Pomegranate Jelly

20181213_053754Nothing 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!)

20180127_23130The 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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Homemade Peanut Butter

20180124_0757Okay, you know I can HEAR you rolling your eyes.  Yes, I bother to make my own nut butter for two very good reasons: 1) control of my ingredients, 2) I’m tired of fighting with jars of stiff peanut butter and having the jar win.

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Kalamata-Style Home Cured Olives

20180122_153844A few years ago I was doing some last minute birthday shopping for the Old Man at a local hardware supply store.  Lo and behold, I stumbled across something I knew he would want (like, really want): a Kalamata olive tree.

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Avgolemono Soup (Greek Egg & Lemon Chicken Soup)

20181004_202659rexdfI am home with a sick kid today.  I want him nowhere near me because I hate getting sick (does anyone like it?).  On the other hand, there’s that whole motherly love thing that drives me to want to take care of him.  Is there any better cure-all than chicken soup?  I think not.

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Spinach & Feta Omelets

20180115_065957I 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 (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

20171029_144304I 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

20180115_162453Sometimes 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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Balsamic Vinaigrette

20180115_164323Okay, say the following in the voice of an upset three year old: I can do it myself!  This was (still is?) me throughout much of my life.  I would say ask my mom, but please don’t.  She’ll be a little too happy to share stories.

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Greek Lamb Stew

20180109_1852kldfTraditionally 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. Continue reading Greek Lamb Stew

Protecting Frost Tender Plants

20171221_171349The last time it snowed where I live was December, 1998.  My oldest was my only at that time, and a wee one at that, being only four months old.  The snow was about 1 inch deep, if that much, and was gone in a day.  Continue reading Protecting Frost Tender Plants

“It’s Called Fishing, Not Catching”

20180110_135637I guess I can’t complain about having a child whose sole request for his birthday is to go fishing.  Not some elaborate deep-sea trip in an exotic location (though I know he wouldn’t turn it down), just a simple trip to a local river to try his luck. Continue reading “It’s Called Fishing, Not Catching”

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)

20180103_094145If you live in a part of the world that doesn’t get snow (jealous?!), most of the growing advice for cool weather crops won’t work for you.  Trust me, I’ve tried following the seed packet instructions, only to get nothing.  Zip.  Zero.

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Greek-Style Roasted Winter Vegetables

20171226_140544_001Those shiny, round, and bright red tomatoes at the store are lying to you.  As you pass by them they whisper to you about how good they will be.  Don’t fall for their tricks.  You know that they will be dry and flavorless, because it’s not the right season. Continue reading Greek-Style Roasted Winter Vegetables