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.
This 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.
I think the best thing about milopita is the fact that Greeks eat this for breakfast. Seriously, why wait till the end of the day for something this good?! I think they might be on to something, here.
It is easy to understand why Persephone was tempted by the pomegranate seeds offered to her by Hades, as told in the ancient Greek mythological story, even though eating them would condemn her to spend three months of each year in the dark underworld.
I have noticed time and again that the best combinations of flavors happen to be with foods that are in season together. It’s not that other combos don’t work, they just don’t work as well.
It’s easy to get into a rut with something like breakfast. It’s early, the caffeine from your coffee hasn’t kicked in. Your family hasn’t had a meal in a while. It’s not a good start.
When I’m entertaining I want appetizers that can be made in advance and pack a lot of flavor. Chips and dip just doesn’t cut it. This spread does.
You know, a recipe typically calls for 1 to 2 bay leaves. Then you do another dish, and another. Those leaves start to add up. They aren’t cheap. Growing your own is.
Somewhere in human culinary history, someone made some “rules”. Some were good. Some leave me scratching my head and wondering why.
Traditionally in Greece, lamb is more of a spring-time thing. But with the invention of these nifty things called refrigerators, freezers, and mass world wide transit, things like lamb are available year round. Good for me, because lamb is one of my favorites. Continue reading Greek Lamb Stew
Only a few things keep me from entertaining as often as I would like: time, energy, and that three week old pile of laundry in the family room (which maybe just might be related to that time and energy thing, just maybe). Continue reading Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Nuts
Take everything you thought you knew about the taste of fresh strawberries and throw it out the window. You know nothing! Nothing at all!! Not until you have tasted an Alpine Strawberry can you speak to me about the amazing goodness of strawberry flavor. They’re like candy, but so much better. It’s strawberry, but like strawberry flavor on steroids. There is just no comparison.
I hate mushrooms. Absolutely detest them. My parents love them, so of course they were put into whatever meal they could be. I would pretend to chew them, and then spit them into my napkin as I pretended to wipe my mouth. Yes, I was that kid.
Frittatas are a wonderfully easy way to whip up an any-time-of-the-day meal. They can be very nutritiously balanced, all in one pan, and are one of those meals that can help you clean up leftovers in the refrigerator. Technically this is an Italian dish, but I use feta cheese in mine, and I was taught how to make them by a Greek woman, so it’s close enough! Continue reading Feta & Dried Tomato Frittata