Friday, October 26, 2007

Cookbook: Teeny's Big Fat Greek Dinner

Greek DinnerLast weekend, Teeny had a very fun and very filling Greek potluck dinner. Those of us who owned Tastes Like Home: Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska made recipes from the book.

It was an incredible feast: Tzatziki (Yogurt and Cucumber Dip), Melitzanasalata (Eggplant Spread), Hummus (Garbanzo Bean and Garlic Dip), Spanakopita (Spinach Pie), Kolokythopita (Squash Pie, Hortopita (Mixed Greens Pie), Roasted Kalamata Olives, Greek Salad, Greek Village Bread, Pastitsio, Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Paprika Pork and Cabbage, and Lamb with Garbanzos and Spinach, followed by a magnificent Coconut Cake for dessert. Needless to say, everyone ate too much.

I was happy to hear that those who used Tastes Like Home thought the recipes were simple to follow and easy to make. It was also nice that after dinner many of the guests bought copies of Tastes Like Home to give as gifts to friends and family.

Pork and Cabbage
Spanakopita, Hortopita, Paprika Pork and Cabbage, Pastitsio

The Greek potluck dinner was held to celebrate this year's successful Klondike Road Relay Race. Every year, various members of the Metcalfe family organize with their friends to form a Klondike running team. This year it was a Women's Masters Team, the Crow's Feet, and they came in second in their class. Congratulations!

Savory Squash Pie Kolokythopita (Savory Squash Pies) made by Kim and Teeny, with help from Barb

Photographs by Teeny Metcalfe

5 comments: said...

The recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients list is short and the food was fantastic! I give LHO and her cookbook a "thumbs up".

Lucy Bee said...

It's a wonderful cookbook. The introductory information is invaluable and written in an easy, conversational style. There's a story with every recipe, and you get a real sense of what you'll be cooking. And as the other poster notes, the ingredients are either in your pantry or easily available. The recipes are simple enough so the tentative cook won't be scared off. I made the lamb, garbanzo bean & spinach stew and it was delicious - and got rave reviews.
I bought several copies for Christmas gifts.

Laurie Constantino said...

Thank you teenyray and lucy bee!

lori richter said...

I am hooked on the cookbook. Skordalia is my new favorite food. I could eat it by the spoonful and it is divine spread on a piece of hortopita. Everybody who loves good food should have this cookbook.

Laurie Constantino said...

Lori, I'm so glad you like the book! And Skordalia, I'm with you -- it goes well with so many things, and makes whatever you eat with it taste better. If you haven't tried it yet with roasted beets you really should; even beet haters change their minds when the beets are eaten with skordalia. Thanks again!