I got a new kitchen toy for Christmas that needed to be broken in. I also had a beef tri-tip sitting in the refrigerator needing to be cooked. I’m thinking there could be a connection here.
Ham & Pea Pasta
Each year around Christmas I’ll buy a ham. Ironically, we never eat it for Christmas dinner. I just get it because I want ham and that’s usually the best time to find a good one.
Roast Chicken with Artichoke Hearts & Greek Peperoncini
I’m honestly surprised that my family hasn’t sprouted wings, yet. We do eat a lot of chicken. No, really. A. Lot.
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Simple Tomato Soup
One of the greatest ironies in life is that tomato soup season does not coincide with tomato season. I think it’s proof that God has a twisted sense of humor. Either that, or a great deal of faith that we would be able to figure something out.
There are a handful of movies that my family has watched repeatedly to the point of being able to recite the entire script. One of them is “Moonstruck” starring Olympia Dukakis and Cher. A Greek and an Armenian playing Italians? It’s okay, Armenians and Italians played Greeks in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” so it balances out.
Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Just think, you could make almond butter, kourambiethes, seasoned snacks, and more from your own home grown almonds. You’ll even get beautiful blossoms and feed the bees, to boot!
That’s Not Smoke (This Time)
Anyone who has lived in California’s Central Valley is familiar with this phenomenon: it rains, the sun comes out, you can’t see where you’re going the next morning.
Cheesy Crab Dip with Artichokes & Greek Peperoncini
It’s the early 90s, Berkeley, Ca. I’m being treated to a nice dinner at Skates On The Bay, a surf-and-turf restaurant literally on the San Francisco Bay. We order the crab and artichoke dip with focaccia bread. I was hooked.
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Apple (Malus domestica)
I wonder if the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” works if we are talking about apple-pie, or Milopita (Greek apple cake)? Maybe??
Easy Weeknight Spareribs
There are a couple of staples that my spice cabinet is never without because they help make meal prep so much easier. One is an “Italian Seasoning” salt-free herb blend, and the other is a vegetable and spice mix. Blend them together with a little olive oil and you have an instant rub for every roast or chicken feast.