Fasolakia Yiahni (Greek Green Bean and Potato Stew)

There are a variety of dishes that I wasn’t fond of when I was a kid. I look back and wonder what the heck was wrong with me. Please don’t answer that question for me!

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Stone Fruit Oven Pancake

20181117_115723With summer officially here, the stone fruit season is now seriously underway.  Apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and all the hybrids in between, are dropping off trees and showing up in markets.  Gobble them up now, they don’t last long!

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Fruit “Leather”

20180625_162929My parents have fruit trees.  They are prolific producers.  We have fruit trees.  They, too, are prolific producers.  Great!  Not so fast.

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Spinach & Feta Omelets

20180115_065957I will never make it as a short order cook.  I’m not the fastest person in the kitchen, and no where near the neatest (I can hear the Old Man agreeing with the last statement just a little too much).  However, I have learned some tricks along the way to help streamline certain meals so that I can enjoy them the way I want, and I don’t have to get out of my pajamas to go to a restaurant, either.

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Winter Spinach Salad

20180115_162453Sometimes in winter I’ll have the foolish notion that I miss summer.  And why not?  Days filled with eating warm, summer fruit right off the tree, swimming in the pool with the kids, harvesting fresh tomatoes and peppers.  Then I remember the week long stretches of 110+ F heat.  Oh yeah, that’s why I don’t miss summer.

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No-Fuss French Onion Soup

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Kudos to the French for making great food, but seriously, sometimes I have to wonder if all the fuss is really worth it.  I really, really, really love French Onion Soup, but I really, really, really am short of time most days.

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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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Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes & Onions

20210918124043_IMG_7302One of the few good things about living in a place with ridiculously hot summers is that the growing season for summer vegetables lasts a good, long time.  The latest I ever pulled eggplant from the garden or tomatoes off the vine was a couple of days before Thanksgiving.  The plants may not be in full production mode this late in the year, but there’s still enough to do something with. Continue reading Baked Eggplant with Tomatoes & Onions