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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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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Milopita (Apple Cake)

20200831070859_IMG_5425I 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.

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Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

20171105_134912It 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.

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Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta

20180815_221013I 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.

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Tomato & Pesto Egg Cups

20180818_115052It’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.

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Kalamata Olive & Feta Spread

20180808_204236When 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.

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Laurus nobilis (Grecian Laurel or Sweet Bay)

20180802_105840You 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.

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Burgundy-Garlic Roast Chicken

20180614_230841Somewhere in human culinary history, someone made some “rules”.  Some were good.  Some leave me scratching my head and wondering why.

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Greek Lamb Stew

20180109_1852kldfTraditionally 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