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Greek pastry sale to benefit the poor November 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora.
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The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. George Greek Orthodox Church is selling a variety of pastries, sweet bread and frozen Greek dishes by the pan.

They include everything from baklava for $1.50 each to casseroles for $25 for 15 servings. There are a large selection of cookies and a gift box of 17 assorted pastries, plus a cookbook filled with popular Greek recipes.

Philoptochos literally means “friend of the poor”. This group donates to groups who serve the poor and those in need, including Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, Providence House, Joy Fund, VOA Katrina AID Today Program.

Preordering is the only way to guarantee your selection for only limited quantities and types of pastries will be available the day of the sale. The deadline to preorder is Wednesday. Orders are to be picked up between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the St. George activities center, 542 Wichita in Shreveport.

For more information or to get an order form, download the form using the link on this page, go to www.gosaintgeorge.org/pastry_sale.htm, call (318) 747-4478, send a fax to (318) 861-3255 or write to Greek Pastry Sale, 1220 Whitehall Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112.

A taste of Greece November 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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A taste of Greece is right here in Charlottesville.

The Greek Orthodox Church has opened its doors for its annual Greek Festival, serving traditional dishes and pastries, as well as providing entertainment.

The festival runs from 10 am until 8 pm on Saturday November 4th.

Gigantic Greek Food Bazaar November 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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The gigantic Greek Orthodox Bazaar will serve 10,000 hungry people this weekend, but it also feeds the spirit of the congregation that does the cooking.

If you belong to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Hershey Avenue, odds are you’ve been doing a lot of stirring, cooking, layering, stuffing and cutting in the last several days. And perhaps most important, you’ve been volunteering together and tightening the bonds of your church community. Having to feed 10,000 hungry people over two days helps you really get to know the folks you attend church with every Sunday.

It’s time for the annual Greek Food Bazaar, coming up Saturday and Sunday at the church at 64 Hershey Ave. And hundreds of volunteers, both young and old, are spending days and nights putting it all together.

In the last week, more than 1,100 dinners, all homemade with traditional Greek food, have been cooked and packaged. And thousands more a la carte items, like stuffed grape leaves, endless Greek pastries and pastitsio, a Greek version of lasagna, have been made.

Hundreds of volunteers work diligently to get the food ready and then serve it during a crazy two-day period when it seems like everybody in Lancaster is congregating at 64 Hershey Ave.

The 48th annual Greek Food Bazaar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Ave. The price is $8 per platter for advanced sales and $9 at the door. Take-out service will be available. For more information, call 394-1735.

Greek-style beef and cheese ravioli November 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.
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1¼ pounds ground beef
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese ravioli
2 cans (14½ ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
2 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach
1 cup pitted ripe olives
½ to ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

Cook ravioli according to package directions; drain.

Meanwhile brown ground beef in deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat 6 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles.

Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in ravioli; simmer 3 minutes. Stir in spinach and olives; cook just until spinach is wilted. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.

Nutrition information per serving, using 85% lean ground beef: 587 calories; 41 g protein; 34 g carbohydrate; 31 g fat; 1,677 mg sodium; 155 mg cholesterol.

Tip: One package (12 ounces) refrigerated or frozen fully-cooked original ground beef crumbles may be substituted for ground beef. Omit the second step and add ground beef crumbles to skillet with tomatoes in third step.