Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Bake) by The Hungry Bites – The Pappas Post


Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Bake) by The Hungry Bites – The Pappas Post


50 Pasta Recipes from Around the World | Taste of Home

Taste of Home | Pasta Dishes from Around the World

Well, an interesting turn of events.

As I announced this morning I’d found no Labor Day recipes, I then found Labor Day recipes. Wonderful!

By that time, I had already decided on posting Sept. 1st New Year posts as explained in the earlier posts regarding Pastitsio. And those posts to be primarily about pasta.

Well I found everything I never expected to & that’s a very good thing.

So I’m posting what bounty I have now that have no pictures for me to attach. (All these links have picture pages of course.)

And later in the day, I will finish out Bounty’s total plan for my blog this weekend, with pictured posts.

Very well then, Happy Labor Day & Sept. 1st New Year again!

Greek Lasagne (Pastitsio) Recipe | Saveur (and others)

I didn’t have any specific post plans for the Labor Day Weekend this year. (I sometimes go to town on national holidays with recipe posts on my Facebook Page in prior years, but even so, I just couldn’t find a work list for this Labor Day in specifics, so I consider my work done in retrospect of summer grill recipes to date.)

And besides all that & coincidentally, I found an article on Pastitsios, specifically the World Renown Largest Pastitsio in New York City.

I thought I might post those articles below today (Aug. 31, 2019) and take off on a list of Pastitsio recipes from around the web separately & call it a Labor Day Pasta Weekend, come what may.

September 1st signifies the relevance of New Beginnings to me, contrary to the ideal that Spring means the same to most people. Spring to me, releasing Winter’s frosts means the end of the “fresh spring” of the invigorating thrill of cold weather & a weird death from the biting torment of unkind heat indexes & its disastrous, limiting & disastrous courses in everyday life. (I know it’s opposition to most people.) And when autumn makes its way back into the world’s notices, with promises of spring like cool air & all the burning leaves & grasses finding their rest in invigorating expiration, I look around and see people waking up from the slumber of their rage of unrealistic dreams in superhuman endeavors which summer heat provokes and I’m glad to notice realism coming back in sight of the world. The world seems renewed, replenished, invigorated, complete and a new year of beginnings & possibilities takes off.

Labor Day is a week long secret New Year time of year that means all that to me in private. I try to share my zeal for it a little bit every year, but I loose most people when later as the season strolls by & the bite of frost tastes its way through nature again claiming the full domain of it, and trying people & creatures too, I tell a better story of the exciting news that soon Winter will take us on its great journey on Autumn’s Concordance with it.

So this is New Years to me, whether it has a Jewish or Catholic or Muslim or Krishna or Pagan theme or not.

I begin with Saveur. I might focus on pastas this weekend. Pasta & any new year or commencement are a tradition together in many cultures, mine as well of course (Italian; but that’s pasta & any day, so).

And there will be more Pastitsio from other websites during today. I’m on my phone this morning so I can’t get a picture together, but that’s how it is.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin and Coleslaw Sandwich

Two & A Knife

Pork tenderloin is something I always have in the freezer, Its one of those things that if I feel like experimenting its the perfect vessel. or if I’m not in the mood for that then I have a ton of recipes that are sure fire to have a awesome dinner.

What I love about making a pork tenderloin is the day I make it I can have sandwiches, the next day I could stuff a enormous baked potato and then for breakfast the third day I can have breakfast tacos. So versatile. Or I can cook it and freeze it . I love food that gives me options.


  • 3lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 12oz beer
  • 2Tb smoked paprika
  • 2Tb smoked salt
  • 2Tb black pepper
  • 2Tb garlic powder
  • Coleslaw
  • 2c red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4c shredded carrots
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2c mayo
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tsp red…

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Roast Beef Sandwiches

Two & A Knife

I love roasted beef it almost screams to me today is going to be a relaxing day. True one pot, one burner or stove cooking is the stuff from fairy tales. And if this all also takes place on a weekend then I could only imagine that’s the same feeling of hitting the lottery. Over complicated sandwiches are fun at restaurants, maybe occasionally at home but for a big crowd it can be miserable. In the past I’ve had sandwiches other than the cooking time of the meat has taken hours from making from scratch sauces to homemade bread, homemade pickles to sourcing ridiculous ingredients stopping short of getting a pig to dig for truffles. Its cool if you have this stuff on hand but to make it all in a day for a idea can be quiet overwhelming so i really appreciate a simple, Easy going recipe. Dont get…

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Potato Curry


The humble potato shines in this one pot, quick and easy but flavoursome curry.
Use my spice mix if preferred, if not a good store bought curry powder will do too. Freshly toasted spices gives the curry a depth of flavour, use  2 to 3 tablespoons of the curry powder and  reserve the remaining curry powder in a sealed jar, and can be used for other curries too.  This potato curry goes well with the dhal rice, or enjoy it with plain rice, roti or even bread.

