Jeffrey Phillip

Super Easy Tzatziki Dip

Published July 4, 2017 Recipes No Comments

Hey, Friends! 👋🏼  Happy 4th of July!🇺🇸 I hope that you’re all having a great holiday weekend and enjoying some celebratory time honoring the USA with the ones you love. This past weekend I spent some time with very dear friends at their annual 4th of July pool party, and boy was I glad to be by a pool! It was SO hot this year! Rain or shine, I always look forward to this party. It feels like the kick-off to summer, I get to spend time with some great people and indulge in some delicious food. The party is organized as a potluck so we all bring something yummy to add to the mix, and this year I brought one of my favorite snacks… a super easy tzatziki dip.

This is a great, healthy summer dip that I often snack on or serve with sliced raw veggies, pita, pretzels, even blue corn chips. It also makes a great spread for burgers, sandwiches, grilled pork…mmmm…. the pairing options are endless! It’s quick to throw together and is always a hit – it’s so popular among my friends and family that I actually now make it all year long (for them as well as myself 😉). However, it always seems to taste especially satisfying on a hot summer day, which is why I decided to bring it this past weekend, as well as why I’m hanging out in the kitchen today to show you how to make it!

Now, if you didn’t already know, I love to cook and I spend a fair amount of time playing in the kitchen (which could be why organizing a kitchen is always one of my favorite spaces to work on… who knows 🤔). Naturally, when I am in the kitchen I’m still thinking about my principles of organized living. I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to keep my diet healthy, create better eating routines, as well as discover new ways to save time and make cooking a little easier for all of us. This dip really hits all those markers for me because it’s healthy, easy and super quick to whip up.

Full disclosure… this is one of first recipe demos… EVER! 😳 While I did share two recipes last year during the 12 Days of Neatness (the JP. Ginger Firenog and the Holiday Hummus), the cocktail wasn’t a complicated demo and the hummus… well, I only talked through the recipe. So, this is kind of a big step. It may not be as smooth as I envisioned, but I hope that you still enjoy the video and are inspired to make some of your very own delicious tzatziki! 😋 If you do enjoy the video and your mouth starts to water, please do me a favor… click the thumbs up button, share it with family and friends, and be sure to subscribe to my channel so we can have some more fun together next week! Until then, happy birthday, America! 🇺🇸

xo 😘

Super Easy Tzatziki Recipe


  • Juice of 1 whole lemon


  1. Peel and grate cucumber and place in strainer to drain juice
  2. Sprinkle grated cucumber in strainer with 1/2 teaspoon salt, gently mix and let stand at least 5 minutes to draw out additional juice
  3. Grate garlic on top of draining cucumber
  4. Zest lemon on top of draining cucumber and garlic
  5. Give cucumber mixture a few more shakes in the strainer to remove some more liquid. Then, plop it in the bowl
  6. Squeeze in juice of 1 whole lemon (or half a lemon if you like your tzatziki a little thicker)
  7. Add 2 cups of Greek yogurt
  8. Chop and add 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, salt and pepper to taste, and mix thoroughly
  9. Cover with plastic wrap or place in sealed container and refrigerate for about 3 to 4 hours (or overnight, if time permits). This time will allow all the flavors to blend and become even tastier
  10. Serve with sliced raw veggies, pita, pretzels or use as a spread on a burger or sandwich

P.S. – This is my base recipe, but I always play with the proportions when I make it depending on how my taste buds are feeling. There is no right or wrong equation since the flavors are all to taste… just have fun with it and enjoy! 😊


Storing & Sharing Holiday Leftovers

Published November 25, 2013 Entertaining,Holiday No Comments

Disposable to-go containers are a must have item during the holidays. Keeping these on hand is a great way to make sure you aren’t stuck with too many leftovers. And, let’s be honest, any organizational item with a festive flare will end up on my good list any holiday season. Pack a small container of yummy goodness for your guests to take with them so they can continue to enjoy your delectable bites upon their return home. Now you won’t have to worry about getting that turkey platter back from Aunt Marge or where you’re going to store an entire green bean casserole. Plus, without a house full of treats to snack on, you won’t have any trouble zipping up any of your favorite holiday duds!

Ziploc Holiday Containers and Bags


A Better Beater Whisk

Published June 26, 2012 Favorite Item,Gifts,Kitchen,Space Saver No Comments

Maybe it’s because I love food and secretly have a burning desire to open a bakery, or maybe it’s because there always seems to be room for improvement in this often overcrowded room, but I frequently find myself talking about kitchen products that help improve the room’s functionality, efficiency and storage.  So it should come as no surprise that my latest favorite find is this collapsible whisk from German design studio Ding3000.

This space-saving whisk can easily be put into action by sliding the colorful ring, which doubles as a hook for storage, to expand the whisking tentacles.  Made of nylon this cheery kitchen tool is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and sure to put a smile on any chef’s face.

Available from: Gretel


Organized Dicing & Slicing

Published April 18, 2011 Gifts,Kitchen No Comments

A couple months ago I wrote about The OCD Chef cutting board, which, due to its genius grid layout, enables you to dice and chop with exact precision.  Well, here is another great product that helps make the dicing and chopping of food prep easier and more organized.

The Ute Bowlboard, which is made of carbonized bamboo, was designed with four inlaid food prep bowls to help keep you organized.  Simply chop your ingredients and slide them into the appropriate bowl so they are neatly stored and ready for cooking.  The bowls sit flush to the surface of the board so there is no mess and not lost ingredients.

While you can purchase the Bowlboard direct from the manufacturer in Australia.  There is a limited supply still available through CSN Stores on in the US.

P.S. – It will also serves as a great snack tray with built-in condiment bowls!


The OCD Chef: Dice Perfection

Published February 10, 2011 Gifts,Kitchen No Comments

Have you ever pondered if you were chopping the celery to a 1/2 inch or a 1/4 inch in size?  Well, rest assured that you will never have to ask yourself that question again.  Fred and Friends, one of the most fun and kitschy brands around, has just launched a new product called The OCD Chef.  Complete with a precise, measurement grid, The OCD Chef is a 9×12, wooden chopping board that is perfect for those of us who have obsessive chopping and dicing (OCD) tendencies.  The OCD Chef will help you ensure perfection as you prepare that delicious Minestrone soup with uniform potatoes, precisely chopped carrots and perfectly diced onions.

The OCD Chef, will make a great gift for the master chef in your life, or for those who are simply obsessed with perfection.  Keep an eye out for it at your local Fred and Friend’s retailer, or online, as it is just about to hit the market.  Rumor has it that it was a huge hit at the New York International Gift Fair last week so it shouldn’t be too hard to locate.

P.S. – Needless to say ocd4life, is obsessed with The OCD Chef. :)