2011, In : Baked Granola 

Looking for a Breakfast cereal Or snack that tastes Good!?


When you put it in your mouth it does not make you think Cardboard!?


Well, I have the solution for you, this Baked granola is filled with flavor, lower in calories, and has a serving of fruit all in one bowl!


You can make it yourself, it is very low in cost, and most of us have all the ingredients in our kitchens.


Whole Oats, brown sugar,raisins, cranberry's, walnuts, pecans,almonds,applesauce, pumpkin spice, honey,

vanilla extr...


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"Loose the Jiggles"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, January 30, 2011, In : Breakfast is Back! 
This waffle batter is made with (2)egg-whites,
(2)tbsps. of brown sugar, and (2) tbps. of olive oil.
(1) tsp. of vanilla, plus (2) tsps. of baking powder
(1) tsp. of Sea salt. (2) cups of all-purpose flour,(2) cups of milk. Stir all together in large bowl till well mixed.
Heat up your Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker to 3.5 temperature, spray waffle maker with cooking spray
then when up to temp add (1) full ladle of mix and spread over waffle grid.  Cook till green indicator light comes on. Th...
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Forget the Calories!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, January 27, 2011, In : Can't Stop me Now! 
Yes another year has started, and we are all thinking, oh,oh, the Skinny-A------! Jeans are not going to fit!
Well here is what I say about that. As a fellow Weight-Watcher, Jenny-Craiger, Atkins meal eater, etc, etc, etc,
the best Diet and I literally Hate that word, is No Diet @ all!
Let me speak frank here, when you even mentioned the word Diet your Whole body does the Shriver thing, what's that you ask? it is something my grand-daughter use to do when she was but a baby, and it was Sooooooo,...
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Alfredo Pizza

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, In : Pizza Tonight, Not Papa's!!!! 
This  deep dish seasoned pizza crust is topped with Spinach& Caramelized onions,and Parmesan & Feta cheeses.
It totally has the Chessey melt factor going for it, and the bite in to and go yum too.    A perfect choice for the vegetarians, or just want a little extra vegetable serving tonight. But one thing is for sure, you will not be skipping taste, this pizza has all of that and more! And it serves 12-15 slices, and not tiny squares either! 
$12.00 for this Bad Boy, and it's all yours by call...

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CHOCOLATE THE MOVIE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : CHOCOLATE THE MOVIE 
Hello Chocolate Lovers!

With V-Day not so far away,and we all need chocolate to make us Feel Better!
I have just the solution... A CHOCOLATE SALE @ DIVADISH>>>>

Mini Chocolate&Carmel Truffles (12) @ $7.00
CHOCOLATE Cupcakes (12) @ $12.00
CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES (12)@ $12.00

Chocolate Mini-Doughnuts (12)@ $12.00
Plus Tax of 7.125%
Gratuities welcomed for the Hard working Baker & Creator!
Please allow 24-48 hours for orders.
Call @612-859-3270
or email elizabethjj555@gmail.com
Payment due @ pick-up
Del...
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Super-Bowl Eaters Welcome!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : Eaters Welcome! 
Super-Bowl Sunday is fast approaching....I have just the right kind of Meat Sandwiches, Pasta Hot-dishes,

Crunchy-Popcorn snacks, Meatball Sandwiches dripping with Mozzarella& Sauce, Pizza Pockets, and of course Jumbo Cupcakes, Cakes, Cheesecakes, Mini-Doughnuts... Are you starving yet!? So pick up the phone and punch Divadish Kitchens digits in so she can get busy cooking for you! 612-859-3270 All orders pay on delivery.


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New Pie Names for 2011

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, In : New Pie choices? 
We all Love pie, but because we are a ever changing society, tastes change.
Well, Divadish keeps up on the curves.
For this new year we are the first to announce the new Pie Names for an otherwise common dessert.

**** All flavors of baked Doughnuts this is now our new Sinful treat.
**** All flavors of cupcakes better than eating a whole piece of cake
****Mini's, Mini's cupcakes, cheesecakes,muffins, meatloaf's,Lasagna's (Yes you can have just one.)

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Healthy Eating

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Sunday, January 9, 2011, In : Healthier You! 
Welcome the New Year with a New You!
Celebrate that you and you alone can make a difference in your Life!
See all your imperfections as opportunities to make them better!
Forget that ad on TV that says you can be a size (6) by your Birthday!
What you should be focusing on is who You want to be for the rest of your Life!
Set small goals that are manageable, attainable, and reward yourself with a compliment instead of negative attitude.
Anyone, and I mean anyone can achieve their measurement of Succe...

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11%>!!%>!!% OFF>>>>

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Thursday, January 6, 2011, In : Save $$$ 

Celebrating 2011!!!!

Divadish is giving 11% off any one menu item.
This can only be used once, and cannot be combined with any other offers!
Offer runs through January 31st,2011
Place your order by phone @612-859-3270 or on line @divadishkitchenscatering.com
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FREE>FREE>FREE!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Thursday, December 30, 2010, In : Free Food! 
With any order of $50.00 or more receive a menu item (Chef's Choice) absolutely Free!
From cookies, to breads, or butters, something delicious will be yours just for placing your minimum order!
Quantities are limited and due change weekly.
So order early & often to get your Free Goodie!

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Mini'sMini's Mini's!!!!!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Saturday, December 25, 2010, In : Mini's where can I get Mine!? 
Diviadish is going Mini in 2011! No not the Mini-Skirt, or the Mini-Cooper,or the Mini-Series.
Coming soon will be Mini-Lasagna's
                                  Mini-Brownies (Lolipop Stick)
                                  Mini-Doughnuts (Baked)

I will be working in my Kitchen over the next few weeks perfecting my new recipes. I will be also adding my items on You-Tube to cause the next Mini--- Craze!!!!
So get ready to Have Some Fun in 2011.... ! Mini's are Back and they are SOOOOOOOOOOOO,G...

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2011 New Recipes, New Year!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, December 17, 2010, In : Joy of Good Cooking! 
As 2010 winds down, and we all catch our breaths a bit before another year begins,@ Divadish we are preparing to make 2011 another banner year.
We have been working in the kitchens tasting and trying some new recipes, adding new twists to others and finding some great food choices.
We will be expanding all our lines, and especially our cookies, & desserts.
As I find myself thinking on how we can have our Cake & Eat it too, I do just that, but not adding as much sugars.
I instead cut the sugars do...

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God Bless Us everyone!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, In : Joy of Food! 

Catering the Joy of Food!

Divadish catering is celebrating her company's success one mouthful @ a time.
 We are grateful for the continued support, enthusiasm, kindness and dedication of my loyal supporters.
As Tiny Tim said in the Christmas Carol"Hoorah&God; Bless Us Everyone"
Thank you; Divadish Kitchens &Catering


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New Years Eve Packages!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, December 10, 2010, In : Fine Cusine @ Home 
  "New Year's Eve Package"

Taking reservations now! Call 612-859-3270 to place your order.

Package Costs $80.00 for two.(Due upon receipt)

Included in our New Year's Eve Deal:

Dinner for two:

Pick one from each selection:

Roasted  Greek Garlic Chicken

Grilled Rosemary seasoned Sirloin Pork chops.

Grilled Rosemary Greek Lamb Chops


Vegetable Choice: Steamed Garlic & Dill Broccoli or

Steamed Spinach & Feta or

Greek Feta Romaine Salad with tomatoes, olives, cukes and salami comes

With a Old World Greek D...


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Cookies, Cookies for Sale!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, In : Specility Cookies! 
Cookies , Cookies, For Sale!   

Kahlua Creams (12) @$22.00 =$1.83 a cookie

Coconut Joy's (12)@ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Almond Joy's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Hazlenutty's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Carmelnella's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie


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Romeo & Juliet Cookies!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Sunday, December 5, 2010, In : Romance 
                                                  Spumetti Cookies  

                                                                     Made to order

                                                                                                

                                                   Cash or check to Gianna Ianos or Divadish Kitchens


This simple Italian style almond meringue cookie is my Romeo & Juliet of cookies.

Imagine yourself outside a Italian Cafe, staring into your Romeo's e...


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Spicy-Sweet-Potato Fries!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, December 3, 2010, In : Santa said to get him a Order please! 

Spicy-Sweet-Potato Fries!

You know we all like french fries but don't want the FAT!! Well guess what, what if you could have your Cake & Eat it too!? Well you can, order my Spicy Sweet Potato fries, that are baked, not fried, are good for you, and seem like they are Sinfull but are not! Hmmmmmmmmmmm, wish everything could be this easy.
Each order serves (6) and costs just $30.00 so better hurry, we wouldn't want Santa to leave you Coal again this Year now would We!? Place your orde...
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Cookie Contest @Once Upon a Chef!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Thursday, December 2, 2010, In : Cookie Contest! 
I have entered my Ginger Creams Cookies @ this Wonderful cooking site, if it is picked I will win
a Le French Oval Roaster valued @$275.00 dollars, a write up in their cooking mag & site coverage.
I am so excited to be considered and it is a very good cookie,
my Fans & Peeps say so and they never-ever Lie -to Me!
Wish Divadish Luck, and cross your toes for extra measure... Yes it New York humor....!

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Artifical Ingrediants, Not @ Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : Artifical Ingredients! 
While stores keep adding new items for our Christmas feast, have you ever looked @ the ingredients list!?
OMG,,, everything is hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, salt, sugars. Not only is all this so BAD for You, it is also not very tasty, nor does it have any Nutritional Value.

From my butter spreads, to my main entree's you will not have anything added that is Artificial.
 It might add shelf Life, but it does not add Human -Shelf- Life!

I do not believe in it for myself or my clients. My Philosop...

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Giving yourself the Gift of Time!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : 1/2 Off Holiday Meals! 
Look what Divadish is offering now. Buy any Holiday menu Item @ regular price and get the 2nd item @ 1/2 off!
Not only will you not have to cook, but you will be saving $$$ too! So put your feet up and relax a little this Holiday Season, and let Miss Divadish do the Holiday cooking!

Happy-Holidays to all & 1/2 Off too! HO, HO, HO....

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Looking for Snacks!?

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Saturday, November 27, 2010, In : Schnack's 
As my family likes to call them Schnacks...! You know all meals should have a tray of finger foods, to wet our appetites.
That way you don't overeat on the main meal. At least that is my theory, doesn't mean I follow it!
I love good food, whether it is snacking pick ups, or a whole meal of Yum....
It makes my heart sing when I try out another new recipe, creating is half the process, the other half is Eating it!
So mossy on over to my Appetizer page, take one of my finger items for a Test Drive ...
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F.A.C.E. Fighting Against Cancer Ediably!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, In : Cancer surviors & Family 
Just checking in Kid... How are things A-Going!?  I hope well....!
I am knee-deep in Turkey preps today for my own family, I will be taking pics and downloading them on my web site soon, so go visit, and get your Drool towel ready! I did a new marinade this year, with White wine & olive oil... it is looking good!
My dressing is a little different too, I added Anise & Fennel to it, and it is totally vegetarian this year. The flavors are so good....! I am always amazed how things you think would ...
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Being Thankful!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, November 22, 2010, In : Inspirational thoughts! 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving!

I am never disappointed about this most Thankful Holiday!
It is one that is full with Joy, Family&friends!
People aren't thankful for what new Bling/Bling they want for Christmas, instead they are thinking about the family & friends that surround them around the table that day, and also Saddened for those that are not....
For all of us that have lost Love ones this...

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Cook-A-Thon was a Hughe Success!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, November 15, 2010, In : NO- WORRIES/BE-HAPPY!!! 
With the Holidays Fast-Approaching, wouldn't it be nice to have some meals stock-piled in your freezer!?
Where you could just pull one out, thaw, and re-heat!?
 Where your Family  just gets to sit down to a Warm-Meal together and catch up with each others days instead of rushing to figure out what's for dinner!?

Let Divadish Kitchen's & Catering be that source for all your menu needs. I will deliver your meals Hot for this evenings dinner or Flash/frozen for later, and all you do is provide the ...

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Arby's, Taco Bell's,Mcdonald's, Hamburger Helper!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, In : No Fast-Food Tonight! 
What's for Dinner? the most common question today! Unfortunately the reply can be the same Old Boring thing!
The Old McDonald had a Farm bag, or Ring my Taco,Hello Arby I'll take (2), or my favorite, I can Hamburger Helper it!

The Big problem with this scenario is the FAT!!! Bad Trans-Fats, empty calories,and High-Fructose Sugars.
Once in awhile you can cheat, but a constant diet of any of these is a killer,, and know what it is working.

 Miss Divadish has a sloution, skip the Empty Claories, non...

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Wellness Meals Being offered by Divadish Kitchens & Catering!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, In : Wellness Meals!!!! 
Are you or someone you know recovery from Cancer? or are suffering from a long-term illness?
Miss Divadish can help you recover faster, build your strength back up quicker, and regain your positive attitude!
How you ask? No it is not a Miracle Cure, or some strange tasting Tonic!
Yes, it is a Well-Balanced Wellness Meal fixed especially for your type of illness and what that illness has done to you! I have worked with Cancer Recovery patients for over 30+ years, and have seen and experienced so...

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Chicken-Pot-Pie Casserole/ better than Momma's, Really!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Sunday, November 7, 2010, In : Chicken/Pot-Pie Casserole 

·       Chicken –Pot/Pie Casserole (serves 6-8 ) $55.00

Cream, butter, chicken chunks, peas, carrots, corn, chicken gravy& White wine

 special seasonings,  all topped with a Butter Flaked Crust.

This is one of all time fav's so I had to add it to my menus, now you can make it yours too, call and place your order today @ 612-859-3270, The Cold Weather is Coming!

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Everyone needs Miss Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, November 5, 2010, In : One mouthful @ a time! 
From the next door neighbor, to the hockey Mom, everyone needs to Eat sometime.
Well Miss Divadish can fill that need, One Mouthful @ a Time!
From Soup, to Candy/glazed brownies, your mouth will not stop drooling. So pick up the phone@612-859-3270
call Miss Divadish, and you will get $5.00 off your 1st order!

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Holiday Meals By Miss Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, In : No Slave to Cooking this Holiday Season! 
Tired of being stuck in the kitchen? you want to be one of the guests and just sit down?
Then let Miss Divadish do all the cooking for you!
Then all you need to do is reheat, and serve.
No slaving over a Hot-Oven, or peeling all those potatoes, or my gravy is what?

My meals include a choice of meats: from Chicken, Roast, Ham, or Turkey.
Stuffing, or Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetable, Custom Cheese Spread or Custom Butter.
Artisan bread & a dessert.
Average meal feeds 10 people.

Prices include labor onl...

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Pre-Election Fortifier!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, In : Potato Goodness! 
I love these almost any time, but especially when I know I need extra Brain Power!!!!
So Tuesday Yes tomorrow, November 2nd,go & vote Please... It is a Must!!!! of course you can order, yours too, for anytime!!!
@ this web site or give me a call @ 612-859-3270

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Divadish Saves you Money!!!!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Thursday, October 28, 2010, In : Divadish Fix! 
Stock up your freezers, big or small with Divadish's ,Delicious, Delightful, Decadent meals.
Everything is on SALE>>> $5.00 off first order, $10.00 off 2nd!!! Simple math, You Save MONEY!!!!
I Love to Cook, what could be Better! So pick up your Iphones, cell,or the Boring house phone and punch in the digits#612-859-3270.. or better yet add my # to speed dial, you know you want to!
 That way I get Priority to your everyday Food Cravings, & Hungers. 
You never know when one of those Babies are goi...
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Creations, Galore!!! Ever had a perfect day!?

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Sunday, October 24, 2010, In : New Foods! 

Creations, Galore!!!

Ever had a perfect day!? I know we think there is no such thing, but really it is possible!
Today was a powerhouse day of baking&cooking; one of my signature soups. Spaghetti Soup, yes, you have never had it, because I am the one who created it. And not to sound conceited but it is really very good, and everyone has confirmed that by buying it and then calling me to say Thank-You!

So lets add up the things I got done today.
  • Baked (3) dozen Chunky-Monkey cookies
  • Bake...

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Apple/Bundt Cake!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, October 22, 2010, In : Apple Cake 
Apple/Bundt Cake with Lemon/Cream cheese Icing.It was reported by all to be delish and tasty! All who tasted it licked their fingers, some even sucked them dry, so their was not a crumb left on their little Piggy's, I am so Glad I could accommodate them! Miss Divadish was the Hit of the Evening, as Tiny Tim use to say, another huge Success, Bravo, Bravo Miss Divadish!

