Anna's Kitchen



Asparagus has been used as a vegetable and medicine, owing to its delicate flavour, diuretic properties, and more. It is pictured as an offering on an Egyptian frieze dating to 3000 BC. In Ancient times, Greeks ate it fresh when in season and dried the vegetable for use in winter. A recipe for cooking asparagus is in the oldest surviving book of recipes, Apicius’s third-century AD De re coquinaria, Book III.
The ancient Greek physician Galen (prominent among the Romans) mentioned asparagus as a beneficial herb during the second century AD, but after the Roman empire ended, asparagus...

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It's Apple time! and just in time for the Holidays, to make ahead and freeze or to make and share, MILOPITA, Apples Baked in a Fillo Pastry, makes for a new tradition!.

A ½ sheet pan or torte form, 2” pastry brush

You will need:

5-8 apples peeled, cored, chopped into big chunks: about 2-21/2lbs; Haralson, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp—dense, crisp, tart combinations.

1 medium quince peeled and grated or finely chopped
½ c. dried blueberries or craisins

½ c. organic sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp...

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Mezethes/Krasi/Horos Donation for Milkweed Editions

On Tuesday, the Gardens hosted Jim & John's purchased donation package: Mezethes/Krasi/Horos benefiting Milkweed Publications. What is Mezethes? Krasi? Horos? Mezethes is the plural of Meze: an appetizer traditionally served

on smallish plates for all to share at the table. Really, all I ever want to eat in Greece is the endless parade of brined, grilled, vinaigretted, skewered teasers that are more satisfying than rich entrees that leave me unable to move, let alone dance. So, Mezethes are plates of appetizers or smallish portions of food. What did Jim & John's guests...

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Tour Reunion Dinner: Success!

Was it already two nights ago! Katrina and Fred hosted a fabulous reunion on their island home below the Mississippi bluffs in Cottage Grove. Everyone and their spouses/siblings came.
At some point the food came out: Katrina's Taramosalata, my Xoriatiki Fava with the peas lugged from Santorini at 8 euros for a half pound: do the math--some of the most expensive beans you'll ever eat! Beautifully marinated olives and feta. Then Fred expertly grilled the braised octopus as per my detailed directions complete with hand gestures: psst, then (hand flips) psst: mark 'em and they're...

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Yigandes! Yigandes! Yigandes!

They're back! Dried Yigandes. Soaked. Boiled. Baked. One of the most intensive cooking processes.

Purchased at over $5/lb, more expensive than some of our local, pasture-raised meats and poultry. Yigandes, NOT Butterbeans. Not Broadbeans. And certainly NOT Lima beans. These beans have undergone more scrutiny and attempted labeling than any other food at the Gardens. Big, plump, meaty, never dry or mealy, each bean is a forkful of protein tender. Katerina Karter, a Greek cook par excellance herself, texted me, "what the hell did you do to the Yigandes! They are heaven!"...

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A Wedding Celebration @ The Gardens

Our fourth wedding was held at the Gardens on Saturday November 7. The celebrants,
Monique and Murthy, and their guests were regaled by belly dancing, live music and, of course, a sumptuous feast highlighted by a half oven roasted lamb from Hill and Vale and a dessert tower

of Baklava, Gioconda truffles and Kourembiedes. The staff of the Gardens takes this moment to express again its very best and continuing wishes to Monique & Murthy, Brian & Jenny, Kate & Barry, and our first ever wedding principals at the Gardens, Shaun and Linette, all who were married at the...

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It Threatens to Rain, but there will be Blossoms Galore @ the Arboretum Thursday!

The Fifth Annual fundraiser for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will flourish this Thursday, July 26 from 6-9 rain or shine. The largest public park in the upper Midwest and state jewel for over 54 years, the Gardens are pleased to support these Gardens!


Even though the slush was piled at the door, our Leap Year Symposia. A Series, XIV was a night to be remembered: great food, company, wine & art---the components of a great event! With Jim Denomie's provocative, stylized canvases showing overhead, platters of scallops, mushrooms, beetroot soup, rabbit, turkey and hand-rolled black walnut baklava were passed below. Don't miss the next one, March 26 with Steve the international baker!