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DID YOU KNOW??
 
Many mediterranean foods and dishes are named after the way they are cooked, as in kalamarakia tiganita (fried squid). They are called:
 
Kapama (stovetop meat or poultry casserole in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce), in Greek καπαμά, pronounced kah-pah-MAH
 
Kokkinisto (stovetop meat or poultry casserole in a tomato sauce), in Greek κοκκινιστό, pronounced koh-kee-nee-STOH
 
Lathera, ladera (vegetarian – stovetop vegetable, legume (pulses), and/or rice casseroles cooked with olive oil), in Greek λαδερά, pronounced
lah-theh-RAH
 
Ogkraten (the Greek version of “au gratin” baked with a bechamel sauce and sprinkled cheese), in Greek ογκρατέν, pronounced oh-grah-TEN
 
Pane (breaded and fried), in Greek πανέ, pronounced pah-NAY
 
Plaki (oven casserole), in Greek πλακί, pronounced plah-KEE
 
Pose (poached), in Greek ποσέ, pronounced    po-ZAY
 
Poure (puréed, mashed), in Greek πουρέ, pronounced poor-RAY
 
Psito (roasted), in Greek ψητό, pronounced   psee-TOH

Skharas (grilled), in Greek σχάρας, pronounced SKHAH-rahss or sti skhara (on the grill), in Greek στη σχάρα, pronounced stee SKHAH-rah
 
Sote (sautéed), in Greek σοτέ, pronounced  so-TAY
 
Stifatho, stifado (stewed with lots of pearl onions), in Greek στιφάδο, pronounced stee-FAH-thoh
 
Sto fourno (baked or oven roasted, literally means “in the oven”), in Greek στο φούρνο, pronounced stoh FOOR-no
 
Tiganita (fried in a skillet, from the Greek word for skillet, tigani), in Greek τηγανητά, pronounced  tee-ghah-nee-TAH
 

Toursi (pickled), in Greek τουρσί, pronounced   toor-SEE

 
Yahni (stewed, ragout style), in Greek γιαχνί, pronounced yah-HNEE
 
There are others, and there are many using regional dialects, but those are the basics.
Avgolemeno (Greek Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup)

1 whole chicken or 2-3 lbs. chicken legs or halves
4 quarts water
sea salt
½ tsp pepper
½ cup orzo (greek rice)
4 eggs (yolks only)
2-3 lemons

Put chicken in pot with 4 quarts water. When it comes to boil, cover and let it cook in low heat for 1/2 hour.
Take out chicken and set aside. Add orzo rice & boil till rice is done. Salt and pepper to taste.
 
Beat egg yolks in mixer until fluffy. Add lemon juice slowly. Then add little by little a few cups of the chicken soup stock to the lemon egg mixture.  Add the egg mixture to the soup.
 
Clean the cooked chicken by removing bones and skin,  and cut into little pieces Add chicken back into the soup. YUMMY!

 
 
Tzatziki – Cucumber Yogurt Dip
 
Cool and creamy, this tangy cucumber dip flavored with garlic is the perfect compliment to grilled meats and vegetables. Served on the side with warm pita bread triangles for dipping; also used as a condiment for souvlaki.
 
Prep Time: 20 minutes.  Total Time: 20 minutes
 
Ingredients:
•3 tbsp. olive oil
•1 tbsp. vinegar
•2 cloves garlic, minced finely
•1/2 tsp. salt
•1/4 tsp. white pepper
•1 cup greek yogurt, strained
•1 cup sour cream
•2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
•1 tsp. chopped fresh dill
 
Preparation:
 
Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Finally, add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill. Chill for at least two hours before serving. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill just before serving