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…

Special foods…it’s Thanksgiving!

We’ve a lot to be thankful for in this household so Thanksgiving is an all day affair. Appetizers at mid-day are spanikopita, feta cheese, mediterranean olives, and duck rillettes. Unfortunately, the rillettes were demolished before picture time! 😦 In the evening we sit down to a roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing laden with sausage, walnuts, golden raisins, apples, and dried cherries, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (yes, the old Campbell’s soup recipe…I cannot tell a lie), homemade drippings gravy and a pumpkin cheesecake pie. When I roast a turkey, I do not brine. My secret to a moist, flavorful turkey is….compound … Continue reading Special foods…it’s Thanksgiving!