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Beef Burritos

One of the most popular stories (likely false) is that a man named Juan Mendez from Chihuahua, Mexico used a donkey to carry around his supplies for his food cart. To keep the food warm, he would wrap it up in a big homemade flour tortilla. First appearing in the early 1900s, right around the...

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Zucchini Baskets Filled with Melty Ground Beef

Zucchini, like all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas. However, the varieties of green, cylindrical squash harvested immature and typically called “zucchini” were developed in northern Italy, long after the introduction of cucurbits from the Americas. It appears that this occurred in the second half of the 19th century, though the first description of...

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Paynirlì with Ground Beef

Athens along with its suburbs counts for about 4 million people which is almost half of Greece’s population. During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s because of the lack of works in the province, people moved from villages to the big city to find a job. Initially and up to the 80’s downtown Athens was the...

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Giouvarlakia or Meatballs in Avgolemono Sauce

As I have mentioned before, Greek kitchen has borrowed many of its dishes from that of the Middle Eastern and Asia Minor. One of the dishes Greeks brought with them when they came as refugees from Turkey was Giouvarlakia. The name derives from the Turkish word yuvarlak or yuvarlak kofte and it can be found...

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Ground Meat Kebabs with Pitas

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης! As a child I had the blessing of growing in a family of two parents and a sibling. From very young an age, I showed a special inclination towards my dad and you will understand why. Immediately, after World War II, Greece had another nightmare to...

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Little Eggplant Bites

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης! Saint Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul) is one of the most eminent buildings in the city. The name means the Holy Wisdom of God and is dedicated to it. The first temple was founded in 300 A.C. from Emperor Constantinos who also transferred the capital of Roman...

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Keftedàkia ( Greek Meatballs)

Ouzo is a Greek spirit that has evolved from tsipouro which in turn it was created by some 14th century monks on Mount Athos. Tsipouro was flavored with anise and that is called today ouzo. In 2006 Greece won the right to label ouzo, tsipouro and tsikoudia as products with a Protected Designation of Origin....

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Ground Meat Pie (Kimadopita)

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης! Going back to my childhood, I always remember the stories my father used to tell us about his life as a child. He was born in 1936 in a small mountainous village in the mainland Greece. He was the first out of three children in his...