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BBQ Recipe Chosen by Thumbtack.Com

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

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Feeding your Cravings???

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


Sage/Onion Bread

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

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

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

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

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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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Fruit Cobbler

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


Mixed Fruit Cobblers

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

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Beef Stew!!

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


Beef Stew

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

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

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

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Apricot Stuffed Pork Chops!!!

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


Stuffed Pork Chops

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

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

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Taco Soup.......!

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


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

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

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Potato Bacon Soup!!!

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


Potato Bacon Soup

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

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

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Greek Chicken!!!

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


Greek Chicken

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

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

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Fruit Tacos

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


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

So who's laughing now...hmmmmm!

Okay here is your recipe... 

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

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

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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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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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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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Brandy BBQ Sandwich!

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


Brandy BBQ

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

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

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

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

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Spaghetti What's Not to Like?!

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


Spaghetti & Peppers

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

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

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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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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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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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Quiche for Dinner?

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


Ham Quiche'

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

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

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

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Chicken Pot Pie Oh My!?

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


Creamy, Dreamy, Chicken Pot Pie

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

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

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza we want Pizza!!!

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



Italian Chicken Sausage Pizza

12" of Deliciousness

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

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Cheesecake?

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


Raspberry Cheesecake Oh Yum:)

Valentines Day February 14th,2014

Want to be your sweeties favorite person?

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

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Diva's Hoagies!!!!

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







Roast Beef & Pepper-jack Cheese Hoagie

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

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

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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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BEST FOOD EVENTS OF 2013!!!!!!

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

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

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

Number (3). ...

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My Own Brazilian Christmas Carol Story!

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

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

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

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


Greek Chicken

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

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

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

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

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Cheddar/Bacon Quiche'

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


Quiche' anyone?

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

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

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Simple Tips for Easy Cleanup!

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

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

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

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

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Asian Chicken Salad!

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


Asian Pasta Salad...?

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

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

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Sausage & Peppers

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


Sausage & Peppers

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

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Real Italian Lasagna!

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



Lasagna

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

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Mini Cheesecakes @ Diva's Kitchens

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


Raspberry, Carmela, Chocolate Mini's





A Bite of heaven on a Fork!

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

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

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Diva's Apple Pie!

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


New York Apple Pie!

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

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

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Cherry/Raspberry Pie Oh my!

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


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

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Bailey's Irish cream Coffee Cake!

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


Chocolate Coffee Cake

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

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

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

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

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Orange Marmalade Smoked Pork Chops!

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


Smoked Pork Chop Dinner

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

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

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

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Potato Salad

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


New York Salad.

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

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

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

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Meat Lover's Rejoice!

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


Brandy Marinade Steaks


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

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

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

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

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Chicken Pie!

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


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

I decided to change that!

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

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

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

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

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Party Popcorn!

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


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

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

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

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


 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Eating Lifestyle?

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


Brandy Seared Beef With Organic Carrots & Potatoes.

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

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


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

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CHICKEN POT PIE!

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


Divadish's Original Recipe Chicken Potpie!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 
 Italian  Dinner for you by Divadish Kitchens & Catering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                               Tasty Potato Pancakes

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

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

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A Good Breakfast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                 Cod over Rosemary potatoes

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


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

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

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Healthy ways to avoid Holiday Blues!

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

                                                     Hamburger Steak w/ Rosemary potatoes

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


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

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LOW-FAT COCONUT CAKE!

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

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



Picture

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

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

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Lunch for One?

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


                                       Cranraisen Chicken Salad Sandwich

Divadish kitchens presents Lunch for one:

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

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

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

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Seared Greek Chicken Breasts!

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

 

 
                                                                      Greek Chicken
 
Divadish Personal Chef Services:

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

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

Lists of Ingredients Needed:

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

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My Comfort Food Meal!

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

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

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

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


To me it screams ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, and it tastes delicious.

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

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Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich

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

 

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

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

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

This flatbread sandwich was li...

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Summer Salads

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

Potato Salad & Chicken Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hearty Soups

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

   

                                                                      Italian Sausage Soup



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

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Easy & Quick Salad Recipe

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

Asparagus & Cranberry Salad

Recipe by Chef Gianna

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

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

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Fried Ravioli!

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

Fried Ravioli

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

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

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

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

This extra process m...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

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

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

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Beef Vegetable Soup!

