Celery Granita

29. July 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0
Sicilian granita is a semi-frozen dessert of sugar and water. You can substitute the celery from this recipe with almost anything that’s in season. I first tasted a homemade version of granita in Vermont when one of the boy’s professor served us a small snack flavored with raspberries he grew in his yard. He mentioned ...

Chilled Beet Soup

23. July 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0
In the summer, the farmers’ market sells a lot of beets. It takes a while for them to get soft but this summer soup is worth all the time. Your beet will be smoother if you use a more powerful blender. I have to get married first in order to get one of those, so ...

Battered Eggplants and Zucchini with Skordalia

20. July 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0
I picked up Modern Greek: 170 Contemporary Recipes from the Mediterranean and read about skordalia, or garlic sauce. The recipe suggested fried vegetables, like eggplant and zucchini, to serve and dip in it. I used bread as a thickener for the sauce but you can always use potatoes or even walnuts for a nuttier taste. ...

Zucchini Chicken Salad

18. July 2003 Chicken, Vegetables + Salads 0
My parents buy their groceries in bulk. I found a box of Perdue smoked chicken breasts in the fridge and they turned out to be the perfect salad ingredient. This recipe is also good with leftover roasted chicken. I had a zucchini in the fridge which I thinly sliced and then I tossed a small ...

Tomato and Feta Cheese Salad

My friend Stacie, who is Greek, taught me how to appreciate feta cheese. Feta is traditionally made from goat or sheep’s milk. It’s salted and brined and dries easily when drained. It’s the crumbly texture that makes it a perfect dressing for a tossed salad. I combined some feta cheese I bought with some beefsteak ...