Despidoodle

the digital alias of Despina Panagakos Yeargin

  • Green Beans, Southern Style

    Green Beans, Southern Style

    My sister-in-law Sue, always brought her green beans to the family Thanksgiving dinner. She always used pole beans and a little bit of fatback…or maybe it was a lot of fatback. Simple. Traditional. Really good! This has been one of my favorite holiday dishes since Dewey and I married. Sue is recovering from a stroke…

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  • Alexander the Great

    Alexander the Great

    The Brandy Alexander cocktail had celebrity status at other times. First created as The Alexander in the 1920s, later reimagined with brandy instead of gin, as Brandy Alexander, the creamy cocktail had quite a run during the 1970s. It is purported to have been the favorite cocktail of John Lennon, for heaven’s sake! Quite a…

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  • Transitions

    Transitions

    Transitioning. We’re almost at a new starting point, the new year, 2022. We are about to move from one reality to a new one. Expectations. Concerns. Fears. 2021 was a year to look forward to–a departure from lockdowns, the pandemic, business closures, supply chain struggles, grocery deliveries and drive-through everything. So much change happening so…

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  • Eggnog, Nog, Flip and a Holiday Tradition

    Eggnog, Nog, Flip and a Holiday Tradition

    Egg Nog or Eggnog or both or none. This creamy and spicy spiked concoction is typically served in a punch bowl where I live. Actually, to be completely honest, I don’t know of anyone who serves eggnog these days. But, I love it, and if you’re up for an adult milkshake, read on and give…

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  • Greek Salad and Seared Shrimp…Together

    Greek Salad and Seared Shrimp…Together

    Dinner’s ready! At my friend Laura Bachinsky’s house recently.Photo: courtesy of Laura, owner of the fabulous MAIN & MAXWELL I like my cooking to be easy. I don’t mind a little prep work–chopping, measuring, slicing–but the assembly or method should preferably be easy enough for a busy working man, woman or college student to prepare…

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  • Taking Food (food on the go)

    Taking Food (food on the go)

    Book club, party, tailgate, impromptu gathering or picnic, I’m talking about the food that’s easy to prep, cook and travel with. It’s also fuss-free to set up and eat. Mini Caprese Salad 1 pint of grape tomatoes (red or mixed colors) washed and cut in half 1 (8 oz) packet of mini mozzarella balls or…

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  • From Refugee to Entrepreneur

    From Refugee to Entrepreneur

    A recent vacation to the Greek island, Kefalonia, yielded and inspiring story. Actually, it was many stories about an incredible man who sought refuge from the famine and hardship of World War II, the Greek Civil War and numerous volcanic eruptions. He and his brother left the village of Fiscardo for the Belgian Congo and…

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  • Imposter Syndrome Dinner

    Imposter Syndrome Dinner

    Yes, I’m owning it from the very beginning. I claim imposter syndrome for this dish that I’ve developed. Okay, not exactly imposter syndrome, but with sincere apologies to all of the Asian countries and their traditional cuisine, I present to you my Asian-Inspired Salmon with Cabbage Noodles. I am often faced with the challenge of…

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  • Oily Vegetables & Devilled Eggs

    Oily Vegetables & Devilled Eggs

    Gotcha! Curious, aren’t you? What a ridiculous title for a blog post and what a strange combination! But, read on. It’s not as strange as you’re thinking. Traditional Greek and Traditional Southern Combo Brunch You may have read a couple of earlier posts that reference my GrecoSoCo recipes. Greek Southern Cooking is GrecoSoCo, my spin…

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  • Greek Chinese Food for Breakfast

    Greek Chinese Food for Breakfast

    I suppose, officially, this might be called fusion cuisine, but I’m just using up vegetables that may expire soon and making breakfast. What am I talking about? Read on. I am not Chinese, so I don’t pretend that I’m an authority. According to my Chinese friend, Sunny, the regional cuisine of her native country varies…

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