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The Culinary Tapestry of Corfu

In this episode, we visit Corfu for an exploration of the island's unusual blend of Greek and Italian cooking. The Venetians ruled this lush island in the Ionian for more than 400 years and left an indelible stamp on its cuisine. To a lesser extent, so did the English, who administered the islands in the 19th century, as well as the French and Russians. Diane explores the rich, multi-faceted cuisine of Corfu, makes the Venetian-inspired tangy meat dish soffrito with a well-known local cook, learns about a simple orange salad and local Jerusalem artichokes, visits the 16th century kitchen of an old noble family, and discovers a kumquat farm for a taste of Corfu's most famous fruit. In the market she finds ouzo-infused figs wrapped in fig leaves, local fish varieties and much more. In her own kitchen, she cooks up a Corfiot storm of mixed braised greens with feta, a famed island fish stew called bourtheto (from the Italian brodetto), and a favorite from a bygone era: Venetian pastitsio, reworked for the modern cook. Soffrito - Tangy Sliced Beef in Vinegar-Parsley Sauce; Orange Salad with Hot Paprika & Olive Oil; Jerusalem Artichoke Salad; Tsigareli - Braised Greens w/Tomato & Feta Bourtheto - Garlicky Fish & Leek Stew; Venetsianiko Pastitsio.

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An Ionian Odyssey

The West's most famous mythical hero, Odysseus, hailed from the Ionian island of Ithaca; tiny specks of emerald-green isles float magically in the bluest sea in Greece; the Venetians, French, English & Russians all left their mark on the Eptanisa, or Seven Islands, in the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy. Diane visits Lefkada, the closest Ionian island, where she discovers Greece's tastiest, tenderest lentils, rosewater vinegar, and the art of local embroidery. She visits a local cook at home to learn the secrets of the local lemony cod stew.

  • 2020-11-01T06:00:00-08:00
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Tinos: Ancient Marble, Timeless Flavors

Within almost swimming distance of Mykonos, the small neighboring island of Tinos couldn't be more different. Renowned for its tradition of marble sculpting and home to some of the most... marvelous...flavors in the Aegean, Tinos is magical. Diane visits a famous local marble sculptor and segues into the island's own sculpted landscape en route to visit an old friend and great cook, where she learns the secrets of pinched sweet cheese cakes, ancient sesame-honey confections and more.

  • 2020-11-03T02:30:00-08:00
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The Navarino Challenge

In this episode, Diane meets up with ultramarathoner and friend Dean Karnazes, who is in Messinia to run the Navarino Challenge. She dares to take a run with him, and on the road he helps Diane hone her technique, sharing healthy eating and running tips as they enjoy a jog through nature. Together they make a simple Greek salad with local ingredients and enjoy surroundings that exemplify perfect Mediterranean living. Back in her kitchen, Diane cooks up a very healthy plant-forward Messinian meal, with lots of olive oil, beans and greens.

  • 2020-11-10T02:30:00-08:00
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Tasty Teardrops and Tomatoes: Chios

Locals like to tell you that Christopher Columbus lived here, on this wealthy yet relatively undiscovered island in the Northeastern Aegean, made rich early on by its role in silk processing, shipping, the production of citrus fruits and as the only source of mastiha, a resinous superfood that is one of the Mediterranean's oldest, most significant ingredients.

  • 2020-11-17T02:30:00-08:00
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Naxos: Meat & Potatoes Like You Never Had'em

Diane takes off for this tasty Cycladic island from the shores of neighboring Paros, with her good friend Alexis, whose family roots are here. Little does Alexis know that he is in for a few surprises, as Diane takes him on a journey of discovery to one of the most vibrant food destinations in Greece. Naxos is famed for the quality of its meats, for its seductive array of cow's milk and sheep-and-goats' milk cheeses (some of the most unique in Greece), and for its potatoes. There is even a center for potato research and cultivation on the island.

  • 2020-11-24T02:30:00-08:00
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