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June 26, 2015

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June 25, 2015

A Greek Summer Feast ~ 10 Main & Side Dishes

Host a Tasty Mediterranean Barbecue!

Are you planning to host a group of family or friends for the Fourth of July? How about inviting some friends over on Labor Day? I'm going to skip the burgers and potato salad this year. Let's banish bland and boring party food together!

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Whether you're throwing a birthday party, a housewarming, or simply celebrating the warmer weather, you'll elevate any backyard BBQ instantly by serving an array of exciting and delicious Greek food. (And it's healthy too!)

Opa! Begin your party with an appetizer such as Spinach Pastry with Sun-dried Tomatoes (spanakopita, above) or serve ...

Greek Pizza with Olives cooked on the grill.

Next, offer your guests Grilled Chicken & Lamb Skewers ...

... with or without Steamed Rice.

Serve a cool bowl of Cucumber Yogurt Dip on the side.

As an extra, provide Greek Fries with Feta & Oregano.

And offer a healthy Greek Salad with Tomatoes either chopped ...

... or diced with Feta Cheese Crumbles.

Thirsty? Wash everything down with Banana Daiquiris.

Don't forget to offer wedges of Cheesy Microwave Moussaka.

As the evening cools, enjoy warm Athens-style Greek Coffee ...

 ... and sweet Baklava with Nuts & Honey for dessert.

For a midnight snack, you can eat up the leftover Grilled Greek Pizza. 

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June 24, 2015

Recipe | EASY Raspberry {Cheesecake} Chocolate Brownies

Scrumptious Sweets for Summer

Why not wrap up these brownies and take them along on your next weekend picnic? Or top them with flavored whipped cream (below) and serve them at your next "girlfriends-only" dessert function.

Either way, your friends and family will love this unique chocolate-berry-cream cheese combination. But watch out! They're addicting! Yummmmmm.


Brownie Batter:
1 cup butter
1 cup cocoa powder
1 jar (10 ounce) all-fruit raspberry preserves
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Cheesecake Topping:
1 package (8 ounce)
cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh raspberries


To Prepare Brownie Batter
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Coat a 9" x 13" glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
3.  Melt butter on medium-low in a heavy saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder and cook until mixture bubbles. Remove from heat and add raspberry preserves and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until thoroughly blended.
4. In separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture, stirring just until blended. Pour brownie batter into glass baking dish, smoothing the surface.

To Prepare Cheesecake Topping

5. Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla using an electric mixer (medium speed) until thoroughly blended. Fold in the fresh raspberries.
6. Evenly space large dollops of the cheesecake topping across the top of the brownie batter. If desired, gently swirl topping into batter using a table knife.
7. Bake brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
8. Cool pan completely on a wire baker's rack.
Yield: 24 squares

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Source: Adapted from Ray Romano (Good Housekeeping)

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