It was all in the family: Claire, Maggie, Susan, Barb, who with other sister midwives assisted in the birthing of all three Gardens' daughters, celebrated 40 years of their professional association Sat, Sept 24 with a prix fixe, family-style dinner. And who better to serve them? Yeoryia, of course, who was still remembered as the record breaker for all-natural birth weight at HCMC! She received a standing ovation.
EAT! DRINK! DINE LIKE THE GREEKS! Wednesday, September 28, Gardens will host Symposia. A Series, X with guest presenter, Tim Hall with the theme, Music Building. Hall, a certified Luthier, will articulate the process of guitar and violin building with a slide show and a display of the luthier's tools. The Symposium starts with apps at 6 and winds through a four-course, chef-driven, wine-paired, family-style dinner by 9. Cost $30/pp Reservations are required. The event, limited to 30, is pod cast courtesy of iDREAM.tv. RSVP's accepted via phone or email.
1 dry white onion, chopped
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil and 1/3-1/2 for brushing on fillo
1lb washed, drained mixed greens: spinach, arugula, endive, lambs quarters, amaranth (pigweed), mustard, purslane, dandelion, nettles, sorrel. Coarse chopped (about 1-2" cross-wise strips) If later in the season, strip leaves from woody stems. If unsure, pinch the stem, if it snaps easily put it in.
1lb feta or blend of cheese crumbed. (Kaseri, Kefalotyri, ricotta, pecorino, gouda, cottage cheese)
1/4 tsp white pepper
3 eggs beaten
The sun came out to celebrate Ingrid's Birthday at the Gardens on Saturday.
Surrounded by family and colleagues--friends all--Ingrid was toasted and reigned over her fete that was hosted by long, not old, friends Peg, Becca, & Marilyn. Chronia sou Polla, Ingrid!
Our fourth event at the Arboretum's Toast & Taste in the Garden: we were there from their 50 anniversary and the advent of this, our fave fundraiser! And now, in support of their Garden Products Youth Team who grew the Genovese Basil and partnered with Izzy's Ice Cream, we have created our special Basil Ice Cream w/Prickly Pear Syrup Sundae with a side Toasted Almond Butter Biscotti for you to enjoy these Dog Days of Summer!
Hard to believe that only four short months ago the absolute temps were in the negative teens, the wind chills were below minus 30' F and that the icy grope of winter reached all the way to Mexico devastating crops below the Rio Grande. Eggplant and squash blossoms were annihilated and the price of eggplant jumped from $16.50 in mid-January to over $72 for the same quantity. Zucchini was gone.
The most classic Greek beverage after eons of Retsina, the Nes Frappe is Greece's choice for leisurely afternoon conversations hiding out under the ubiquitous umbrellas lining all the taverna and waterfronts.
They're in! Fresh figs from California. We snagged two cases and poached them in our Mavrodaphne wine sauce that's studded with craisins. Light, refreshing, oozing with sauce, there's always room for a fig--even when you think you've eaten your fill!
Tender all-natural chicken breasts, dry-rubbed and stacked on a vertical souvla, basted with freshly-squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, sliced to order and piled on an open pita with a generous side of Greek fries and all the fixin's. Pair it with a Crispin's The Saint or Tetramythos Black Kalavryta.
The Southeast Food Network has done us well again: all-natural, pasture-raised pork shoulder braised with Vlita (Amaranth--Chinese Spinach) and Lamb's Quarters in freshly squeezed lemon juice, white wine and EVO. When it's this good, we have to let you know: fork tender, greens better-than-spinach with more iron and nutrients, this light, gluten-free dish pairs nicely with open reds such as Kleoni and Nemea. Ask Anna what the special spice is that ties this all together.