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Greek Basil

August 26, 2019

Much like its cousin the Genovese basil (also known as sweet basil), Greek basil is delicious in pesto, tomato-based sauces or simply sprinkled on salads. In Greece, basil’s culinary applications are usually secondarily to its use as an ornamental plant.  You’ll find it overflowing pots on verandas and patios everywhere.  Oftentimes, it is planted alongside vegetables, especially tomatoes, as it repels certain troublesome insects. It’s flavor is somewhat more peppery and lemony than sweet basil (the one most commonly available in the US markets) and its also less likely to wilt so quickly when it comes to contact with hot foods.   It’s super easy to grow outdoors (depending on the temperature where you live) and does beautifully indoors in...

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Yemista (or Gemista) - Stuffed Vegetables, Greek Style

November 05, 2018

 Yemista is a traditional Greek dish that is easy and very adaptable.  In our recipe, we use tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, which is common, but we give the stuffing our own twist. (We like a combination of brown rice, barley and wheat berries but, really, any grain is fine for this dish.) Serves 8 Ingredients: 3 large tomatoes, 3 bell peppers and 2 Italian eggplant (or any combination you like) 2 lbs russet potatoes 1 1/2 cup brown rice 1 cup pearl barley 1/2 cup wheat berries 4 cloves of garlic (minced) 1 large yellow onion (chopped fine) 1 small bunch fresh basil (chopped) 1/2 bunch fresh parsley (chopped) 2 tbspns dried oregano 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 can tomato...

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How to Enjoy Kalamon Olive Spread (Tapenade)

May 08, 2018

  This versatile, flavorful spread can be enjoyed in a lot of ways.  (Seriously, google it, you’ll come up with over 650,000 results.) We've narrowed the list down to some of our favorites: spread a little on a slice of baguette add it to hummus and serve with pita, crackers, raw veggies mix it with mayonnaise and use it as a sandwich spread mix it in your favorite pasta, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some shaved parmesan add a small amount to your avocado toast (a little is all you need) flavor your salad dressing mix it into egg salad and add some chopped chives mix it into marinara sauce for instant Puttanesca  combine it with...

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Chicken and Pasta (the Greek way)

March 23, 2018

Hilopites are small, square shaped egg noodles, especially made in Greece.  The pasta can be made from scratch and the recipe is super easy.  (Find it at the end of this post.)  But you don’t have to do all that... just buy a bag at the nearest Greek grocer.  If there isn't one near you, no problem!  Get some thin or medium width egg noodles, crush them gently while sill in the package or use orzo.  This recipe will work just as well with those substitutions. Ingredients (serves 4) 4 - 6 pieces of chicken (thighs, breast, drumsticks, bone-in or deboned but remember to adjust cooking time for bone-in pieces)  2 - 3 cups hilopites, crushed egg noodles or orzo 14...

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