Red eggs, traditional method

Red eggs, traditional method

James W. Lillie   On Lazarus Saturday, I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the services for Great Week, so, naturally, I went down to the local supermarket and bought another copy. This ease of access to Church supplies (charcoal, wicks, incense, televised services for the sick and so...

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Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

We just completed our first ever live streaming Facebook Cooking show with Chef Sophia Manatakis. For those of you who were not able to watch Chef Sophia is a classically trained French Chef from New Jersey.  Sophia is Greek Orthodox Christian.  She was also a recent contest (and very closer...

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Gluten-free Lenten Tapas

Gluten-free Lenten Tapas

James W. Lillie   If you want to make a special ascetic effort for Lent, you could always eat what the Prodigal Son wanted to. When he was away being prodigal, I mean. I’m not suggesting you go out and slaughter a fatted calf to help you through fifth week....

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Recipe for Prosforo (Church Bread)

Recipe for Prosforo (Church Bread)

Ingredients: 5 cups of strong (bread) flour 3 cups (roughly) of warm water 1 teaspoon of salt Fresh brewer’s yeast, about the size of an almond (or a packet of quick yeast) A little sugar to get the yeast started. Method Dissolve the yeast in a half a cup of...

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Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies

Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies

The most famous Christmas cookies in Greece are the traditional melomakarona and kourabiedes. Here we present the recipes for the most tasty way of cooking them, as a treat for friends and relatives. Happy cooking! Melomakarona (Christmas honey cookies) Ingredients: 1½ cups of oil 1½ cups of cooking fat 1...

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The Pascha Basket

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours, and while my parents never indulged in the “Easter egg hunt” that’s such a solid tradition in the rest of the...

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Great Books for Lent

Great Books for Lent

Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog. The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education. All items featured can...

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Fifteen Bean Soup for Crockpot

Fifteen Bean Soup for Crockpot

The fast is only a few days away and many of my friends and I are starting to panic about what we are going to serve our families.  Fasting doesn’t have to be complicated.  It shouldn’t be.  But we all have to eat, so I am sharing my “famous”  Fifteen...

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How to Make Koliva for Memorial Services

How to Make Koliva for Memorial Services

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much grain. John 12:24. Koliva is made for the Orthodox Memorial Services. These services are held on anniversaries of the departed and on Saturday...

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December 4: Saint Barbara’s Feast – Greek

December 4: Saint Barbara’s Feast – Greek

Celebrated on December 4th, Saint Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen, firemen, and those engaged in hazardous occupations. According to Greek tradition, Loukoumades are made on her feastday. On army bases, they are offered to soldiers and visitors supposedly because they resemble cannonballs. Saint Barbara is also the patron...

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