Roast Chicken with Summer Squash

Once upon a time, people had the time needed to prepare more time-consuming meals for dinner. Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!! Yeah… right.

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Creamy Mushroom Soup Risotto

I am a firm believer in the saying “necessity is the mother of invention”. Dinner is necessary. At least that’s what my family keeps telling me.

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Lemon-Mustard Baked Chicken and Rice

During our last trip to visit family in Greece, we were as usual, fussed over by my mom’s sister. My Thea (Aunt) Nitsa is an amazing cook, so being fussed over by her means you are in for a treat and will not be allowed to leave without being thoroughly stuffed.

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Chicken Stifado (Greek Chicken and Onion Stew)

It could be a bazillion degrees outside, but once the sun starts setting earlier in the evenings as autumn gets into full swing, my taste buds undergo a subtle but distinct shift to craving warm and filling comfort foods. I gladly surrender to this change.

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Super Easy Southwest Style Bean Soup

Cooking is a form of relaxation for me. However, sometimes I want to relax on the couch, thank you very much. You want dinner? Open a can!

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Spinach & Feta Galette

As a child, I was not a fan of spinach, or anything that contained it, and no amount of watching Popeye cartoons could make me change my mind. Thank goodness for adulthood.

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Creamy White Wine Clam Sauce with Garlic and Rosemary

20191226_183732I don’t make this dish enough.  Nowhere nearly enough.  My medium boy reminds of this on a regular basis.

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Honest to Goodness Turkey Gravy

20191124_185716Hello, I’m Dorie, and I’m a gravy snob.  I do not need a support group to get over it, thank you very much.

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Simply Perfect Mashed Potatoes

20191120_091333There are likely more recipes for mashed potatoes than there are people on this planet, and yet they all seem to ignore the ONE ingredient that will make them perfect.  Okay, there’s more than one, but one of them is really important. Continue reading Simply Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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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Scottish Cock-A-Leekie Soup

20191ghbjYou will likely never eat a truly traditional cock-a-leekie soup.  The reason is right there in the name.  Sometimes it’s just best not to worry about it.

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Greek Pepperoncini & Artichoke Heart Salmon Loaf

20191007_183042There are some foods that will never photograph well no matter how delicious they really are.  This, sadly, is one of those foods.

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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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Wild Rice and Pumpkin Soup

20181101_160531aThis recipe was actually born from an epic fail of one of my earlier experiments in my cooking history.  I was *trying* to make a pumpkin infused rice by cooking the rice inside of a pumpkin inside of the oven.  It didn’t work.

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Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops

20180924_200259It’s easy to get in a rut when it comes to preparing certain types of foods.  It’s not so easy figuring out a way to get out of said rut.  Sometimes I manage to make it happen.  Yay me!

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Tomato and Seafood Pasta Sauce

20180411_164013In all honesty, I don’t cook seafood as often as I would like to eat it.  I really need to work on this.

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Roast Lamb with Potatoes

20180410_190544Greeks like to joke about the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by noting that it’s in past tense.  Had.

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Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken

20181114_152547You know you’re from California if you are a Mexican food snob.  Yes, I know other states have a lot of Mexican influences in their cuisine, but that doesn’t mean it’s good.  Just kidding! (not really)

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Roast Chicken with Greek Pepperoncini

20180917_185256xdfgvOur church holds a Greek “food festival” at the end of summer each year.  It has grown in epic proportions over the past few years, but during its smaller days our community would wrap up all the festivities (and work) with a relaxing luncheon on Sunday after church.

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Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta (Garides Saganaki)

20171025_201709erdfWherever you are in Greece, some sort of body of water is likely to be near.  Unsurprisingly, seafood is a common ingredient in many dishes.  This particular one marries a few traditional Greek flavors into one hearty, tasty, lick-the-bowl-clean meal.

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