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Orange Lemon Potatoes (Island of Crete)

Orange Lemon Potatoes (Island of Crete)

4 of 5 1 Minutes

Everyone in Crete has orange and lemon trees in their backyard, front yard and courtyard.  We  have fresh oranges for breakfast, between meals or as a dessert after dinner.  This...

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Asparagus and Green Peas Soup (Island of Crete)

Asparagus and Green Peas Soup (Island of Crete)

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Add Asparagus and Green Peas Soup to your springtime Mediterranean Diet recipes! Asparagus grows wild in Crete.  Our whole family would spend hours picking them.  My Dad knew where to...

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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)

0 of 5 60 Minutes

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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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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