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Every year Andrew Wilder runs a food blog called “October Unprocessed” which helps motivate us and others to eat and cook with unprocessed ingredients the best we can throughout the month of October.  This has been an ongoing project of his for many years. Andrew has enlisted many professional food experts, food bloggers and contributors […]

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Fall Idaho Potato-Pear Salad

October 14, 2014

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Idaho for the first time with the Idaho Potato Commission to visit various potato plants, farmers, and farms. I have always been a potato fan, especially being Greek and growing up with Greek Lemon Potatoes. I traveled with food bloggers and nutritionists every morning through the beautiful […]

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A Teachable Moment… at Melissa’s Produce

October 10, 2014

I guess the old saying, “Once a teacher, always a teacher” definitely applied to me on this remarkable day I experienced at Melissa’s Produce in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. We were invited as authors to participate in their informative monthly events they hold at their plant facility in Vernon, Ca.  For those of you who have […]

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Greek Festival in California for October 2014

October 4, 2014

This month we have only one Greek Festival in California. Every October Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church begins preparing for their annual festival in Temecula. As the Greek community prepares freshly made pastries, stuffed phyllo cheese triangles, and their BBQ meats for all to enjoy, others are busy preparing Greek music and dances for your pleasure. […]

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Braised Root Vegetables with Olive Oil

September 28, 2014

Braising is the most effortless way to prepare a meal for your family.  Just shop and chop!  Braising is a slow method of cooking, placed in a large casserole and baked in the oven for a slow roast. Many dishes such as stews and soups taste even better made ahead, and this one is definitely […]

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Olive Oil Poached Eggplant

September 24, 2014

Eggplant is one very busy vegetable in my kitchen. I buy many varieties according to the dish I’m making – but you will see small, round, white, long slender, male and female! What? Yes, it is said that this may be true. There are both types of the black variety sitting on your  supermarket shelves […]

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Greek Tomato Ketch-opa!

September 18, 2014

Tomato season normally continues throughout September in my vegetable garden. But as the weather here grows hotter and our drought continues, it has destroyed all my tomato plants and basically the entire crop of my vegetables this year. Temperatures are soaring well over the 90′s and I’m pulling them out and sending them to my […]

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Breakfast for Dinner: Hatch Chile-Corn Quiche

September 8, 2014

I remember how long the days were when my kids were young and Dad occasionally went out of town. When this happened the kids and I jumped into our often ritual of having breakfast for dinner. They couldn’t wait for those berry-good waffles or the pancakes drenched in syrup. Today, I miss those days. Now […]

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Pickled Summer Peaches

September 6, 2014

The art of canning is making such a big comeback lately that I wanted to write a post about the techniques of preserving. Ripe fresh peaches are in the markets in late summer, and they are so easy to pickle. Why pickle peaches?  Many of you might have overbearing trees at the moment and this […]

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