My family likes to eat at a local Chinese restaurant owned by a man nicknamed Homer (Homer, as in the ancient Greek author). He got this nickname decades ago by a family friend of ours (who happened to be Greek) who was Homer’s sponsor when Homer immigrated here from China. I have no idea what his real name is, but even the other people at the restaurant call him Homer, too.Continue reading Ginger Beef Noodle Soup
Braised Chicken with Kalamata Olives & Capers
Despite the quantity of sugar-filled recipes I have on this blog, my tastebuds are fully addicted to sour and salty flavors. I’d like to believe that this is in direct contrast to my sweet personality. No laughing allowed!Continue reading Braised Chicken with Kalamata Olives & Capers
Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
I’m a comfort food type of person. While I can fully appreciate a gourmet meal, there is just something to be said about those “simple” foods that taste like home. But simple doesn’t have to mean boring.Continue reading Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
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!Continue reading Lahanodolmades (Greek Cabbage Rolls with Avgolemono Sauce)
Ginger & Green Onion Roast Chicken
Every so often I do a little grocery shopping in my own pantry. I’m sure many of us find ourselves in the same position: you buy an ingredient that you only need a little of and then the rest sits there for ages waiting for you to remember it’s there.
Beefy-Leekie Soup (or is it Leekie-Beefy Soup?)
I’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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Hortosoupa (Greek Vegetable Soup)
You will likely be hard-pressed to find a culture that doesn’t have their own version of a hearty vegetable soup. It’s pretty much a “just add water” technique for stretching out available produce to feed a hungry family a nutritious meal.
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.
Yemista (Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers)
I 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.
Chicken Roasted with Brussels Sprouts & Tomatoes
I used to hate Brussels Sprouts when I was a kid. I don’t know why I decided to buy some and try cooking them myself several years ago. I’m honestly not sure why I do a lot of things, but oh well, it turned out to be a good decision!
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