Kalamata Olive & Tomato Roast Tri-Tip

20190129_140634sercdfgI 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.

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Ham & Pea Pasta

20190126_093937dtrfgEach 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.

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Roast Chicken with Artichoke Hearts & Greek Peperoncini

20190101_160823I’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

20190121_211913One 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.

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That Moon!

20180719_203824There 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.

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Almond

20190117_163855Just 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!

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That’s Not Smoke (This Time)

20190110_070035Anyone 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.

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Cheesy Crab Dip with Artichokes & Greek Peperoncini

20190113_201048It’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)

20181013_090953I 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??

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Easy Weeknight Spareribs

20181128_184043There 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.

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