Kolokythopita (Squash Pie) Two Ways

Winter squash is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and carotene Although I cherish the traditional Greek recipes of my mother, grandmothers and aunts and incorporate them daily into my family’s diet, I enjoy reading up on recipes from different islands and areas of Greece as dishes can change dramatically from city to city, island to island. One of my favorite sources for island recipes is Aglaia Kremezi’s The Foods of the Greek Islands – Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean. For the last seven years, I thumb through the pages every


U2 is among my favorite bands and I was lucky enough to see them in concert once, be it over 11 years ago, during their 1997 PopMart tour. I was thrilled to get tickets and it was a great show–despite the steady rain, crowds packed Giant’s Stadium. The concert’s set design was among U2’s most elaborate, complete with a huge LED screen, a 100-foot high golden arch, a 40-foot motorized lemon mirrorball and a 12-foot olive atop a 100-foot cocktail stick. The lemon mirrorball was created as a reference to U2’s “Lemon,” a track from their 1993 Zooropa

Thank You

As I have been trying to get the hang of this whole blogging thing, I’ve forgotten to formally thank one individual who has ventured to show me the ropes. Ivy of Kopiaste has been kind enough to act as my blog’s “Nona” (Greek for Godmother) and I thank her dearly for explaining many a things regarding the blogging process and for making me feel like I have known her for years, even though we’ve exchanged only a few e-mails for just under a month. I especially thank her for awarding me, among others, the: Ivy, your acknowledgment is greatly

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

After reading Jenn The Leftover Queen’s post on Gina DePalma’s battle with ovarian cancer, I was inspired to participate in her joint effort with Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso to raise awareness of this disease. Their call for O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness prompted me to put together this refreshing salad featuring oranges, onions and olives. It’s a simple dish and a simple post as I would rather the attention be placed on the much more complex and ever so significant subject at hand, ovarian cancer.My heartfelt wishes go

Burgers and Fries

We’ve taken the kids out to some farms the last couple of weekends to do some apple picking (to be the topic of a later post), pumpkin picking and to enjoy the outdoors before the weather changes. Luckily, we’ve picked up some great fruits and vegetables from these local farms which have made for some great dishes over the last couple of weeks. A farm we visited out on Long Island had gorgeous homegrown tomatoes, squash, lettuce, beets, potatoes, broccoli, onions, corn and more. Unfortunately, I always buy so much that in the end I don’t know where to store it all.

Quick Weekend Pasta

Leonetto Cappiello I’m a sucker for pasta. I can eat it with just about anything. Give me linguine with seafood, give me fettuccine Alfredo, give me penne with sauteed broccoli rabe, give me rigatoni Bolognese, give me … well, I can go on and on with this list forever. I simply love it all. Just picture me as the harlequin in the vintage ad above — so buoyant and ecstatic over a heaping plate of pasta.As I was packing for our return home from Greece earlier this month, my husband’s parents, aunt and uncle were bombarding me with things they thought I

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