Lahanodolmades (Greek Cabbage Rolls with Avgolemono Sauce)

I was not a fan of Greek grape-leaf dolmades when I was a kid, but I have thankfully gotten my act together. However, cabbage rolls are just as good… and so much bigger!

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Makaronia me Kima (Greek Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

One might think of church bingo nights as an “old people” activity. I’ve been bingo-ing since childhood. Not just any bingo, mind you. Pasta bingo.

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Dolmades (Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves with Tomato and Meat Filling)

20200518_231648Each spring the family gathers together to participate in their most beloved activity: harvesting grape leaves.  They pretty much hate it.

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Beefy-Leekie Soup (or is it Leekie-Beefy Soup?)

20200117_115044I’m leaning towards the first name because the second just doesn’t sound right.  Seeing as how leek (the vegetable) sounds just like leak (the dripping action), the second name doesn’t give a good visual for what is a really good meal.

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Lamb Yiouvetsi

Greeks have mastered the all-in-one dish, and it’s really no surprise.  Up until recently, having your own oven was somewhat uncommon.  Instead you had to share space at the local bakery.  No one likes a space-hog.

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Eggplant Moussaka

20190920_185326I’m not going to lie, I hated this when I was a kid.  I used to call it moose-skata.  My mother was not pleased with this nickname.  I’ll explain in a moment.

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Fennel & Leek Loukaniko (Greek Sausage)

20190718_214038You know the old saying “close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades”?  Well, close is seldom close enough when it comes to certain foods, it’s either get the real-deal or go home and make it yourself.

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Yemista (Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers)

20190703_080003I may have mentioned once or twice how much I’m not really fond of summer simply because of the heat here.  I have made a bit of a truce, though, because that heat makes all sorts of yumminess possible.

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Traditional Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)

20190327_171506erdfgI recently carried out my first experiment fermenting whole cabbage heads.  I did it solely to be able to make these cabbage rolls.  I waited six weeks.  Six whole weeks.  That’s how good these are.  (Psssstt… I have a shortcut if you’re in a hurry.)

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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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