Lemon Tarragon Shrimp Kabobs

Drawing on classic flavor combinations is one way to dress up everyday shrimp. We all know shrimp at their most basic — sizzled up with a little garlic and butter. But this recipe raises the volume on our favorite crustacean with deep depth of flavor and a little acidity.

Crete Culinary Tour with Christina Xenos

The fabled Island of Crete has enchanted me ever since my first visit 20 years ago. It’s hardly surprising since the dramatic terrain boasts some of the best beaches in the world. But Crete truly transcends the typical vacation destination and I would love to show you why.  Join me and Modern Adventure for a delicious tour of Crete from May 13-19, 2023.

Why the Mediterranean Diet Matters Most

The Mediterranean Diet has once again been voted the “best overall diet” according to U.S. News & World Report. For the fifth year in a row, this accolade recognizes the way people eat on the shores of the Mediterranean — even though these populations have been eating this way for millennia.

Manestra — Greek Chicken with Orzo in Tomato Sauce

Manestra is a humble one-pot dish common throughout Greece. At its most simple, it’s just orzo (in Greek called kitharaki) in tomato sauce. You can make that sauce from tomato paste or with canned or fresh tomatoes (wait till they’re in season). But you can also dress it up a bit and make it heartier with a little chicken or other meat. That’s what I’ve done here, because that’s how I remember eating it.

Mushroom Pasta

This Mushroom Pasta recipe is a riff on one of my favorites that I developed for Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. The dish was based off one I had in Athens, using pasta and mushrooms from Crete where my family roots are from. It’s an umami bomb that combines meaty wild mushrooms with cheese and a little cream/Greek yogurt. In this recipe, I’m also suggesting adding saffron, which plays off the richness with more nuance and depth of flavor. It’s optional, but I highly recommend it. Cooking it all in one pot makes the process seamless and clean up is easy when you’re done.

Mushroom Toast

It seems like avocado toast gets all the glory, but in my heart a rich, rustic, mushroom toast ranks no. 1. And it’s surprisingly easy to make with this recipe. Enjoy it any time of day: breakfast, lunch, brunch, second breakfast, etc. You will thank me.

Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup with Tomato) Recipe

Beans and legumes comprise one of the cornerstones of the Greek diet. And it’s no wonder — they’ve existed in Greece since before the Bronze Age. They are a humble ingredient that makes a sustainable source of protein and ultimately satisfaction. That’s why you can find Fasolada — Greek White Bean Soup — throughout the country and diaspora.

Chestnut Stifado Recipe (Kastana Stifado) – Braised Chestnuts with Pearl Onions

Stifado is a traditional Greek braise that features pearl onions usually in equal quantities to the amount of meat that is being braised with them. But this recipe is a different take, braising chestnuts with pearl onions. The result is an intoxicating tomato sauce laced with cinnamon and cloves. This recipe is delicious to eat on its own, over some rice, mashed potatoes or winter squash, or noodles. It’s also vegan and gluten-free.

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