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Bordered by azure seas, Greece is a country of steep, rocky terrain. Yet from unfertile soils emerged a cuisine of delicious simplicity. Like a tiny taste of the sun, a handful of classic ingredients typify Greek cuisine’s fresh, vibrant flavors: olive oil, lemon, feta cheese, oregano and thyme. They give a burst of flavor to seafood, salads and vegetable dishes. In Greece, olives and grapes grow in even the most inhospitable soils. For the ancient Greeks, the simplicity of a diet based on these ingredients harmonized nicely with a philosophy of moderation: Too much wine causes grief, but so does too little. In 1960, a study of people living on the Greek island of Crete first showcased the health rewards of what today we call the “Mediterranean diet.” Researchers noted the health benefits of eating plentiful fresh fruits and vegetables with olive oil as the primary fat.

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Home Town: Lasithi, Crete, Greece
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My father is a professional chef and my mother a really good traditional greek cooker... I think I have a bit of them both, a natural talent for mediterranean cuisine and flavors but also an eagerness to experiment with new tastes and dishes from all over the world. I still have a lot to learn though! Allrecipes is a great start as I can learn a lot from all of you guys and gals!

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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Athens, Attica, Greece
About me: I believe you can make great fresh food with everyday ingredients even if you’re short on time and on a budget. That’s why I want to show you how to cook clever. ?https://www.yole…
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Betty Haniotakis 

Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Sierra Madre, California, USA
Living In: Athens, Attica, Greece


Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Athens, Attica, Greece

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Fantastic Lemon Butter Fillet

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2014 by Betty Haniotakis   view full review
Made this with Alaskan pollock. Omitted the dry parsley as I don't think it would have added...

Mediterranean Couscous

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2014 by Betty Haniotakis   view full review
Made a few changes in accordance with some reviewers' suggestions, and in terms of what I had...

Fluffy Cake Doughnuts

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2014 by constantina   view full review
Great recipe for a kids' party! I also used 1 T of butter instead of shortening and "sour"...

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