my greek table

The World's Most Famous Olive

Diane visits a small village in Laconia, the Peloponnese, where the famous Kalamata olive is cultivated, to follow the famous olive from harvest to table. After a chilly day of collecting, scoring, and processing the ripened fruits, Diane heads to the kitchen to whip up an olive feast. First up, a dish fit for a Greek hero, Spartan chicken, with those celebrated olives, tomatoes and feta cheese. Next, Diane shows the simple pleasures of cooking olives with oranges in an easy, elegant appetizer. The olive story doesn't end there, of course. There's a delectably spicy cuttlefish and olive dish she cooks up with an olive farmer, and a scrambled eggs-and-olives recipe to turn any light lunch or brunch into a Greek feast. Find out how olives can transform any meal into a masterpiece. Spartan chicken; Sauteed olives & oranges; Spicy cuttlefish with olives and wild greens; Kayianas, scrambled eggs with tomatoes and olives.

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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.

  • 2018-11-18T00:00:00-08:00
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Greek Mountain Cheeses

Grass-fed takes on a whole other dimension here in Epirus, Greece's untrammeled northwestern mainland, where sheep and goats graze in the lush green mountains. Here, Diane follows the country's best-known cheese, feta, from its artisanal roots to modern state-of-the-art production. She explores a range of other sheep and goat milk cheeses that are new to most Americans. Diane visits a shepherd in the villages called Zagorohoria and makes farmhouse cheeses with a local friend Vassilis Paparounas.

  • 2018-11-25T00:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2018-12-02T00:00:00-08:00
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Life of Pie

Is there a Greek dish more iconic than Spanakopita, spinach pie? Diane follows the fillo flake trail from a New York City diner to the remote Greek countryside to explore the origins of fillo pies. She proves that making homemade fillo is a lot easier than it seems and demonstrates how to transform the flaky pastry into a classic spinach pie. We see how a traditional cheese pie is made and visit one of the oldest artisan fillo makers in Greece. Store-bought fillo is the perfect shortcut for Diane's deliciously easy chicken pie.

  • 2018-12-09T00:00:00-08:00
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Crete: Mother of the Mediterranean

Diane visits the source of the well-known Mediterranean diet: Crete. A hearty, soul-satisfying breakfast grain called hondros, or cracked wheat, gives a great start to the day. For a glimpse of village life, she follows a local family's daily routine of working the land and cooking up a storm and meets an unusual farmer who lives the way people did on Crete a hundred years ago. From picking wild artichokes and asparagus to preparing a simple omelet with wild greens, life's a celebration of fresh, robust food.

  • 2018-12-16T00:00:00-08:00
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