Friday, August 2, 2013

FFWD ~ Tzatziki and Dieters Tartine

Tzatziki…I served mine with pita bread
I feel like I’ve been away for such a long time, and yet it’s only been a week.  A week filled with cries of Granma, Granma, Granma! A week where I watched way too much Dino Dan and Lab Rats!  A week where I was devoid of any news or adult conversation. Parenting is really meant for the young! Trying to keep up with two five year olds and a nine year old is exhausting! We had a lot of fun! The Zoo, the Crayola Factory, a tea house luncheon for my Granddaughter, and getting to know every playground within a 20 mile radius...there are many! It has left me tired, but happy!



However, it’s good to get back to French Friday’s this week. Our recipe is for Tzatziki, pronounced zat-zee-key.  As I was looking up the pronunciation, I read that Tzatziki tops the list of foods people struggle to pronounce correctly. Foods such as quinoa or quesadillas. Tzatziki is a Greek dip made with cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, fresh lemon juice, olive oil and some herbs. One of my favorite ways to eat Tzatziki is on a Lamb Gyro. The recipe from Dorie was easy to put together.  I used plain Greek yogurt, so I didn’t have to drain the yogurt first. That saved me several hours. This was delicious! A keeper for sure!  I will definitely be making it again.

Since I wasn’t able to post about the Dieter’s Tartine last week, I will just say it was delightful!  Easy and healthy.  A hearty slice of bread with a mixture of cottage cheese and sour cream spread over it. Then, chopped cucumbers and tomatoes are sprinkled on top…very good! Happy Friday everyone!

Dieters Tartine…very good
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.  You can also find it here at Cooking Light or here by David Lebovitz…both are very similar to Dorie’s recipe.  To see what the other Dorista’s are doing, check it out here.


One cup of chopped cucumbers, add a ½ teaspoon of salt and let sit for 30 minutes. Then, squeeze dry in towel.
Add, two cups of greek yogurt, two minced garlic cloves, two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of olive oil, the herbs, salt and pepper….refrigerate a few hours before serving.
Wonderfully yummy
A definite keeper!

25 comments:

  1. What an experience: the food looks well planned and beautifully plated . .

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  2. We eat lots of tzatziki sauce..my husband LOVES it.

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  3. I love this sauce but dieters tartini tempt me:)

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  4. Lovely tzatziki Kathy! And you even made the tartine too. That crayola factory would've been my dream visit as a kid!

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  5. How fun! I'm sure the kids had a blast. too.

    I love your heart serving tray. And, I figured Tzatziki would make regular appearances at your house. Very nice.

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  6. We just finished a week's vacation with 5 grands, ages 7 and under. It was wonderful but not restful, like you we wouldn't have it any other way. It's such a blessing to be able to make memories with them. Sounds like you made lots of good ones!
    You tzatziki looks wonderful. I love tzatziki on old kinds of things, so refreshing!

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  7. Two easy, yummy recipes...I'm happy for that during a busy summer. Glad you made some wonderful memories with your grandchildren :)

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  8. No matter how you say it, it is just plain delicious. Hope you enjoyed those little ones :-)

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  9. Wow Kathy you were in my neck of the woods recently. I remember when I took the grandkids to the Crayola Factory. They loved it! The time goes by so fast when you spend it with the kids but oh my goodness, when things quiet down Happy & Tired make glorious memories!

    It's a funny thing about Tzatziki, I absolutely love it, however, I really, and I mean really detest cucumbers, go figure, lol...and you are so right it is good as a dip but GREAT on a Lamb Gyro or Souvlaki.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  10. Kathy terrific photos! I kept thinking that the Dieter's Tartine would be great with this weeks Tzatziki. What fun to have your grandkids to spend some time with!

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  11. Sounds like you had a great week! Lucky grandkids! Your tzatziki looks delicious! I think it would go well with your tabouli recipe. Have a great weekend!

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  12. I am glad you had fun with your grandkids. I liked both of these recipes too - and didn't expect to like either of them!

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  13. that copper tray is SO CUTE!! :)

    I'm glad you got to satisfying some cravings, also getting a bit caught up! I still have a bit of catching up to do myself!

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  14. Looks so good Kathy! And I know all about taking care of the grandkids; a wonderful experience, but oh so liberating to hand them back to their parents! :-)

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  15. I remember when my mom used to spend time with my kids when they were little.... she's not around as much since they have become teens...LOL. I totally understand. Glad you enjoyed this dish and the dieter's tartine both were fantastic for the summer.

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  16. Both your recipes, the Tzatziki and the Dieter's Tartine look delicious, Kathy. Even a lamb gyro sounds pretty good to me right now. It's 5pm and I don't have a dinner plan yet. Don't you think "gyro" should be one of those hard-to-pronounce words? I usually don't order what I can't pronounce. I've got some news for you ---- it doesn't get any easier. Keeping up with grandchildren. My young ladies are now ten and twelve. Every time I visit I hope, hope, hope they will still hike with me. On my recent visit, we took two long hikes. They would scramble up the mountain trail about 1/4 mile and then be sitting on a huge boulder waiting for us when we'd catch up. Of course they had been warned within an inch of their lives to not say one word about Grandma being slow. And so it goes.

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  17. Your tartine looks so good, I'm going to make it this upcoming week! Yum!

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  18. Two easy fresh Summery recipes that I need to make ;) Sounds like fun with your sweet little people!

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  19. Kathy, sounds like you had a wonderful time with your grand-children - how nice that you got to spend time with them - I think it is quite appropriate to take a breather sometimes from blogging and you turned out two wonderful dishes, they look just perfect for this summer, delicious, colorful and healthy and just plain good!
    P.S.: I am always amazed at the number of playgrounds too...somehow the kids seem to locate new ones all the time..
    Have a wonderful weekend, Kathy!

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  20. I remember a pilgrimage almost 15 years ago taking my two boys up to the Crayola factory- I think it was actually pretty new at the time. They thought it was great and I thought it was fantastic :) Then we hit the barges on the Delaware Canal and as I recall, I slept pretty well that night. So glad you had a nice visit and a nice return to the old routine. Great catch up on the tartine- yours looks lovely. And don't even get me started on how much I am coveting that copper heart. I worked at Wms Sonoma at the Bridgewater Commons in the late 80's right out of college and they sold them there. I wanted one in the worst way but didn't treat myself. Maybe it is time for that treat after all these years :)

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  21. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your grand kinds. Your tartine looks delicious.

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  22. Kathy, sounds like you had a memorable and fun time with your grandchildren. They grow up so fast. My grandchildren, (4)...ages 7 and 11 live a few minutes from me, and I see them almost every day, and spend vacations with them. They are so much fun, but the best part is; they go home with their parents at the end of the day! I love each and every one of them dearly, but would not have the patience and the energy to keep up with their activities.

    Your Tzatziki looks so refreshing and delicious and the Dieters Tartine is so perfect and light. I often make Tzatziki, just like yours, and we all love it. Your photos are superb!

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  23. Absolutely buried in cucumbers right now so this is very timely! And you probably are not as "old" as you think--how many moms would do so many fun activities in a single week!

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  24. I am so glad you had a great time with your grandchildren Kathy and since I am Greek I love tzatziki. I have never thought of adding lemon, I will try it next time! In Greece we make it with cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, just a touch of dill, salt and a couple of tbsp of olive oil! Simply delicious!

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  25. So the dieter's tartine is kinda sorta fantastic when you use the tzatziki instead of the fromage blanc. I know...it is just one of the reasons I had to make so much when I made it for this week's make up. ALso, I kinda like eating this persian style which is with a spoon. So darn good!

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