Renewing at the Metropolis of Atlanta Diakonia Retreat Center

Spent a wonderful weekend with some lovely ladies at the Metropolis of Atlanta Retreat Center in Salem, South Carolina. Two and a half days of making new friends while strengthening our love for Jesus. The Diakonia Center is rustic but … Continue reading Renewing at the Metropolis of Atlanta Diakonia Retreat Center

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

Middle Eastern Feast

Eating healthy with vegetarian middle eastern dishes is easy. Sunday supper with the bounty of our family garden and and a few extras.  Fattoush salad with garden tomatoes, parsley and mint tossed with mixed greens, toasted pita and tahini dressing.  Kasseri cheese and oil cured olives.GF My mom’s favorite cucumber salad.GF Recipe to follow…. Homemade falafel and green beans with onions and shatta round out the feast.GF Vegetarian is so refreshing on a hot summer night! Helen’s Cucumber Salad 2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers 1 tsp. Salt 1/2 red (or yellow)sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 cup greek yogurt or labne … Continue reading Middle Eastern Feast

Greek Orthodox Easter Feast…Xristos Anesti!

Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!   On this blessed day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with good food, good company and great thankfulness that Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, his unworthy people.  And by His death, He conquered our death and gave us all a chance at life eternal.  I am humbled. Our family had a small gathering in D.C. with two of our three children.  A wonderful dinner was enjoyed by all. Greek Salad..    Roast leg of lamb and potatoes..    Skordalia and  Greek wines….      Spanikotiropita,, … Continue reading Greek Orthodox Easter Feast…Xristos Anesti!

Easter Preparations

Eastern Orthodox Christians the world over celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this coming Sunday, April 12.  After a Lenten period of reflection, self denial and prayer, we all look forward to the Feast that is Easter (Pascha).   Today, I spent the day preparing the Easter Eggs, always dyed red to signify the blood that Christ shed for our sins.    During our Easter celebration we will crack them together while announcing “Xristos Anesti”and “Alithos Anesti”.  Literally,, Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen.  We crack them to signify Christ’s breaking forth from the tomb. … Continue reading Easter Preparations

Dinner, too…Greek Hunter’s Stew

Another of my husband’s favorites for dinner tonight. Stefado (Hunter’s Stew) is a chilly weather dish that hits all the right notes. Best when made with game meat like venison, rabbit or even lamb, stefado is also wonderful when made with beef. Cubes of meat are browned in butter. (Let the butter brown in the pan a little before adding the meat for best flavor.) Add salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1/2 stick cinnamon, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup red wine, 1/2 small can of tomato paste and add 2cups of water (or more … Continue reading Dinner, too…Greek Hunter’s Stew