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(4) D'S

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, In : Divadish Tag's the D's 
Divadish, Decadent, Delicious. Count the D's you will see, it is Delicious indeed!

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Strawberry/Cream Bundt Cake!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, October 15, 2010,
Let's start licking our lips now, this delicate cake has the makings of one of my new fav's...
Fresh strawberry puree/ strawberry preserves, cream, sour-cream & whole milk. You know this Bad-Boy is going to melt in your mouth, and make you cry like a Baby for More! Of course I am going to use a cream cheese icing with strawberry preserves drizzled over that... Have you stroked out yet!? If not then pick up the phone and order yours, so you can have the Whole thing. Cost $48.00.. serves 12-15 p...

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Creamy/Chicken Soup W/Egg Noodles !

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, October 15, 2010, In : Chicken Soup 2010 
Just like my Great-Grandma used to make, except better, because I put more delicious ingredients in it.. Times were tough over 100+ years ago...! Big Chunks of Chicken, loads of veggies, creamy chicken gravy slowed cooked over a 10+ hours, gives you one smooth tasting Chicken/Soup. I usually add the egg noodles after everything is all cooked and flavors are completely blended.
With the cold snap hitting this weekend this will definitely be a winner with my family.
Of course Miss Divadish coul...

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New Meal Deals added!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Thursday, October 14, 2010, In : Meal Deals Specials! 
Looking for something Delicious & Healthy to Eat tonight!? Look no further, Miss Divadish has the answers to your prayers!
Order any Main Entree off my menus and receive a Totally Free Greek Salad with it!
Yes you read it right, FREE>>FREE>> FREE>>Small Greek SALAD< $40.00 value. N/C

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Belly-Up for one more Bite!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, In : Potato/Hot-Dish 
Just finished a fabulous potato hot-dish... Nothing common here, nope,,,, It has Feta/Sour-Cream, lots of different spices,cream, butter, cheddar cheese. Mix all together, spoon into a 9x13 square pan and bake @ 375 for 30 min. then crisp up a bit under broil.. It is so delish, you will find it hard to have just one bite, a pan fill is more like it!

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Chewy-Fudgy Brownies!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, October 11, 2010, In : Chewy/Choc/Delights 
I created another newbie to be added to the Yummy/Bar of my dessert lines.
I recently bought some Kahlua syrup and some Carmel Syrup and was thinking recently, I just Love both of those flavors, what should I add them too!
Whala, @ my dream state usually around 2:00 AM, I came up with a Fudge/Brownie recipe that not only is delicious because it's Chocolate, but adding these (2) additional ingredients plus sour-cream for a healthy balance, it turned out better than before, which I thought was im...

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2 Years in A ROW AWARDS FROM THUMBTACK!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 6, 2016,
How can it be? I guess you would need to ask my many satisfied and Healthy Clients that Question? I only try my hardest each and every time I make and deliver food to all my clients!:) I have a saying in my business, if I can't eat it, You are not going to either!! So get on The Diva Train and start  "Living to Eat Today!!!




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BBQ Recipe Chosen by Thumbtack.Com

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : 3 Ingredient BBQ Recipe 
Being chosen by Thumbtack.Com for a featured Top Chef is always exciting and a personal Kudo's for me. Creating new recipes that are sometimes all consuming can be mind boggling, and when a Big Company such as Thumbtack asks you to share just one you say okay, when ... I did just that and pick one of my favorite easy (3) ingredient recipe that works on Pork, Fish, and Beef, and it is so easy to make. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Feeding your Cravings???

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 25, 2015, In : Feeding your Cravings? 


Sage/Onion Bread

What do you grab when you get a craving? Is it bread, a cookie, or chips?

Why are there always so many tempting food commercials? Making Us weak and always thinking about Eating!

Personally I feel it is a conspiracy between Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, or maybe it is Medi Fast????

Who knows, and who has the money to feed their hungry pockets... Here is what I would like to suggest, Hire a Personal Chef who can keep the cravings at bay by feeding your Hungry Beast with satisfy...

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Top Catering Company!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 13, 2015, In : Top Caterer Recognition! 
Divadish is working her magic in the NorthEast Metro Area, I have been voted The Top #3 Catering Company in The Andover Area. Bragging rights are given to my company by Thumbtack Professional Web Site .

Click on the link and read more.  http://thumbtack.com/mn/andover/catering

Many Thanks, from Divadish Kitchens & Catering.

Chef Gianna E. Ianos Owner & Chef.

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OATS... Superfood Spotlight

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Oats 
Did you know that Oats was once considered a invasive weed? it was unwanted, and considered invasive to crops like wheat & barley.

Now centuries later we realize that it is a great grain to help us manage our cholesterol levels along with adding fiber to our diets.

Studies have shown by adding this grain to our diets can reduce "BAD" cholesterol by 7%

It has also been  shown that a diet containing Oats can improve blood pressure and significantly reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

In addi...

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Thumbtack 's Top Chef's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : Top Chef Spotlight 
Divadish was chosen among many other applicants to be featured on Thumbtack Spotlight Feature. 

This is a very prestigious award and solidifies my own Mission statement that my clients come first .
I want to thank everyone who has helped me achieve this recognition and also for Thumbtack who choose my company.
You can find my spotlight feature here@ http://www.thumbtack.com/mn/minneapolis/chef/


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Top Chef 's In Minnesota!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : Top Chef Feature 
http://www.thumbtack.com/mn/minneapolis/chef/

Please check out this link and see that Divadish Personal Chef Services made the cut.... I am so excited to be featured, please share this with friends thank you Gianna
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Chia Seeds(Super foods Spotlight)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 15, 2015, In : Chia Seeds 
Chia Seeds what are they? and where do they come from? 

Answer they are a native plant of Argentina, Paraguay and Mexico, they originated as a food source for the Aztecs and Mayan Civilizations.

The word Chia means" strength " both cultures used the seed as energy boosters making it easy and nutritious to add to many foods. 

(3) tablespoons of chia seeds is only 160 calories and is rich in omega 6 fatty acids, add to that it has (5) grams of protein (12) grams of fiber, 20 percent of your daily ...
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Fruit Cobbler

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, February 2, 2015, In : fruit cobblers 


Mixed Fruit Cobblers

Fruit Desserts? Yes and Low Calorie too... How can that be? Well I will share that with you too.

When I make these fruit desserts I usually use frozen organic fruit mixes. You can mix and match them and that way you get good quality fruits and a larger variety of choices during the Winter season too.

Put your fruit in a large mixing bowl if frozen let thaw before adding sugar and spices to it.

Ingredients:

2-4 cups of mixed fruits
1/2-3/4 cup of white or brown sugar
1/2 tsp. of ...

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Sweet Potatoes /Super food

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, January 15, 2015, In : Super foods 

Sweet Potato Soup

What do sweet potatoes do for your body? They are full of radical killing antioxidants, which assist our bodies in blood sugar regulation. Then they are full of fiber which also helps our colons, the next thing is they are calorie free, Yes and sweeter than regular potatoes and healthier.just one sweet potato is a 114 calories, but,,, it gives us 377 % of a daily intake of Vitamin A, this vegetable is a guilt free snack that is good for you.

So next time you are craving a snac...

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Steak Kabobs!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : Kabob's for Dinner 


Steak Kabobs....

Okay we are 3 days into the New Year so how are the Resolution's going for Ya??
Me, I stopped making them year's ago, why you may ask, since I am a A personality type I already had them on a get it done list...:):):) Yep sometimes Anal retentive about things, but oh well we are all made different....

So in keeping with my get done list I am posting this year's first food blog and it is a goodie...

Like steak? who doesn't, but you get tired of it just plopped on a plate, so I made...

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Italian Christmas!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, In : Christmas Meal 


Sausages & Peppers Spaghetti

Divadish wishes all her foodie friends and their families and friends a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

My above picture is how I celebrate Christmas, a big plate of Angel Hair Pasta with lottsa MEAT!!!

May yours be as Joyful, enjoying what you have not what you didn't get. Reminiscing, Laughing and Loving each other.

I look forward to seeing all of you in 2015.... 
Always a Diva

Divadish Personal Chef Services & Catering

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Beef Stew!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Winter Meals 


Beef Stew

The cold brings out the best soups and stews season...Brrrrrrr! My beef stew is delicious full of flavor and low in calories. Can't beat that with a stick...

I usually use beef chuck roast and cut it up myself because buying stew meat costs more because of the convenience of it being cut up. 

Ingredients:
Yukon Gold Potatoes 1 to 2 lbs peeled and quartered
Celery 1 pkg. washed and quarter. ( Do not use the ends or the leaves in stew it will sour it.)
Carrots ( Pre- Boil ) so they are 1/2 ...

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Apricot Stuffed Pork Chops!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 6, 2014, In : Low fat Meals 


Stuffed Pork Chops

Pork the other white meat? Yes indeed, and it has as many ways to fix it as chicken, with less calories too.

This dish pictured here is one that I created for my clients, it is a Apricot& Coconut Rum Marinade with a apricot stuffing.
Now you may think low calorie no way, Yes Way as the kids say, I make the marinade with a all organic no sugar marmalade and a 1/2 cup of coconut rum, add a little olive oil and garlic and stir all together, brush the pork chops with it after they...

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Mini Turkeys !!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, November 28, 2014, In : Cooking for the Holidays 


Mini -Turkeys

Thanksgiving week deserves it's attentions towards our favorite foods week, here is one I think deserves it's time in the Spotlight....

These little babies are mini turkey roasts, I just Love them, they have all the taste of their Bigger Brothers but not as much work, and when you are fixing food for a family gathering or a meal on the fly these would fit the bill and make your Life a whole lot easier and simpler too...

I prepare them with a olive oil basting and seasoned with garl...

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Stay Well in Winter?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, In : Staying well 


Spinach Bacon Quiche'

Eating healthy is easier than you think and is one of the ways to help your Immune system.

Here is the (6) strategies to stay well all year!

  1. Eat Healthy
Limit your sugar intake, saturated fats, trans fats, and processed foods. The Old Adage everything in moderation has always been the Golden Rule for most everything we do in Life, our diets are no exception. 

It is OK to celebrate during the Holidays with our favorite foods but make sure you are also eating plenty of vegetabl...

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Brandy BBQ Sandwich!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Alcohol in the kitchen 


Brandy BBQ!!

Fall is now in our shadows and daylight savings is Sunday, sooooooo? what do we do now....? I have a simple solution let's head back to our kitchens and start cooking again... !

Colder weather brings out the best foods, soups, stews, BBQ meats, Pulled Meats with glazes, Turkey, the list is endless.

I love creating new flavors and new seasoning combinations, and Winter brings out my what if thinking, and since it is cold and windy out it just ramps up I am staying inside today...

Here...

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Taco Soup.......!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 25, 2014, In : Taco Soup? 


Taco Soup
This weeks soup is Taco , if you Love Taco's you will Love this easy making soup.....!

Your list of ingredients:
  • (2) cans of Mild Chili Beans with sauce
  • (2) cams of diced tomatoes 
  • (2) cans of tomato sauce
  • (1) can of tomato paste ( add water to paste in a separate container, app. 2 cups till all is blended then add to your soup mixture)
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • (1) pkg. of taco seasonings
  • 1/2 tsp. of Ginger (dry)
  • 1LB. of browned 80/20 chuck hamburger (drain all fluid off before adding to the ...

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Potato Bacon Soup!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 19, 2014, In : Fall Soup's 


Potato Bacon Soup

Fall is here and so is soup season,,, today's soup is Potato Bacon,,, Yummy and full of creamy goodness.
Made with 1/2 & 1/2 and chicken stock it is one of my fav's with a good dunking bread...Beverage of choice a cup of hot spiced apple cider and your have a meal. If you fill extra ambitious you could even add a Candied pecan /bleu cheese salad with Balsamic dressing. Really what's not to like? 

If you like more veggies in your soup you can add a can of organic corn bits and 1...

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Greek Chicken!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 12, 2014, In : Healthy Eating 


Greek Chicken

Being half Greek & half Italian allows me to combine seasonings that add flavor to all my dishes. Both my parents were self -taught Chef's and very good ones. My Dad was a Personal Chef to our local parish out East and cooked for the Cardinal himself, my Mom was the go to person for family meals in their restaurants.

Cooking and creating new recipes has always been in my blood and I find myself doing it in my head when I see something I like but want to change it up a bit to make ...

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Fruit Tacos

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 4, 2014, In : Fruit Roll Ups??? 


Fruit Tacos????
Love fruit? tired eating it out of a bag? How about in a soft shell taco????
No I am not Nuts, well ,maybe a little, but these are really tasty and are only 4 grams of fat.....:)

So who's laughing now...hmmmmm!

Okay here is your recipe... 

Take any brand Soft taco shells, I do use Mission brand like it texture and they are organic...
Ingredients:

Raspberries (Fresh or Frozen)
Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
Strawberries ( Fresh or Frozen)
Put all these in to a large bowl so you have room ...

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Foods for Fall?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 28, 2014, In : Creating Dinner Tonight? 


Chicken Wild Rice Soup....

Although it does not feel like Fall weather outside now it soon will be, and we will all need to get ready for it right????

When I feel the weather changing, I start to build up my soup stocks. Chicken, Beef, and Vegetable stocks are all the basics when making a good tasty soup base, it like a house's foundation, you need good Bones before you can guarantee your structure is not going to fall down on you!

What do you need to do, here is my basic list that I always, alw...

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Apple/Peach Pies are Here!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 20, 2014, In : Fruit Pies 


Pie Season....!


Pie season  is what makes Fall so wonderful...  There are so many good choices and so little time to get them all in....
I Love fruit pies especially, the flavors are so good and you can combine several fruits to add even more taste and texture.

This one pictured is a Apple & Peach pie, I felt like trying this combination for two reasons, one I had some over ripe peaches that were too good to waste and also some Pink Lady Apples that were given to me so I said why not combine the...

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Blueberry French Toast Quiche?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 13, 2014, In : Quiches for anytime meals 


Fruit ,Bread and Eggs!!!
Quiches have always been a fav around my kitchen, because it is a one pan meal and you can add so many delicious ingredients to them.

I prefer mine to be a little sweet & salty at the same time, so adding bacon, cheese or feta, helps with that.
Now once you pick your ingredients then you add your seasonings to match your quiche your put this pan into the oven @ 350 for app. 30-40 minutes till a toothpick stick comes out clean. 

Serve this with sliced fruit and toast or ba...

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What's for Breakfast?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 6, 2014, In : Muffins made your way! 


Pumpkin Or Apple Muffin?

Breakfast muffins are so delicious especially if they are lower in calories, fat, and sugars. Right?
Now don't go wimping out on me now, you do not need all that fat & sugar to make a muffin taste better, and you do not need  to Super-Size it either, because that is where we all get into TROUBLE!!!

Let's start with one of these little tasty gems for our breakfast trays. 
Here is what one of these muffins will add up to a whole 75 calories each, yes you are reading it righ...

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Who's your Super Hero?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Who's your Super Hero? 


Apple/Peach Pie?

If I was to pick a Super Hero  it would have to be Superman, but not the new one the old one Clark Kent, in the 60's show. He was my dreamy guy as a child of 8 years old as he appeared magically on my TV each night after dinner. I would sit there and be mesmerized by his power to see threw objects and with his strength to bend steel and fly it was so amazing to me as a kid!

Now everything is done by digital computers it goes beyond what is even believable.

Super Hero Powers woul...

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Mixed Berry fruit Wraps,,, Yum!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 23, 2014, In : fruit desserts 


Berries, Berries, Berries

Love fruit? Love it even more with a chocolate drizzle? Well I can make that happen for you with just a flick of my famous drizzle stick... It is so easy to do... !!!

I love making fun and delicious snacks, and it is also healthy, what's not to Love.... :)
The above picture is a multi -mix of berries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and finally raspberries, are you dizzy yet? Hope not because here comes the Kicker a swirl of chocolate sauce over the whole thing...

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Shrimp & Pasta!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 17, 2014, In : Shrimp & Pasta? 


Shrimp & Angel Hair Pasta!!!

