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Corfu, Σύκομαϊδα and Some Summer Images to Warm Your Soul

Corfu, Σύκομαϊδα and Some Summer Images to Warm Your Soul

Since many of you are probably still braving the cold and wishing for warmer days (here in New York we are still tiptoeing into spring), I thought I’d share some photos of last summer’s trip to Greece to momentarily whisk you away… and entice you to start planning your Greek summer getaway today. I already described Kalymnos and gave you some tips to plan your visit there in a previous post. Today, I’ll be sharing some information on an island on the opposite side of the country, Kerkyra, otherwise known as Corfu. 
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Insalata di Baccalà / Μπακαλιαρος Σαλάτα / Salt Cod Salad and Christmas Eve Traditions

Insalata di Baccalà / Μπακαλιαρος Σαλάτα / Salt Cod Salad and Christmas Eve Traditions

For my family here in New York, Christmas Eve is always spent at my aunt & uncle’s home as my aunt has hosted the holiday every year for 30+ years in honor of my uncle’s nameday. The food we indulge in is usually a mix of typical Greek dishes as well as some Greek-American favorites: baked ham, pork/chicken “kabobs” with peppers and onions baked in a light tomato sauce, roast beef, pastitsio, roasted potatoes, taramosalata, tzatziki, spanakopita, tyropita and all the typical Greek Christmas sweets including kourambiedes, melomakarona and
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Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving Ideas

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am and I’ve been planning what to make for weeks. Along with the usual suspects of turkey and the traditional Greek rice stuffing, I’m hoping to bring a couple of new flavors to our holiday table with a side dish of Creamed Onions and another of  Sauteed Kale and Mushrooms. Have you decided exactly what you’ll be serving? Are you sticking with tradition or cooking up something new?
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Arugula, Baby Spinach, Cherry Tomato, Gorgonzola Salad with Cretan Rusk Croutons

Arugula, Baby Spinach, Cherry Tomato, Gorgonzola Salad with Cretan Rusk Croutons

Sometimes the best recipes are those you throw together without much thought; with little effort; but with utterly delicious results. Those recipes you enjoy regularly but think maybe they’re too simple, too humble to share with others. For instance, this stand-by salad was my lunch today:
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Baby Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan and Feta Salad

Baby Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan and Feta Salad

I like my salads with some substance. Give me something sweet, savory, crunchy, soft. I want a salad that has it all … Tangy baby arugula, sweet cranberries, crunchy pecans and salty Feta create a harmony of fresh flavors that I personally can’t get enough of.
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Corn and Green Bean Salad with a Mint Yogurt Dressing

Corn and Green Bean Salad with a Mint Yogurt Dressing

When we bought our first house in Astoria with it came a small garden that, come every spring, would become overgrown with dense stems of bright green mint. After our move  just over two years ago, I made sure to transplant some of that vibrant mint to our new garden so that for the latter half of spring, all of summer and most of fall we always have fresh mint on hand.

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