Grilled Saganaki and Spinach Wrap with Dill Fetaziki Sauce - This was a fun one to make, any time you can ignite a huge flame to crisp up a block of cheese, it's a good time. Before we get to the cheese arson, let's get to work on this trademarked (not really) dill fetaziki sauce. For that we'll need 1/2 of a seedless cucumber, one 8 oz container of plain Greek yogurt, one 12 oz. container of feta cheese, a medium sized handful of fresh dill, the juice of one lemon, black pepper and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive oil.
Add all of the ingredients except for the olive oil to a blender. Blend, while slowly drizzling the olive oil in until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
All that is left is the cheese and veggies. For the saganaki we found a block of jalapeño halloumi cheese that we were excited to use. For directions on grilling saganaki, click here. Once the cheese is browned and crisp remove from heat.
The last step before we construct the wrap is to toss baby spinach with the fetaziki sauce until thoroughly covered.
And now we build. Warm a flour tortilla and spread the spinach mixture along the bottom of one side. Place two slices of the saganaki on top.
Next up comes the thinly sliced red onions and chopped kalamata olives, right on top of the cheese.
Fold everything up burrito-style with the seam on the bottom then place on the grill seam-side down.
Grill for only a few seconds until slightly browned and crisp and remove from heat. Slice in half and serve with reserved sauce. This unique wrap was incredible, like a combination of saganaki and Greek Village salad all wrapped up in a tortilla.
Upland Brewing Bad Elmer's Porter - Our first sample from Bloomington Indiana's Upland Brewing is their cooly labeled Bad Elmer's Porter. Not a typical choice for us, especially with Greek food, but the beer fridge was running bare before our Labor Day Weekend shopping spree. Bad Elmer's pours a dark brown, almost black cola color with a fairly thin tan head. There is a strong vanilla bean aroma on the nose balanced by some black coffee notes. Those same things come through on the flavor side finishing up with a bitter hoppy bite. The mouthfeel is light for a porter, even though this is one full-flavored beer. The fairly strong flavors were a little much for the lighter wrap, but not horrible as the beer was still fairly easy-drinking. On its own, the beer was fantastic.
Corrosion of Conformity "America's Volume Dealer" - CoC. These guys are the best, flat-out one of the coolest bands ever. "America's Volume Dealer" was released after the successful "Deliverance" and "Wiseblood" albums and was primed to catapult CoC to even further heights. The production is slicker, the tracks are a mix of groove-based rockers and slower tunes and the songs are much more "mainstream approachable" comparatively speaking. CoC's "Load" and Reload" this album ain't, it still has enough of that patented Corrosion edge and swampy heaviness to elevate it to one of their best releases. The album begins with "Over Me", one of two songs released before the album was officially out. A killer riff kicks the song off immediately before things slow down to a fairly chill verse then ramping back up on the chorus. Every CoC album starts off with a song that rips and sets the tone for the disc and "Over Me" follows suit. The second song that was prematurely released was "Congratulations Song" with a chunky, heavy and fuzzy riff. One of our all time favorite chill, late evening drinking by the fire pit tunes is "Stare Too Long". Very cool guitar work and gritty vocals make this a song we can listen to over and over and usually do when its a late night outside. "Diablo Blvd." is a classic Pepper-led CoC track. Heavy, dirty and sludges along like a mother. One of CoC's trademarks is their penchant for heavy, yet hook-laden riffs. "Doublewide" features such a riff. It's a hard and catchy tune that needs to be played at max volume. "Zippo", like "Diablo" is another classic track, with Pepper's famous southern drawl/sneer at the forefront. "Who's Got the Fire" could easily be a track off of "Wiseblood", one of their heaviest albums with Pepper but still grooves like crazy. Slowing down things again is "Sleeping Martyr" with its Spanish-influenced acoustic guitar leading the way and slow drawn out raspy vocals. "Take What You Want" harkens back to the "Blind" Karl Agell days, edgy and charged tune with a certain old school 70s rock sound. The third slow song on the album is the completely chill and atmospheric "13 Angels" which would make it on any playlist that also contained "Planet Caravan" and "Nutshell" on it. The album finishes with the thrashy old school punk of "Gittin It On". "America's Volume Dealer" is such a classic album start to finish making it not only one of our favorite CoC albums, but one of our favorite all time albums as well.