Shrimp and Rice, a Good Way to Celebrate a Fasting Feast Day

Shrimp and Rice, a Good Way to Celebrate a Fasting Feast Day

On the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, we celebrate the protection, glory and life-giving power of the cross.  We also remember with sobriety, through a strict fast, the suffering of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  But this feast isn’t only in remembrance of history, but also a time...

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Making Byrek with Tefta, Part 2: Byrek – Djathe I Barthe

Making Byrek with Tefta, Part 2: Byrek – Djathe I Barthe

In part two of the byrek journey, we will be making byrek! Do not be scared of the duration time of this recipe. At the end when you sit down and take your first bite of byrek, you will know it was all worth it! Te befte mirë! Good eats!...

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Celebrating Feasts and Miracles of the Virgin Mary with a Zymaropita, a Twist on Cornbread

Celebrating Feasts and Miracles of the Virgin Mary with a Zymaropita, a Twist on Cornbread

There are several ways we celebrate major feast days: there is usually a forefeast, the feast day itself, and an afterfeast or apodosis. With the feast of the Dormition, August 15, I know of two major celebrations of miraculous icons of the Virgin Mary which mark the feast and its...

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Making Byrek With Tefta

Making Byrek With Tefta

One of the most exciting aspects of being a missionary is immersing yourself into the culture of the people. Since arriving in Albania, I have learned a lot about the Albanian culture. I love to cook and I have tried a lot of new foods since coming to Albania three...

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