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Top Chef 's In Minnesota!!!!!

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

Please check out this link and see that Divadish Personal Chef Services made the cut.... I am so excited to be featured, please share this with friends thank you Gianna
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Mini Turkeys !!!

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


Mini -Turkeys

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

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

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

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Foods for Fall?

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


Chicken Wild Rice Soup....

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

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

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

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Is your Garden Biting You??

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

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

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

Mosquitoes:


Instead of using DEET, bases spray products which of course work but are not environmentally safe there are plant based natural alternatives....
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Seared Chicken & Honey Carrots!

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


Seared Chicken

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

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

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

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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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Cheesecake?

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


Raspberry Cheesecake Oh Yum:)

Valentines Day February 14th,2014

Want to be your sweeties favorite person?

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

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Diva's Hoagies!!!!

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







Roast Beef & Pepper-jack Cheese Hoagie

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

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

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Diabetes Prevention?

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

Excerpts reprinted by Divadish Personal Chef Services


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

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

How does this happen? the pancreas has two parts the Head and t...
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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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SAD SEASON?

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

Need more daylight?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cheeses cake Mini's?


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

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

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

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

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Small Business Saturday, Buy Now and Always!

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

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


Divadish's Original Recipe Chicken Potpie!


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

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

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

                     Divadish Philosphy is all about a Eating Lifestyle.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Caramel French Toast!

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

What did I do pray tell??? I took some sweet cream butter, softened a bit, added some semi-sweet DaVinci Caramel Syrup, a touch of cinnamon, and blended it all together.
It was a nice bit of caramel & a hint of cinnamon to make it a perfect butter for this family favorite.
It even past muster with my granddaughter this week when her one and only GaGa had a overn...
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Weight Control #16

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 13, 2011, In : Tool Boxes 
Weight Control or maintenance as the experts like to call it. 
What does that mean?
How can I continue my success?
What should I do?
Do I need  more tools?


Maintenance  is  really a complex word, and it has a few strings attached to it!
Let me explain by giving you a few examples.
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Animals
  • De stress
In order to maintain anything you have to deal with the above examples.
How do you do that, let's break them down into simpler terms.


Stress:
  1. Work
  2. Friends
  3. Responsibilities
  4. Bills
  5. Not enough time ...

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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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Just a Bite #8

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 5, 2011, In : Reshaping our bodies 

What is the secret to loosing weight? how am I going to shed these pounds before whatever event?

These are all questions I think the Universe asks themselves.

The simple answer as I see it is food portions sizes, combinations of foods, and No Processed foods.

Of course if you absolutely have to have something, because those Cravings are worse than giving birth pains, then have Just one Bite.

Remember when the Big thing was taking a one bite of something and spitting it out? it wasn't for the fo...


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Giving yourself the Gift of Time!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : 1/2 Off Holiday Meals! 
Look what Divadish is offering now. Buy any Holiday menu Item @ regular price and get the 2nd item @ 1/2 off!
Not only will you not have to cook, but you will be saving $$$ too! So put your feet up and relax a little this Holiday Season, and let Miss Divadish do the Holiday cooking!

Happy-Holidays to all & 1/2 Off too! HO, HO, HO....

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Looking for Snacks!?

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Saturday, November 27, 2010, In : Schnack's 
As my family likes to call them Schnacks...! You know all meals should have a tray of finger foods, to wet our appetites.
That way you don't overeat on the main meal. At least that is my theory, doesn't mean I follow it!
I love good food, whether it is snacking pick ups, or a whole meal of Yum....
It makes my heart sing when I try out another new recipe, creating is half the process, the other half is Eating it!
So mossy on over to my Appetizer page, take one of my finger items for a Test Drive ...
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Top Chef 's In Minnesota!!!!!

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

Please check out this link and see that Divadish Personal Chef Services made the cut.... I am so excited to be featured, please share this with friends thank you Gianna
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Mini Turkeys !!!

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


Mini -Turkeys

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

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

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

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Foods for Fall?

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


Chicken Wild Rice Soup....

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

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

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

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Is your Garden Biting You??

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

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

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

Mosquitoes:


Instead of using DEET, bases spray products which of course work but are not environmentally safe there are plant based natural alternatives....
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Seared Chicken & Honey Carrots!

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


Seared Chicken

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

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

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

Continue reading ...
 

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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Cheesecake?

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


Raspberry Cheesecake Oh Yum:)

Valentines Day February 14th,2014

Want to be your sweeties favorite person?

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

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Diva's Hoagies!!!!

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







Roast Beef & Pepper-jack Cheese Hoagie

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

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

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Diabetes Prevention?

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

Excerpts reprinted by Divadish Personal Chef Services


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

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

How does this happen? the pancreas has two parts the Head and t...
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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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SAD SEASON?

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

Need more daylight?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cheeses cake Mini's?


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

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

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

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

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Small Business Saturday, Buy Now and Always!

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

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


Divadish's Original Recipe Chicken Potpie!


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

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

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

                     Divadish Philosphy is all about a Eating Lifestyle.

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

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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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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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Divadish donates to Miss Teen Pageant

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



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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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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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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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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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Caramel French Toast!

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

What did I do pray tell??? I took some sweet cream butter, softened a bit, added some semi-sweet DaVinci Caramel Syrup, a touch of cinnamon, and blended it all together.
It was a nice bit of caramel & a hint of cinnamon to make it a perfect butter for this family favorite.
It even past muster with my granddaughter this week when her one and only GaGa had a overn...
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Weight Control #16

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Sunday, February 13, 2011, In : Tool Boxes 
Weight Control or maintenance as the experts like to call it. 
What does that mean?
How can I continue my success?
What should I do?
Do I need  more tools?


Maintenance  is  really a complex word, and it has a few strings attached to it!
Let me explain by giving you a few examples.
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Animals
  • De stress
In order to maintain anything you have to deal with the above examples.
How do you do that, let's break them down into simpler terms.


Stress:
  1. Work
  2. Friends
  3. Responsibilities
  4. Bills
  5. Not enough time ...

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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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Just a Bite #8

Posted by Gianna Elizabeth Ianos on Saturday, February 5, 2011, In : Reshaping our bodies 

What is the secret to loosing weight? how am I going to shed these pounds before whatever event?

These are all questions I think the Universe asks themselves.

The simple answer as I see it is food portions sizes, combinations of foods, and No Processed foods.

Of course if you absolutely have to have something, because those Cravings are worse than giving birth pains, then have Just one Bite.

Remember when the Big thing was taking a one bite of something and spitting it out? it wasn't for the fo...


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Giving yourself the Gift of Time!

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, In : 1/2 Off Holiday Meals! 
Look what Divadish is offering now. Buy any Holiday menu Item @ regular price and get the 2nd item @ 1/2 off!
Not only will you not have to cook, but you will be saving $$$ too! So put your feet up and relax a little this Holiday Season, and let Miss Divadish do the Holiday cooking!

Happy-Holidays to all & 1/2 Off too! HO, HO, HO....

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Looking for Snacks!?

Posted by Gianna E. Ianos on Saturday, November 27, 2010, In : Schnack's 
As my family likes to call them Schnacks...! You know all meals should have a tray of finger foods, to wet our appetites.
That way you don't overeat on the main meal. At least that is my theory, doesn't mean I follow it!
I love good food, whether it is snacking pick ups, or a whole meal of Yum....
It makes my heart sing when I try out another new recipe, creating is half the process, the other half is Eating it!
So mossy on over to my Appetizer page, take one of my finger items for a Test Drive ...
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