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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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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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Taco Hotdish !!!!!

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


Black Bean Hotdish

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

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

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

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

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MC DIVA BURGER:)

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


DIVA MC BURGER!!!!!

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

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

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

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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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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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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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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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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Being a Chef!

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

 




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

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

Well, when I woke up this morning it was just that, it is cold, wet, and bone chilling damp, l...
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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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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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Beer Garlic Cheesy Bread!

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

by
 Divadish Kitchens
Recipe by Chef Gianna

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

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

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

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Fried Ravioli!

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

Fried Ravioli

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

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

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

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

This extra process m...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

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

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

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Beef Vegetable Soup!

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

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

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

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

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

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Chicken Avocado Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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St.Patty's Cabbage Stew!

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

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

Super -Delicious Cabbage & Ham Soup


             Rated 5 STARS

Prep Time: 40 minutes

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Cranberry Sauce
By
Divadish Kitchens


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

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

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Gluten -Free Feta Meatballs!!!!

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

Now thatsa' a Meataball!!!

Divadish Kitchens Feta Meatballs
Recipe by Chef Gianna

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

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

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

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Gluten -Free Stuffing!

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

                                                          Brown Rice Cranberry & Pecans Stuffing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only difference is everyone will eat this cake.

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

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

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

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Caramel Apple Cake

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

Here is one of mine. Apple Caramel Bundt Cake

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

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





Chicken Breast Sandwich.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 19, 2011, In : Cravings, we all have them! 
Postcards: Front side
Free recipes @ each class
                                                                                                    Free Drawings for Cookies & Cupcakes
                                                                                                    Bring a friend get a Free gift
                                                                                    Post this @ your work, school, gym or anywhere else people might be interested and when you sign up...

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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...
Continue reading ...
 

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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Taco Hotdish !!!!!

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


Black Bean Hotdish

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

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

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

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

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MC DIVA BURGER:)

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


DIVA MC BURGER!!!!!

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

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

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

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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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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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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

Being a Chef!

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

 




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

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

Well, when I woke up this morning it was just that, it is cold, wet, and bone chilling damp, l...
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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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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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Beer Garlic Cheesy Bread!

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

by
 Divadish Kitchens
Recipe by Chef Gianna

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

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

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

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Fried Ravioli!

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

Fried Ravioli

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

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

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

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

This extra process m...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

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

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

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Beef Vegetable Soup!

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

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

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

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

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

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Chicken Avocado Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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St.Patty's Cabbage Stew!

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

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

Super -Delicious Cabbage & Ham Soup


             Rated 5 STARS

Prep Time: 40 minutes

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Cranberry Sauce
By
Divadish Kitchens


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

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

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Gluten -Free Feta Meatballs!!!!

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

Now thatsa' a Meataball!!!

Divadish Kitchens Feta Meatballs
Recipe by Chef Gianna

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

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

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

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Gluten -Free Stuffing!

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

                                                          Brown Rice Cranberry & Pecans Stuffing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only difference is everyone will eat this cake.

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

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

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

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Caramel Apple Cake

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

Here is one of mine. Apple Caramel Bundt Cake

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

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





Chicken Breast Sandwich.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 19, 2011, In : Cravings, we all have them! 
Postcards: Front side
Free recipes @ each class
                                                                                                    Free Drawings for Cookies & Cupcakes
                                                                                                    Bring a friend get a Free gift
                                                                                    Post this @ your work, school, gym or anywhere else people might be interested and when you sign up...

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