August 1, 2012

What’s Your Favorite Global Cuisine?

The Olympics have me in a global state of mind. One of the great things about living just outside a major city is that there is no lack of restaurants serving food from all over the world. I love being able to grab sushi one day and authentic Italian the next. Here are a few of my favorite dishes from across the world. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20, 2011

How To Make Koliva

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In the Eastern Orthodox faith and some Eastern Catholic churches, it is customary to make koliva after the death of a loved one. My grandmother just passed away yesterday, so my other grandmother will be hard at work all weekend to make koliva in her honor. Koliva is really just boiled wheat mixed with a variety of other ingredients. It’s really tasty, and it takes hours to prepare. Read more after the jump.

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April 20, 2011

How to Make Pastichio

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As every day passes, I get a little more excited for Easter Sunday. Mostly I’m just really craving that lamb, but part of me also loves spending time with my family. We always manage to have a good time, and I think that it’s not just because of the wine, Metaxa and beer. When it comes to holidays like Easter and Christmas, it’s hard not to smile. There’s so much meaning behind both holidays, and they’re extremely important to millions of people around the world.

This Easter, we’re going over to my maternal grandparents’ home. For the past 5 years, we’ve actually hosted Easter at our house, but my grandmother is pretty sick and it’s hard for her to get around. We all just figured that it would be easier to bring the tradition and the holiday to her.

One other thing that we’ll be bringing is pastichio, one of my favorite Easter foods. It’s a Greek casserole filled with macaroni, beef, a cream sauce and more. Read more about it after the jump!

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April 12, 2011

Greek Easter Recipes!

In my family, we don’t just spend time with each other just for Easter brunch. That would be too easy. We attend Midnight Mass, and arrive at our church around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night. We stay until the service ends (around 12:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday) and then we head over to my grandparents home. Keep in mind, we’ll be waking up around 7 a.m. to get the lamb spit started.

My grandmother usually goes to church on Easter morning, so she can spend  Saturday night preparing a feast for us. Yep, Greek Orthodox Easter really does begin when the clock strikes 12. Keep reading to find out some of what my yiayia (grandma in Greek) prepares for us.

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