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I love lentil soup and now that it is getting colder, I plan to cook it more.

I have a recipe that I typically use, but in talking with people, I noticed everyone does something a little different.

Here's my ingredients list... I am curious about what you all do!

  • onions
  • carrots
  • celery
  • lentils
  • tomatoes
  • chopped greens - like kale or spinach
I don't use vinegar like I see in some recipes. If I do that, should I omit the tomatoes?


I've tried several variations, and my favorite is the most simple. It carrots, celery, lentils, small can tomato paste and some red wine vinegar at the end. I chop carrots, celery and, add lentils (well rinsed), and cook until tender, about 40-45 minutes. Remove about 1/3 of the soup and process in blender or food processor until smooth and add that back to the pot. This makes it thick, and not just lentils floating in water. It will thicken more if you have leftovers for the 'fridge, and leftovers are my main idea for any homemade soup.

Sprinkle with red wine vinegar 😋 when serving.


Easy Saganaki Recipe

I thought I'd share a simple method for how I make saganaki. I have had different versions of this, I honestly like other versions better, but this is the easiest for me to do!

I slice one of these cheeses thick:

Kefalotyri, Graviera, or, Kefalograviera

Then I dip it in water on each side and coat it in flour that had been seasoned with salt and pepper.

I add olive oil to a small frying pan and set the heat on medium high. When the oil is hot I add the cheese. Basically, I sear it like I would anything else and serve it hot. It's fast and easy and a crowd pleaser - I do this when I have company.

I have never doused it in Ouzo and set it on fire like they do in restaurants, I am legitimately concerned I might burn my hair or something! Should I add this step, though? I could always tie my hair back...

Are there pumpkins in Greek cooking?

I have some pumpkins I want to cook with... I would love to experiment with using it in a Greek dish.

I know there is a type of pita that involves pumpkin. I have a recipe somewhere, so I do plan to try that.

Is there anything else you guys can think of? There has to be more!

Greek Dishes that Use Hot Pepper?

I love hot pepper. I am having some buddies over to watch football over the weekend and I want to serve some Greek foods that are on the spicier side. What do you suggest?

I know the roasted red pepper and feta dip has hot pepper. I can't think of anything else. Of course I could also grill and add some hot pepper to the Greek marinade I use. It tastes pretty good. Can you think of anything else?

Runny Homemade Greek Yogurt

I have been making my own Greek yogurt (I have a yogurt machine), but I have been doing something wrong.

The texture is very thin - thinner than regular yogurt that you find in the store.

What am I doing wrong?

I know that I am supposed to strain it after, but even after straining it through cheesecloth, it's still very thin.

Best Meat for Stifado?

Most of the stifado (Greek meat stew) recipes that I have actually call of rabbit. I live in the United States and it is actually difficult to find rabbit, unless you know someone who hunts. Not only that, but I don't care for rabbit.

I have a friend who uses either beef or lamb for her stifado. I preferred the beef version. I want you guys to weigh in - what do you think is the best meat for stifado? Once I pick a meat to use, can I use the same recipe, and just use whichever meat I pick instead of the rabbit that is in my recipe?
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