Sourdough Waffles

I cringe at the idea that waffles should be nothing more than a vessel for syrup and butter.  Don’t get me wrong, that creamy and sweet “waffle juice” is nothing short of nectar of the gods, but having super sugary waffles just makes the experience a little too sickly-sweet for my taste.

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Broccoli

Being in zone 9 makes growing cool weather crops a bit of a challenge, especially if you are trying to follow the instructions usually given on seed packets.  I finally gave up and used science as my guide.  What do you know, it worked.

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Pomegranate Jelly

Nothing quite compares to the stunning beauty of pomegranate seeds.  It is no wonder that Persephone was tempted to eat those offered to her by Hades in the Greek mythological story.  Sadly, just like in the story, pomegranate is only available during a short time of the year.  Hrumph!

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Greek Souvlaki (Not Shish Kebob!)

The best souvlaki I ever had was from a street vendor in my mom’s village in Greece.  I lost track of how many I ate that summer, but I’m sure the guy was amused by this little American girl’s appetite.  The meat was served right off a small wood-fired grill with a chunk of bread stuck on the end of the stick.  I couldn’t get enough of it then, and I still can’t now.

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Spinach & Feta Omelets

I will never make it as a short order cook.  I’m not the fastest person in the kitchen, and no where near the neatest (I can hear the Old Man agreeing with the last statement just a little too much).  However, I have learned some tricks along the way to help streamline certain meals so that I can enjoy them the way I want, and I don’t have to get out of my pajamas to go to a restaurant, either.

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Chrysanthemums

I didn’t use to pay much attention to chrysanthemums in my earlier days.  They just seemed so “common place” and were always the cheap plants at the nursery.  But at some point I decided that my garden needed that quintessential splash of color in the fall, so I thought “what the heck”.

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Winter Spinach Salad

Sometimes in winter I’ll have the foolish notion that I miss summer.  And why not?  Days filled with eating warm, summer fruit right off the tree, swimming in the pool with the kids, harvesting fresh tomatoes and peppers.  Then I remember the week long stretches of 110+ F heat.  Oh yeah, that’s why I don’t miss summer.

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Greek Lamb Stew

Traditionally in Greece, lamb is more of a spring-time thing.  But with the invention of these nifty things called refrigerators, freezers, and mass world wide transit, things like lamb are available year round.  Good for me, because lamb is one of my favorites. Read More