Kalamata Olive & Rosemary Sourdough Bread

I generally avoid overly fussy recipes because they are, well… overly fussy. Sourdough is not fussy. Really. Trust me.

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Fig & Greek Yogurt Quick Bread

20200226175023_IMG_2863I am fortunate to have a fig tree and to live in the perfect Mediterranean climate for it to thrive.  That means that I will also have an overabundance of the tasty fruits just begging to be enjoyed.

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Greek Lagana Bread Recipe & the Tradition of “Clean Monday”

20200301_203124The first day of Lent in Greece is a bit of an oddity.  For many, a strict Lenten fast will be observed in reverence to the solemnity of the time leading up to Pascha (Easter), while also frolicking and picnicking, and generally having a jolly good time!

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Christopsomo (Greek Christmas Bread)

20191224_074923Greeks like bread.  No… we LOVE bread.  There is literally a bread made specifically for every main holiday, and this doesn’t even cover the bread used daily and in religious ceremonies!

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Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

20190422_203916There is something special about food traditionally made for holidays.  Even though you could make it at any time of the year, you don’t because it would just be all sorts of wrong to do so.

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(Mostly) Traditional Irish Soda Bread

20190314_212550erdMy father’s family is primarily a mix of Scottish and Irish heritage that dates back to Colonial America at least as far back as the 1600s.  By now our connection to much of the traditions of these two cultures is pretty much gone.

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No-Fuss French Onion Soup

onion soup5edKudos to the French for making great food, but seriously, sometimes I have to wonder if all the fuss is really worth it.  I really, really, really love French Onion Soup, but I really, really, really am short of time most days.

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Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

20170910_150835My dad grew up on homemade bread. Even though my grandparents could have easily bought bread from the store, my grandma chose to bake her own. Definitely a Depression Era survivor. I remember eating sandwiches made from that delicious bread when I was younger. She would even occasionally save the heels, break them into small pieces, then let them dry out. These would become tidbits that we would take to a local park to feed the geese and ducks with. One of those geese once decided to show its appreciation by biting me in the butt. You know, roast goose makes a lovely Christmas feast.

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Super Easy, No Waste Sourdough Starter

20170910_142302[1]When I decided to experiment with making sourdough bread, I started looking up information on making the “starter” cultures that were needed for the dough. Time and again, the recipes and instructions I found had you start with large quantities of flour and water, then after allowing it to sit and ferment, take all but a small amount and, get this, THROW. THE. REST. AWAY. The reason for this last step was because you would need to add more flour and water at regular periods and so if you didn’t throw some out, you would eventually have a monster bowl of sourdough starter.

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