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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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:)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shredded Sirloin Beef Roast!

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


Sirloin Roasted Beef

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
T...

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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:)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
T...

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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