Despidoodle

the digital alias of Despina Panagakos Yeargin

  • Spinach Quiche Puff Soufflé Thingy

    Spinach Quiche Puff Soufflé Thingy

    If I’d said it out loud, you would have turned your head, right? Spinach Quiche Puff Souffle Thingy. That’s right! We know the classic quiche makes for an easy breakfast, brunch, lunch and even dinner. Paired with a green salad, it’s full of nutrition and pleasing savory flavor. We also know the classic souffle, which…

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  • Down Under Cocktail Food

    Down Under Cocktail Food

    Eating sausage rolls at the bus exchange in Canberra after school is one of the warmest food memories of my life in Australia. My sister, Antonia, and I have arrived at the central bus depot and have to wait for the bus that will take us to the hospital where we will visit our mother,…

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  • A Salad for All Seasons

    A Salad for All Seasons

    Lentil salad, YES! Macaroni salad, NO! Instead of cooking tasteless pasta to mix with tasty vegetables, aromatics and a tangy dressing, how about cooking up nutrient-dense lentils?  They work for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores. Lentils taste good with just about anything and they cook up in the time it takes to chop a few…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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