Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Our celebration of the risen Christ always involves family, food, music and prayer. The bountiful food is personal because the recipes have been passed down for three generations here in the U.S. I hope that when I cook and serve my grown children their great-grandmother’s handwritten tsoureki recipe they can understand that her substitution of anisette and orange juice for Mahlepi was born of economic necessity and the ingenuity of an immigrant. When we feast on lamb, we remember that Jesus Christ allowed himself to be the ultimate sacrificial lamb. When we crack the eggs dyed red and exclaim “Xristos … Continue reading Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Chopped at Home Challenge

It’s time for the 2016 Chopped at Home Challenge sponsored by Foood Network and Sargento Cheeses.  There are 3 rounds, just like the TV show.     Round 1 is called Comfort Foods and the ingredients in the basket are: leeks, cremini mushrooms, cauliflower and Sargento Sharp Cheddar.  I modified a gluten-free pizza recipe I like to prepare for my hubby, who has Celiac Disease.  My entry is called: Gluten-free Crazy Cauliflower Pizza.  It is cheesy- gooey wonderfulness! I am asking all of my followers on WordPress who have loved reading my recipes at Betzabroad.com throughout the years, to vote for … Continue reading Chopped at Home Challenge

Bounty of the season dinner

The early fall bounty of wonderful tomatoes and squash inspired me to create a rif on an old Italian standard for dinner tonight.  Gluten-free, low carb, and lowfat Turkey Zucchini Lasagna is a winner on a Friday night after a long day of yardwork. Turkey Zucchini Lasagna 2 medium zucchini squash 1T salt 1 1/2 C marinara sauce made from fresh tomatoes 1tsp pepper 1tsp oregano 1/2 tsp basil 1lb ground turkey (lean) 1/3 C diced white onion 1 clove garlic (diced) 1 T olive oil 1 C ricotta or small curd cottage cheese 1 egg, beaten 1 C grated … Continue reading Bounty of the season dinner

Pascha, Part II…

I like to cook my holiday meals all throughout the week prior so I can have a little fun on the big day too!  it’s especially important for Greek Easter as we often roast a whole lamb on a spit in our backyard!  Alas, this year no whole roast Pascha lamb, just a small semi-boneless leg.  But my prep work for the big day continues on this week before Eastern Orthodox Easter.   Today, I made my pites, or pies.  Tiropita  (cheese pies), and Spanikotiropita (spinach and cheese pies) are my children’s favorites.  My tiropitas are made with ricotta, shredded … Continue reading Pascha, Part II…

No Dough….no problem

I’ve been intrigued of late by some Facebook posts, Pins, and recipe posts talking about a dough free pizza. Pizza without crust? Whatsa matter for you? Believe it or not…. this stuff is good. And for those who need to be gluten free or carb free…it is a BONANZA! I decided on a rainy day to make a big batch of Beef Barley and Mushroom soup. But I wanted a side dish to make the meal a little more hearty. So… why not try the dough free pizza? Unfortunately, while I was cleaning my oven, the glass door cracked and … Continue reading No Dough….no problem