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

Holy Mackerel it’s good!

Hubby’s recent fishing expedition of the coast of Wilmington, NC netted 2 large Mackerel.  Now before you turn up your nose, just want to tell you what great success I’ve had with a couple of very simple recipes for preparing this much maligned fish.  While most of Europe is on board with Mackerel, the US hasn’t quite come around.  For the llife of me I don’t know why!  It is firm fleshed, full of good-for-you Omega oils, and takes on the flavor of many preparations easily. Day after catching the beauties, I stumbled on a fantastic recipe by Jamie Oliver … Continue reading Holy Mackerel it’s good!

Northern Michigan…for breakfast

We have been enjoying wonderful northern Michigan for 15 years at our home in Lewiston.  Hold your hand up like the mitten that Michigan is and Lewiston is about at your middle finger’s knuckle.  That’s how all native Michiganders describe where they live to the uninitiated!  Our full log home has wonderful features. Great views…        A fantastic custom cabinetry kitchen with butcher-block countertops…    A great fireplace for cozy winters….    And, four fantastic Garland Resort golf courses to play on….        But, what we love most are our quiet mornings  together for breakfast. The Farmers Market  in … Continue reading Northern Michigan…for breakfast

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!

Breakfast during the holidays…

Everyone clamors for a good breakfast around holidays in our home. A Spanish Tortilla and Green Eggs with ham are on the menu today. Sauté spinach with finely diced onions and Canadian bacon in a skillet, then add 5-6 eggs beaten with a 1/4 cup whole milk. Add salt and pepper. Add 1 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used a mac n’cheese blend of cheddar, american and jack) and cook on a med-low heat until set. If you can flip the whole thing over..all the better. My Spanish tortilla consists of thinly sliced potatoes lightly browned in olive oil … Continue reading Breakfast during the holidays…