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Beef Stew

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Seared Chicken!

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

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

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

This dish was served with garlic & dill buttered carrots, and crusty bread which is not pictured.
A 1/2 breast wei...
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Pork Chop Pizza!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Chef @ your Home!

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

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

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

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

The above picture is Divadish's Buttermilk Waffles.
Full fiber, full grains, No Preservatives, and Good Tasting too.
They freeze very well, and have a frozen shelf life of app. (2) months.
Of coarse they won't last ...
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Banana Bread

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

Banana Bread

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Caramel-Nut Banana Bread

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

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


Each serves 8-10 slices .40 cents a slice!!!!
Caramel, nuts, coconut,whole grains and melts in you mouth even without a Ton of Butter!
Order yours @ Divadish Kitchens



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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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Italian Buttermilk Pancakes #43

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

Italian Buttermilk Pancakes #43

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

Of course this little delectable can ...

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Spring Salads #42

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

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

Spring Salads:

One of Divadish's favorites is Potato Salad.

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

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

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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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Mirror #19

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Face,Eyes,You 

Mirror #19

Who's that in The Mirror asked Sleeping Beauty? The Wicked Witch answered it is I the most beautiful Queen of all the land! Sleeping Beauty looked again, and the reflection she saw was something quite different then what the Wicked Witch saw.
Her own image had changed, her face was thinner, her eyes more defined, her lips fuller and sexy.
What was this? a optical illusion? was the Witch tricking her?

No it was no trick, no illusion, it was all that hard work she had b...

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Goal Setting #13

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Road to Success 

Goal Setting #13

We are refueling ourselves with only positive feedback. What does that mean Doctor says the patient.
Well replies the Doctor, it means what makes you want to do something in the first place!?
The patient sits there for a minute and looks a bit blank and then starts to tell him what motivates her each and every day.
Here is what she said:
  • Avoiding future health problems
  • Want to exercise often and comfortably
  • Be there for my children
  • playing with my grandchildren
  • traveling
  • Lon...

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Can't touch this#7

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : Popcorn recipe 

Okay people our favorite shows on The Boob tube tonight, what ever it is doesn't matter. We already eaten dinner, and our stomachs say heh, itsn't it snack time? Ohhhhhhhhh, but you are watching your waistline and say No way, I can't touch anything in that kitchen.....! Wrong,,, you can have my creation for the best tasting popcorn this side of New York City... Really...

Here is how it is made... take a 1/4 of popcorn + 1/4 of dark olive oil pour into a 4quart heavy bottom saucepan with...


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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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Get Back Your Wiggle

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, January 31, 2011, In : Baked Granola 

Looking for a Breakfast cereal Or snack that tastes Good!?


When you put it in your mouth it does not make you think Cardboard!?


Well, I have the solution for you, this Baked granola is filled with flavor, lower in calories, and has a serving of fruit all in one bowl!


You can make it yourself, it is very low in cost, and most of us have all the ingredients in our kitchens.


Whole Oats, brown sugar,raisins, cranberry's, walnuts, pecans,almonds,applesauce, pumpkin spice, honey,

vanilla extr...


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"Loose the Jiggles"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, January 30, 2011, In : Breakfast is Back! 
This waffle batter is made with (2)egg-whites,
(2)tbsps. of brown sugar, and (2) tbps. of olive oil.
(1) tsp. of vanilla, plus (2) tsps. of baking powder
(1) tsp. of Sea salt. (2) cups of all-purpose flour,(2) cups of milk. Stir all together in large bowl till well mixed.
Heat up your Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker to 3.5 temperature, spray waffle maker with cooking spray
then when up to temp add (1) full ladle of mix and spread over waffle grid.  Cook till green indicator light comes on. Th...
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CHOCOLATE THE MOVIE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : CHOCOLATE THE MOVIE 
Hello Chocolate Lovers!