How do you say perfection? with a forkful of shrimp and pasta. What else, they were like they say made for each other, put these two together in a room and I will guarantee you the plate will be returned empty, and No Room key was required:) 

Yes Food Humor but heh, you gotta play as you see it, or in this case as you EAT It... Preferably by the plateful with lots of grated Parmesan Cheese on top and a good glass of Pinot right next to it:)

So when you get hungry for...

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GarlicChicken Sausage Pie?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 9, 2014, In : Meat Pies? 


Meat Pies!!!

Europe is not the only place you can eat meat pies! Divadish created this recipe for a client of hers who Loves Meat, with a side of Meat!!!!:)
Now before you get your undies in a twist about the calories, the cholesterol and so forth,,,, this delicious beefcake is made with Chicken and stuffed with Mozzarella and garlic seasonings.
A match made in Heaven and simply Divine for sure for your taste-buds!

I made this one pictured above with sweet bell mini peppers, slice Vidilla onions,...

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Seared Greek Chicken!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : Chicken the other meat? 


Greek Chicken

Who's Loves Chicken? 

It probably is one of the most versatile meat on our grocer's shelves. 

Here are some meals that come to mind.

  • Stir-fry and seasoned rice

  • Ginger Sauce & Apricots with Chicken fried rice and pea pods

  • Seared Greek Chicken with Rosemary seasoned red potatoes
  • Grilled chicken with a Brandy or Rum Marinade
  • Italian Breaded Chicken (Baked or in Red or White Sauce)
  • Chicken 
    Chili
  • Pan fried chicken with sweet bell peppers and onions
See what I mean you can do anything with that ...

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Good Food Good Life?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 26, 2014, In : Good food? 


Organic Chicken Pot Pie!!!


The Old saying "Your are what you Eat" is very true indeed. Why you ask, well let's talk about that for a bit.

Fast foods chains may be trying to lure us back with the salads, or the wraps, but do you really know what is in them? how many calories are there in each one?
How much sugar in the dressing, and what did you pick for a beverage?

Why am I asking all these questions because when they say Fast food that is what it means, it does not mean Home made, made to order ...

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Is your Garden Biting You??

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 19, 2014, In : Garden and Pests? 
As we get into our glorious days of Summer, one thing always puts a Buzz Kill to totally enjoying it,Bugs! 

What can we do? Do we kill off everything that flies in order to get back our yards and our gardens?

Here are some natural ways to keep these flying pests at bay and not hurt or harm our planet, and other good flying creatures and insects.

Mosquitoes:


Instead of using DEET, bases spray products which of course work but are not environmentally safe there are plant based natural alternatives....
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Brandy BBQ Sandwich!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, July 14, 2014, In : Alcohol and Cooking 


Brandy BBQ

Love BBQ? but hate the thick paste that it sometimes tastes like? I have a solution for all of you BBQ Lovers!!!!!!

Divadish loves to do her sauces she serves with meats to be rich yet not so thick they make you gag...:( 

What you need to remember is to thin them with a little liquor...:) Or as I like to suggest Happy liquids:)

Now don't go crazy with this and make it a Alcohol bath party,,,, just adding a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brandy or rum or wine to your sauces depending on what it is w...

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Spaghetti What's Not to Like?!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, July 6, 2014, In : Creative Cooking 


Spaghetti & Peppers

My Italian Mother always says you can eat spaghetti anytime. She's right, because my granddaughter eats it for breakfast, she likes her carbs and her meat. Now I don't always add meat to my sauces sometimes I prefer to use them as bases for other things such as soups, stews and pizzas.

Adding different ingredients to your red sauces adds texture and flavor, creating a whole another level of richness and tasty sauce.
Here are some of the things you can add to make your red sau...

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Shrimp Stir Fry!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : Veggies made easy 


Stir Fry

Do you Love veggies? would you like to have more taste to them then just butter?
Well here is another way to enjoy your veggies and add a little zest to it too! Like Mom use to say you have to clean your plate before you can have dessert!

Well with this meal you will be going back for seconds....!

Basic Recipe:

Fresh or Frozen
 Pea Pods
Broccoli
Carrots
Sweet bell peppers
Dash of Ginger
Dash of Cardamon
Dash of Garlic powder
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Ginger Orange Glaze Sauce 
Cooked Large Shrimp


Take...

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Hormone Meats??

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, June 21, 2014, In : Hormone meats 


Veal Cutlet W/ Seasoned Steamed Broccoli

Hormone -Free Free Range meats are the best tasting meats to purchase when you are looking for your own tables.
What's the difference? Here are just a few to stick in your mouths and chew on for awhile, or maybe not?

  • Chemicals in animals to fatten them up quicker a toxic to them and Us
  • Bht's, Grain fatteners, Locked feeding stations are all forms of inhumane animal holding and atrophies the animals large muscle masses making them release more glucose and o...

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High" Carb" intake impairs Cognitive abilities?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 13, 2014, In : Brain Food? 


Spinach & Garbanzo Bean Salad
We all Love our Carbs don't we? but what if they were slowing down our Brains? Would we all eat a little better at least?
Good questions and I have some answers for you from a article written by Tait Russell from The Good Health Magazine June 2014 issue.

Fats, not carbohydrates are what's best fore our brains. Not only that but you can loose weight by eating fats, and you get fatter by eating carbs? What!?
Dr. David Permutter a noted neurologist at the Health Center ...

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Baby Boomers defy Aging?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, June 7, 2014, In : Baby Boomers 


Caraway /Rye Bread

Were you born between 1945 and 1965? if so you are one of 77 Million Americans we call The Baby Boomer Generation.
We are one of the largest group of built strong adults who are defying all the age restrictions that other generations before us couldn't! How? well let me tell you.

The following information is from a article that was written in my local paper East Side Review, in the 
GETTING BETTER WITH AGE BOOMERS & BEYOND


Here are some tips to stay healthy and active well beyon...

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Taco Hotdish !!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 1, 2014, In : Celebrations 


Black Bean Hotdish

What is coming up very soon? and No it is not July 4th and fireworks although that is around the corner too:)

It is and hear is your first clue, Cap & Gown... Yes you guessed it Graduations... 
Followed by Weddings, then as my Mother is fond of saying then Baby carriage.... 

So with all these celebrations coming out of the woodwork what are you going to cook.....?

Good question, here is a suggestion, Black bean /Taco Hotdish, it is delicious, fairly easy to make, and affordable....

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Happy -Memorial Day!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 24, 2014, In : Eating for Health 


Onion & Peppers Quiche

Memorial Day marks the beginning of Summer for everyone no matter where you live in the states.It also marks graduations, picnics, celebrations.These events are all marked with all types of foods.

Being a Chef and also one who professes healthy eating I do try to start my day out with a healthy meal, and this picture is a Hearty Quiche I made for a clients Holiday weekend. 

It is a 1/2 pan of light, fluffy eggs combined with sauteed peppers, onions, a dash of basil, and a ...

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Stir Fry Anyone?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 19, 2014, In : Stir Fry Meals 


Shrimp Stir Fry

When you are called for dinner what comes into your mind? This dinner did for me one night so I decided I see if I had all the ingredients to make it.. Whala I di so I sauteed the veggies in a Ginger/Orange Glaze sauce, added some extra ginger and garlic to sauce and slow simmered.
Then in another pan I seared my Jumbo shrimp in olive oil and a touch of lime juice, added a little sea salt and added those to my steamed veggies.
Then I made some Jasmine rice and when that was all d...

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Mother's Day Soup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 9, 2014, In : Mother's Day! 


Potato Bacon Soup

What no flowers? How dare you, well in my family we give food as a thoughtful gift. 
Flowers are nice but food is always welcomed, especially if I do not have to cook it:)

My Mother always Loved food gifts, and still does especially since she is in a Nursing Care Home, there food it somewhere between Icky & yucky...:( but they call it nourishment, I can't repeat what I call it!

So my picture is for all the Mother's out there who would like to receive a delicious bowl of soup or ...

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Seared Chicken & Honey Carrots!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, In : Searing Meats 


Seared Chicken

Chicken is such a versatile food that goes with just about any side dish too.This dish pictured I fixed with a side of honey carrots, it was a nice combo meal and was very satisfying.

Searing meats is something that has been done mostly by restaurants boasting that they have the secret to keeping your meats juicy and tasty.

How do you sear your meats? well it takes a heavy frying pan, preferably a Food Safe pan because these can take the heat and hold it too which is important for...

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Ricotta for Dessert?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 12, 2014, In : Ricotta for Dessert? 


Sweetened Ricotta Dessert

This dessert pictured above is very light and creamy to the tongue. Textures and visual is what most foodies look at when they go food shopping, they like bright colors and appetizing layout as much as a artist likes the perfect sunset.

When I make something new I make sure I like the combinations of the ingredients first, second I see if I want to tweak any of them, third then I see if I can make it taste better.

With all there is out there today to choose from in seas...

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Chocolate/Raspberry Drizzle Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 7, 2014, In : Drizzling 


Cake?
Divadish likes to mix it up a bit even with her cakes. I do not like thick frosting on anything especially cakes as I feel it weighs it down.

Why not eat a slice of cake instead of a mouthful of icing? it seems reasonable to me.

So what I do for my cakes, cookies, and cupcakes is use a drizzle stick, this is a great little tool and it allows you to decorate anything from desserts to a garnishment on a plate with a flick of the wrist and a small amount of product to make your desserts or ma...

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Comfort Foods?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, March 22, 2014, In : Comfort Foods 


Grilled Cheese & Cran -Raisin Salad

Comfort foods are so welcoming when you are not feeling well, or had a Bad day, or the weather is just plain awful.:( 

The Diva has one of her fav's pictured above, grilled Cheese and a side salad. This all American Classic has many variations but when I want the good old original I get my sliced cheddar, pepper-jack, and Colby -jack cheese slices lined up and pre butter the sour dough bread or Texas toast  warm the 6" chef's saute pan up add a little olive o...

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Anytime Meals! 


Sausage Pizza


Like the little Caesar Commercial  Pizza, Pizza, anyone? I do not know anyone who does-not Love pizza , anytime of
 any day.:)

Most people feel it is there all around Power Meal? Why, because it has bread, cheese, meat, vegetables and can be eaten anytime of day or night, or for any meal.

The above pizza was one I made for client who Loves Pizza, so I try to include some fun foods in his menus.
I use only the finest ingredients, and keep to a Heart Healthy Recipe that is delicious bu...

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Quiche for Dinner?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Food Olympics 


Ham Quiche'

Quiche is another wonderful alternative to dinner or lunch, especially if their made like this hearty one.

Loaded with smoked ham and cheddar cheese, then a splash of seasonings with half and half to make it all so fluffy you think it was a cloud you made. 

This quiche sliced into (6) servings is filling and delicious, full of meat and cheeses and just the right blend of dill, chives
and caraway to make it a very tasty meal for brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve it with a side salad or fr...

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Chicken Pot Pie Oh My!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 14, 2014, In : Eat for Life 


Creamy, Dreamy, Chicken Pot Pie

How do you spell Orgasmic? or maybe a better question is how would something taste with that description. What comes to my mind is Awesomeness x a 1,000!!!! Good food is not a rare thing, is it? by the TV commercials you see today one would think so....

I swear every other commercial is for Jenny Craig with the now skinny Marie Osmond, OMG, she looks great but really she is hawking for Jenny Craig? What gives, except $$$ for her checkbook. Then the next ad is for...

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza we want Pizza!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 9, 2014, In : Pizza for Dinner 



Italian Chicken Sausage Pizza

12" of Deliciousness

You all know the saying Pizza is The Breakfast of Champions....? Heh, well think about it, you got cheese, which is a milk, then you got meat, then you have red sauce which is a veggie because it comes from tomatoes, then of course you got the crust, the most important part.... bread, so put it all together and you got The Oldest Breakfast sandwich of Millions ! Way before McDonald's even coined the phrase, we were scarfing
 down cold pizza from...

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Cheesecake?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Sweets made to Order 


Raspberry Cheesecake Oh Yum:)

Valentines Day February 14th,2014

Want to be your sweeties favorite person?

Yes it is that time of year again, Wow that came fast didn't it, it was just yesterday it was New Years and now we surpassed Groundhog's Day, Puckster failed again and with No surprise to any of us we have six more weeks of this Deep Freeze Crap..:( Oh well, I know we don't like it but since we weren't in the Super Bowl play offs, and maybe you spent the whole day watching the game with your...

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Diva's Hoagies!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, In : Diva's Hoagies 







Roast Beef & Pepper-jack Cheese Hoagie

Move over Subway Sandwiches and blowing you totally away... Jimmy-Johns..... Diva's in The House now Boy's....:)

I so Love to challenge the norm or as I like to put it the accepted status Quo's... No Way, so Dam Boring...:) I made these Bad Boy's as a Picnic Lunch Winter Break Sandwich for my daughter and I for our get together this week, and they were really so God-Awful GOOD, I said why not offer these to my customers? I bet they would appreciate somethi...

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Diabetes Prevention?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 25, 2014, In : Preventing Diabetes? 
Diabetes Prevention? Written by Suzy Cohen
Licensed pharmacist for over 22 years

Excerpts reprinted by Divadish Personal Chef Services


What is the number one thing I can do to prevent diabetes?

Avoid WHITE!!!! Meaning white salt, white sugar,white flour. White flour is particularly offensive because it contains a compound known to harm the pancreas- the very gland you need for a healthy blood sugar balance because it secretes Insulin!

How does this happen? the pancreas has two parts the Head and t...
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MC DIVA BURGER:)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 18, 2014, In : Mac Burger's 


DIVA MC BURGER!!!!!

Divadish likes to mix it up, and here is one of those mix up's.... I call it my version of a MC Donalds Burger except a whole lot more tasty and better for you:)

I created this for one of my clients since he just loves burgers and I wanted to make him something good and delicious too.So I created this little Devil of a Burger. Here is what I did....

Recipe:
1 LB. of 80% Ground Chuck
1/2 Vandilia onion diced
1 Tbsp. of garlic powder
1 tsp. of seasoned salt
1 Tbsp of Mild Mustard
1 T...

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Lasagna anyone?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Lasagna tonight? 


Lasagna Diva's Style!

What do you get when you have pasta, meat, cheese and red sauce in layer after layer?

I call it Real New York Italian Lasagna... Not something made with cottage cheese, hardly any cheese and a slight taste of cardboard:( Stoffer's please stop calling it lasagna and showing that commercial too. It is embarrassing...:)
 for you not Me:)

Lasagna should be loaded with lot's and lot's of Ricotta, Cheeses, Meat, and delicious red wine sauce.It should be layered one after another o...

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Meat with a side of T Bone Steak?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, January 5, 2014, In : Meat what's for Dinner? 


Brandy Seared T Bone Steak

Divadish Loves good meat and preferably fixed Med-Rare, Yum.... Good organic farmed raised Beef can be eaten a little rare because it is so sweet and soft anyway because of how the cattle are being fed and grazed, it does make a BIG DIFFERENCE, just ask a cattleman or a qualified butcher. A Great meal starts with Great Meat! So when my daughter asks for Meat with a side of Meat I know what she feels like.. it is usually a steak... What else. ?!

Maybe it is the Vampire...

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Birthday Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, In : Cake Happinness 


Hershey Kisses Birthday Cake!

Like the song says Celebrate, Celebrate, let's party hardy. Okay not exactly the right words but you get my meaning. Life is worth celebrating, laughing, and sharing good food with all that maters.

This cake is one of those moments, I made it for a very special clients birthday and it was so delish. I so like making something wonderful for someone who also is the same. Similar to what a cake does for our taste buds when we take that first bite, it is the same with ...

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BEST FOOD EVENTS OF 2013!!!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 28, 2013, In : Food Stories 
Divadish Personal Chef Services & Private Catering  Top (5) Food Events

Number (5). Paisley Park  Cooking for the one and only Prince himself on two different occasions! This was not a Easy Deal.:(

Number (4).Cooking 
Demonstration for a CEO and her soon to be going off to college niece, her grand mother, and best friends.What I was not expecting was off - color humor, lots and lots of you knows, and what not to do in this situation discussions and Laughter that was the loudest ever!

Number (3). ...

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My Own Brazilian Christmas Carol Story!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 22, 2013, In : Tiny Tim Christmas Story 
Every once in awhile you take something on even though it is near impossible at the time. 
Well I did that this week, I took a very large private Catering event even though I was already booked and overextended. 