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 2-3



Spice Mix

  • 3 dried chilies
  • 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

For the curry

  • 430g or 3 medium potatoes cut into 2.5cm cube
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or vegetalble oil
  • 165g or 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh…

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Beetroot Curry



I love the sweetness and earthiness of the beetroot balanced with the addition of spices and coconut milk. This is a simple and healthy curry, and can be enjoyed with rice, rotis or even bread.

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 30- 40 minutes

Serves 3



  • 300 gram beetroot, peeled and chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil or sunflower oil
  • 1 small onion(85gram) thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 sprig curry leaves thinly sliced
  • 2x5cm pandan leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, grated or 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 habanero chilli or to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon coconut milk powder dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water



  1. Heat the oil in a fry pan, add the onion, garlic, ginger, curry leaves…

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Fried Rice with Fried Fish



This is a quick and easy fried rice using green beans and carrot. The green beans and the brown rice goes well together. It is healthy and fulfilling as well. You can serve the rice on its ownor with fried fish.



Fried Rice

Prep time:10 minutes
Cook time:20minutes


  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh turmeric grated or 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 sprig curry leaves thinly sliced
  • 2 green chillies thinly sliced
  • 220 grams fresh green beans thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoontamari


  1. Heat the oil in a medium sized non-stick pan or wok.
  2. Fry the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry leaves and chillies until lightly golden.
  3. Add the beans, carrots and cumin and salt and…

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Comforting Chickpea Rice


My chickpea rice is a quick and easy one pan dish. It’s wholesome and nutritious. It’s delicious and fulfilling. This is my kind of comfort food.This rice dish is a good accompaniment with most curries. You can serve it with fried fish and salad. Or equally good with myAromatic Lamb Curry

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  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 dried chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 400g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed with water


  1. Wash the rice until the water runs clear, then soak for for 15 minutes.
  2. After soaking the rice, drain the rice thoroughly.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat, then add the chillies, curry leaves, cardamom, ginger, garlic…

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Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Southwest Chicken Skillet

My Meals are on Wheels

This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is a Southwest Chicken Skillet. Provide Southwestern flavors to the Sunday Dinner with this week’s recipe of Southwest Chicken Skillet. Made using Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast Halves, Mexican-Style Tomatoes, Yams, Green Chile’s, Hominy, Fresh Cilantro, and Mild Green Taco Sauce. You can find this recipe at the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has one of the largest selections of recipes that I have come across, so be sure check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One!

This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Southwest Chicken Skillet.

Southwest Chicken Skillet
A Southwestern-style skillet supper with chicken breasts, Mexican-style tomatoes, diced yams, green chiles, hominy and fresh cilantro seasoned with mild green taco sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

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Almond Puff Loaf

It's All Frosting...


I’m a sucker for pastry, especially at breakfast, so when I came across this recipe for King Arthur Flour’s Almond Puff Loaf, which promised a delicious, multi-layered pastry in only a few simple steps, I knew I’d have to try it out. It starts with a base that’s halfway between a biscuit and a pie crust, and it’s topped with choux paste to provide some serious puff. The process reminded me a little of the Gateau St. Honoré, but the finished product was very different– probably because of the different ingredient proportions.

I also decided to add a layer of almond paste between the two doughs, to really amp up the almond flavor– I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to try this recipe, along with using apricot jam, which pairs perfectly with the almond.

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Gateau St. Honoré

It's All Frosting...


When I was in Paris I finally got the chance to try the famous Gateau St. Honoré– a toothsome confection consisting of a layer of puff pastry, topped with a piped choux pastry swirl, topped with a ring of caramel-dipped cream puffs, and filled with fluffy cream. It was rich, decadent, and begging to be reproduced at home. Of course, I can rarely leave well enough alone, so when I decided to try making one I thought it would be delicious to incorporate elements of another famous French dessert, the Paris Brest.

Paris Brest is made of a large ring of choux pastry (meant to resemble a bicycle wheel, as the dessert was created in honor of a bicycle race), which is split and filled with a praline mousseline cream. The praline is made of caramelized hazelnuts and almonds, pulverized until they turn into paste, which is then folded into…

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Caramelized Apple Sausage Rolls

It's All Frosting...

For some reason, for my annual historical picnic I always gravitate towards British-y foods, rather than “traditional” American fare. Tea sandwiches, mini pork pies, and now sausage rolls.

