Despidoodle

the digital alias of Despina Panagakos Yeargin

Category: Food Blog

  • The Big Kahuna of Aioli

    The Big Kahuna of Aioli

    We all know about the Big Kahuna, but the Big Aioli? What gives? Well, the Big (Grand) Aioli refers to the Big Enchilada of garlic sauces.  It’s about the most garlic-laden mayonnaise that you’ve ever had, and all of the accompanying items that transform it from a mere dip or sandwich spread to a thoroughly…

  • Tortilla Espanola–the Queen of Tapas

    Tortilla Espanola–the Queen of Tapas

    In Spanish, torta means cake. Tortilla means little cake. In Mexico it means, well, what we know as tortilla, a round flat grilled disk of dough. But we are in Spain, and this is the Spanish tortilla. And it’s incredibly delicious.  As I understand it, this traditional tapas dish is the equivalent in Spain of…

  • Greens Goodness! Greek Greens & Beans

    Greens Goodness! Greek Greens & Beans

    Inspired by the wild greens foraging all over Greece, this is a typical seasonal dish. You go for a hike with a small knife and a large bag and collect whatever’s growing in the wild. When you get home, you look at what’s growing in your garden and what you’ve accumulated in your pantry, and…

  • Robert’s Lamb Shanks

    Robert’s Lamb Shanks

      This is Robert. He’s a good sport! How to Win Friends & Influence People. Well, in our neighborhood, you feed them! Our neighbor and friend Robert Greer is a great guy. He loves fishing, he loves his life partner and wife, Denise, and he loves this lamb shank recipe that I developed one day…

  • You Can Cook–Inventing a Salad

    You Can Cook–Inventing a Salad

    Time for another installment in my YOU CAN COOK series. This time I show you how easy it is to INVENT A SALAD. Yes, you can cook, and you can create (invent) a salad out of a bit of this and a bit of that and your favorite foods for inspiration. Today’s example. In the…

  • Greek Pastry Hack

    Greek Pastry Hack

    Greeks are famous for their pastries. While other Middle Eastern countries have similar pastries, it seems that the Greek versions are better know. We have baklava, the favorite of the Western world, and bougatsa, the custardy treat that international travelers discover in Athens as a warm breakfast walking and eating treat. We also have the…

  • Salade Nicoise With Salmon

    Salade Nicoise With Salmon

    The Perfect Summer Salad. Oh, my goodness! What a wonderful expression of summer anywhere in the Mediterranean! Salade Nicoise, the simple salad from Nice, is nothing fancy, however, it is amazing in its simplicity of assembly and perfectly sunshiny in that so many fresh vegetable flavors represent summertime on your palate. You can find my…

  • Briam Baguette

    Briam Baguette

    Briam is a Greek roasted vegetable dish like ratatouille, which makes it seem a natural transition to a baguette, which is French, like ratatouille, which is similar to briam, which is Greek. Am I going in circles? Yes. What am I trying to say here? Read on, but if you’d rather go straight to the…

  • The Greek Way Recipes

    The Greek Way Recipes

    The Mediterranean Diet done the Greek Way is easy.  Mostly, you’ll cook one vegetable dish and call it dinner. I have curated a huge sampling of recipes from my blog–Greek recipes and a few others. They’re all meatless, and many are vegan. This is the type of one-pot meal that Greeks enjoy throughout the week…

  • The Greek Way

    The Greek Way

    The Mediterranean Diet is prescribed by many doctors and dieticians as one of the healthiest. Just this year, it was selected for the fifth year in a row as the healthiest diet in the world by a panel of experts assembled by U.S. News and World Reports. But is it? This diet that I was born…