It probably was not the smartest decision I ever made but it was the Best and Right one I ever made.I will tell you why in the following story.

On Friday December 20,I got a voice message from Mayo Clinic asking me if I could call him back as it was a matter of dire urgency.My first tho...
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SAD SEASON?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : Need Daylight? 
Article written in Allina Magazine

Need more daylight?

SAD is depression that occurs at a specific time of the year. Experts say it is related to hormone regulation, body temperature, and seasonal variations in sunlight.

Check this list for SAD Symptoms
* appetite changes
*weight gain
*low energy
*low sex drive
*fatigue, sleepiness
*trouble sleeping
*poor concentration
*irritable,and anxiety
*avoiding social activities
*drinking or self medication

What can you do or who can help?
Always talk to your primary...
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Vision Quest?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, December 12, 2013, In : Vision Quests 
This article information was written by Stephanie Watson and medical information excerpts are from Michael Smith MD.

Some of us have Bad Habits example nail biting, grinding our teeth, snoring, wearing contacts all night with day wear contacts. Let's break this down a bit more, nail biting can cause infections, grinding your teeth wear down of your teeth, contact wearing irradiated or torn corneas.

Overexposure to sun, you use sunscreen for skin right? at least most of the time. Overexposure to...
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The Sweet Truth's?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 7, 2013, In : Myth's about eating? 


Cheeses cake Mini's?


Divadish has always cooked Heart Healthy foods that supports the Mayo Clinic Eating Lifestyle .Eating this way eliminates the so called myths to what you can eat on many diets.

These myth's are for Diabetes and information is from Dr. Brulinda Narario, MD.

Here is a short list of some of those myths that are out there:

Myth 1.You need to give up starchy foods and sweets.
Most of the time you want to eat the whole grains, veggetables, lean meats or beans. But occasionaly you ma...

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Small Business Saturday, Buy Now and Always!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 30, 2013, In : Buy Local, Stay Local 
Small Business Saturday is a growing Green Roots project that is spreading like a Wildfire, we small business owners make up for over 50% of business, ideas, products, employment, and just plain hard work that it takes to spring board any self employed business. You need the stamina, family, friends, $$$ and a good enough product to launch anytime. We will not all be famous, or millionaires, far from it! What we will be is Happy, Productive, and Independent, those possessions are PRICELESS. S...
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What are you Thankful for?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, November 21, 2013, In : Thanksgiving 


"Wine Braised Turkey"

Divadish Personal Chef Services does all the work for her clients. Yes that means grocery shopping, menu planning, prep, cooking, and clean up and then leaves you all the delicious foods. it is not a Dream and it is not for the Rich & Famous only. Most people spend monthly what my Chef's fees are on Junk Food and Fast Food. So before the Holidays are over and your one Christmas present to You or to Your wonderful Loving family would be the gift of Heart Healthy Food, pick...

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Greek Chicken

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, November 14, 2013, In : Greek Food 


Greek Chicken

Divadish's original recipe for this delicious all organic meal pictured above.

Greek food is a wonderful taste in your mouth and something I prepare for my clients when asked or ordered from my web site.
The seasonings and spices are all from original recipes created by me and experience and style by both my parents Catherine & Alexander Ianos.

What sets this ethnic food apart from others is the combinations of textures, seasonings, and flavor.

It is like they say once you try it you...

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Cheddar/Bacon Quiche'

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Eggbakes are back! 


Quiche' anyone?

Divadish loves new things, and eating them too. Before I allow any of my food to go to my clients I make sure I test them out myself. :) Of course this is such a terrible imposition for me but Heh someones gotta do it!

The above Quiche' was one of my most recent creations. Egg bakes which is what Minnesotans call them, because Quiche's sounds too Foo-Foo for guys....:) but mine are anything but ,,, they are heart healthy, and hearty too.
The one pictured has organic cheddar, spin...

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Simple Tips for Easy Cleanup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 2, 2013, In : Cleaning tips for kitchens 
Divadish  Kitchens & Catering Loves cooking, but she also Loves to clean, I know I'm Weird...:) but it calms me what can I say, blame it on my Mother!

My Ma as we call her had two favorite sayings, "keep your kitchen and your bathroom always Clean"

Now we won't talk about the second one but I am sure you know why?!
We do spend a lot of time in both areas and for good reason. 

Here are some simple tips to keep your kitchens clean that I found in my local paper Lillie News, wonderful and quick tips...

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Asian Chicken Salad!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 26, 2013, In : Asian Pasta's 


Asian Pasta Salad...?

Divadish likes different things and likes to share those different recipes with her clients too. We get tired of cooking the same things too, so we step outside those boxes of cooking like a artist does her first watercolor or a architect does his first cabin home, we Love the challenge and the mystique of what if?

When this happens we learn something about taste and textures and it results in a new recipe we then can share with our clients and  it enhances our own experie...

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Sausage & Peppers

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Genuine Italian Dishes 


Sausage & Peppers

Divadish brings to you the Real Italian Sausages & Peppers. New York original recipe from the Messano side of the family, this mouthwatering dish will make you think you just got off the boat and landed in your home land. Italians have eaten sausage and peppers probably before they were given breast milk! :) It is a really delicious combination of flavors and textures that when you take that first bite your mouth does a HAPPY-Dance.... I know I certainly do when I make mine.....

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Shredded Sirloin Beef Roast!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 12, 2013, In : Holiday Eating 


Sirloin Roasted Beef

Divadish Kitchens & Private Catering

Good food is important. There is no other way to say it, why settle when you can and should eat the very best each and everyday of your Life. 
Yes Life it  sustains us, feeds us, helps us stay as young and vital as we possibly can through good nutrition, which is Food. 

We as a nation have so many more good choices here than in other countries, we need to exercise them. STOP reaching for the Processed foods, the Microwave foods, or the Gra...

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Real Italian Lasagna!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, October 7, 2013, In : Lasagna for any occasion 



Lasagna

Divadish's Lasagna is all real, meaning real cheeses, real meats, Ricotta, (not Cottage Cheese) A rich Red Sauce made with a little Vino mixed in to make it even more delicious, and layer after layer of noodles filling each with all of this delicious, yummy , ingredients. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it... What would you do to get yourself a pan of Heaven? Make a deal with the Devil? call your friends Italian Mamma ? try to make it yourself? how about picking up the phon...

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Mini Cheesecakes @ Diva's Kitchens

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 29, 2013, In : Go Dessert 


Raspberry, Carmela, Chocolate Mini's





A Bite of heaven on a Fork!

These little delicacies are so light and delish you almost forget they are loaded with calories. Good ones because they are all organic ingredients and they are Mini's..
So as  Elizabeth Taylor use to say a bite of anything won't hurt. You can always spit out the rest... Hmmm don't think you will do that when you take just one bite.!

I make these with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and only about 1+ cup of white sugar, eggs and real vani...

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What is Your Saving Grace?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 21, 2013, In : Saving Grace? 



Beef Stew

Like the kid says at the end of the TV show what does that mean? Well let me tell you what it means for me.

When things are hectic, chaotic, stressful.... or anything else( ectic ) I can usually be found doing one of (3) things. Cleaning, reading, cooking. Not necessarily in that order either.

I had one of those weeks this week,,, with extra Gaga duties, a big catering event to prep for, and a sick cat, then toss in my Mother for extra measure, I guess you could say I hit the Mother lo...

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Lasagna (New York Style)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 14, 2013, In : Lasagna, New York Style 



Stuffed with Meat Lasagna
Divadish's Lasagna is not your average dry, tasteless slice of mushy pasta served up at your local restaurant... Yuck to that.. What is though is a mouthful of Yum.

Layer by layer of delicious white wine red meat sauce then a layer of (3) cheese seasoned cheese, sliced Italian sausages, and spoonfuls of smooth Basil Ricotta.
Repeat this till the full size pan is one inch from the top of rim, then bake to all the flavors and cheeses melt app. 1+ hours @ 350'

This baby wei...

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Diva's Apple Pie!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 7, 2013, In : Real Apple Pie 


New York Apple Pie!

What makes delicious apple pie? of course the apples along with the right mix of spices added to apple mixture.

I have tasted countless apple pie slices from here to Tim Buck Too, and let me tell you all truthfully they are dry and flavorless. Then that thing with adding a slice of cheddar to it?! What the Heck is that all about? it's not a Hamburger! The apple pie slice should be a combination of tart and sweet with the just the right amount of each. Adding the right spices...

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Cherry/Raspberry Pie Oh my!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 31, 2013, In : Fruit Pie's 


 Pie first....?
Presenting my original recipe for a slice of Heaven.... I Love pie better than cakes, and I like tart & sweet the
 best. So with that in mind I created this Cherry & Raspberry pie. The combination is really refreshing to your 
taste buds and it is just the right amount of sweet & tart too.I add a little extra raspberry syrup too the filling along with a few other secret ingredients and you have a piece of deliciousness. Of course pie season is all year long as far as I am concern...

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My (2) Biggest Fans!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, In : Dreams and Change 


Karen & Jimmy/Jam

Divadish proudly presents her two children. They are also two of my foodies who test some of my new recipes. Now they Love good food of course but as my daughter would say"Where's the Meat" when I make a soup, or a casserole. A side of meat is just fine with her, the green stuff is okay but it better have a lot of meat!

I have been Blessed to have kids who still come and visit, Love me and my food, not necessarily in that order. Will do almost anything they can for me and tell...

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Cran Salad!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, August 17, 2013, In : Dinner Salads 


Salad?

What's for Dinner is the most common question of each and every day. Here is my suggestion.

Cranberry Salad with Sweet Yellow Bell Peppers, fresh mushroom slices, blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic vignette dressing.

Serve with any good hearty bread, maybe a glass of red wine, and a good cup of coffee. You have a nice light dinner, if you want more protein add some grilled chicken or shrimp. Now doesn't that sound healthy, simple and delicious? Now if you must be a little naughty for des...

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Oatmeal has a New Look?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Oatmeal Recipes 



Now we all know oatmeal is good for our hearts. Well how about Oatmeal Cookies... !

I remade a original and added some craisans, raisins, pecans and honey ,with a touch of Cocoa powder to the original recipe.Not only did it taste even better than the original but is better for you too, less sugars and more natural fruits. 

They go so gooood with a cup of coffee or tea, or even a cold glass of milk, no dunking needed, they are really moist.

I so Love cookies, they are what I call a small bite of ...

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Bailey's Irish cream Coffee Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Cake Crumbs 


Chocolate Coffee Cake

Diva's in the kitchen again making another Yummy Dessert.... Can you taste it? Oh yeah you reading this not seeing it up close and all personal including those two lips of yours! Well I guess you will just have to take my word for it.

This little morsel has Bailey's Irish Cream liquor  in it, Chocolate powder, Chocolate syrups, and chocolate morsels.

Then drizzled with chocolate & vanilla icing. Yep one good tasting bit of Yumminess.

I sell these 12" Bundt Cakes which serves...

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, July 21, 2013, In : Cake anytime 



Cake we all want cake... yes dessert before dinner, sometimes, even breakfast before lunch, we experience strange cravings, is it hormonal? or is it just a craving? could be both, but who really cares, it's cake... I say Yes to this Bad Boy and get your fork ready and skip the plate.... Okay now let's eat Cake as the French would say.

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Brandy -Seared Steak!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Man Cave 


Brandy Steak

Divadish loves her marinades, this one pictured is so good!

Using liqueurs or marmalade's enhances the texture and the taste. Of course you could do a little sipping before you turn it into a marinade.


Using Brandy, King's Spice and Garlic Powder with a dash of Sea Salt, mix in a little Olive oil and Whala it all starts to come together.

Brush the mixture all over pierced steaks, let sit for app. 3-5 minutes, grill in NSF Calaphlon pan and cook to medium rare, app. 160' internal temp...

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Orange Marmalade Smoked Pork Chops!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 6, 2013, In : Smoked Glazed Pork 


Smoked Pork Chop Dinner

Creating marinades for meats requires a creative side in you to come out. Why? because you must want to be a mixtologist to want to see what if I mix this with that to even try to make something new and Yes Healthy too.

Since I like being both, part Crazy Food Scientist, and a Personal Chef it is pure enjoyment for me to taste the
 results!

The results here came to mixing a 1/4 cup orange marmalade and a dash of lime juice, adding a little garlic mixing all together and br...

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Potato Salad

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Summer Salads 


New York Salad.

Who eats the deli's potato Salads? I can't or won't they are so full of sugar, and are kinda like eating Paste, you remember the kind @ school when that kid Johnny use to eat everyday!

My potato salad on the other hand has a White Wine & Olive oil with real mayonnaise, Not Spin Blend, I hold up two fingers of the cross every time I see that commercial for M&M YUCK:(

The other ingredients are a old family recipe that I am Sorry I cannot disclose, but I will guarantee you great del...

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Meat Lover's Rejoice!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, June 15, 2013,


Brandy Marinade Steaks


Putting a new twist on a old favorite. Loved it...!

I always have wine or brandy's and sometimes Rums for cooking and Yes a little drinking.

This time I skipped the libation part and decided to make a marinade for the steaks I was fixing for dinner that night.

Using the brandy with a small amount of olive oil and garlic and blackened spices I basted the steaks with the mixture and pan grilled them to a Med-rare perfection. They were Heavenly, now I am hooked on them when ev...

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Grilled Chicken & Balsamic Rice

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Swap Opportunity? 


Heart Healthy Eating!

Eating healthy does not need to taste like FIBER....!
This pictured meal is low in calories and fat and will satisfy even a meat eater!

I love cooking and eating healthy, it extends your Life, you look years Younger, and you feel Wonderful.

My suggestions for eating well include cooking with Olive Oil, eating lean meats, Fish at least 1-2 meals per week, plenty of vegetables and fruits. Whole Grains, and simple exercise. It does not need to be complicated and keeping it simp...

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Crowd Cut Deal Goes Live (5/29-6-16-13)

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Save $$$$ 

Menu Options:

Appetizers (all the below appetizers can be paired with a either dry or semi sweet red or white wines) (6-8 People)
Choose Two From The Following Selections:
- Spinach & Feta Meatballs
- Mini Quiches
- Mini Sandwich Bites
- Blue Cheese Spread & Bread
- Avocado Dips & Chips
- Mini Pizzas
* Delivered Cooked & In Re-heatable Containers
*Must provide your own liquor, but Divadish will provide shopping list

Cave Man's Special Menu Options:
Choose From
- BBQ Pork
- Beef Ribs
- Penne Lasagna
- Pulled ...


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Chicken Pie!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 20, 2013, In : Pie for Dinner? 


Meat pies are very popular in Europe, here they are okay, but most do not make anything special.

I decided to change that!

Pictured is a Chicken Pie, loaded with organic chicken breast chunks, fresh peas, carrots, green bean, and even corn.

I make my gravy with cream, butter and cream of chicken soup with a dash of this and that.

The crusts are organic too, but not made by me, I forgo that for someone else to do as long as the quality is good.

This whole process from start to finish takes app. 20 ...

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Braised Lamb Chops

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Dinner Choices 


Authentic Greek Lamb Dinner


Yes Being Greek & Italian does have it's advantages!

The above dinner picture proves my  point exactly.

The lamp chops are Australian Free Range Lamb and prepared with a lime & olive oil and rosemary marinade.

I served this dinner with a Apple /Cinnamon Marmalade for dipping lamb bites into and a Idaho baked potato.

Life does not need to consist of what's for Frozen Dinner tonight dinner! It can be this meal or others if you order from The Kitchens of Divadish Kitchens ...

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Party Popcorn!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Snacks 
POPCORN ,POPCORN OVER HERE POPCORN FOR SALE!


Remember the Carnival's when you were a kid? or how about the ballgames, there was always  someone hollering Popcorn Popcorn for Sale over here, get it while I got it.

Now my Dad was a huge popcorn fan more so than the game that was playing right in front of him. My husband was the same kind, he use to  buy it by the lb!. All buttered and salted up and his butt in his favorite chair and he was in 7th Heaven.

So with all the baseball fans out there wai...
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Cobb Salad Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Sandwich for Spring. 


 
 

Cobb Salad Sandwich: 
Ingredients:
One Toasted Greek Pita smeared with Garlic & Olive oil
1/2 sliced thin Avocado
3 slices of crisp bacon
1/2 sliced hard boiled egg
lettuce
1/2 sliced thin Roma tomato
Drizzle Red wine vinegar & Olive oil plus garlic over sandwich
Fold over hold with toothpick till ready to eat the whole thing!

