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One pot lemon pasta!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes

One pot lemon pasta!

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We have being doing one pot pasta for a long time, we meaning Greek people…

I remember that is how my father liked his Pasta. He was always hungry as all men are and that was so fast and delicious.

Now it is so much in demand and I decided to have my own take on the one pot Pasta.

With shrimp, and cooked clams, with a lemony taste that I love!

It takes no time at all and it is perfect for the very busy mom or dad!

Also if you are a student in a dorm this recipe is so perfect for you, and on the reasonable side.

Baklava

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts

Baklava

Excerpt from the book “Take the Taste of Greece with you”By Litsa Bolontzakis

A timeless beauty, Baklava a recipe with a rich past that only gets better with time…One of my favorite desserts can be enjoyed in many different ways, with chocolate, or different nuts like pistachios, with ice-cream or not… 

Easy to make and it can last with no refrigeration for a few days.take_the_taste_of_greece_with_you_2

I mean how can you go wrong with Phyllo, nuts and honey…Its a marriage made in heaven, and that is why it has staying power…

Ok I agree that Phyllo is very capricious, but you take the control and you be the boss, make sure you have all your ingredients ready and waiting, and work fast because Phyllo likes to dry up and when that happens it crumbles and you can’t work with it…

Have fun making Baklava, its everyone’s favorite dessert…

To toss or not to toss…..i am talking about salads of course!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

To toss or not to toss…..i am talking about salads of course!

I have a pet peeve and it bothers me every time I order a salad in a restaurant…tomato-soup

I don’t like my salad in a shallow bowl and I like my salad tossed.

Greek restaurants do that, they don’t toss and they serve this amazing Greek salad in a shallow plate, they make it so difficult for you to toss your salad….

The secret in the Greek salad lies with the olive oil and the wonderful tomato juices, and when you add oregano and some delicious real Greek feta, you have a dreamy taste but you have to toss the salad so you can create that special love that happens, when you mix ingredients together….

I often hesitate to order a salad in a Greek restaurant, and I hate it because I love a Greek salad with a nice piece of grilled chicken for lunch or any meal for that matter….

I have found my special places, where I can get other salads the way I like them…Tossed and in a nice bowl..

Like a spinach salad, nicely tossed in a bowl with grilled shrimp on a stick, love that salad…So perfect for a light lunch…

Here is something new, lately in the States some restaurants ask you how you like your salad, tossed or not…For me it green-saladis always tossed….Improvement don’t you think?

And please when you serve a Greek salad add some Greek olive oil and some bread….That’s where the magic lies, in the dipping….AH …Such beautiful memories of summers past ,when tomatoes and all the vegetables where untouched by human greed…When a simple salad and a few fried eggs  with some nice bread was the best brunch….

Cauliflower in tomato sauce

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Sides

IMG_3966Cauliflower in tomato sauce

Cauliflower is a very healthy vegetable, and we should have it often.

I am always on the lookout for recipes, but my mother’s recipe always comes to my rescue.

It’s easy and fast, 30 minutes and if you are a vegetarian you can have a delicious meal with this Cauliflower recipe.

For my family this recipe is a side and I serve it with pork chops, chicken and so much more, what I like especially with this recipe is that it even tastes better when it’s cold, or the next day…

When it’s time for BBQ I always have it available and my family loves it this way.

Children have a hard time with a large variety of vegetables, but I think if you try cooking Cauliflower with tomato sauce they might like it, keep your fingers crossed any way….

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