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Magical Mastiha … Entree

Magical Mastiha … Entree

My Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 event continued with a main course of pan-seared lamb loin chops served with a creamy, tangy and oh so buttery mastiha-infused Bearnaise … well, actually a Bearnaise short-cut. I read about a Bearnaise Butter on Epicurious.com and decided a version flavored with mastiha would be an ideal accompaniment for simple lamb chops. Served with fresh vegetables and some crusty bread it was all we needed for a satisfying meal. Pan Grilled Lamb Chops with a Mastiha Bearnaise Butter 2 racks lamb loin, 2.5 lbs each Salt and freshly ground pepper, to
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Magical Mastiha … Appetizers

Magical Mastiha … Appetizers

The morning of the Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 event, I opened up the shopping bag I’d brought back from my visit to MastihashopNY and surveyed my mastiha bounty. I’d indulged in purchasing a box of mastiha resin, a jar of pistachio spoon sweet and the cookbook Mastiha Cuisine written by Diane Kochilas (which I haven’t even gotten to open yet but will soon sit down and pour over). And then I quickly set out to begin prepping the day’s dishes …
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Sofrito — Σωφρίτο

Sofrito — Σωφρίτο

Kali Hronia! That’s Greek for Happy New Year … and I would like to wish you all from the bottom of my heart a happy and healthy one. This year I hope to feature more Greek dishes than ever before and pass onto you some delicious recipes and maybe even some helpful insight (at least I’m hoping some of you think some of what I have to say is somewhat helpful!).  
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Christmas/Holiday Buffet

Christmas/Holiday Buffet

For all those still on the lookout for some last minute cooking ideas to grace their Christmas or Holiday table/buffet, here are some quick and festive dishes that will surely satisfy hungry guests and add some holiday spirit to any soiree. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2010 … here’s to peaceful and joyous holidays filled with good food, family, friends and lots of laughter!
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Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper

An ideal Sunday for me is a lazy Sunday. That means plenty of time to catch up as a family with no care/desire to ever glance at the clock and the aroma of our ritual family meal being prepared enticing our senses … continously drawing us all into the kitchen. Some Sundays there’ll be a warm stew simmering; others a flavorful roast or a hearty Pastitsio cooking away in the oven. One thing is for sure: the table will always be set for us all to enjoy a nourishing supper in each others’ company.
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Pikantiko Kotopoulo me Fassolakia–Spiced Chicken with Green Beans

I love making tomato-based dishes, known as kokkinista (literally meaning “reddened”) and yiahni in Greek. Obviously versatile dishes, they can be made with a variety of seasonal ingredients; with any meat or vegetable available; and can easily be taken from basic to exceptional with a few herbs and spices. In summer months, kotopoulo (chicken) kokkinisto makes for a much lighter dish than beef or lamb cooked in tomato. And more often than not, a main dish of just vegetables cooked this way graces our dinner table when the warm summer weather calls for

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