This is one hearty and satisfying sandwich high in protein, good fiber and good Brain Food too...

I know it looks too die for so tick your tongue on the computer screen and imag...
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Catering who Do I Pick?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : Catering 
  1.   
This is the season of Weddings, Graduations and all kinds of Special Events for Fabulous Food, How do I pick my Food Specialist!

Let Divadish help you with some of the most asked questions in this industry to help you get your special Caterer.

  
1 What is my budget, Do I want Quantity or Quality

 

2.Original recipes or Bucket Recipes
3.Reputation of Caterer
4.What do I get for my money
5.Is it made to order or frozen
6.Is it all Processed foods or all Organic
7.Is it Wholesome Home Made Quality
8.Wha...

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Where is SPRING?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Spring 

This is my Hearty Chicken Soup, my Mother told me when I was a little girl it could cure anything!
Of course I believed her, but I wish it could also change things too like this weather. Yuck.:(
It has gone from Bad to Worse with Frozen Rain yesterday and that Wind it made your Bones hurt!

All I could do was make Yes a hot delicious Ginger Bean Soup for dinner with a Hot Ham & Avocado sandwich, it was Yummy and good for me too but I would of Loved to be eating a big slice of Watermelon and a Col...
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Eating Lifestyle?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : Eating for Your Health! 


Brandy Seared Beef With Organic Carrots & Potatoes.

We all should eat better, take the time to eat slower, not eat things from a microwave package, or frozen sections of our favorite grocery stores.

Why? because most of these products contain hidden calories, salt, sugars and preservatives.
You get something Fast, Cheap, not Nutritious and your Waistline gets the negative results from these poor decisions. 


We really need to be making better food choices, Insurance Companies are now jumping on th...

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CHICKEN POT PIE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 25, 2013, In : Pie for Dinner tonight? 


Divadish's Original Recipe Chicken Potpie!


I remember when Marie Calender's Frozen potpie's use to me my family's go to when no one wanted to take the time to make it from scratch.Well all that has changed and so has Marie's too. Along with it's home made taste.

So if I want Chicken Pot Pie I make it my way, with a creamy chicken gravy, fresh green beans, corn, peas, and sometime carrots. Loaded with chunks of organic chicken and a buttery crust that makes you want to put on your stretch pants ...
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The New Superfoods?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : SuperFoods 
                                                Super Foods
                                                                       by
                                                            Beth Janes.

                     Divadish Philosphy is all about a Eating Lifestyle.

When you look at your fridge do you see any of these Super foods lurking about?
Let me list them for and then do a test of how many you actually do have in your seasoning cabinets or fridge. In fact let's do a contest Fello...

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What Kind of Shopper are You?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Super Shopping 
Grocery Shopping can be the two Ugliest words in our vocabulary today, let me explain why!

Most of Us have very little time to do it so sometimes we do not do it very well if at all really. 
According to a recent study Identify your M.O. these shopping experts put all of Us in (4) categories.

Let me list them for you and see what group you see yourself in.


29% Explorers
You are a browser and impulse buy, never using a grocery list to guide you.

26% Time Stressed
You grab & go no list, no coupons, no...
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Soup's on!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : Soup is it Magic? 

Chicken Soup, has been said to cure almost anything? Fact or Fiction? Maybe it's the comfort that makes Us feel better or maybe it's the memories attached to the soup. Which ever it is it makes Me feel better when I take my first spoonful and when I am completely finished with it I am smiling and feeling a whole lot better too! I wish Life could be that easy don't you? You would go off to where ever and say oh this is not working out how I planned, okay here take a spoonful of this soup and n...
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Lemon Almond Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 23, 2013, In : Desserts are okay again 


                                                                       Dessert anyone?
Divadish makes desserts that you can say Yes you Can have a slice...!

The above cake is one such cake. Low in sugar no processed ingredients, and low in calories too.
One  1/15 of a slice is 145 calories. That is allowable in almost all diet plans and it does not taste like cardboard either.

I am especially diligent about ingredients, complex sugars, and amount of icings goes on my desserts. Icing is wasted cal...
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Italian Dinner for you!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 17, 2013, In : Italian Dinner 

 
 Italian  Dinner for you by Divadish Kitchens & Catering

This is one of my Sunday's dinners. My parents both were big pasta eaters, but the sauce is what made that pasta just go down so much more. The red sauce was cooked for hours and it was made fresh with all the right seasonings, leftover meats and yes plenty of cheese & wine added to the slow simmering sauce. Just looking at this picture makes me hungry.Now according to my mother we always had to have a salad with every meal, and she fav...
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Sweet's for your Sweetheart!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 9, 2013, In : Valentines Sweets 

Divadish kitchens & Catering offers all organic and low sugar sweets. they taste better are less calories and you and your body will thank you!

The one pictured above is a chocolate/'raspberry cake with a almond chocolate icing. Moist, fudgey and just plain delicious.

Each cake serves (15) nice size servings @ 145 calories each. Wow, cake that tastes good, is less calories and I can really enjoy without the guilt. Sign Me up Please....!

Place your orders early for Valentines Day, please allow 24...
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SOUP'S ON!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Winter Soup's 

                                                                       Hearty Turkey Soup
What is your favorite soup during this Winter ?
I have many fav's such as the one pictured. Since a Chef never ever throws almost anything away because you might be able to use it in something. Of course it must be okay to do so, but I always save my meat bones and leftovers for soups , they have already been cooked and seasoned so they only need some vegies and broth or gravy added to them and Whala you h...
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SUPER BOWL FOOD DEALS!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Super Bowl Food 

Who doesn't like good food? Then my second question is it's on SALE!!!!!!

Divadish may not know a lot about the game but she knows what people like to do while watching one, EAT ......!

Here is what she is offering all her foodie Fans!
Choose from (3) meals for $325.00   
 each meal feeds (20) Starving People!


Meals Include Deluxe Salad & Bread

Meal Selections:

Sausage & Peppers
Penne Lasagna
Greek Chicken & Potatoes


Place your order ASAP payment accepted at time of order.
Schedule your date & time earl...
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Italian Potato Pancakes!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 12, 2013, In : Comfort Food 

                                                               Tasty Potato Pancakes

The recipe for this dish is a guarded secret in my family and we have protected it for generations too!
 My mother got the original recipe from several of her close friends when she was a very young woman. She in turn gave to her (2) daughters and we have made this our recipe now. 

They are made from  grated russet potatoes and a multitude of special seasonings, add grated paramesen cheese and pan fry in hot oli...

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Shrimp Stir Fry Dinner!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 5, 2013, In : Healthy Stir Fry 


                                                                          Shrimp Stir fry Dinner


I totally Love stir fry's but only from my kitchens. Why!? because when you order this meal out it is usually loaded with MSG, Fats, and Hydrogenated oils. This can add so many calories to your meal and a load of salt to your system.


 How does this happen, well the cooking process is not done like it is in a Personal Chef's Kitchen and their restaurant recipes are not geared towards a Heart Healthy ...
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Oh Dessert!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, December 28, 2012, In : Fruit Pies 

Blueberry pie Oh My!!!!


My Mother has always been a Big Fan of Desserts, so much so even today @ 87+ years young she orders (2) at her dinner meal when placing her meal with her nurses aide. Now I am not condoning (2) desserts as a Eat Healthy Lifestyle, No way, but she is 87+ and she is still of sound mind, and spirit, she Loves sweets and has made me love them too. Because of that shared affliction I came up with ways to literally have my cake and eat it too! 



The pictured Blueberry Pie is on...
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A Good Breakfast!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 16, 2012, In : What is your Breakfast? 

What is a good breakfast for you? Is it a quick cup of coffee and a bolt out the door?
Or is it a sweet jelly doughnut and a cup of coffee?
How about one of those 5 hour energy drinks and you are good to go?

All of these above mentioned choices are a recipe for disease if kept up for long periods of time.

Being a Chef has allowed me into a lot peoples lives and kitchens some are very good about their own care and eating Lifestyle others are not.

Eating good food as a Lifestyle will help you and yo...
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Ho, Ho, Ho, You can Enjoy the Holidays!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Ho, Ho, Holiday Eating 

                                                                 Cod over Rosemary potatoes

Ho, Ho Ho, Hold the Bigger Portions Please! How do you hold on to your hunger during the holidays?
it is so hard with all those wonderful temptations, all those goodies, all those delicious desserts,
  somebody please HELP ME!


Divadish has some suggestions for you to enjoy your holidays and eat healthy too.

Here are some tips:
 Avoid Hunger Don't skip meals, and eat a small, low fat snack before your holiday...

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Healthy ways to avoid Holiday Blues!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 2, 2012, In : Your mental health 

                                                     Hamburger Steak w/ Rosemary potatoes

 Anxiety, depression, overwhelmed feelings can affect all of us but especially during the holidays when we are adding extra activities to our schedules. Parties, shopping, meal planning, where is there anytime for you?


Take time for exercise especially during times of stress. This will help with your mood, keep your body and your spirit lifted and feeling at it's best.15-20 minutes of brisk walking will do...

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Baked Italian Chicken

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Baked Chicken 
                                                                             Italian Chicken & Seal Salt Baked Potato

Divadish Personal Chef Services presents this weeks meal.

The above pictured is a Italian seasoned chicken leg with  asiago bread crumbs seasoned with sweet basil and garlic and fennel seeds.

The combination of flavors adds a wonderful food dining experience for you and your family, and I will bet you that your children will say it is way better than The Colonel!

Good food does no...
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What I have to Be Thankful for!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, November 18, 2012, In : Being Thankful 
                                             MY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

Growing up out East in a Greek & Italian family their was always two things involved, Noise, and plenty of good food!

We weren't The Norman Rockwell family picture, but we were a typical ethnic family. 
Daddy sat at the head of the table barking orders, Ma was at the other end telling Us to eat.
It was our tradition and I miss it very much. My Dad pass over 3+ years ago now, and my Ma is in a Care facility. 

No more Noise, la...
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Being a Chef!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, November 10, 2012, In : Being A Chef 

 




Being a Chef has it's rewards, one of them is being able to just create something you feel like. Yum, is what I call it when I step into my test kitchen and create something new.

Today was one of those Yum  moments, I live in Minnesota now and our weather is very changeable, so much so it is a common joke among  those who were born here, you must of heard it,"Wait (5) minutes the weather will change"

Well, when I woke up this morning it was just that, it is cold, wet, and bone chilling damp, l...
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Grilled Cod Dinner

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : What's for Dinner Mom? 


 
                                        " Divadish's Heart Healthy Eating Lifestyle Dinners"

 What do you grab when you are hungry? Is it healthy? or is it fast food? We are only human and sometimes we just can't make the time can we? maybe we can if you had your own Personal Chef to prepare your dinners! 
Look at this delicious heart healthy meal. Cod grilled with olive oil and dill served over a bed of roasted Rosemary potatoes. This meal is just one of the many we offer at Divadish Kitchens...
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LOW-FAT COCONUT CAKE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Dessert is on the Menu 
Let them eat cake, cried the French. Well Les Misrable' is not what we do @ Divadish, but we do do Low Sugar, Low Fat, organic cakes and desserts you can eat and enjoy.
This cake has it all, chocolate, fresh raspberries, coconut all in delicious bite.
A full slice of this cake is only 225 calories, Yes you are reading it right, so go ahead and enjoy your dessert and eat it too!
I so like a good cake and something everyone can always agree on is dessert. 
 
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Avacado & Poached Egg Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 13, 2012, In : Power Sandwich 

Power Sandwich 

This sandwich was featured on Dr. Oz's show for reducing Belly - fat, Male or Female.

it is delicious, easy to make and filling, and Yes it helps reduce that Spare -Tire we all carry around with us daily.

Why? because it has long been proven it is the combinations of our foods that makes our bodies work and the right ones also keep us lean and fit.

How to make this Power Sandwich:

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat English Muffin
(2) slices of ripe avocado
(1) poached egg
(2-3 tbsps. of olive oi...

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Divadish donates to Miss Teen Pageant

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, In : Miss Teen Pageant 



Picture

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The Miss Coon Rapids Program and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Pageants are  'OPEN' pageants. You must live, work and/or go to school within the State of Minnesota in order to participate. Proof of residency and/or college enrollment will be required to participate.

The Miss Coon Rapids Pageant began as a community service project of the Coon Rapids Jaycees and has always been a part of the Coon Rapids Snowflake D...

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MEDITERRANEAN EATING LIFESTYLE

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, September 29, 2012, In : Heart Healthy Eating 


                                                                         Dill Egg Salad Sandwich 

 Mediterranean heart Healthy Diet is:
Mayo Clinic reports that fresh, no preservatives, no high fructose sugars, artificial sweeteners  saturated fats, lean proteins, fish, dark leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts.

Oils: Vegetable, Olive, Grape Seed, Canola
Butter, No Hydrogenated Margarine,or any emulsified fats, pure can sugars, honeys, molasses, natural sweeteners, (not man -made) eating a diet with th...

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Lunch for One?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 23, 2012, In : Lunch is served! 


                                       Cranraisen Chicken Salad Sandwich

Divadish kitchens presents Lunch for one:

Organic white chicken breast meat app. 6 ozs.
1/4 -1/3 cup of Mayonnaise
Dash of Sea Salt
Small bunch of Craisins
Dash of Caraway seed
*Optional slivered almonds small amount

** Mix all above ingredients together serve this delicious chicken salad on any type of toasted bagel, mine is a Cinnamon Raisin with a light amount of butter on it first.

**Serve with aside salad, mine is with a Hon...

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Seared Greek Chicken Breasts!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Personal Chef Services 

 

 
                                                                      Greek Chicken
 
Divadish Personal Chef Services:

I absolutely LOVE Eating Good food. Cooking  Healthy Good food is for your  Whole Body, and it is easy to do, at least for me it is.

Here is what you need to do to start enjoying your meals more often and spend less time in your kitchen.

Lists of Ingredients Needed:

  •   Olive oil ( Extra Virgin)
  • (1) Fresh Lime
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Garlic (powdered or minced)
  • Sweet Basil (dried)
  • Kosher Sea Salt
  • (...

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My Comfort Food Meal!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Comfort food meals 

                                                                           Italian Meatloaf Dinner
Divadish's Comfort food groups! Yum....

When I get hungry I mean really hungry I usually crave something comforting, don't you? 

When this happens I turn back the hands of time and go for one of my family's favorites Meatloaf, boiled dill butter potatoes, and honey mustard pork-n-beans. 


To me it screams ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, and it tastes delicious.

What are your comfort foods?
Care to share your fav's wi...

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Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, September 3, 2012, In : New Recipe 

 

 Grilled meat always taste better doesn't it. This particular sandwich was a new recipe I was trying and I gotta say it turned out Yummy with a capital "Y"!

Sometimes you can just eat the whole thing just standing there in your kitchen, but you know you should go sit down at the table like a Lady,,, yeah right....!

Well I did go sit down and not because I am a Lady, but I was dropping food all my kitchen floor and thought it would be less messy if I just sat down.

This flatbread sandwich was li...

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Summer Salads

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, August 27, 2012, In : Easy Summer Salads Recipes 

Potato Salad & Chicken Salad

Warm breezes, a glass of lemonade or Ice tea on your table next to a plate of organic chicken salad & creamy potato salad, do I need to say more? 

One of the many benefits of being a Chef and owning your Personal Chef company is being able to create new ways to improve your own recipes.  

The pics above are just that, I was craving something creamy and something salty and I started thinking to myself what could I put together to satisfy that hungry craving I was feel...
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Southern Coffee Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 24, 2012, In : Coffee Cake 

Apricot Coffee Cake
 What could be better than a good cup of coffee with a moist absolutely Heavenly piece of coffee cake beside your cup!?

 The above picture was one such recipe I tweaked to my fancy.

I took a basic coffee cake recipe added a 1/4 cup apricot preserves and a 1/4 tsp nutmeg, a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of ginger. 

Now you can serve this warm with a drizzle of sunflower honey over the top of it, or with whip cream, or vanilla bean ice cream, any of those fine choices will do and...