With V-Day not so far away,and we all need chocolate to make us Feel Better!
I have just the solution... A CHOCOLATE SALE @ DIVADISH>>>>

Mini Chocolate&Carmel Truffles (12) @ $7.00
CHOCOLATE Cupcakes (12) @ $12.00
CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES (12)@ $12.00

Chocolate Mini-Doughnuts (12)@ $12.00
Plus Tax of 7.125%
Gratuities welcomed for the Hard working Baker & Creator!
Please allow 24-48 hours for orders.
Call @612-859-3270
or email elizabethjj555@gmail.com
Payment due @ pick-up
Del...
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Super-Bowl Eaters Welcome!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : Eaters Welcome! 
Super-Bowl Sunday is fast approaching....I have just the right kind of Meat Sandwiches, Pasta Hot-dishes,

Crunchy-Popcorn snacks, Meatball Sandwiches dripping with Mozzarella& Sauce, Pizza Pockets, and of course Jumbo Cupcakes, Cakes, Cheesecakes, Mini-Doughnuts... Are you starving yet!? So pick up the phone and punch Divadish Kitchens digits in so she can get busy cooking for you! 612-859-3270 All orders pay on delivery.


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New Years Eve Packages!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, December 10, 2010, In : Fine Cusine @ Home 
  "New Year's Eve Package"

Taking reservations now! Call 612-859-3270 to place your order.

Package Costs $80.00 for two.(Due upon receipt)

Included in our New Year's Eve Deal:

Dinner for two:

Pick one from each selection:

Roasted  Greek Garlic Chicken

Grilled Rosemary seasoned Sirloin Pork chops.

Grilled Rosemary Greek Lamb Chops


Vegetable Choice: Steamed Garlic & Dill Broccoli or

Steamed Spinach & Feta or

Greek Feta Romaine Salad with tomatoes, olives, cukes and salami comes

With a Old World Greek D...


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Cookies, Cookies for Sale!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, In : Specility Cookies! 
Cookies , Cookies, For Sale!   

Kahlua Creams (12) @$22.00 =$1.83 a cookie

Coconut Joy's (12)@ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Almond Joy's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Hazlenutty's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Carmelnella's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie


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Artifical Ingrediants, Not @ Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : Artifical Ingredients! 
While stores keep adding new items for our Christmas feast, have you ever looked @ the ingredients list!?
OMG,,, everything is hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, salt, sugars. Not only is all this so BAD for You, it is also not very tasty, nor does it have any Nutritional Value.

From my butter spreads, to my main entree's you will not have anything added that is Artificial.
 It might add shelf Life, but it does not add Human -Shelf- Life!

I do not believe in it for myself or my clients. My Philosop...

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Being Thankful!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, November 22, 2010, In : Inspirational thoughts! 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving!

I am never disappointed about this most Thankful Holiday!
It is one that is full with Joy, Family&friends!
People aren't thankful for what new Bling/Bling they want for Christmas, instead they are thinking about the family & friends that surround them around the table that day, and also Saddened for those that are not....
For all of us that have lost Love ones this...

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Cook-A-Thon was a Hughe Success!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, November 15, 2010, In : NO- WORRIES/BE-HAPPY!!! 
With the Holidays Fast-Approaching, wouldn't it be nice to have some meals stock-piled in your freezer!?
Where you could just pull one out, thaw, and re-heat!?
 Where your Family  just gets to sit down to a Warm-Meal together and catch up with each others days instead of rushing to figure out what's for dinner!?

Let Divadish Kitchen's & Catering be that source for all your menu needs. I will deliver your meals Hot for this evenings dinner or Flash/frozen for later, and all you do is provide the ...

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Arby's, Taco Bell's,Mcdonald's, Hamburger Helper!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, In : No Fast-Food Tonight! 
What's for Dinner? the most common question today! Unfortunately the reply can be the same Old Boring thing!
The Old McDonald had a Farm bag, or Ring my Taco,Hello Arby I'll take (2), or my favorite, I can Hamburger Helper it!

The Big problem with this scenario is the FAT!!! Bad Trans-Fats, empty calories,and High-Fructose Sugars.
Once in awhile you can cheat, but a constant diet of any of these is a killer,, and know what it is working.

 Miss Divadish has a sloution, skip the Empty Claories, non...

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Everyone needs Miss Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, November 5, 2010, In : One mouthful @ a time! 
From the next door neighbor, to the hockey Mom, everyone needs to Eat sometime.
Well Miss Divadish can fill that need, One Mouthful @ a Time!
From Soup, to Candy/glazed brownies, your mouth will not stop drooling. So pick up the phone@612-859-3270
call Miss Divadish, and you will get $5.00 off your 1st order!

