New baking finds just in time for Father’s Day ~ a sweet for your sweetie

How perfect to find two new dessert recipes this week just in time to bake for dad on Sunday.  We know dads love a good dessert and what a fun way to either bring the kids into the kitchen or have the older ones make it themselves.

The first proclamation honoring fathers was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  In 1972 Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday when it was signed into law by President Nixon.

This Sunday at Papouli’s Greek Grill we will think of our grandfather, father and the many men who have shaped and enriched our lives. Papou is greek for grandfather and papou Nick was a wonderful man and it is his photo you see in our logo.  We want to wish all you dads and papou’s a Happy Father’s day.

Now into the kitchen to make some sweet easy desserts for dad. This first recipe I found is from the Huffington Post, by Suzy Strutner.  She calls it the Laziest Ice Cream Cake ever requires only 2 ingredients and 3 steps. Take a look and enjoy.

Sometimes, one scoop simply will not do, and you need a WHOLE CAKE of ice cream.

And it turns out the easiest ice cream cake you’ll ever make is a take on the classic ice cream sandwich trick. But instead of slicing up teeny pints of ice cream, this epic recipe uses a whole damn carton… because why not?

To start, you’ll need a frozen carton of vanilla ice cream, a package of Oreos, crushed, and a sharp, serrated knife. Then…

Step 1: Cut one third of the ice cream container into a round slab, and peel away the carton from the edges.

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Step 2: Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top.

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Step 3: Repeat steps one and two until you’ve layered the entire cake, and freeze until solid.

Mmm, lazy ice cream bliss.

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If you’re an ice cream perfectionist, shave the ice cream layers as you go so the cake stands perfectly straight. If not, then that’s (literally) cool, too. Top your creation with chocolate syrup if desired.

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My other find is called Brownie Split by Krystal

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I love a great banana split in the summertime as it is cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. Sometimes ice cream isn’t easy to transport or keep out on those hot days!  So here is a perfect banana split alternative dessert to take to those many BBQ’s and pot luck parties you will be attending this summer.  It’s the perfect twist on your classic banana split!  Best of all it’s easy to transport and won’t melt as quickly as your ice cream.

Brownie split dessert

You will need your favorite brownie mix, banana pudding mix, bananas, whip topping and strawberries.  First make your brownies according to package directions.  Let your brownies cool.  Then make banana pudding according to package directions.  Pour pudding on top of brownies and spread out evenly over brownies. Slice 2 bananas over top of pudding.  Spread whip topping over pudding and bananas.  Top with sliced strawberries as desired.  Slice into squares and serve.

Brownie split making

 Happy Cooking!

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) and our journey for a healthy lifestyle begins with a single step. Making that step to attend a yoga class three times a week. Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich in produce, olive oil and fish. Go outside, walk your block,  enjoy your neighbors and take that first step to building your healthy lifestyle.

Join us and Take the Purple Pledge! Commit to raising awareness in June for Alzheimer’s Brain Awareness Month.

* Turn your Facebook profile Purple

* Invite your friends and family to join you in the pledge

* Wear purple between now and Sunday, June 21, The Longest Day 

The End of Alzheimer’s Starts with You!

Summertime and Hamburgers

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National hamburger day was May 28,  but you can stop by all summer long and enjoy our fresh lamb burger or our good’ol traditional burger.

Tasting Table offered tips on how to make the perfect burger. Recommending a cast iron skillet,  a cold bowl when mixing meat and a metal spatula were a  few suggestions to getting you on your way.  Below you will find a recipe to try at home or if the cook is tired you can always join us.

TT Burger with Macerated Onions and Secret Sauce

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 4 burgers

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Cook Time:  7 minutes
Total Time:  37 minutes

    • INGREDIENTS

For the Sauce: 

⅓ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 tablespoon finely chopped bread-and-butter pickles

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

⅛ teaspoon sweet paprika

For the Burger:

8 ounces ground beef chuck

8 ounces ground beef short rib

8 ounces ground sirloin

½ red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste

¼ cup vegetable oil

4 thick slices aged white cheddar

4 burger buns, toasted

Bibb lettuce

4 thick slices beefsteak tomato

DIRECTIONS1. Make the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until combined. Put the sauce in the refrigerator until ready to use.

2. Make the burger: In a large mixing bowl, carefully break the chuck, sirloin and short rib apart using your hands. Gently toss together all three cuts to create a blend. Transfer the meat to a plastic cutting board and divide into 4 equal portions, about 6 ounces each. To form patties, take one portion and gently pat the meat flat using the palm of your hand until the patty is ¾-inch thick. Cup the patty using the interior of your hand between your index finger and thumb without lifting the patty from the cutting board. Using your other thumb, make a small imprint in the center of the patty. Repeat with the remaining patties and transfer them to refrigerator to chill, about 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the onions and vinegar. Season with salt and allow the onions to macerate until they have softened, about 15 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until it’s hot. Season the patties aggressively with salt and pepper and transfer to the skillet and cook until lightly charred, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a metal spatula, flip the patties and cook for an additional 2 minutes for medium-rare, then place a cheese slice on each patty. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until the cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Transfer the patties to a cutting board and let them rest for a few minutes so that the juices can redistribute.

5. To serve the burger, generously spread sauce on both sides of the burger bun. Place the burger meat on the bottom bun, then top with the macerated onions, lettuce, tomato and bun top. Repeat with the remaining burgers and serve.

¡Por Vida! Papouli’s Greek Grill and San Antonio

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Stop by and try our latest ¡Por Vida! plate featuring chicken and shrimp skewers with a traditional village salad, fresh fruit and cucumbers. Our ¡Por Vida! kid’s menu  offers fresh fruit, vegetables, non fried options, and low-fat milk or water.

¡Por Vida! is a restaurant recognition program that helps adults and children make healthier food choices by identifying those menu items that meet nutritional guidelines developed by the Healthy Restaurants Coalition. When you choose “¡Por Vida!”, you make a better choice “For Life”!

Say hello to IAAP our newest Lifestyle Partner

 Papouli’s Greek Grill believes in living a healthy lifestyle, one that takes in fresh food, a glass of fine wine, some fun exercise and above all else, family. We are honored to consider iaap, a San Antonio based producer of competitive running events, a part of our Papouli’s Greek Grill family.  

Together, we embrace our local community to promote a healthy lifestyle through competitive foot races of all levels. Check out all of the great events on the  IAAP calendar-www.iaapweb.com. Go for it…sign up for one, heck go for two, and bring along a friend! 

MAY RUNNING EVENTS
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Saturday, May 2 @ 8am

Alamo Beer
415 Burnet | San Antonio, TX

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Saturday, May 2 @ 8am
2015 Run For Seniors 5K Run/Walk
Wheatley Heights Sports Complex
San Antonio, TX

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May 2 @ 8:30am
Cinco-K Run/Walk
Edgewood Central Office
San Antonio, TX

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Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 5:30pm
1901 S. Alamo
San Antonio, TX

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May 9 @ 8:30am

Wildseed Farms – Fredericksburg, TX

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14th Annual Doggie Dash: 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 8am
703 Oak St.
Schertz, TX
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 The third Annual QUEST 4 Success 5K event will be held on Saturday, May 23rd  at Mission County Park I. The run will follow the beautiful Mission Reach River Trail. This year we anticipate another packed event with 450 runners and their families. The race begins at 8 am followed by a free kids run at 9:30 am, awards will be given at 10 am. There will be free food, fun, games, Zumba party, silent auction, and much more.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 9am
VFW Post 76 * 10 10th St.
San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015

All Day

UIW – San Antonio, TX

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Saturday, May 30 @ 8:30pm
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