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Hearty Soups

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 12, 2012, In : Italian Sausage Soup 

   

                                                                      Italian Sausage Soup



Recipes are just guidelines. I have said that comment to people for years. Yes they are necessary when you start a new recipe and you liked how that turned out. But, and here it comes you make it again and say to yourself I wonder if I added this what that would do or how it would taste.
That is how recipes get changed or tweaked like I like to say. I am always tweaking, twisting, and improving on my r...

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Food Updates!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, July 27, 2012, In : Food Updates 
Hello fellow Foodies!
I have been busy and the Summer is slipping by so quickly!

From moving into may totally new neighborhood and and a bigger and better kitchen I have been swamped with just about everything.

I am very grateful for all the patience my followers have given me and as time allows I will try to tantalize your taste buds with some new recipes and new twists to some of my Old Favorites.

 
May was a total Blur for me as I got ready for my move, June was like a Dessert Storm and July st...
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Easy & Quick Salad Recipe

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Salad Recipe 

Asparagus & Cranberry Salad

Recipe by Chef Gianna

Ingredients:
4 washed portabello mushrooms sliced thin
4 washed spears of asparagus chopped in 1/4 slices
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 cup of diced onion
 2-3 cups washed spinach or Romain lettuce

Dressing:
1/4 tsp. of ground dry mustard
3 tbsps. of red wine vinegar
1tsp. of sugar
dash of sea salt
3tbsps.of olive oil
Put the above in glass jar with lid and shake till blended.
Taste mixture to make sure it has enough tart sweet taste, if not add more of ...

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Beer Garlic Cheesy Bread!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Beer Bread 
Beer Garlic Cheesy Bread

by
 Divadish Kitchens
Recipe by Chef Gianna

You know how they say you can never have enough bread. Well I don't know who that quote is from but I agree a 100%.

I took a regular white bread recipe substituted 12 oz. of any kinda beer for moisture, added 1 cup of 3 cheese blend to dry ingredients and added 1 tbsp. of garlic powder.

Mixed all ingredients together till blended well.
Formed into a well greased and floured loaf pan .
Melt 1/4 of butter and pour over top of loaf  3 ...

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Fried Ravioli!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, April 20, 2012, In : Fried Ravoili 

Fried Ravioli

I LOVE doing fun new things with food. No it is Not State Fair time but it could be @ Divadish Kitchens.

Boil them till cooked 5-8 minutes till they float to surface and this indicates they are done.

These beauties are Spinach & Feta and pan fired in Olive Oil and are delicious.

Then layer them in a 9x13 pan grate each layer with Parmesan Cheese and broil for app. 3-4 minutes till lightly brown.
Serve with a green salad, preferably with Italian or Greek dressing.

This extra process m...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : chocolate & raspberry cake recipe 

Raspberry Chocolate Cake
I have always Loved Sweets, even as a kid growing up in New York I would do errands for my neighbors so I could earn extra money to buy a bag of candy @ that time for 5 Cents!
Or when I started my own grocery shopping business earning me a weekly 50 Cents per week so I could indulge my Ice Cream Addiction!
Then there was of course the Raspberry filled Jelly Doughnuts made @ my favorite Italian Bakery.
My list of sweet favorites are endless and that has continued even no...

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Beef Vegetable Soup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Hearty Soups 

Vegetable Beef Soup
By
Chef Gianna
Good soup starts with a good stock, or as laymen would say a good foundation.
This soup pictured started out as a pulled beef recipe and I always make extra because you can turn it into something else later on.

Knowing that when you are preparing a recipe will save you time $$$$ and less stress as you are cooking.

Here is what I did to make this very hearty, healthy delicious soup.

Ingredients:
1 green bell pepper (diced)
1 sweet white onion ( diced)
3 tbsps. Beef Bro...

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Chicken Avocado Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Chicken Avocado Sandwich 

Chicken Avocado Flat Bread Sandwich
By
Chef Gianna
Creating something delicious from scratch each and every day is a Wonderful Gift to be given.

That is exactly what I do every time I step into my kitchen. I just Love to create new Food groupings, new tastes, new combinations of seasonings and then pairing it all up together.
The result is one like is pictured above.

Let me give you my recipe for a mouth -watering Chicken Avocado sandwich that is sure to please even the pickiest person in your fam...

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St.Patty's Cabbage Stew!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : St Patty's Day Soup 

Cabbage & Ham Soup
Recipe by Chef Gianna
Divadish Kitchens & Cater

Super -Delicious Cabbage & Ham Soup


             Rated 5 STARS

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 3-4 hours App.
Servings (8) quarts

If you Love Cabbage & Ham you will Love this soup. Which I really like to call Stewp...It is a customers word for stew & soup together. Meaning when it can really be either!
This soup /stew is hearty, very flavorful,and warms the insides on a cold and damp Spring Day.
The bowl fills with the aroma's of Cabba...
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Apple Cake!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Healthy Apple Cake 


                                                                 "APPLE CAKE"
Recipe by Chef Gianna
Created in Divadish Kitchens


Ingredients:
1 medium sized Honey Crisp Apple ( diced )
1/2 tsp. of ginger
1/4 cup of Greeks Honey God's Yogurt
(1) basic White Cake Recipe ( I prefer using one with a Angel Food consistency)

Directions:
Put diced apple and 1/4 tsp. ginger into glass measuring cup
Add enough water to cover apples and microwave them for app. 1 min. on 50% power till they are soft.
Drain and add...
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Stuffed Pepper Soup!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Healthy Eating 

"Stuffed Pepper Soup"

This weeks recipe from Divadish Kitchens is Stuffed Pepper Soup.

Chef Gianna E. Ianos took this from the Italian  side of her Heritage and put together this hearty soup that will make your toes curl up in sheer pleasure and satisfaction!

Ingredients:
1lb 80% lean ground beef
2 md. bell peppers, chopped (Use the Sweet Bells tastes better)
1 c finely chopped onion
1 can (29 oz. of Hunt's diced tomatoes or (2) 15 oz cans)
1 can 15 oz. of Hunt's tomato sauce
1 6oz. can of Hunt's toma...

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Super Cook Cape!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Super Cook Cape 

Cranberry Sauce
By
Divadish Kitchens


The title of Super Cook Cape came from a magazine I recently received this last week, Taste of home.
I usually do not subscribe to magazines but my wonderful granddaughter was selling them @ school for a Education fundraiser and I felt it was a good cause to bend my own rules.I am so glad I did.

The article explains how this woman wears the Super Cape when she is cooking in her kitchen.
Not literally, but figuratively speaking.It was quite interesting really so...

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Gluten -Free Feta Meatballs!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 23, 2012, In : Gluten-Free Meatballs 

Now thatsa' a Meataball!!!

Divadish Kitchens Feta Meatballs
Recipe by Chef Gianna

Gluten-Free Recipe:
1 C Brown Rice
1lb. of 93% Chuck Hamburger
1/2 to 3/4 cup of Feta cheese
1/4 to 1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
(2) eggs
2tbsps of Spaghetti Seasonings
1tbsp.Garlic powder
1tbsp.onion flakes
Dash of Sea Salt
Dash of Red Pepper flakes

Add together:
Cooked Brown Rice
Seasonings
Eggs
Cheeses
Hamburger
Mix together well to all is blended

Next make into BIG MEAT BALLS...
Pan fry in olive oil till browned Not Cooked complete...

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Hiring a Personal Chef

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : PERSONAL CHEF 
What is a Personal Chef?
How do you Hire a Personal Chef?
What makes one better than the other?

These are all good questions for a future client to ask before you say YES to anyone who will be working in your Home!

Divadish Kitchens
Owner & Personal Chef Gianna Elizabeth Ianos
Will answer what she feels makes her qualified.

What is a Personal Chef:
I like to feel we are a extension of the family, we come into your home, get your meal prepared and served for you to enjoy.
What I like to do is discuss ...
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Gluten -Free Stuffing!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Gluten -Free Recipe 

                                                          Brown Rice Cranberry & Pecans Stuffing

                                       Delicious does not even come close to describing this gluten free stuffing recipe.

I am a Big Bread Stuffing eater, but a recent client asked for something gluten free and so I scoured my recipes did not have a single one! So I went on line to find this one, I did make a few changes to ingredients and did a beef stock instead of a chicken,I was more than please...
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Beef Stew

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Comfort Food 
Beef Broth Stew by Chef Gianna

What makes really good stew?
Some say it is the stock
Others the seasonings
Still some insist it is the meat

I say it is all and just a little more.
When making a pot of stew you have to know what you feel like putting in it.
Sometimes I put celery, and potatoes, and a creamy beef gravy.
Other times I will make a broth base stock add green beans carrots, broccoli, and onions, and even mushrooms.

Then there is the uncanny way we all put our ingredients together.
I seared m...
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APPLE PIE.. OH MY!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Apple Pie Memories 
Diva's Apple PieDiva's Apple Pie


Who's in the kitchen with Diva... Like the song you can almost always bet it will be Chef Gianna!
I just Love, Love, Love, to Create new or Recreate Old Recipes.
This Apple Pie is one of those recreations, when I lived out East Apple Pie was a big deal, and all the pieces I consumed as a kid always had Ginger in them. Here in Minnesota, that is not the case, I know it is True that state location makes a difference on how you get one thing one way and some where e...

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Pizza,Pizza, Pizza...!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Pizza for Dinner 



Pizza, I think who ever invented it way back when should get a Big Wet One right on the Lips....!

I Love making my own though, I use Boboli Crusts, and I brush a olive oil & garlic mixture over top and bottom of crusts then broil for app. 3-5 min. till slightly browned and crisp.
Then I proceed to do my layers of seasoned Italian Red sauce,then meats, this one pictured has Italian stuffed chicken sausage, low in calories, but great in taste.
I slice the sausage thinly, add onions, red or sweet y...

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Seared Chicken!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Seared Chicken 
Diva's in the Kitchen
Cooked by Chef Gianna

Cooking is my passion, my Zest for Life, and staying healthy.
The above picture is one such meal I fixed for dinner with friends.

It is hormone free chicken seared with lime juice & olive oil.
Seasonings used were garlic, oregano, thyme, sea salt.
Cooked in a # 8 size heavy aluminum frying pan till internal temperature is 165' app. 20 minutes.

This dish was served with garlic & dill buttered carrots, and crusty bread which is not pictured.
A 1/2 breast wei...
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Peanut Butter Kisses

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Baking Cookings 
Divadish recreated this family favorite by backing out some of the sugars and adding in more Organic Peanut Butter. Of course I used the Creamy kind, you could use chunky I suppose but to me creamy is Best.

The results were superbly little drops of Golden deliciousness.
When you pop one of these little Darlings in your mouth your whole Body starts to Quiver with Delight.
Lucky for Me I keep them down in my Commercial fridge or I would be quivering all night.

Making something better for yo...
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Hearty Stews & Soups!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Hearty Meals 

Cold weather, makes us do layering.
In the food business it makes us start thinking about Hearty Warm Meals!

The one I have pictures of above is a Italian Chicken Stew served over Bow-tie  Garlic Pasta.
Made with a Red wine red sauce and lots and lots of chicken, carrots, and celery this one served with my crusty bread is a Winner!

It is high in flavor, fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and very LOW in CALORIES....!

I usually put some grated Parmesan Cheese on top to add to the deliciousnes...
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Cookies & Mom time

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Cookies & Mom 

ALMOND JOY COOKIES:::
                      By
                 Divadish
            Recipe created by
            Chef Gianna

I really Love cookies, because as a kid my Mom and I would dunk them in Milk, it was our special time we spent together, laughing and enjoying each others company.

Now sometimes they were store bought Oreo's or Lorna Dunes, or Fig Newtons, but most of the time they were Home Made.
That's why cookies are always something I have on hand in my cookie jar, or flash fr...
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Breads-Crusty-Artsian Breads

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : Crusty Breads 



No Bloating, No Fructose Sugars, Low in Calories, high in Fiber, DELICIOUS BREADS!

We all Love our Carbs don't we!
But we hate the Bloating afterwards.Or the spikes in our Blood Insulin.
Here is how you can change all that, and it is very, very simple.

Order your bread from Divadish.
I make all whole grain breads, No Preservatives, all Natural Ingredients.
Each small batch made by hand by Chef Gianna makes (6) Boules, (round loaves)

This bread is absolutely delicious, has a chewy crusty t...
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Beef Stew Family-Style

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Gift Certificates 
Family -Style Beef Stew!!!! FEEDS 15-20 people.....Full of fresh organic vegetables, Hormone-Free Chuck Roasts,organic beef broth, fennel, anise,onions,garlic,sweet basil,sea salt, thyme, oregano.

This meal is just what everyone should have during the Holidays, or anytime you want to refuel your stomachs and your Spirits!
It is Hearty, full of vitamins, flavor, filling meal, that goes good with my Homemade Crusty Breads.

We all need good nutrition, and most of us do not have the time to ...
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Pasta

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Pasta 




I would not be Italian and my grandmother Julia would roll over in her grave,,, if I did not make a Pasta dish at least once a week!

Here is one of those I can't get enough of dishes...!

It has a very Fancy Italian name, but I choose to call it what it is,,, Angel Hair Pasta W/Sausage.
Of course there is a little more too it then that,,, it has sauteed red onions,green bell peppers,chunk ripe tomatoes,
all seared in dark green olive oil, with fennel, anise, garlic, and sweet basil, add a ...
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Pork Chop Pizza!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Divadish Pizza's 
Divadish Kitchens created this new Meat-Eaters- Pizza for all of those Carnivores!

I use Boboli  as my crust. I just Love the texture of them, and they are all organic, No -Saturated Fats,
and Low in Calories.

Take Boboli crust and spread a thin layer of garlic and olive oil mixture over it and put under broiler for a few minutes.Then proceed with your layering.
I took a Grilled Pork Chop,sliced it and added yellow bell peppers, red onions,and mushrooms.
Sauteed all of this in a small fr...
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Stuffed Peppers!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, December 10, 2011, In : What's for Dinner Honey? 
Stuffed Green Peppers by Chef Gianna owner of Divadish Kitchens & Catering

This recipe has been in my Mother's family over a 100+ years.
All of the Messano's and the Ianos's have tweaked it a bit over the years, but it still is our Comfort Food dish.
Especially when the weather gets colder we all turn to heartier meals.

My recipe uses lean ground organic beef & ground pork sausage.
No rice added to meat mixure, instead I did it like a meatloaf base.
Added fennel, anise, onions, garlic, swee...
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Chocolate Desire Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, In : Chocolate Addictions! 
Chocolate Desire Cake....by Divadish Kitchens & Catering
Created by Chef Gianna

The expression a picture is worth a 1000Words, is so true, I mean just look at it and it makes you Drool all over yourself!

The cake is a double fudge chocolate, with the following extras added to batter.
a 1/4 cup of caramel 
1/4 cup chocolate bits
baked @ 350' degrees in a bundt cake pan form app. 35-40 minutes

Icing is a chocolate fudge drizzled over top with chocolate bits and powdered sugar over that.
It...
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Pizza

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, December 4, 2011, In : Pizza 
Divadish Kitchens & Catering Loves, Loves, Loves Pizza!

That is my pizza made with the Boboli Crust.

Using this fantastic crust gives you a Pizza even Pizza Man cannot compete with, and it tastes so much better!
The one I am featuring this month is a Alfredo sauce with Grilled seasoned Chicken and sauteed red onions and green peppers.

The first step in preparing your Boboli is to spread a thin layer of olive oil & garlic powder mixture over both sides of crust.
Next bake it @ Broil temp. ...
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Turkey Dinner

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Thanksgiving 
Traditional Turkey @ Divadish Kitchens:

First thing is get a all organic bird.
Second do not get the self -basted or juiced brands
This will save you money and calories, but especially TASTE!!!
Third take out gizzards bag, and put them in a pot half full of chicken broth and Kitchen Bouquet.
Fourth: Add onion flakes, Garlic powder, Sea Salt, Sweet Basil and simmer.
Fifth: Rinse out bird thoroughly, drain, and put in oval roaster.
Add Semi -Sweet White Wine to Gravy pan, app. 1/2 cup.
Rub en...
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Carrot Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Desserts 

Carrot Cake has been around forever, kind of like Aunt Myrtle's Fruit cakes...!

Only difference is everyone will eat this cake.

Being a Chef I decided to change this old time favorite up a bit.
Here is how I improved it for my tastes and hopefully yours.

First I added 1/4 cup more sweet raisins.
Then a 1/2 cup more of sweet organic carrots.
Added a little more moisture to batter.

