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The Greek Art of Loving and Celebrating Through Food
Posted: Wed 12/04/2013 11:00 AM
Get Debbie's recipe for Prasopita, a leek-and-cheese pie featured in the cookbook, It's All Greek to Me.
Family members would periodically pass through, lift the lids off of the stock pots and sneak a taste of whatever it was that was slowly simmering. This is precisely why the ladies of my family would cook for an army. If they didn't, come meal time, there wouldn't be enough to go around. Wanting to be part of this beautiful, seemingly synchronized symphony in the kitchen, I would pull up a chair to stand on (because I wasn't yet tall enough to reach the stove), my mom would hand me a wooden spoon and I would slowly stir. I felt so grown up. I felt like an important part of the family, imagining that if I did not stir correctly, the meal would not be prepared appropriately. And when the final product did finally end up making it to the table, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. That is when I truly understood the beautiful feeling of sharing with others, which is what Greek cooking and Greek culture is all about. Sharing what we have made, what we have learned, or what we simply have with others is ingrained in us as a people. To Greeks, there is no point in having anything if you have no one to share it with.
I'd like to share one of my favorite Greek recipes with you that was a staple in my house growing up and continues to be to this day. I hope you enjoy this as much as my friends and family have over the years.
Try Debbie's recipe for Prasopita!