Feta, Honey and Black Pepper Appetizer

Greece 2016…and I can’t wait!  With a bangin’ new pair of sunnies I had been lusting after, also came the Christmas gift of vaca back in Greece this coming summer.  Although it’s hot and the sun shines year round in south Florida, it’s a different kind of heat.  There’s no humidity; it’s dry as a…

MY Big Fat Greek Wedding

This morning was the ordination of a young man who went from Deacon John to Father John.  What a joyous morning!  All kinds of hot-shot priests flew into town to officiate.  I knew my brother-in-law’s brother would be on the altar.  My Jimmy had mentioned that Father Alex is Father John’s spiritual father, helping and…

Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned…

At work the other day, my eyes happened to fall on the name of one of our patients who also goes to my church.  The Catholic church where I grew up, heck, where we ALL grew up!  Tommy and Pamela were baptized there, all four of us made our First Communions there and Cynthia and…

Baked Zucchini with Feta

Saturday mornings will usually find me at the Swap Shop with my father, affectionately known as “Jungle Jack” or “JJ” instead of Granddad or Granddaddy.  We started going on our adventures about two years ago, Dad really needed to get out of the house and I wanted to spend more time with him.  He’s 89…and…

Tomato Squash Casserole

The past few days have been overcast, windy and downright cool in South Florida.  I can’t seem to get warm.  I cringe to think what my stylish and stunning Godgirl would say if she saw me.  That maybe James’ sweatpants from highschool were only for people who sweat?  That white ankle socks in my fleece-lined…

If it’s Friday, it’s got to be pizza night

In our house during the winter months, Friday nights mean one thing.  Homemade pizza for my family and lots of brown likker for me.  My husband and son are Greek Orthodox and years ago requested that I not serve meat on Friday so they could take communion on Sunday.  Okay.  I can do that. I…

Nothin’ Says Lovin’ Like Comfort Food!

In Greece there is a dish called Manestra which is somewhere between a stew and a soup.  It started as a vegetarian dish when meat was scarce or too expensive.  Here in the States, it’s been tweaked a bit as meat has been added to season the pot.  Usually it is roasted meat that has…