Baked a tad longer @ 350' 
When cooled I made a Almond fudge Icing to drizzle over the entire cake.
Sprinkled Coc...

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Alfredo Pasta Dish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Pasta Dishes 

This Alfredo Sauce Pasta Dish is (6) layers of creamy deliciousness.

I use half& half for my cream, sweet cream butter, Parmesan cheeses,garlic,sea salt, a touch of sweet basil.
Add to that loads of (3) cheeses blend, and you have a Masterpiece even Divinci would want to Paint, then of course Eat soon after!

This is a special order only meal, and this particular culinary Divine was ordered by my C0-Workers.

I so Love to show off my Foodie Expertise,,, and what better way then to share with...
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Pudding Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Pudding Cakes 
 Lemon Pudding Cake

What do you know about pudding cakes?

Many people think that they would be overly sweet or gooey, but actually are not.

The one pictured above is a Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake, with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing. 

I absolutely Love Lemon anything, almost anything. 
What about You?
For Me Lemon is refreshing, light, and not overly sweet if done right.
I like my cakes light, moist, and not too sweet. I want to taste the flavors of the cake, not the sugars.

This cake is one of my fami...

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MEAL DEALS

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, October 28, 2011, In : Meal Deals 





                                                                    


MEAL DEALS @ DIVADISH KITCHENS... MEAL DEALS @ DIVADISH KITCHENS....
                                Retail Price $125... Now... $62.50....
  • Roasted Whole Organic Hormone Free Chicken 
Slow cooked with Greek Seasonings, dark green Olive oil & a Lemon marinade.
This complete meal is accompanied with delicious Lemon Wedge potatoes as pictured above.

  • Beefy -Gravy Meatloaf  93% Black Angus Chuck Free Range Beef
Slow cooked with Ital...

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Hamburger Steak!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, October 27, 2011, In : Take-Out Menu @ Divadish 

What could be better than (8) oz's of lean chuck hand -patted to perfection

 with a slice of Pepperjack cheese, sauteed mushrooms and red onions,
cooked to Medium Rare?
The answer is one of Chef's Gianna's Beautiful Hamburger's pictured above.


This mouth-watering, hunk of meat not only satisfies that I am A Man and need my Meat Craving, but also makes everyone come to the table for dinner and actually enjoy their food and each other. What could be more rewarding and filling than that.


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Caramel Apple Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Apple Cakes 
Fall is the best time to enjoy Apples. The temperatures are just cool enough and still not cold.
Apple orchards are full with all of our favorite kinds of apples.
Leaving us no excuses but to create new recipes for all those delicious apples.

Here is one of mine. Apple Caramel Bundt Cake

This tastes like a Carmel Apple except inside a cake.
Moist, swirled with caramel, and small bits of apple in each bite.
It is truly the best combination to asked for in a cake and you can eat it with a fork!
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Atlantic Seafood

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Seafood Selctions on Menu 
Divadish SEASFOOD DIFFERENTLY>>> 
Check out her Catering Menu and see her newest Seafood selections.

  • Shrimp
  • Blackened Salmon
  • Cod
  • Salmon marinated with Garlic Butter & Dill
DO-NOT Miss this Wonderful opportunity to get YOUR BRAIN FOOD PEOPLE!
Of course our Omega 3's too.
It is all so tasty you will have a very hard time deciding which to order first!

Divadish Kitchens

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Steaks

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Meat Lover's 






The one thing about being a chef is basically you can fix anything you want for dinner.
The above meal is one of those I feel like it meals.

Ever have that Meat Craving,,, ? if so this meal will satisfy it.....!

Here is how I made my steak.

First select a good quality Sirloin -Tip Steak, 2-3" thick watch out for veining, because those make the steak tough.
Always use hormone -Free meat and free range Black-Angus, that way the meat is pretty much guaranteed to be tender and healthier for y...
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Snack's What do you Crave?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Mental Health 
Divadish Kitchens offers many good kinds of snacks to help in our cravings.

  Go  to Products for Purchase page click on Nuts and see what you can purchase online to help you with your moods and your cravings.
Please read the attached article below from MSN about how eating these nuts, can help us feel better and eat less.

Nuts and seeds Eat it for: The magnesium
Examples: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, peanuts. (Green leafy vegetables and whole grains are also high in...
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Chicken Sandwich

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Sandwiches 





Chicken Breast Sandwich.


Ingredients:
  • Grilled boneless chicken breast (seasoned with Garlic powder & Sea Salt)
  • Cooked in olive oil in small skillet till a internal temp of (165)
  • Just a few minutes before taking out of pan add a slice of Provolone cheese let it slightly melt on chicken
  • Remove this and serve it on (2) pieces of lightly toasted whole wheat or rye bread, lightly buttered
  • Add lettuce, thin sliced Red onions, mayo if desired.
Get ready to say MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, because it is one of thos...
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Hot Chocolate tonight!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Fall Drinks 

Ghirardelli  Better Chocolate and it makes the "Best Hot Chocolate drink".

The fall evenings is a perfect time to add this delicious drink to your beverage choices.
Here is the recipe for a cup of deliciousness.

  • 4 0z of 2% milk
  • 40z of Half & Half
  • 40z of Ghirardelli Syrup
  • put all the above in a medium size saucepan and slow heat to 120-130 degrees.
  • Add whip cream and a drizzle of additional syrup to cap off this drink.
Add a good shortbread cookie or a sugar cookie to it and you have the makings...
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Vegetable Soup

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, October 8, 2011, In : Soup's On @ Divadish 
Divadish & Chef Gianna love, the Farmers Markets. Fall vegetables are still in abundance and there are so many wonderful choices.

The picture here is just one thing you can make from a good red sauce, and fresh market vegetables.
My freezer would not be Happy if it does not have at least (6-10 ) quarts of soup frozen and waiting to be pulled out for any accompaniment to a meal or as the whole meal, of course with my crusty bread & butter.

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Whole Wheat Bread

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, In : Breads 

Yes... Divadish Kitchens makes it's own Artisan breads.


The one pictured above is my own recipe of Honey Whole Wheat. 
Using Organic whole grain flour,course  Kosher Sea Salt, and Sunflower Honey.

Then slow baking it with care and you have a crusty, soft, chewy bread.
Just the way you want it to be, add some sweet cream butter, jam, or just  plain, the problem will be waiting till it cools a bit.

Baked in small batches and all done by Hand,,, each batch makes (6) round loaves.
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Chocolate Cake

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : New Cake Favorite 
This perfect Bundt cake is now my new favorite cake.
I created it for a family member and when we all sample it, we were like OMG this is so good!


I added Chocolate sauce to the batter, English toffee flavoring,and the results were just the right amount of sweetness and deliciousness to make your mouth water when you look at the end result pictured here.

The icing is made from Semi-Sweet Chocolate& Butter drizzled lightly over entire cake, then added crushed Heath bar bits over that, fi...
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Google Offers & Divadish Kitchens!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : Google Offers! 
Divadish was a selected Merchant to participate in the Minneapolis & St.Paul area Google Offers.com
campaign! This is a very Big Honor, and I am very excited to be included. 

The launch date is still a educated guess for October 2011, and with their new Customer Preference Match Up for Merchants there will be a Line outside all those Computers pads,Iphones, Android's Etc, it will be a Feeding Frenzy,,, No Pun intended! to get to all these Wonderful 50% off Offers!

I will have a select...
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Meatloaf

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, September 29, 2011, In : Cooking Classes 

Chef Gianna & Divadish Kitchens has created another mouth-watering Divadish!
I Love meatloaf in the Fall, it is such a Comfort Food, who wouldn't!
Especially leftovers if you are lucky enough to have any!

Picture this literally, sliced thinly on my artisan rye bread, both sides lathered with butter, and then top all that off with (2) slices of Provolone cheese. Then take all this to your broiler for just a touch of heat, and whalla you have your very own Meatloaf Pannini! Can we give a L...
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Soup's on @ Divadish Kitchens!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 25, 2011, In : Soups and Fall Meals@Divadish 

Divadish  believes the best quality and taste comes from making your food in small Batches and by Hand!
This is the only way to make good food says Chef Gianna, and good food is what Divadish is all about.

The picture above is just one of those small batched soups that comes out of our kitchens.
Chef Gianna likes to call it one of her Masterpieces, because it is not a watery, thinned down version of what other resturants tell you is soup.
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PAY PAL IS LIVE@DIVADISH!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : pAYpAL 
Divadish now has PayPal, the World's most trusted way to purchase on Line!

I have picked out several new items, for you to drool over and if you like what you see you can now add them to your shopping cart!

Any items that are not pictured with a click button can be added please just contact 
Divadish directly and she will make arrangements. 

I am so excited to finally have entered the Big World of Plastic Buying Power!

Please share this with all your Foodie friends.
Thank you and let...

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PayPal Coming Soon to Divadish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Plastic Buying Power @ Divadish 
Divadish is joining the Tech Savy times by  offering her clients PayPal to make there menu purchases.
We are working on our  list with pictures and price buttons for you to click on and buy now!
We are very excited about this Wonderful additional opportunity for our clients and fellow Foodies.

Keep checking back as we move forward into the the Tech Age of Plastic Purchasing Power!
We expect it will be up and running Very soon.
Thank You and keep Eating Fit for Life!
Chef Gianna
Divadish Ki...
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Spicy Chilli by Chef Gianna

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Fall Foods 






The leaves are changing color, the daily temperatures are getting cooler, and you can definitely smell Fall in the air.


When these things happen in Minnesota, we start to think about different warm foods to fill us up.Or as I like to say put on our food layers so we don't feel the Cold!

Divadish and Chef Gianna knows how we all feel about good food. 
Especially our chilli's, the bowl pictured above has the the right amount of spicy heat to make your mouth go ahhhhhhhhhhhh, and your tas...
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Pumpkin & Fall Desserts!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : Fall Desserts! 
The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change, and our minds drift off to warmer meals, and pumpkin desserts.
This is one such dessert. Prepared a touch different than most recipes which are all sugar and not so much pumpkin. 
At Divadish we want to focus our attention to all the flavor of pumpkin has to offer. Combined with spices, a cinnamon and butter base and sprinkle it all  with a crumble topping and spiced icing.
These little babies are moist, light and just the right amount ...
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Chicken Soup Cures EverythinG!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : Soup. Soup, Soup 
My mother use to make a big pot of chicken soup at least once a month when we were kids growing up out East.
She would always say it can cure everything, if you are a little anemic, it helps, if you are a little fluish it helps,
and if you are just plain hungry it fills you up!
No my mother was not Jewish, but she could of been, she had the mannerisms and definitely the hand movements.
When she was a young woman she was a housekeeper for several different ethnic families and she would gath...
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Angie's List Has the Diva!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, In : Angie's List 
Divadish Kitchens & Catering is now listed .
It is a honor to be part of the Angie's list business membership. 
At Angie's you have a code of ethics you are expected to run  your business by.
Service, quality,   on time, caring about your clients each and everyday.
I am very proud to be counted among the other businesses who are listed. 
Divdish Member ID#6343506
divadishkitchenscatering.com            
 Thank you;
Chef Gianna
Owner...
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Lasagna Tonight!?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Call ahead Meals @ Divadish! 

Divadish Kitchens can make this delicious lasagna dish for you and your sweetheart.

This is a 9x13 size pan of cheesy, meaty, goodness!
Each forkful is loaded with meat and tender penne noodles.
Available in Take -U-Bake or fully cooked and delivered.

When you are trying to think of something different and delicious and good for you tonight
or anytime why not call Divadish for your Dinner choices.

Check out my web site @divadishkitchenscatering.com 
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Divdish is Celebrating!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Anniversary! 
Happy (1) Year Anniversary to Divadish!

I cannot believe it has been a year already. 

I have had a very good year, and am very thankful to all of my customers who have tried Divadish and enjoyed it.

Without you there would be no need for my culinary skills and that would make me very sad.

Continue to  tell others about Divadish and share in the Joy of Good Eating!

Thank you for your business and look forward to seeing you all again.

Chef Gianna






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Back to School -Back to School!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 28, 2011, In : School Specials! 
School shopping Ugh!!!!

Talk about hard work, I remember when my daughter was going through all that, from ages 5-10 they are perfect little Oh I love it Mommy, the comes the terrible tweens and it is oh No I'm not wearing that!

How do you manage to hold on to your sanity!?

I am offering a BACK-TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!!!   25% off any one item on my menus. 
Cannot be combined with other offers and has no monetary value. One per household. 
Coupon expires 9/30/2011

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Divadish Joins Star Limo's Service!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : Star's & Diva's 
Divadish is proud to announce her company will now be partnered with one of the finest limousine fleets in the
Tri -State area.

Please welcome Star Fleet services and Divadish Kitchens & Catering paring their talents, knowledge and quality care to their customers.

I am so honored to be part of such a wonderful team and ever growing company. 
I hope to offer some unique original recipes to compliment a already stellar service.
I am attaching their web site for you to book your next comple...

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The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Really!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! 
Soft, chewy ,chuck full of raisins, these oatmeal cookies have a secret ingredient that makes them very addictive.
When I was putting together the recipe and lining up my ingredients,I decided to add a little extra of a couple of things.
It keeps things interesting and recipes can always be tweaked so why not tweak them.
These cookies have nutmeg, cinnamon, and raisin juice, added to them, which puts these cookies on my must have list for Fall. 
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies, we must have our Coo...
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TAKE-U-Bake- Meals @ DIVADISH

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, August 7, 2011, In : Take-U-Bake- Meals 
This is one of Divadish's regular menu items.
The whole roasting chicken is hormone -free, free range, and delicious because of it.
The pictured meal feeds (8) good size servings of 5-6oz each,+a side of the lemon wedge potatoes.

I can prepare this meal in your kitchens or you may do a Take U-Bake in your kitchen.
Additional sides that compliment this meal:
  • Greek Salad
  • Pickled Cauliflower
  • Garlic & Dill Butter Broccoli
  • Almond & Garlic butter Green beans
  • Artisan Breads & Spreads
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Taking Reservations for Holiday Meals!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, August 5, 2011, In : Holiday Meals! 
The Holidays are 90+ days away... Yikes...!

Divadish has the answer to all your prayers.

Call Chef Gianna @612-859-3270 and book your Stress free Holiday Meal .

**Limited Offer: Free Dessert with all orders.

**You shop I'll Cook!


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Dinner Party Hire Chef Gianna!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Dinner party! 
It is Friday night, getting ready for the weekend yeah....!
But wait your wife just called and left a message saying she invited a few friends over for Dinner tonight is that okay!? 
What is a fellow to do, I have the answer, call Divadish ask for Chef Gianna who is also the owner and she
will come to your rescue and cook and entertain you and your guests...!
Why not enjoy your guests company and leave the cooking to a Professional Chef, who promises to deliver excellent food and service.
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# SUNFLOWER POWER #

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Flower Power! 
It is so beautiful to see this magnificent flower open itself to the sun everyday.
As the sun moves through my yard this flowers head turns gladly to follow it namesake, The Sun!

Warm, soft,full of color and grace this tall gracious flower is like a beacon to the world in it's simple and outstanding beauty. It says behold I am The Sunflower gaze upon my face and you will receive  inner peace.

I love my gardens they truly hold the power of peace and tranquility for me and calm my spirit ...
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Professional Chef Services On Sale!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Chef Services 
New Client Special

10% Off

Try Divadish Personal Chef services and save $$$$!

Services include:
  • Grocery shopping
  • Menu planning
  • Cooking classes
  • Nutrition Classes 
  • Cooking
  • Freeze ahead meals 
  • Holiday Meals 
Call for appointment @612-859-3270
divadishkitchenscatering.com 
elizabethjj555@gmail.com 
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Blueberry( Coffee Cake Muffins )!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Coffee Cake!!!! 
They say, who they is I guess the experts, but of course since I am a Diva I would follow my stomach first anywhere!
Anyway the opinion is that muffins are now the new Cake!
Cupcakes were all the fad a few months ago, but the old time favorite is pushing that sweet little thing aside and taking it's dominance over it once more!
So taking my lead from what YOU want my customer,This is my new favorite for my final muffin in the July series.

This Blueberry cream muffin taste like a coffee ca...
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Gourmet Pumpkin Muffins!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Jumbo's 
Pumpkin Spice and everything nice! 
Creating new flavors for morning muffins is always exciting.
This muffin was no exception.

