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Santorini: Flavors of a Volcano

Diane celebrates the intensely flavored food and unique wines of one of Greece's most breathtaking islands, Santorini. Diane hops in a boat to pick capers on this volcanic island. Back in the kitchen she cooks sea bass with briny capers and a dash of minerally Santorini wine and serves the delectable fish dish with fava, a velvety yellow split pea puree classic in Santorini. She visits a renowned vineyard which still practices the island tradition of growing grapes in basket-shaped vines. A local farmer shows Diane how to make the juiciest tomato fritters from tomatoes that have never been watered. Then, Diane smokes eggplants on a stovetop flame to create a luscious spread with capers and tomatoes. There's time, too, of course, to savor one of the world's most celebrated sunsets in full view of the island's majestic volcano. Enjoy the tastes of Santorini with ingredients from field to sea. Fava, puree of yellow split peas; Sea bass with capers; Roasted eggplant spread with capers; Tomato keftedes.

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You Say Tomato, I Say Domata

Can anyone imagine Greek cuisine without the tomato? When this relative newcomer arrived in Greece it was at first disparaged and feared. It took a curious Capuchin monk living on one of the oldest streets in the world, in the Plaka section of Athens, to first plant this new-world vegetable in the 18th century. From there, the tomato spread to Santorini, where it has been a staple crop ever since. And the rest is history. Diane follows the path of this most basic food, all the while cooking up some of Greece's most delectable tomato-based dishes.

  • 2019-01-20T00:00:00-08:00
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My Greek Table with Diane Kochilas

Beans and legumes are among the most ancient foods in Greece, a mainstay of the Greek-Mediterranean Diet. But they also provide a kind of edible philanthropy, as Diane discovers in a visit with the founder and volunteers of a humanitarian group that sets up a street side pot of bean soup for anyone in need. They delve into the subject of the soup itself and the role of beans and pulses in Greek culinary history. As a humble food, pulses have sustained Greeks from prehistoric times to the present.

  • 2019-01-23T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2019-01-27T00:00:00-08:00
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My Greek Table with Diane Kochilas

Honey. Figs. Olives. Olive Oil. Cheeses. Nuts. Snails. Spices. These are just a few of the foods that mark one of the most characteristic aspects of Greek cuisine: the continuity of ingredients from as far back as Neolithic times antiquity to the present. In a magical tour of Athens that stretches from a walk with Diane through the bustling modern market to the Ancient Agora with Dr. John Camp, one of the rock stars of archeology, this episode explores the history of this ancient cuisine, making it delightfully relevant to our needs and tastes today.

  • 2019-01-30T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2019-02-03T00:00:00-08:00
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My Greek Table with Diane Kochilas

At a local yogurt purveyor in Athens, Diane enjoys a true Greek classic: thick, tart Greek yogurt with honey, great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delving into this simple pleasure leads her on an excursion to a small artisanal producer of Greek yogurt in the mountains of the Peloponnese. He follows the whole process of making yogurt and learns the secrets of setting then straining this iconic Greek food. Back in the kitchen, Diane prepares scrumptious dishes that illustrate the versatility of Greek yogurt for every meal of the day.

  • 2019-02-06T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2019-02-10T00:00:00-08:00
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Taste the Music: The Aromatic Cuisine of the Asian Minor Greeks

Almost 100 years ago, Greeks from the shores of Asia Minor, present-day Turkey, emigrated en masse into Greece, inundating areas, among them the port of Piraeus and environs, forever changing both the flavors and music of their adopted homeland. Amid the riffs of their rebetika music, in one of the oldest tavernas in Greece, Diane tells the story of how their exodus and arrival on Greek shores brought the likes of exotic spices, luscious urbane recipes and soulful music to Greece.

  • 2019-02-13T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2019-02-17T00:00:00-08:00
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