Category: Entree

Gettin’ Figgy With It

Fig-Steak-8While strolling the extremely wide and fully stocked aisle of the local grocery store here in NorCal my eye was drawn to an awfully attractive tall, dark and handsome bottle of vinegar. The word FIG stood out on the well-designed label and I was immediately drawn in. Yes, I came across something amazing: Fig Balsamic Vinegar produced by O Olive Oil. Eureka! I’ve struck gold here people!

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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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