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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. Back in her kitchen, she cooks up a selection of the most famous dishes these Greeks have brought to the mainland and which have become an indelible part of the culinary tapestry. Pita Kaisarias (phyllo cups with pasturma and kaseri cheese); Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (cumin-scented meatball sausages In tomato sauce); Eggplant Stuffed with Onions, Raisins and Grape Molasses.

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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.

  • 2019-12-15T00:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-12-22T00:00:00-08:00
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The Athens Vibe

In this love song to her adopted city, Diane explores the hip side of Athens, which tourists seldom get to see, and invites a friend and local foodie into her kitchen for a taste and talk of fascinating Athens. Under Diane's insightful guidance, we catch an insider's glimpse of everything from street art to street food, galleries to hipster bars, and life the way the locals live it in this city on the cusp of reinventing itself as one of the most exciting capitals in Europe.

  • 2019-12-29T00:00:00-08:00
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Hercules Table

Every region of Greece has its own unique character and cuisine, and today Diane visits Nemea and Argos, in the Eastern Peloponnese, home to some of Greece's most famous wines as well as some of its most delectable dishes. Together with a village cook in the town square, she learns to make an amazing homemade local pasta dish and an irresistible cheesy skillet pie. Back in the kitchen, she prepares an easy sauteed spinach and orange recipe, tender braised pork with cabbage, and special cookies made with olive oil.

  • 2020-01-05T00:00:00-08:00
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