I’d never made sausage rolls before (pigs in blankets don’t count!), but I never do things halfway– so rather than just get some pre-made sausage at the store, I decided to make things interesting and try out a recipe I found from The Flavor Bender, which includes caramelized apples and onions for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

I really enjoyed these– they were perfectly sized for 2-3 bites and were nice and juicy while still remaining flaky on the outside. I did find them just a bit sweeter than I generally like my sausage to be, so I edited the recipe below to reduce the sugary ingredients for better balance. Hope you like them!

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fried scallop over polenta discs, with a roasted red pepper sauce and marinated artichoke heart salad

live a curated life

I’m not sure there is anything you can’t fry. Shouldn’t fry? Maybe. But can’t… not convinced. I try not to fry too much, and certainly never deep fry. While I’m not a big scallop fan, nor am I the big scallop fan (sea scallop over bay scallop), lightly frying these and placing them over a robust sauce and a creamy polenta disc may have changed my mind… Never mind the salad which was so simple with bagged baby lettuce leaves, marinated artichoke hearts and a homemade lime dressing… This was an easy, filling meal.

You will need:

  • Polenta (log – some come already seasoned)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Grated parmesan
  • Panko
  • Flour
  • Egg (two, depending on how many scallops you are cooking – I cooked ten)
  • Scallops (sea scallop)
  • Bagged or head of lettuce
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow mustard
  • Lime (one)
  • Artichoke hearts (canned, one)
  • Roasted red peppers (one jar)

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Shrimp Paella


By Angelika Hanna

I loved Paella when I lived in Spain. There are different varieties of Paella, the most popular one is the Seafood Paella. It is made with shrimps, crabs, clams and mussels. Then, there is the chicken Paella and the combo of chicken and seafood Paella. In North America, I have seen recipes where they add scallops.

Since not everybody in my family likes all the different seafood, I made my Paella with shrimps only and a lot of vegetables. Easy. Simple. Delicious.


Prep Time: 10 min + 10 min rest time

Cook Time:45 min

Total Time: 1 h 5 min

Yield: 3-4 servings

Cuisine: Spanish-inspired/North American/Canadian

Author: Angelika Hanna /Zest4Food


  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (1 cube for 2-3 cups of water)
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish saffron
  • Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1 large cooking onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic…

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Cold Fusilli with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Late August still has some sunny days left, which calls for refreshing dishes combining the flavors of summer – like this cold pasta dish which makes a wonderful light lunch or dinner on a hot Summer’s day. It also is a great side dish for a barbecue, and perfect to bring along to a picknick or summer party. –

You can easily make this dish vegetarian – just skip the turkey and use 2 tablespoons of sherry instead of the meat jus for the dressing.



  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 125 grams of turkey schnitzel, cut into medium-sized cubes
  • Freshly ground pepper, salt
  • 75 ml of dry sherry
  • 250 gram of fusilli
  • 10 to 12 sun-dried tomatoes, cut into (not too fine) strips
  • 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ca. 100 grams of baby leaf spinach, roughly chopped
  • 100 grams of Greek goat cheese, chopped
  • 75 ml of…

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Vichyssoise – a summer potato soup. 8/22/19


There are two components to tonight’s dinner, a Mediterranean salad and a French soup. There is some question as to whether vichyssoise is a French or American creation. Potato and leek soup served hot has been around in France since potatoes became popular in Europe. But was it the Americans who came up with the cold version? Who knows!

My Mediterranean salad consists of Romaine lettuce, cucumber chunks, our abundant orange cherry tomatoes, olives, feta, and oil and vinegar. In Italy you are never given a recitation of salad dressings to choose from. Plopped down on the table is a set of oil and vinegar and salt and pepper. Dress your own salad!

Mediterranean salad

Going through my vegetable drawer in the fridge I notice two leeks, two potatoes, and a half an onion. It is my inspiration for vichyssoise and I make the soup first thing this morning while…

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Light clam chowder. 8/18/19


Wow, did this come out well! In fact it is so good that our daughter ate it for breakfast this morning. Granted this is not exactly summer fare but it has been pleasant here for a few days so I thought I would make this on a cool day and then make vichyssoise for the hot days ahead. They share some of the same ingredients.

Although I do use 1/4 cup of cream in the soup, I think it would be almost as good with no cream at all. The pancetta gives it a nice undertone but next time I might just use olive oil and see how that works out. This is originally a Gabrielle Hamilton recipe but I have simplified it so much that it really bears little resemblance—for instance hers has real clams, guanciale, and 3 cups of heavy cream!

Marymom’s Light Clam Chowder

Marymom’s Light Clam…

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