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Most people don't know that there is a top part of the zuchinni called the blossom that is so tasty!! You can stuff them with bulgar and tomatoes or stuff them with cheese and fry them! Please share any more ideas of recipes you can make!

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I have eaten "dolmades" (the same filling is the grape leaf stuffed version) that used zucchini blossoms instead of grape leaves.

Gigantes Plaki Never Got Soft

I soaked the gigantes beans overnight then changed the water. I then added them to a pot, filled the pot with water with a pinch of sea salt, brought them to a boil, and simmered them for almost two hours. I drained the water then proceeded to make the rest of the dish.

The beans never fully got soft. I have to add that I have no idea how long the beans were in my pantry. I didn't buy them as far as I know, but then again if I did buy them it was so long ago I don't remember.

Could I have just used beans that were far too old or did I genuinely do something wrong?

Other Dips to Serve at Greek Dinner Party?

I mentioned in a previous thread that I made taramasalata for a dinner party. I want to serve other dips or spreads. I am thinking three is a good number. I don't want to serve hummus - I want to do something different.

I was thinking tzatziki and one other. What do you suggest? I was thinking the one with eggplant or the Fava spread that I see sometimes in menus.

Getting Homemade Pita Bread to Be Soft

I have been attempting to make my own pita bread. No matter what I do, I can't get it to be soft. I have tried several recipes and it doesn't make a difference.

I am starting to wonder if it's me, and I suspect I might be overworking the dough. How do I know, by feel, when the dough is done being handled? I handle it like I am making a regular loaf bread.

Greek Tomato Soup Question

I usually make my own Greek-style tomato soup from fresh tomatoes. I don't usually take the skin off or take the seeds out, and the soup is fine. But now I am wondering, is it possible to take the seeds out easily? The issue is, I feel like the seed pulp has a lot of flavor so I don't want to scrape the seeds out before cooking down the tomatoes. I know I can blanch the tomato and peel off the skin easily enough.

Do you think maybe running the tomato though a food mill will help, and then can proceed with the recipe as usual?

Versatile Greek Seasoning Blend for Meat

When I cook, I usually grill. Typically, I use a marinade that I make from scratch, but I don't always have time for that. So, I started making a seasoning rub that I use when I just need to throw something together. I have been putting this on everything - it tastes great! Here is what I do - I make it in batches:

  • 4 teaspoons Greek sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (I like some heat)
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons rosemary
  • 8 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 3 teaspoons dried, chopped lemon peel
I know it's a little clunky using teaspoon for the measurement but it's what I was doing when I wrote this down. I put it in a small glass mason jar with a tight lid.
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