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Foodbuzz 24×24: Grilling Greek

Foodbuzz 24×24: Grilling Greek

Memorial Day: the last Monday in May, a day of remembrance for those who died in our nation’s service, the official opening of our beaches and the unofficial start of summer. And nothing says summer like an All-American barbecue. So for this month’s Foodbuzz 24×24 event, we decided to “unofficially” usher in the new season by Grilling Greek to honor our Greek-American roots. Friends and family gathered in the yard yesterday where we enjoyed the warm weather by grilling some Greek-inspired dishes.
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Rib Eye Steaks Topped with Sauteed Orange Peppers and Tomatoes

Rib Eye Steaks Topped with Sauteed Orange Peppers and Tomatoes

Summer’s in the air. The humidity forecast for tomorrow is a definite indicator. No worries. After a long winter and an unreasonably cool spring, it’s welcomed … at least by me. It’s no wonder I was craving a dish lighter and brighter in flavor tonight. So when I pulled out some rib eye steaks I’d stowed away in the freezer a couple of weeks ago, my thoughts instantly turned to Steak Pizzaiola.
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Peppers Stuffed with Rice and Mushrooms — Πιπεριές Γεμιστές με Ρύζι και Μανιτάρια

Peppers Stuffed with Rice and Mushrooms — Πιπεριές Γεμιστές με Ρύζι και Μανιτάρια

I spotted these bright orange peppers in the market last week and instantly piled them up in a bag. Although I knew they’d be perfect sliced thin into a fresh salad or tossed with some pasta and grape tomatoes, I also wanted to try them stuffed as I’ve only ever prepared gemista (the classic Greek staple of rice/meat stuffed vegetables) with red/green peppers and tomatoes.
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Garlicky Squid and Spinach Tsigareli — Σκορδάτα Kαλαμάρακια με Σπανάκι Τσιγαρέλι

Garlicky Squid and Spinach Tsigareli — Σκορδάτα Kαλαμάρακια με Σπανάκι Τσιγαρέλι

Spinach: Not the most kid-friendly vegetable, you’ve got to admit. So when I put a heaping dish of this Garlicky Squid with Spinach Tsigareli in front of the kids the other day, it’s no wonder they kept pushing the green leafy strands to the edge of the dish and asking instead for more squid to compensate. Can’t blame them can you? Let’s just hope they’ll grow out of it one day; they’ll be missing out if they don’t. 
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Pasta with Peas in a Minted Cream Sauce — Ζυμαρικά με Aρακά και Δυόσμο

Pasta with Peas in a Minted Cream Sauce — Ζυμαρικά με Aρακά και Δυόσμο

The mint growing out in our garden is already flourishing so I was eager to use it in a light, vibrant pasta dish the other day. It had also been a long while since I’d cooked with heavy cream and as I had some in the fridge leftover from a dessert made a week or so ago, I decided to use it in this extremely simple, quick, family-friendly creamy pasta with peas and fresh mint.  This dish takes mere minutes to prepare, but then again most pasta dishes are ready before you can even say, “Al Dente!”
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Macaroni and Cheese with a Greek Twist

Macaroni and Cheese with a Greek Twist

This is a pretty straightforward recipe … a  simple “Mediterranean” play on Mac n Cheese, if you will. Natasha over at 5 Star Foodie hosts the monthly event dubbed the “5 Star Makeover Challenge” by way of which she urges fellow bloggers to revamp a popular dish/recipe each month. For example, January focused on cornbread, February on mousse and March on compound butter. This month (April) the challenge is to makeover a pasta dish.

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