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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December 4: Feast of Saint Barbara – Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian

December 4: Feast of Saint Barbara – Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian

Saint Barbara’s day, or Eid il-Burbara, is celebrated in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. The traditional food served on St Barbara’s feastday is Burbara, a sweet made of boiled wheat, grains, and fruit. Another traditional dish is Atayef, stuffed pancakes filled with nuts. On this feastday, children dress up in...

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November 30: Saint Andrew and Loukoumades

November 30: Saint Andrew and Loukoumades

St Andrew is celebrated on November 30th. On the Greek islands of Rhodes, Kalymnos and Kos, it’s customary to make Loukoumades or Tiganites to honour the Saint. There’s even a unique blessing custom among the local women. Before frying the Loukoumades, the cook will dip her finger in the oil and...

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Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Another fast is coming, and this time we honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. For the first two weeks of August, the 1st through the 14th, faithful Orthodox Christians fast (from meat, dairy and eggs, and fish) and offer prayers through the Paraklesis Service. During this time (on...

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When St. Phanourios Finds Lost Things

When St. Phanourios Finds Lost Things

Orthodox faithful have a variety of traditions when it comes to thanking a saint who has interceded or taken action in answering a prayer. Some faithful offer monetary donation to churches named after the saint. Some make journeys across the globe to venerate the relics of the saint. Others will...

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Walnuts in Syrup

Walnuts in Syrup

Need a last minute gift for a Christmas gathering? Run out of ideas and extra cash? This recipe for Walnuts in Syrup could save the day! Combine: 4 c (1 bag) light brown sugar, 1/3 c corn starch, 2 T maple syrup, 3 c cold water, 1 t cinnamon and...

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Halva: A Delicious Fasting Dessert

Halva: A Delicious Fasting Dessert

When you need a fasting dessert for coffee hour or have unexpected company coming to your door during advent, Halva is perfect when you need a quick dessert. The ingredients for Halva are simple: sugar, water, cinnamon stick, orange peel, oil, cream of wheat and almonds (optional.) This Halva is...

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Euvarelakia: Heartwarming Meatball Soup

Euvarelakia: Heartwarming Meatball Soup

With the cool fall weather, this smooth hearty meatball soup will warm you up. Euvarelakia (meatballs) are made with low-fat beef and rice in a velvety soup from an avgolemono (egg-lemon) base. It is sure to be a new family favorite. I start with my filling recipe for DOLMATHES (stuffed...

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