Homemade Pita Chips

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These are so easy. So easy I feel guilty sharing them as a “recipe”.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Take two whole pitas and slice into eighths (like a pizza). Split the top from the bottom strip. Dip each strip in olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.  Pop ’em in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  And you’re done!


~Mrs. P&F

Rollin’ in the New Year

Sushi-Cube-California-RollWell, I guess these aren’t really “rolls” but “squaring in the New Year” doesn’t have much of a ring to it. Regardless, these avocado and cucumber squares were the perfect treat to start off the New Year.  We made a meal out of them but I can see them being an excellent appetizer for parties.

The cubes are really easy to make if you happen to have a Rice Cube, but you could probably make them without the cube as well given their simple square shape.  Mrs. P&F’s cubes only had rice, cucumber, and avocado while Mr. P&F’s had the same plus some crab meat. Dip them in soy sauce. Deliciousness.

Sorry for the long pause in posts. The end of the year got the best of us. Two new jobs and holiday travel wrecks havoc on keeping a blog up to date. 2014 is a fresh start and we hope these posts will be much, much, more regular.

~Mr. & Mrs. P&F


Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple-Pie-Baked-OatmealSeveral weeks ago when family was in town, we all went to Southport Grocery & Cafe for breakfast.  I ordered their baked almond oatmeal, and it was the best baked oatmeal I’ve ever had. One weekend morning, I started craving the baked oatmeal again and after a quick search, found the recipe for their oatmeal on their website.  I had all of the ingredients on hand and was able to whip it up in practically no time at all (and only used one mixing bowl).

It’s starting to feel and look more like fall in Chicago, so this morning I decided to get creative with the recipe and made an “apple pie” version. I followed the restaurant’s recipe but omitted the almonds and almond extract.  Instead, I diced up an apple and added 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tbsp apple pie liqueur.  I baked according to the instructions and served it topped with cream cheese frosting(4 oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tbsp powdered sugar).

I baked it in two cake pans so my husband and I can enjoy another pan tomorrow morning. Happy Fall!

~Mrs. P&F