Yianni’s weeknight dinners

Weeknight dinners home-cooked by my hubby are delicious, and I’ve been posting photos of them to my Instagram account. “Chef” Yianni dinner posts are a success with more engagement than any of my others. I’ve embedded some of the most popular ones here for you to see, if you’re not on Instagram. After a hard day’s work, this is what I come home to. I am a lucky gal. #nomnomnom

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Another week night dinner from Yianni. This time, lamb chops and brussel sprouts. #nomnomnom

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Roasted breast of chicken and sweet potatoes whipped into submission #chickendinner

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Yianni made dinner again Steak, petite red potatoes and peas ????????????????????

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Moving from Lanergan Drive

After 25 years, we are moving from our home on 2939 Lanergan Drive.
2939 Lanergan

I have sweet memories of 24 celebrations of Christmas,Lanergan Drive Christmas

many roast turkeys,Lanergan Drive turkey

25 years of gardening,Lanergan Drive garden

abundant fresh herbs,Lanergan Drive garden

and dozens and dozens of koulouria.Lanergan Drive koulouria

But more importantly, I am grateful for how this house has served my family for all those years. And I hope these guys feel the same…


Egg cracking

Easter Boyz 2013

Father's Day 2011

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Merry Christmas – Kalá Christoúgenna

Merry Christmas Santa Smiley Kalá Christoúgenna, which in the Greek language (spelled phonetically) means “Merry Christmas.” Here’s the holiday photo of all my Hammond men and me.  On Christmas day and through out the New Year, may your life be filled with health, happiness and joy!

Merry Christmas Hammonds

Merry Christmas Santa Smiley My 2 little Yorkies, Stanley and Stella are ready for their close-up, and they too wish you a Kalá Christoúgenna. 😀 😀 😀

Merry Christmas Stanley and Stella

Merry Christmas Santa Smiley So I’ll post once again, just to make sure it’s clear, my family and I wish you the merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😉

Merry Christmas card

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Want to bake my Mom’s Greek Christmas cookies? Here’s the recipe!

Annual Holiday Koulouria
Every year I make Christmas cookies with my grandsons, Maxwell and Benjamin, just like I did with my son, Robert, when he was a boy. This is my Mom's recipe for Greek butter cookies.
Recipe type: sweet / baking
Cuisine: Greek
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of one orange or 2 tsp. orange extract
  • 4 to 5 cups of all purpose flour
  • Small can of sesame seeds
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add in cream, vanilla, oil and zest.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the dry ingredients.
  6. Slowly add dry ingredients to form a firm but pliable dough.
  7. Using about a tsp of dough, roll with hands on counter surface in long ropes, then fold in half and twist into a braid like cookie.
  8. Place on cookie sheet.
  9. Brush tops of cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Beef Stew

This blog post is about a beef stew recipe that I created after a bit of online research, and how I made a beef stew for Sunday dinner. Google “beef stew” and read through a few recipes. You’ll get a sense of the measurement of the ingredients. Pick your favorite recipe or a combo of a few. It’s pretty easy to come up with your own take on this hearty recipe.

TIP: Always read all of the way through any recipe(s) and get your ingredients ready before you start cooking.

Beef Stew ingredients

Here are some of the fresh ingredients I used; 2 pounds of beef, 3 medium size carrots, 3 celery stalks, one 24 ounce package of fingerling potatoes, 1 large onion, 5 cloves of garlic…

Beef Stew ingredients 2

… and 4 cups of broth (beef or vegetable), 1/2 can of tomato paste, and 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil. You see how I diced all the carrots, celery and potatoes to be pretty much the same size. That’s so they cook evenly.

Beef Stew ingredients 3

Here are a few more ingredients; 1 teaspoon of salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of paprika, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce.

Beef Stew onions & garlic

You’ll want to dice the onion and the cloves of garlic. You’ll need a large pot, or a dutch oven. Add your olive oil to cover the bottom of the pot, heat the oil, and brown the beef.

Beef Stew brown beef & saute onions

Once browned, remove the beef from the pot, and throw in the onions and garlic, and cook until softened, a few minutes should do it.

Beef Stew add tomato paste

When the onions and garlic are translucent, add the tomato paste and stir, then pour in the broth and continue to stir until all the ingredients are mixed well.

Beef Stew and broth & beer

Oh! I almost forgot! I added a bottle of Bells Oberon beer too. Pick your favorite bottle of beer. Return the beef to the pot, cover and simmer on low heat until the meat is tender, 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.

Beef Stew add v eggies

Add the veggies and continue to simmer until the veggies are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Beef Stew add onions & beans

This is where I embellish my recipe just a bit. I add frozen pearl onions and Lima beans. Keep simmering another 5 to 10 minutes, until the frozen veggies are cooked through. If your broth is too thin at this point, remove a cup of the cooking liquid from the pot to a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix well. Try to mix out all the lumps. Add that mixture back into the pot and simmer for 10 more minutes. That should thicken it up.

Beef Stew with croutons

Serve with a big crust of bread, or with croutons, which is the way I like to serve it. I think beef stew is the perfect comfort food for Autumn.

Enjoy! 🙂  🙂  🙂