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Vegetable Phyllo Pie (Island of Crete)

Vegetable Phyllo Pie (Island of Crete)

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Phyllo pies are one of the staples of the Mediterranean Diet.  On the island of Crete, we make many different types of phyllo delicacies from cheese pies to spinach pies...

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Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Zest (Greek island of Crete)

Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Zest (Greek island of Crete)

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When I was a child, baking a cake was a family affair.  Back then, there was no grocery store to buy flour, eggs or lemons.  Our land was our supermarket....

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Fried Onion Salad with Black Olives (Greek Island of Skyros)

Fried Onion Salad with Black Olives (Greek Island of Skyros)

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Many of us who live on the Mediterranean islands love to island hop when we go on vacation.  One of my favorite things to do as I travel is to...

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Greek Onion and Potato Fritters

Greek Onion and Potato Fritters

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One of our favorite appetizers to share at any time is onion and potato fritters from our book Foods of Crete.

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Greek Food For Mediterranean Diet

Love And Longevity On the Island of Crete

They are still in love and have the energy of any active middle-aged couple. The difference is that Giannis Maragoudakis is 97 and his wife Katerina is 80. They live on the Mediterranean island of Crete and have a lot of sage advice for us younguns.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves (with video)

Stuffed Grape Leaves (with video)

Stuffed grape leaves are traditional to many eastern Mediterranean countries. You will find this delectable appetizer on the menu from Lebanon to Cyprus, from Turkey to Greece. Each country has their own popular ingredients for stuffing grape leaves, with the most common being rice and ground meat such as lamb or pork. The spices will also vary by cuisine, and of course there are variations within the cultures, from table to table.

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Koula's Salad

Koula’s Salad

Koula’s salad is our favorite lunchtime salad. It’s perfectly balanced w/ protein packed nutty chickpeas and our favorite superfood avocado. You’ll get your greens in with salad, leaving you feeling healthful and fulfilled.

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