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Psites Patates kai Piperies — Roasted Potatoes and Peppers

Simplicity is best more often than not, especially when it comes to cooking. Even though I am extremely detail-oriented and a stickler for getting things just right, I’m not a big fan of elaborate dishes, eccentrically plated with extreme care — dinner parties at this household are pretty much always served “family-style,” just like our everyday meals. These potatoes and peppers are characteristic of the type of dish I might serve. It couldn’t be a simpler dish, but believe me there is no loss of flavor. I use some white potatoes, fairly

Keftedes me Saltsa Verikoko–Meatballs in an Apricot Sauce

Tapas, meze, appetizers, canapes, antipasti … however you label them, these small bites are often the best part of a meal. Seriously, isn’t it so much better sampling a variety of small dishes rather than taking 20-something bites of the same one? I can’t imagine a better place to enjoy tapas than Spain–I’ve been to authentic Spanish restaurants here in New York numerous times but I long to taste the “real” thing in a rustic tapas bar in beautiful Barcelona. Being that a trip to Spain is not on the horizon (although a trip to

Keik me Tahini kai Banana–Tahini and Banana Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

There’s something about a streusel topping that makes people feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It must be all that brown sugar and cinnamon. Add some walnuts and a handful of chocolate chips … now you’ve got a little piece of heaven in every bite. I made this cake last week and I couldn’t stop eating it. Not to toot my own horn or anything … but neither could my husband; or our children; not to mention my mom enjoyed it too; oh, and a friend who’d stopped by for a quick cup of coffee said it should be selling in a bakery. And do

Rice, Mushrooms and Bacon Wrapped in Phyllo over Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Mini Peppers

It’s been a while since I participated in the friendly competition us food bloggers know as the Royal Foodie Joust, so lovingly hosted by her highness Jenn The Leftover Queen. So this month, I decided it was high time to get back into the game and what better way to do so than with three great ingredients chosen by last month’s winner, the ever-so-talented, Nuria of Spanish Recipes. What are those great ingredients you ask? Well, rice, tomato and bacon of course. The ingredients seem simple enough. And to be honest, when I first read what Nuria picked, I