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BBQ Recipe Chosen by Thumbtack.Com

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

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

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


Sage/Onion Bread

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

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

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

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

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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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Fruit Cobbler

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


Mixed Fruit Cobblers

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

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Beef Stew!!

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


Beef Stew

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

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

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

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Apricot Stuffed Pork Chops!!!

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


Stuffed Pork Chops

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

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

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Taco Soup.......!

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


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

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

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Potato Bacon Soup!!!

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


Potato Bacon Soup

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

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

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Greek Chicken!!!

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


Greek Chicken

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

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

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Fruit Tacos

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


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

So who's laughing now...hmmmmm!

Okay here is your recipe... 

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

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

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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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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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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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Brandy BBQ Sandwich!

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


Brandy BBQ

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

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

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

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

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Spaghetti What's Not to Like?!

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


Spaghetti & Peppers

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

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

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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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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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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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Quiche for Dinner?

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


Ham Quiche'

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

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

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

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Chicken Pot Pie Oh My!?

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


Creamy, Dreamy, Chicken Pot Pie

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

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

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza we want Pizza!!!

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



Italian Chicken Sausage Pizza

12" of Deliciousness

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

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Cheesecake?

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


Raspberry Cheesecake Oh Yum:)

Valentines Day February 14th,2014

Want to be your sweeties favorite person?

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

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Diva's Hoagies!!!!

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







Roast Beef & Pepper-jack Cheese Hoagie

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

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

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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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BEST FOOD EVENTS OF 2013!!!!!!

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

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

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

Number (3). ...

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My Own Brazilian Christmas Carol Story!

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

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

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

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


Greek Chicken

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

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

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

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

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Cheddar/Bacon Quiche'

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


Quiche' anyone?

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

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

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Simple Tips for Easy Cleanup!

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

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

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

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

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Asian Chicken Salad!

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


Asian Pasta Salad...?

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

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

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Sausage & Peppers

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


Sausage & Peppers

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

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Real Italian Lasagna!

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



Lasagna

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

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Mini Cheesecakes @ Diva's Kitchens

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


Raspberry, Carmela, Chocolate Mini's





A Bite of heaven on a Fork!

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

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

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Diva's Apple Pie!

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


New York Apple Pie!

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

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

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Cherry/Raspberry Pie Oh my!

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


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

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Bailey's Irish cream Coffee Cake!

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


Chocolate Coffee Cake

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

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

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

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

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Orange Marmalade Smoked Pork Chops!

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


Smoked Pork Chop Dinner

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

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

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

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Potato Salad

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


New York Salad.

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

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

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

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Meat Lover's Rejoice!

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


Brandy Marinade Steaks


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

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

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

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

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Chicken Pie!

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


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

I decided to change that!

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

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

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

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

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Party Popcorn!

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


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

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

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

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


 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Eating Lifestyle?

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


Brandy Seared Beef With Organic Carrots & Potatoes.

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

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


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

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CHICKEN POT PIE!

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


Divadish's Original Recipe Chicken Potpie!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 
 Italian  Dinner for you by Divadish Kitchens & Catering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                               Tasty Potato Pancakes

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

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

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A Good Breakfast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                 Cod over Rosemary potatoes

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


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

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

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Healthy ways to avoid Holiday Blues!

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

                                                     Hamburger Steak w/ Rosemary potatoes

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


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

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LOW-FAT COCONUT CAKE!

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

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



Picture

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

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

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

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Lunch for One?

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


                                       Cranraisen Chicken Salad Sandwich

Divadish kitchens presents Lunch for one:

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

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

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

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Seared Greek Chicken Breasts!

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

 

 
                                                                      Greek Chicken
 
Divadish Personal Chef Services:

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

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

Lists of Ingredients Needed:

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

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My Comfort Food Meal!

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

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

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

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


To me it screams ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, and it tastes delicious.

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

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Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich

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

 

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

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

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

This flatbread sandwich was li...

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Summer Salads

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

Potato Salad & Chicken Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hearty Soups

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

   

                                                                      Italian Sausage Soup



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

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Easy & Quick Salad Recipe

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

Asparagus & Cranberry Salad

Recipe by Chef Gianna

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

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

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Fried Ravioli!

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

Fried Ravioli

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

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

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

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

This extra process m...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

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

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

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Beef Vegetable Soup!

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Beef Stew

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Seared Chicken!

