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Goulash Style Beef with Mashed Potatoes

Although paprika is mostly known as Hungarian, truth is that its homeland is south America. In several vessels that were found in Incas tombs dated thousand years ago there were pictured capsicum plants. Incas also buried their dead as mummies with capsicum plants with them. Some historians believe that a doctor traveling with Christopher Columbus...

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Country Chicken Greek Style

In many of my posts I have described several of Hercules’ Labors in order to be forgiven for the deaths of his wife and children after Hera’s spell that made him lose his mind. When Hercules completed the cycle of the labors he planted an olive tree outside Hera’s temple in ancient Olympia. Olympia was...

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Flaky Juicy Chicken Pie

Pies with or without phyllo are an essential part of Greek culture and kitchen. Throughout Greece there is a vast range of diverse types of pies that are made locally with goods that can be found in nature. Basically, there are two types of pies; the ones with meat and the meatless. Meatless pies are...

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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

One of the five basic elements of ancient Greek diet was wine. Although the origin of vineyards and viticulture comes from Asia, ancient Greeks because of trade started cultivating vineyards since Neolithic Age. Homer, Plato and Xenophon in their written documents make an extensive mention to all their contemporary wines from several parts of Greece....

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Zucchini Baskets with Creamy Smoked Chicken

“Pasta filata (Italian: “spun paste”) is a technique in the manufacture of a family of Italian cheeses also known in English as stretched-curd, pulled-curd, and plastic-curd cheeses. Stretched curd cheeses manufactured from the pasta filata technique undergo a plasticizing and kneading treatment of the fresh curd in hot water, which gives the cheese its fibrous...

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Talagáni Cheese Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Messina is a part at the southwestern part of Greece at the Peloponnese Peninsula. It has a long history that traces back to the prehistoric period and it was one of the most important centers from which Greek revolution against Ottoman empire has started. It is a place with many natural beauties among which are...