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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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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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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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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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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