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

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

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

This dish was served with garlic & dill buttered carrots, and crusty bread which is not pictured.
A 1/2 breast wei...
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Pork Chop Pizza!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Chef @ your Home!

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

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

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

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

The above picture is Divadish's Buttermilk Waffles.
Full fiber, full grains, No Preservatives, and Good Tasting too.
They freeze very well, and have a frozen shelf life of app. (2) months.
Of coarse they won't last ...
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Banana Bread

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

Banana Bread

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Caramel-Nut Banana Bread

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

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


Each serves 8-10 slices .40 cents a slice!!!!
Caramel, nuts, coconut,whole grains and melts in you mouth even without a Ton of Butter!
Order yours @ Divadish Kitchens



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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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Italian Buttermilk Pancakes #43

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

Italian Buttermilk Pancakes #43

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

Of course this little delectable can ...

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Spring Salads #42

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

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

Spring Salads:

One of Divadish's favorites is Potato Salad.

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

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

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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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Mirror #19

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Face,Eyes,You 

Mirror #19

Who's that in The Mirror asked Sleeping Beauty? The Wicked Witch answered it is I the most beautiful Queen of all the land! Sleeping Beauty looked again, and the reflection she saw was something quite different then what the Wicked Witch saw.
Her own image had changed, her face was thinner, her eyes more defined, her lips fuller and sexy.
What was this? a optical illusion? was the Witch tricking her?

No it was no trick, no illusion, it was all that hard work she had b...

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Goal Setting #13

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Road to Success 

Goal Setting #13

We are refueling ourselves with only positive feedback. What does that mean Doctor says the patient.
Well replies the Doctor, it means what makes you want to do something in the first place!?
The patient sits there for a minute and looks a bit blank and then starts to tell him what motivates her each and every day.
Here is what she said:
  • Avoiding future health problems
  • Want to exercise often and comfortably
  • Be there for my children
  • playing with my grandchildren
  • traveling
  • Lon...

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Can't touch this#7

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : Popcorn recipe 

Okay people our favorite shows on The Boob tube tonight, what ever it is doesn't matter. We already eaten dinner, and our stomachs say heh, itsn't it snack time? Ohhhhhhhhh, but you are watching your waistline and say No way, I can't touch anything in that kitchen.....! Wrong,,, you can have my creation for the best tasting popcorn this side of New York City... Really...

Here is how it is made... take a 1/4 of popcorn + 1/4 of dark olive oil pour into a 4quart heavy bottom saucepan with...


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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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Get Back Your Wiggle

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Monday, January 31, 2011, In : Baked Granola 

Looking for a Breakfast cereal Or snack that tastes Good!?


When you put it in your mouth it does not make you think Cardboard!?


Well, I have the solution for you, this Baked granola is filled with flavor, lower in calories, and has a serving of fruit all in one bowl!


You can make it yourself, it is very low in cost, and most of us have all the ingredients in our kitchens.


Whole Oats, brown sugar,raisins, cranberry's, walnuts, pecans,almonds,applesauce, pumpkin spice, honey,

vanilla extr...


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"Loose the Jiggles"

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, January 30, 2011, In : Breakfast is Back! 
This waffle batter is made with (2)egg-whites,
(2)tbsps. of brown sugar, and (2) tbps. of olive oil.
(1) tsp. of vanilla, plus (2) tsps. of baking powder
(1) tsp. of Sea salt. (2) cups of all-purpose flour,(2) cups of milk. Stir all together in large bowl till well mixed.
Heat up your Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker to 3.5 temperature, spray waffle maker with cooking spray
then when up to temp add (1) full ladle of mix and spread over waffle grid.  Cook till green indicator light comes on. Th...
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CHOCOLATE THE MOVIE!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : CHOCOLATE THE MOVIE 
Hello Chocolate Lovers!

With V-Day not so far away,and we all need chocolate to make us Feel Better!
I have just the solution... A CHOCOLATE SALE @ DIVADISH>>>>

Mini Chocolate&Carmel Truffles (12) @ $7.00
CHOCOLATE Cupcakes (12) @ $12.00
CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES (12)@ $12.00

Chocolate Mini-Doughnuts (12)@ $12.00
Plus Tax of 7.125%
Gratuities welcomed for the Hard working Baker & Creator!
Please allow 24-48 hours for orders.
Call @612-859-3270
or email elizabethjj555@gmail.com
Payment due @ pick-up
Del...
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Super-Bowl Eaters Welcome!

