Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

I received a sample box of Tillamook greek yogurt to try, all opinions are my own

I love Greek food, LOVE it. So naturally I love Tzatziki sauce. I love to make Gyro’s, Greek Salad and I’m currently working on a Greek Burger. So I’ve made like 4 batches of this recently while I’m recipe testing! Mmmm

This recipe is based off of a THICK greek yogurt, if your yogurt isn’t thick enough you’ll need to strain it for awhile. It all depends on how thick you like your sauce.

You can either use a tea towel, gather and tie it to a wooden spoon over a bowl, or I find it easier to use a few paper towels in my pasta strainer over a bowl.


Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Makes 2 Cups

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe


  • 16 oz Tillamook Farmstyle Greek Yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced


  1. Place the yogurt in a tea towel or two paper towel
  2. Gather up the edges, place in a strainer
  3. Strain for 2 hours
  4. Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel or paper towels and squeeze to remove the liquid
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the strained yogurt, squeezed cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint.
  6. For smooth finish put in food processor
  7. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
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Also mint leaves vary in size, if I have really small ones I use even more than the 5-6. I usually puree it in my food processor, taste it (a good cook is always tasting) and add more leaves until ALMOST as strong as I want it, it will strengthen in the fridge a bit.


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1 (5.3 oz) Cinnamon Hazelnut
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1 (5.3 oz) Honey Peach
1 (5.3 oz) Old Fashioned Vanilla
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Spicy Deviled Egg Recipe

This is a sponsored post, Kraft Foods sent me jars of MIRACLE WHIP and this recipe to try as part of the #proudofit campaign

I am a MIRACLE WHIP lover!  We never even had mayo in the fridge growing up.  when I got married my husband came from a mayo family, but I quickly converted him and he is now a MIRACLE WHIP lover as well.  And of course we’re raising our kids right as well!


BUT there are a few classic recipes, like Deviled Eggs, I never thought to make the swap to MIRACLE WHIP… But that is changing!  Adding MIRACLE WHIP brings a sweet and tangy flavor!  Perfect for transforming your Easter eggs from something ordinary to extraordinary.  I wasn’t sure what my family would think but my husband LOOOOOOVED it!


I love getting together with family and friends potluck style and bringing food.  To dress up my eggs for Easter I used food dye to dye my eggs all pretty like.  To see a full tutorial for how to dye Easter eggs with food dye head on over at Cupcake Diaries.  I want to stress that this was Food dye, not store bought pellets so it’s safe for everyone to ingest!


This recipe is just 5 ingredients and takes less than 15 mins to prepare!  It’s so easy my kids could make this!  I love fast and easy food, since I’m usually wrangling 5 kids and a husband out the door to these gatherings as well!  AND so pretty, Deviled eggs are a dish people are totally impressed with and i had no idea how easy they were to make!


Gather your ingredients.  Make sure to dice your jalapeno super tiny and WASH YOUR hands after, don’t touch your itchy eye with your hand right after cutting… Ouch (yes I totally did that).  Make sure you use a sharp knife to cut your eggs in half, you don’t want to break or crush your eggs  (I always cook a few extra just in case)


spicy deviled egg recipe

15 minutes

24 deviled egg halfs

1 deviled egg half

spicy deviled egg recipe


  • 12 hard-cooked eggs
  • 2/3 C MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
  • 2 tsp GREY POUPON dijon Mustard
  • 1 jalapeño peppers, seeded & finely diced


  1. Cut eggs lengthwise in half.
  2. Remove yolks (they should pop right out) and place in medium bowl.
  3. Mash with fork.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pipe or spoon into egg white halves.
  6. Sprinkle with paprika.
  7. Garnish with additional jalapeno slices, if desired.
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I used an open star tip to pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites.  Don’t use a CLOSED star tip because the chopped jalapeno’s will get stuck…  Divide it evenly between all your eggs and Voila! Your ready to take your platter or plates to your Easter party!


I also have a post on perfect hard boiled eggs, but I know everyone has their own way of doing it.  What is your favorite way to boil/cook eggs?

AND where you do fall on MIRACLE WHIP spectrum?  I can’t wait to share a few more twists on classics over the next few months!

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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Seems like EVERYONE has their own tricks for how to hard boil eggs. SO I figured I’d share how I do it along with some tips and tricks!


Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

12 minutes

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs


  • eggs bakers dozen
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • water


  1. Place eggs in the bottom of a large pan
  2. Fill the pan with water, make sure it's at least an inch above the eggs
  3. Sprinkle Salt and baking soda over the water
  4. Place a lid over the pan and bring the water to a boil
  5. When the water starts to boil turn the heat to low (if you have a gas stove if you have a coil just turn it off)
  6. Let it simmer for 1 min.
  7. Turn off (or take off) the heat, leave the lid on (don't take it off) and let sit for 10 mins
  8. Take out the extra egg (bakers dozen remember) and slice it. It should be done but if it's not place the lid back on for 1-2 more mins
  9. Using a sloted spoon take out the eggs and place in a strainer, run under cold water until cool and refrigerate until your ready to use

I've heard so many keys for easy to peel eggs over the year I use three of them 1. use 4-5 day old eggs, fresh eggs don't peel well 2. Start with cold water for gradual cooking 3. add baking soda and salt to the water

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Last week In invited some local bloggers to my house for a Fakesgiving.  We all brought some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share with you!  I’ll be sharing mine all week and Friday we’ll all link to the rest of the recipes so you can enjoy everything we made!

I love Mashed Potatoes, seriously, soooo good.  And so easy to make! So they were an easy choice for me to make.  Did you know that there are over 40,000 monthly searches of “how to make mashed potatoes”???  Who knew!  So I’m happy to share the way I make them with you guys today!


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