Here is what I did to make it a little more spectacular.
I took my spice bread recipe + my muffin recipe added some Libby's gourmet pumpkin mix and a touch more pumpkin spice.
Then added a little extra cream to make everything a little more rich.
Combined all the above, blended to creamy and baked in jumbo cupcake liners for 
app. 16 minutes @ 350' 
The result was m...
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Muffins in July!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, July 15, 2011, In : Muffins! 
I love these. Sometimes not being able to sleep can create something new & wonderful!
I created these on Thursday of this week, as I wanted to sample them with a new client I was meeting.
You never know what will come out of your brain @ 3:00Am,, well (3) new flavors of muffins did.
I am very pleased with the results and so were my new clients. 

Now to describe these I would say this.
Combine in your mouth a soft taste of semi sweet chocolate and a mild tasting coffee. 
The balance is subl...
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Desserts!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Desserts first! 





Divadish Kitchens Loves making new desserts.


This one was one of my all time favorites.

Moist full of chocolate bits, my chocolate gnache icing and also added extra in batter.
This is a totally flour less cake made with garbanzo beans.
No it did not taste Funny, or like vegetables.
It is perfect with any meal, or before,,,,like I like to do....!
Like the Greeks say this one does come bearing gifts, and it's gift is deliciousness!
So when you are hankering for something CHOCOLATE,,,, gotta h...
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Summer Salads

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, July 9, 2011,

Divadish Kitchens loves to make salads.
They are simple, do not heat up the kitchen and are a satisfying meal.

The pictured salad is a Pear & Blue cheese with Sweet Bell peppers.
I sometimes will add crumbled lean bacon crisps to it for extra protein, or sliced hard boiled eggs.

The dressing I make with this is a dry ground mustard, Italian wine vinegar, dark green olive oil, and sugar to taste. Shake all together all ingredients in a glass jar, and refrigerate any leftovers.

Their a...
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Ice Cream Sale!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, In : National Ice Cream Month 
July is National Ice Cream Month:

Did you know that?
In 1984 President Ronald Reagan desginated July as National Ice Cream month.
http://www.idfa.org/files/ice_cream_month_proclamation.pdf
He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food
that is is enjoyed by 90% of the nations population.
In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and events."





Divadish is a retailer of Bridgeman's Ice Crea...
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Red, White & Blue!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : July 4th, 2011 
Today is Independence Day....! We all know what that means.... Food....(:) (:) 
So to continue in this honered tradition I am going to throw my culinary caution to the wind and give you my July 4th's picks....!

Red: My choice a rich Marina sauce simmering slowly for 2-3 days, add lots of Parmesan cheese, feta, and mozzrella.
Serve over  angel hair pasta, add a large italian salad and crusty bread.
Open a bottle of semi sweet red wine, and let the evening unfold perhaps in someones embrace...

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Have you had your veggies?

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 29, 2011,
Broccoli! from DIVADISH KITCHENS:

Now before you start saying Yuck.... you all need to try this recipe, I guarantee even the fussiest, pickiest, finicky eaters will go Yum!

You may use frozen or fresh.
Recipe:

Take a 3- 5 quart saucepan, filled with cool water.
Add one 16 oz package of frozen broccoli, or same amount of fresh.
Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook till soft. App. 12-15 min.

Drain it:
Then add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
2-3 tbsp. of butter
Sea salt to taste.

This veggi...

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Edamame Soybeans

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 24, 2011, In : Have you had your Veggies today? 
Divadish loves her veggies!!
This is just another great one that if you haven't tried them do.
High in protein, and fiber, low in calories and Great for You & Your Body!

They are chuck full of protein @ 8g a 1/2 cup
                                                                 9g carbs
                                                                 1g sugar
all of this @ 100 calories a 1/2 cup serving.
Loaded with Essential Acids and easy to prepare why not add this Wonder Veggie to your...
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Lasagna

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, In : Cooking in Your Kitchen tonight! 
The art of lasagna making:

Divadish Kitchens first plans the Sauce:
The rich marina sauce should be filled with a robust combination of spices and semi sweet wine.
Dark Green Olive oil, imported Parmesan cheese, and feta crumbles.
Then slowly marinated over a period of 8-16hours in a slow cooker.
Adding your choice of meats:
Pork
Chicken 
Beef
Sausage
Or combinations of the above meats is also very good and very tasty.


Next cooking your noodles till they are Al-Dante or half cooked and co...
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Oprah Say's!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 19, 2011, In : Real Talk Show! 

Oprah Say's!

Oprah's show was a Window to all of our Fears, Hopes, Inspirations and Despair.

She talked, helped, expressed, and molded each one of Us in our own living-rooms @ 4:00- M-F.
We all felt like she was personally talking to each one of Us when we turned on our TV sets!
I did, and I learned a lot from her candor, and her own personal experiences.

It was not a Reality Talk Show, it was a Real Talk Show>>>> Quality, Honest, and Meaningful.!
Why I am writing this today to all of...
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Greek God's!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Yogurt for a Healthier you! 
Divadish Kitchens Loves her yogurt.
You simply can add this yogurt to almost anything and make your dish taste better.

Some examples:
  • Dips
  • Spreads
  • Cakes
  • Cookies recipes
  • Sauces
  • Bread recipes
  • Fruit
  • Milkshakes
  • Smoothies
I literally find new ways to add this Power Protein to everything I eat.
The best and easiest part to a Healthy You and a Healthier Colon!

Colon Cancer is a very serious Silent Killer....!
This form of Cancer sneaks into our system without Us noticing a lot of of changes, until it is to...
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Yogurt for a Healthy Life!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Fit for Life! 
Greek God's Yogurt: Plain, Honey, or Strawberry flavored.

Thick, natural, with all the pro-biotics from enzymes of pure  ingredients can give you in one delicious spoonful!

DivaDish uses this product where she wants to cut down on the sugars in recipes and boost the moistness.

From Cakes, cookies, salad dressings,dips& spreads the uses almost seem endless!

What you get for using this wonderful product in your recipes is another form of rich protein, lean in calories,
great for your diges...

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"Meals in Home"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : Meal Planning 
Divadish Kitchens offers full service meals in your home.
The above picture is a very delicious, healthy, yogurt based & fresh fruit chocolate cake.
Who says you can't have your Dessert and Eat it Too!

This dessert weighs in @ a 125'calories a slice... and it is low in Sugar....!
Part of of life has always been to look forward to the surprise @ the end of the delicious meal.
It started way back in our culture and continues today.
They make commercials on looking @ dessert first and then ord...
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"Care in Home Meals"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, June 9, 2011, In : Meal Planning 
Divadish is expanding her business this year to include in home meals and care.
Personal Chef means just that, the first word in the front is Personal.
I am taking this business to the next level, by adding additional services for my clients.
Cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, are now part of Divadish's additional services.

Divadish wants to be your full service Personal Chef company.
Listening to my clients needs and not what I need to make you Happy!

Creating a atmosphere of Trust, Reli...
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Lemon Cookies

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Cookie Monster 
Finding a good sugar cookie recipe is almost as hard as finding a needle in a haystack.


These wafer thin buttery lemon crisps are melt in your mouth Yum!
Let me draw you a pictured in your mind, light, chewy, moist, and just the right amount of lemon to make your mouth say Yes please!
I like these anytime because they are not a heavy cookie, and you can have (3) @ only 50 calories...
Now you all know how we like more for less!...
Accompany them with your favorite beverage and you have a mid-mo...

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A Little Diva in Every Dish!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : On Location Personal Chef 
Cooking is not just a passion, it is a feeling that comes over you when that dish you just created looks and tastes just the way you imagined it would!
It is surreal at times, you think about food differently, and when you see tomatoes, potatoes, meats or anything else for that matter, you start to put together recipes in your head.
You get so excited about good food, for everyone, you want everyone to know that good food does not need to be only in the finest restaurants, it can be i...

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American Classic!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : Italian Potato Salad 
Potato Salad, is always a mainstay on everybody's summer picnics, BBQ's,Graduations,
or just about any event. 
I think it is because it is a all American favorite, like Apple -Pie, or a Ball park frank, or our hamburger.
It just goes with everything!

I do make my potato salad @ Divadish a little bit different though. 
My mother had a very good recipe that she gave to her daughters years ago,and we have changed it a bit over the years.
Here is my version:
  • Heavy Mayonnaise
  • 1/4-1/2 of half & hal...

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Quiche's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, May 29, 2011, In : Breakfast 
Breakfast is our most important meal of the day.
Why? because we have been sleeping all night and need to fuel our bodies.
This Quiche pictured above is one of those fuel choices.

It is a Divadish original recipe, and made to order for any of my clients.
This pie serves (6) good size slices, or (8) smaller ones.
I sell them for $38.00 each.
All ingredients & seasonings, are natural & organic.
All of my quiches are crust less, I prefer to use crumbled breads or potato or vegetable crusts, t...
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Divadish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 27, 2011,

DIVADISH has Joined Serenity Now Healing Center!

Divadish recently joined one of the areas local Healing Centers, called Serenity Now.
There offices are located @ the Professional Building @
 1310 E Hway #96,  Suite #204A White Bear Lake, Minnesota.55110

Owners Jennifer & Bill Klein
651-429-0061
www.serenitynowhealingcenter.com

I am there offices Personal Chef & Nutritional Coach for there ongoing and Growing client base.
I am very excited about this new venture as I will be able to do...

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Greek Chef's

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 23, 2011, In : Jimmy the Greek 
Greek recipes are very delicate combinations of many seasonings that add to it's wonderful flavors..
Because of that it is a delicacy that not everyone knows how to do well, or at all, and feels it is well above their knowledge level.
The Alexander's Greek Chicken is one such recipe, it contains many processes to get to it's finished state of elegance and juicy deliciousness, but once there and on your plate you will say it was all so worth it!
Seared whole chicken breats in  lime & ol...
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Chef @ your Home!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Hire a Chef tonight! 
The above picture is Greek Cod.
This fish is seared in dark green olive oil & sweet cream organic butter, add in Fresh grown Rosemary and a touch of Greek Oregano.
Then a bit of Lime juice and heat up frying pan to med-high and grill it to the fish begins to flake apart, telling you the fish is ready to eat.
This meal can be fixed with many different seasonings that make it taste a little different with each seasoning that is brought into the dish.
Adding the fruit bowl with organic Pink ...
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Graduations

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Party /Events 
Graduations, are already here, wouldn't this decadent all chocolate cake be the hit of your friends!
This is one of my Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Fix it all cake. 
This bundt cake serves 15 nice size pieces and is all hand crafted, all Organic,
delicious tasting, with my secret gnache icing to Spoil all of you Rotten!
The Best part is the very affordable price of $35.00.... 
This and other desserts available, also my full menu of delicious meals.
I am your graduation headquarters @ prices an...
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Cookie Please!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, May 20, 2011,
Cookies with milk, cookies, with Tea, Cookies, with Coffee, Cookies with anything is my plea!
Yes I am Guilty as a Jaybird,I'll confess....!Just don't take away my chewy, moist, sweet delights!
Cookies are like Treasure is to a Pirate...
maybe even a Pirate as Scary as Captain Jack Sparrow of 
The Pearl? Yes you guessed it, Pirates from The Caribbean would consider these littlest sweet gems Treasure, very delicious, valuable treasure!
Covered in chocolate & butterscotch morsels, they go boom...
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American Favorite "The Greek Hotdog"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : New Hotdog 
Never underestimate the power of The Greek Word... This was a Line from the movie The Big Fat Greek Wedding!
I never have nor will I ever doubt the power of Greek...
Think of it, Greek food is to Die for, figuratively speaking of course.
But my dear old Daddy would say Yes I would Die for it, because once his poor mind went and he was put into managed care because of it, he would consistently ask Me Honey, do you have a Salami sandwich?
Of course it broke my heart to see the end results of...
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Caramel French Toast!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, May 14, 2011, In : Breakfast Yes! 
Divadish loves to twist things up a bit, and adding a custom butter to this family favorite made it a little more interesting.

What did I do pray tell??? I took some sweet cream butter, softened a bit, added some semi-sweet DaVinci Caramel Syrup, a touch of cinnamon, and blended it all together.
It was a nice bit of caramel & a hint of cinnamon to make it a perfect butter for this family favorite.
It even past muster with my granddaughter this week when her one and only GaGa had a overn...
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Berry-Wine Chicken & Parmesean Potatoes

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : ECSTASY MEALS! 
Divadish Loves too cook with Wines... Why,, because you can sip a little out of the bottle too!!! Just kidding......!

No, really, the taste that wines add to the flavors of meats, soups, sauces, and salad dressings, is Phenomenal!!!
Combine all of that with special blends of seasoning and you have a Winner each and every time.
The above picture is just one particular winner.
I marinated (4) chicken thighs over night in a semi-sweet berry wine & lime juice, with my special blends of season...
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Lasagna @ Divadish

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Family style meals 
Divadish loves to make the family style lasagna pictured above.
Lasagna is a work of Art when you are making it.
Layer after layer of Meats, Sauce, Ricotta, Cheeses, Spinach,Noodles, then repeat it until the lasagna pan is 2/3 full of this mixture, and add the final touch of two large handfuls of Feta cheese on top.
Put into the oven @ 325' degrees and slow back all of this deliciousness for about (2) hours.
 Of course there are alot of other steps in between, like the sauce has to be ma...
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Gluten-Free Cake!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : Chocolate & Gluten Free! 
We all LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!!!
Sometimes  we are allergic to the Gluten so desserts are a Big NO!
Not for this cake pictured.
This is Divadish's Gluten -Free Chocolate Cake.
I served this yummy slice of chocolate heaven today for Mother's Day.
My granddaughter could not believe it was totally made without flour, and it was made with a vegetable!?
What silliness is that, it taste too good she says, as she starts to attack her piece of cake with a vengeance.
I haven't  seen that  outside of the in...
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Small Sizes, Smaller Prices!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Menu Changes! 





Divadish has  recreated her original recipes in smaller portion sizes with you in mind!

Why?
To save you money!
To reduce leftovers!
To encourage you to try more menu items!
The same great Taste, all Organic, No Preservatives, still apply to all her foods, just the size & price has changed!

Thank you for being a Divadish Customer, your Support & Suggestions are always appreciated!
Buon  Appetito!
Divadish
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Peanut Butter Cups

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Truffles 
Picture this, you just got back from a extensive jogging routine and your body is craving something sweet really big time!
You start to wonder what could really fill that hunger for a sugar buzz!

Or how about this scenario, you want to reward your taste buds with something smooth and luscious and 
your usual hit is a Reese's peanut butter cup... Not anymore it's not,,, these will literally blow them right out of the water!
These say Oh Baby! as soon as they hit your mouth and start to melt ...
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Art & Food Show

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Art Show W/ Divadish 
Hot off the Presses!

ART SHOW & GOURMET FOOD from 6-9:00pm May 6th,2011

Divadish Kitchens & Catering is doing a
 
Free Sample tasting

 of her Gourmet Spreads & Artisan Breads

                    @
 Bella Galleria
3006 West 50th Minneapolis, MN.55410

For directions & more information
Contact #612-922-9227

                   or
Divadish Kitchens@612-859-3270

Art Show & Food from 6-9:00PM May 6th, 2011

Artist exhibitor :    
          Ceceile Hartleib
                    ...

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Pasta Soup!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, In : Soup time! 

"Picture this," as Estelle Getty from Golden Girls use to say before she went into her story!

Soup is always on my menus when I prepare food for my clients. 
It adds balance to a meal and can also be a meal when they are as Hearty as the one pictured above.
This soup has a rich red sauce, fresh zucchini,carrots,chunk tomatoes, and  egg noodles.
Added a little semi - sweet red wine and  good amounts of Italian seasonings.
Simmered for 6-8 hours and let the flavors come together and HMMMMMMMM...
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Stay-Kation!!!!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, April 23, 2011, In : No-Fly -Zones!? 
Greek Chicken
                                                                                            W/Angel Hair Pasta
Whenever I dream about Greece, my fathers homeland, I get a little homesick.
What would it be like to sit a look out into the Ageian Sea and be eating a Authentic Greek meal.
Since my birth I have been blessed with good genes as they say, 1/2 Greek, 1 /2 Italian.
You are so lucky everyone keeps telling me, I wish I was you!
I am very lucky indeed, I grew up in a fami...
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