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : Eaters Welcome! 
Super-Bowl Sunday is fast approaching....I have just the right kind of Meat Sandwiches, Pasta Hot-dishes,

Crunchy-Popcorn snacks, Meatball Sandwiches dripping with Mozzarella& Sauce, Pizza Pockets, and of course Jumbo Cupcakes, Cakes, Cheesecakes, Mini-Doughnuts... Are you starving yet!? So pick up the phone and punch Divadish Kitchens digits in so she can get busy cooking for you! 612-859-3270 All orders pay on delivery.


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New Years Eve Packages!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, December 10, 2010, In : Fine Cusine @ Home 
  "New Year's Eve Package"

Taking reservations now! Call 612-859-3270 to place your order.

Package Costs $80.00 for two.(Due upon receipt)

Included in our New Year's Eve Deal:

Dinner for two:

Pick one from each selection:

Roasted  Greek Garlic Chicken

Grilled Rosemary seasoned Sirloin Pork chops.

Grilled Rosemary Greek Lamb Chops


Vegetable Choice: Steamed Garlic & Dill Broccoli or

Steamed Spinach & Feta or

Greek Feta Romaine Salad with tomatoes, olives, cukes and salami comes

With a Old World Greek D...


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Cookies, Cookies for Sale!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, In : Specility Cookies! 
Cookies , Cookies, For Sale!   

Kahlua Creams (12) @$22.00 =$1.83 a cookie

Coconut Joy's (12)@ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Almond Joy's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Hazlenutty's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie

Carmelnella's (12) @ $22.00=$1.83 a cookie


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Artifical Ingrediants, Not @ Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : Artifical Ingredients! 
While stores keep adding new items for our Christmas feast, have you ever looked @ the ingredients list!?
OMG,,, everything is hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, salt, sugars. Not only is all this so BAD for You, it is also not very tasty, nor does it have any Nutritional Value.

From my butter spreads, to my main entree's you will not have anything added that is Artificial.
 It might add shelf Life, but it does not add Human -Shelf- Life!

I do not believe in it for myself or my clients. My Philosop...

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Being Thankful!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, November 22, 2010, In : Inspirational thoughts! 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving!

I am never disappointed about this most Thankful Holiday!
It is one that is full with Joy, Family&friends!
People aren't thankful for what new Bling/Bling they want for Christmas, instead they are thinking about the family & friends that surround them around the table that day, and also Saddened for those that are not....
For all of us that have lost Love ones this...

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Cook-A-Thon was a Hughe Success!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Monday, November 15, 2010, In : NO- WORRIES/BE-HAPPY!!! 
With the Holidays Fast-Approaching, wouldn't it be nice to have some meals stock-piled in your freezer!?
Where you could just pull one out, thaw, and re-heat!?
 Where your Family  just gets to sit down to a Warm-Meal together and catch up with each others days instead of rushing to figure out what's for dinner!?

Let Divadish Kitchen's & Catering be that source for all your menu needs. I will deliver your meals Hot for this evenings dinner or Flash/frozen for later, and all you do is provide the ...

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Arby's, Taco Bell's,Mcdonald's, Hamburger Helper!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, In : No Fast-Food Tonight! 
What's for Dinner? the most common question today! Unfortunately the reply can be the same Old Boring thing!
The Old McDonald had a Farm bag, or Ring my Taco,Hello Arby I'll take (2), or my favorite, I can Hamburger Helper it!

The Big problem with this scenario is the FAT!!! Bad Trans-Fats, empty calories,and High-Fructose Sugars.
Once in awhile you can cheat, but a constant diet of any of these is a killer,, and know what it is working.

 Miss Divadish has a sloution, skip the Empty Claories, non...

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Everyone needs Miss Divadish!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Friday, November 5, 2010, In : One mouthful @ a time! 
From the next door neighbor, to the hockey Mom, everyone needs to Eat sometime.
Well Miss Divadish can fill that need, One Mouthful @ a Time!
From Soup, to Candy/glazed brownies, your mouth will not stop drooling. So pick up the phone@612-859-3270
call Miss Divadish, and you will get $5.00 off your 1st order!

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