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Pastitsio Me Damaskina apo tin Syro–Pastitsio with Prunes from Syros

Pastitsio is one of my favorite foods, so when I heard that the latest A Taste of the Mediterranean event hosted by Tony Tahhan and Peter Minakis was going to focus on Greece and more importantly, pastitsio, I was thrilled. I have to admit though, I was almost all pastitsio-ed out as I recently used a bit of creative energy to put together this version for the Royal Foodie Joust. But then again, I don’t think I can ever get sick of pastitsio … Pastitsio is a rustic dish with plenty of comfort-food appeal and it’s one I quickly associate with family and
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Kotopoulo Youvetsi–Chicken Baked with Orzo

In the last couple of weeks, I have come to realize what food blogging is really supposed to be about: Sharing good food with new-found, generous and truly sincere friends. Personally, I find myself regularly looking forward to my peers’ posts, not to criticize their cooking methods and the food that graces their tables, but to share in their insights and thoughts; to have a sneak peek at their lives in Athens, Crete, Sydney, Alaska, Canada, Malaysia, India, Italy, Spain, England, France and so many other places around the world. I have found blogging refreshing and
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Chicken Stuffed with Trahanas

So, I picked up some trahanas from one of the many Greek specialty shops here in New York last week and decided that aside from the traditional soup I often make, I wanted to do something more with these tasty, tangy tidbits. I should note that there are two types of trahanas, sour and sweet, and to be honest I have only ever had the sour type. I don’t believe the sweet version is used differently and am pretty sure, although labeled as “sweet,” it is just not as sour as the other variety. In case you are wondering, which some of you probably are
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February Royal Foodie Joust — Mushroom Pastitsio with a Cauliflower “Bechamel”

I was pretty excited by the selection of February’s Royal Foodie Joust ingredients: cauliflower, mushrooms and noodles. There were a million different ways to go with these humble ingredients for my second entry into this friendly competition hosted by Jenn over at The Leftover Queen. If you aren’t already a member, please visit Jenn’s forum where you’ll find a great spot to interact with fellow food bloggers, participate in giveaways, join in on the friendly Joust or simply vote for your favorite Jouster–of course, that would be me …
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Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)

A quick go-to meal for my family is often a pot of lentil soup, a hearty pasta and veggie dish or a vitamin-packed helping of spanakorizo. The latter, in particular, is an ideal meal that takes no more than 30 to 35 minutes to make, is filling and is laden with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. According to sources, eating spinach can prevent memory loss and cataracts. And that’s not all: this iron-rich leafy green can help protect us against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis and numerous other diseases. In fact, researchers have identified at
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Festive Gemista

Gemista are a staple for us. As children, my mom and Giagia would stuff peppers and tomatoes with ground beef and rice but in my own kitchen I’ve grown accustomed to stuffing the vegetables simply with rice and various herbs. This time I sauteed the rice with some white wine and added some pine nuts to the mix. The end result was deliciously moist and delectable. Be sure not to overstuff the peppers as the rice needs room to expand–loosely filling the peppers only about 2/3 full should do the trick. I’d like to think the green of these peppers and the

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