Orange Spoon Jam (Portokali Tou Koutaliou)

by Caterina Borg, Good Food Gourmet on November 20, 2015

Orange Spoon Jam (Portokali Tou Koutaliou), www.goodfoodgourmet.comGreeks are absolute masters at making homemade jams. This artistry extends to just about any fruit or vegetable for that matter. I remember going to visit family friends as a young kid, and almost always, a spoon jam accompanied whatever other delicacies the host chose to serve along with some Greek coffee.

Most spoon jams are made to use up leftovers of something else and are generally not pasteurized to keep for long periods of time, but I’ve met many jam makers who patiently await the availability of grapes, cherries, quince, figs, chestnuts — you name it, to make their special jam.
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Chocolate Truffle Holiday Figs

November 15, 2015
Chocolate Truffle Holiday Figs,

Figs are one of those fruits you either like or don’t — personally, I’ve loved them all of my life, and I will eat them any way that I find them. The more traditional way you generally find them is dried, especially around the holidays, but I’ve also had the great pleasure to enjoy some […]

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Mama Eleni’s Lentil Soup

November 8, 2015
Mama Eleni

My mother was always a working woman who never really had too much patience for duties in the home, especially cooking. Having said that, I will say that the few things she did make were absolutely delicious. She had a great teacher in my grandmother who was not only a great cook, but also an […]

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Candied Orange Peel With Honey Ridge Farms Spiced Honey Creme

November 3, 2015
Honey Ridge Farms Cinnamon Honey Candied Orange Peel,

Candied citrus peel is an ingredient that I am very familiar with. It is commonly used in all kinds of European style baked goods found around the holidays — like rich fruit cakes, traditional Italian panettone, German stollen and something called panforte, which is more of a cross between a fruit cake and a confection.

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Sweet & Salty Crispy Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Snack

October 17, 2015
Sweet & Salty Crispy Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Snack,

My dad would pick up these delicious, crispy chickpea snacks when he had a few extra bucks left over from grocery shopping. They weren’t cheap, so it was a real treat when he would come home with some after shopping at his favorite international markets. There were only two different flavors available at the time, […]

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Pomegranate Vinegar Braised Beef Over Buttered Potatoes

October 14, 2015
Pomegranate Vinegar Braised Beef Over Buttered Potatoes,

I’m always looking for delicious, hearty meals to make when the weather cools down — the kind of meals that are so satisfying and memorable you can’t wait to make them again and again. I had received some delicious pomegranate drinking vinegar from a company called Pok Pok Som, and couldn’t wait to use it […]

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Everybody’s Favorite Chicken Tenders

October 6, 2015
Lip Smacking Good Chicken Tenders,

I’ve been making homemade chicken tenders for a long time — in fact, I made a large tray of them for a friend’s event and her guests could not believe how delicious they were. When it comes to chicken tenders, there are two schools of thought — some treat them as they would if they […]

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TOP PICKS Of The Natural Foods Product Expo East 2015

October 3, 2015

I was really happy to be invited to the Natural Foods Expo East again this year to cover the show, especially since I missed the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC due to time constraints of ongoing projects. The show took place again at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 16-19, 2015, with special events […]

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Oven Fried Scraggly Potato Chips

September 28, 2015
Oven Fried Scraggly Potato Chips,

I’m one of those people who grew up eating Kentucky Fried Chicken from time to time. Dad would occasionally bring home a bucket of chicken with our favorite sides as a treat for us on his way home from grocery shopping on the weekends. He barely made it in the door before we’d grab the […]

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Book Review: Le French Oven

September 23, 2015

When you first read the title of the book, you may think that this is quite simply another collection of wonderful recipes by well known French cuisine author, Hillary Davis, but you would be wrong. In actuality, this book is not only a collection of wonderful recipes, but also a well thought out compilation of […]

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One Recipe, Two Blueberry Desserts: Part 2 Blueberry Buckle

September 5, 2015
One Recipe, Two Blueberry Desserts: Part 2 Blueberry Buckle,

Most of the questions I get from my readers involve the definition and clarification of some of our most beloved and traditional desserts. The ones I am specifically talking about are those known as cobblers, crumbles, crisps, pandowdies, slumps, grunts or buckles. These desserts have been around for a very long time and were usually […]

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