Dame Julia Smiles on Portuguese Table

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BACK IN MARCH, you may have seen my post about the IACP cookbook awards. Well, verdicts came in last night as awards were distributed in Portland, Oregon, at the IACP conference ceremony, which was presided over by co-hosts Ruth Reichl and Kim Severson. I had nearly forgotten about the ceremony date, but was reminded by one [...]

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Lima Love: Salad with Two Greek Cheeses

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RESPECT YOUR BEANS. That’s the order of the day. Specifically, you should give the lowly lima bean its due. That’s right, everyone, April 20 is officially “Lima Bean Respect Day.” Lest you doubt my word, there’s even an e-card to prove the day exists (Hallmark’s got nothing on Ecardia, creator of the illustration shown above).
Of [...]

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Visit FTS at the Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale

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Save the Date!
This Saturday, April 17, Feeding the Saints will participate in the first annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale to raise money for charity. Come to the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and sample unique treats from the FTS kitchen. Plus, if you’re there when they open [...]

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Tsoureki Bread Pudding

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EASTER HAS ENDED, and the food coma is starting to wear off, finally. After copious portions of lamb and lemony roasted potatoes, after way too many eggs and koulouria and slices of tsoureki, the Greek Easter bread . . . You notice that there’s still quite a bit of everything left over. What to do [...]

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Springtime Wish for Readers

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WHEREVER AND WHOEVER you may be, whatever you celebrate this weekend (it could be no more or less than the appearance of springtime flowers)—if you’ve found your way to Feeding the Saints today, then I take this moment to welcome you, thank you, and wish you a season of renewed hope and abundant life. It [...]

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Count the Ways: Curried Yogurt Eggs

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I LOVE EGGS. I could count the ways, but I don’t want to bore you. I love them, and yet . . . at this time of year, I seem always to run out of ideas for them, at least in their boiled form. Easter approaches; the pleasure of coloring eggs comes and goes (you [...]

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Kokkinopefti: Red Eggs and Koulouria

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THE RED FALLS. In Greek you say Kokkinopefti, and this very literal, symbolic description serves as one popular name for the day, Holy Thursday. The red comes down, washing what it may. In this case, eggs for Easter.
In Greece on Great Thursday—what some call Maundy Thursday in English (and which, when I was little, I heard [...]

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In Praise of Tsoureki

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IT HAS RISEN. It has risen indeed. And it’s damn good, if I say so myself.
Some background: the Greek in me simply does not consider it a proper Easter without a loaf of Tsoureki on the table. Pronounced “soo-REH-kee,” this festival bread is similar to challah with its sweet, eggy, cake-like charms. I have been [...]

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Goat-Feta Ice Cream: Mister Softee It Ain’t

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IT’S SPRING NOW, and for the first vernal weekend of 2010, the weather complied beautifully, at least in New York City. It may still be only a tease—we’re supposed to go back to rain and colder temperatures through the early part of the week—but for a few glorious days sunshine triumphed, coats and sweaters were [...]

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Blood Orange Olive Salsa with Feta and Mint

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GREEK IDENTITY is heavily marked by the country’s position at the crossroads of Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Head west from the Peloponnese, and you end up at the sole (or southern soul?) of Italy’s boot. Motor north and hit Albania, Macedonia, or Bulgaria. Turkey and the Middle East are within spitting distance—not [...]

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Awards You Can *Really* Get Behind

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ACADEMY SCHMADEMY. Between all the buildup, the actual event itself, and the approaching week’s debates over who got cheated, who looked classy or trashy, and so forth . . . I’m glad Oscars season is over till next year. If I have to weigh in, I’ll say brava to Mo’Nique and Sandra (though the foodie [...]

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