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!

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Beer Battered Crab Cakes

Crab is one of those foods that is like a perfect life partner. It can go casual with a simple dunking in a vat of melted butter, or it can get all dressed up and mingle in a party of other ingredients. In other words, I like it.

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Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach and Rice)

Whoever the first person was to combine the classic ingredients found in spanakopita (Greek spinach and feta pastry), they need to be honored with a national holiday. It’s the least we can do for all the joy they’ve bestowed upon the world.

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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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Thyme & White Wine Cauliflower Soup

20200416_101712I have to admit that as I was concocting this recipe, I was a little doubtful of how well this soup would be received.  Then everyone (even my baby grandson) voluntarily took seconds.  The Old Man went in for thirds.

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Lentil & Rice Stuffed Winter Squash

20200315_202024The one thing I never see in other people’s grocery carts is any of the wonderful array of winter squashes.  Not that I’m nosy or anything.

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Chicken Roasted with Eggplant and Tomato

20190903_212601Our hot summers have the up-side of providing the ideal conditions for growing heat-loving veggies like tomatoes and eggplant.  How fortuitous that they taste so good together!

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Fennel & Leek Loukaniko (Greek Sausage)

20190718_214038You know the old saying “close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades”?  Well, close is seldom close enough when it comes to certain foods, it’s either get the real-deal or go home and make it yourself.

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Yemista (Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers)

20190703_080003I 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.

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Greek Oregano (Origanum vulgare var. hirtum)

20190528_172210No self-respecting Greek will return home from Greece without a large stash of dried Greek Oregano in their luggage.  Try explaining that one to a customs officer.

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Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis)

20180413_180142ijklmGarden Sage is an all-in-one plant offering both looks as well as functionality.  Spires of tubular, lavender colored flowers sit above a sea of grey-green and fragrant leaves in masse each spring.  And of course, those leaves become a tasty addition for your kitchen spice rack.

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Fig (Ficus carica)

20180803_125406I have to say, I honestly feel sorry for anyone who’s never had the opportunity to eat a fresh fig.  If that’s you, don’t despair, you still might be able to grow your own, even if you’re not in the ideal climate.

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Homemade Peanut Butter

20180124_0757Okay, you know I can HEAR you rolling your eyes.  Yes, I bother to make my own nut butter for two very good reasons: 1) control of my ingredients, 2) I’m tired of fighting with jars of stiff peanut butter and having the jar win.

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Split Pea and Lentil Soup

20181222_102316They are humble, plain, and sometimes less-than-attractive when cooked, but humans have been cultivating and consuming legumes for thousands of years.  In fact peas and lentils have been used in Greek cooking since ancient times.  You don’t get a much better example of “withstanding the tests of time” than that.

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