my greek table

Meze Society

Diane explores the meze tradition of small plates of vibrant food meant to be shared. In Volos, she meets up with a Meze meister who creates traditional meze dishes and heads off for a sip and a bite to a cutting-edge restaurant where they push the limits of meze. She uncovers the vast variety and robust flavors of the meze table and invites a wine expert into the kitchen for advice on what to pair when the meal includes spice, yogurt, cheese, crunch, comfort, seafood, meat and more, all in one sitting. The pungent Greek yogurt dip, tzatziki, is the perfect match for Diane's juicy keftedes, or Greek meatballs. A fiery shrimp dish gets a cooling dash of feta. All make up the mosaic of the meze table, with a few regional cooks' delights tossed in for fun. Discover the fun and festive meze tradition. Tzatziki, Greek yogurt dip; Keftedes, Greek meatballs; Shrimp saganaki with ouzo and feta cheese.

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Kalimera! Breakfast and Brunch

Kalimera! That's Greek for "Good Morning," and in this episode, Diane explores the varied ways to start the day with Greek-style breakfast and brunch. From Greece's unique coffee culture to the gentle herbal teas that are at once soothing and therapeutic, Diane explores the day's first sips then delves into sweet and savory regional breakfast and brunch specialties, from the islands and mainland. Finally, in a nod to modern times, she whips up a brunch cocktail classic, a Mimosa made with traditional Greek ingredients.

  • 2019-02-24T00:00:00-08:00
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Chewing The Sea

Nothing speaks more to Greek cuisine and to Greece itself than the image of traditional fishing boats plying the waters of a crystal-clear blue sea. In this episode, Diane visits a local fisherman and fish taverna to learn the secrets of sustainable fish cookery. Along the way, she discovers some of the local fish and seafood that thrive as well as those that are endangered. On the dock, she makes a traditional fish soup, kakavia, with the captain.

  • 2019-02-27T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2019-03-03T00:00:00-08:00
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Lemon, Oregano & Smoke - The Greek Grill

In Greece, they say you can learn to cook, but you're born to grill. For sure, cooking over fire is one of the most ancient ways to enjoy a whole variety of meats, fish, even vegetables. Today, we're focusing on the traditions of grilling in Greece, a hero's feast, so to speak. Even battle-hardened warriors savored the succulent smoky flavors of grilled meats to celebrate victory. In this episode, Diane visits one of the best-known Greek grill chefs to learn the secrets of cooking over fire. We will see him butchering and Diane will talk about the difference between Greek and US cuts of meat.

  • 2019-03-06T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2019-03-10T00:00:00-08:00
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Greek Comforts

Greek food is by nature the ultimate comfort food thanks to the wealth of rustic home cooking that defines the cuisine. In this episode, Diane explores specialties from the Ionian island of Zakynthos to the Aegean island of Tinos, adding her own twist with some modern comforts, too. Back in the kitchen, she makes a juicy chicken casserole, a vegetarian moussaka, whips up feta mashed potatoes, and waxes poetic about the ultimate grilled cheese -- it's Greek, of course! Zakynthos Chicken Sartsa; Artichoke Moussaka; Feta Mashed Potatoes; Spanakopita Grilled Cheese.

  • 2019-03-17T01:00:00-07:00
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Tears of Joy! - Retsina

At a seaside tavern along the Attica Coast, Diane is enjoying a typical summer meal: an array of vibrant, robust mezedes and the wine most appropriate to pair with them, retsina. Greece's most famous wine has evolved from the piney, overwhelming quaff of yore to a sleek, contemporary, light, aromatic white wine made from the Savatiano grape. Diane follows the last resin tapper in Attica to the Kouvara pine forest to see how the resin that gives retsina its characteristic flavor is extracted, and delves into the ancient history of this fascinating wine.

  • 2019-03-20T04:00:00-07:00
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