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The Lesvos Spirit

Diane travels to Lesvos, one of Greece's most fascinating and easternmost Aegean islands, where the characteristic generosity of spirit almost won a few locals the Nobel Peace Prize. The crossroads of history play out on the table in Lesvos, where the waters overflow with renowned sardines and shellfish and islanders count dozens of eggplant dishes as traditional fare. Ouzo, the drink of Greek hospitality, fills glasses everywhere in this de facto center of production for the anise-flavored elixir. Diane gets an insider's taste with a good friend and local son. Then she heads to the kitchen to whip up a taste of the sea: a plate of silvery sardines roasted with a spritz of ouzo and a delectable recipe of braised octopus and black olives. Vegetable lovers will enjoy two unique eggplant dishes, one a stuffed version called little shoes and the other an irresistible eggplant patty. Discover the vibrant food and hospitality of the Aegean through its renowned food and drink. Ouzo roasted sardines; Little shoes, cheesy stuffed eggplant; Octopus with black olives; Eggplant patties.

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2019-10-03T00:00:00-07:00

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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.

  • 2019-02-17T00:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2019-02-20T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 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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