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Greek Ketchup

crazy flavorful Greek ketchup

crazy flavorful Greek ketchup

Better than ANY ketchup you’ve ever tasted, this “Greek ketchup” is completely sugar and corn syrup free and honestly puts all other to shame. Seriously!

I first tasted this in the small town of New Prokopion on the island of Evia. It was January, rainy and a chilly 50 degrees when we tucked into a neighborhood tavern for a bite. I ordered fried potatoes which came to the table with a small dish of what I assumed to be regular, old ketchup. Wrong!! This was better

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Bay Leaves

Did you know that bay or laurel leaves come from the laurel tree? If that sounds familiar, laurel wreaths were used to crown winners in ancient Greece. The laurel tree originated in Asia Minor and the dried bay leaf is a go-to herb in Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean cooking.

Dried Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are used only to flavor a dish. Always remember to remove them from the food before serving because they’re difficult to digest and are very bitter to taste.  Try to use the leaves whole as when they are broken or Continue Reading →

Baked Soup Croutons

Baked soup croutons are a great way to add a special touch to an ordinary meal. Crunchy and fun, try placing a dish of soup croutons alongside bowls of soup or stew and let your guests add their own!

baked soup croutons

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The Winds and the Sea

This is a picture my father took in the seaside town of Loutraki. It struck me as exceptionally beautiful.

the Winds and the Sea

I think to have seen this in person would have been breathtaking.

Utensil Pot Clip

Love kitchen gadgets? This is a great one,  a little hook that clips onto the side of your pan or pot to hold your spoon – opa!

Utensil Pot Clip by Trudeau

And yes, I do have a spoon rest (more than a few actually) but this is just more fun. I found it on a Christmas shopping run-through at Sur la Table. Tell me what you think?

Lentil Soup (Φακές )

lentil soup with red wine vinegar and fresh ground black pepper

lentil soup with red wine vinegar and fresh ground black pepper

A folk saying goes “Fasolatha pou trefi tin Ellada”, loosely translated “The whole of Greece is brought up on bean soup”. One taste of this amazing lentil soup recipe you’ll know why!

A traditional and delicious favorite, lentil soup or Φακές is simple to make and quick to assemble. This recipe gives you the option to rough chop your vegetables and herbs, bringing your prep time down to around 15 minutes with the soup itself taking about 30-40 minutes to cook. Your cooking time will depend on Continue Reading →

Skordalia with Roasted Garlic

Skordalia with Roasted Peppers and Olives

How delicious does this look? Skordalia is found in almost every Greek household, made with just a few common ingredients and so good. It’s such a versatile dish you’ll find yourself spreading it on sandwiches, veggies or just tucking into a big bowlful with crusty bread.

Many years ago, because skordalia is traditionally made with raw garlic (recipe for traditional version here), my father had to make some adjustments to this dish before our young and Americanized palates would tolerate it. By simply substituting roasted garlic for raw, he retained much of the healthy goodness and original ingredients but with a much more subtle garlic flavor. Continue Reading →

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