The Little Things

SO. I’ve decided. Life is all about the little things. Yes, I know – jobs, money, cars, religion, Bravo TV, health – all of these things are of course vitally important to your well-being (especially the Bravo part, duh). However, what I’m starting to realize is that sometimes, no matter how “in line” all of the big things are, they don’t always make you want to spring out of bed in the morning. Sometimes, it’s the little things – the perfect cup of coffee or flowers or tzatziki – that refresh you, that bring you back into the game…that make you, well, happy. So with that, I’ve decided to start my first ever series – The Little Things – which will highlight life’s little pleasures.

Because, who WOULDN'T want to start their morning with LUCY?!

Because, who WOULDN’T want to start their morning with LUCY?!

Petal perfection.

Petal perfection.

My home-made tzatziki. You can start calling me Giada NOW.

My home-made tzatziki. You can start calling me Giada NOW.

PS. TRY my recipe for Tzatziki, it’s ridiculously easy, HEALTHY and you’re going to look like a BOSS the next time you make it for yah friends. Click HERE.

My Dirty Confession

Anyone who knows me knows that I am Greek…and that, like all of my other fellow Greeks, I am VERY proud of it. In other words, in short, like any good Greek girl does, I believe the following about Greeks: they are the most gorgeous beings on this planet (John Stamos Uncle Jessie, I’m talking about you), they have the most beautiful country (Santorini, I mean comeeee on), have the best culture (OPA!), the warmest personalities, and the most delicious cuisine. Basically, being Greek is the bomb.com. However, my dirty confession — and you have to promise you WON”T tell my mama and baba — is that I kinda sorta really love Italian food (in addition to of course, gyros, dolmades, etc.) I mean, I have to hand it to our cousins across the Ionian…they can cook! Anyway, today I had a major craving for one of my all time favorite Italian dishes: Broccoli Rabe with Sausage. Check out the deets below.

By the way, what were you guys expecting my dirty confession to be?  ;)

Ingredients:

Broccoli Rabe (2 bundles)

Sweet Italian Sausage (3-4 average size links)

Ground Chili Pepper (to taste)

Olive Oil (to coat the pan)

Oregano (1/2 a tsp)

Salt (to taste)

Garlic (to taste, but I reco. 1 clove (~1/4 a tbsp. when sliced)

Optional: Lemon (just a few squeezes here and there); Cheese (Parmesan, Manchego, etc.)

Directions:

1) Trim off the rough ends of the broccoli rabe and boil in salted water until al dente.

2) Cut sausage links into bite sizes pieces and sauté  in a separate – lightly oiled – pan on medium-high until both sides are browned; Add oregano and a light dusting of chili pepper.

3) Once sausage is browned on both sides, add minced garlic and cook on LOW. Add in the cooked broccoli rabe to the pan and mix (works best with tongs).

4) Squeeze some lemon over the entire dish and top with the thinly grated cheese of your choice.

5) Enjoy! I mean, Opa! Or Mangia! OR….I just hope ya like it, k?

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