Category: Entree

Greek Quiche

Quiche-9Often, there are days when I am so busy running errands around town that I completely forget about planning dinner. (Raise your hand if you’re with me!) That’s what I thought…

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Greek Pizza

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According to Pizza.com 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly. Define “regularly”… because I’m pretty sure the residents in my household eat pizza for dinner at least once a week, if not twice, and some of us… no names mentioned…  have been known to indulge in a slice twice in one day. :)  I knew I had a problem when a pizzeria owner said to me “hey… weren’t you in here earlier?”

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Savory Pastitsio Cups

Pastichio-Cups-20Pastitsio (pahs-TEET-see-o) is a well-known Greek meal. Some refer to it as “the Greek lasagna” and just like lasagna, a large pan of this delicious pasta based favorite goes a long way. But this dish can be tricky; creating a nice thick layer of béchamel sauce on the top of layers of noodles and spiced seasoned meat is an art and when it doesn’t go your way, it can be a disappointing disaster. Trust me, I’ve prepared many of them (disappointing disasters, that is.).  Sometimes I feel like I am praying and wishing for the béchamel to levitate atop the layers… but that never seems to work for me.

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Lamb and Pork Souvlakia

Lamb and Pork Souvlakia

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Living in a New York City apartment without a back yard or balcony to house a grill can be a challenge for a west coast transplant. Desperately wanting to welcome our long-awaited spring while celebrating Easter this past weekend I needed to be creative. As always, I like to keep things simple. Luckily I believe I’ve stumbled upon a basic Greek marinade that is ridiculously simple to prepare. Turns out it’s pretty delicious too. In addition, the awesome Cuisinart Griddler makes NYC apartment grilling achievable. {Yay!}

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Shrimp and Vegetable Stuffed Tricolor Peppers

Peppers-6I’ve been privileged to eat some of the most delicious stuffed tomatoes and peppers during my travels through Greece. One of my most memorable meals was Yemista (YEM-e-staa), at a friend’s grandmother’s house in the village of Itea where at the age of 18, my closest friends and I enjoyed spending a summer. Yiayia Amelia made enough to feed a Spartan army although there were only five of us at the lunch table. How did we end up with just 3 stuffed peppers and 1 stuffed tomato left at the end of our lunch? We ate more than our share, that’s how. It’s hard to pass up on extreme deliciousness.

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Lemony Spinach and Leek Quesadilla

Spanakorizo-5Growing up on the west coast and transplanting to the east, people often ask me if I miss the weather. There are times when I do indeed miss the California sunshine, however, I think what I really miss is the California-style Mexican food. :)

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Greek Shepherd’s Pie

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With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner I thought what better way to celebrate than to “Greek-ify” an Irish staple: Shepherd’s Pie.

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