Greek Salad – With or without lettuce? That is the question

Making a Greek salad for lunch to take to work is one of my favorite meals. A party size Greek salad is always a crowd pleaser. Whether you decide to made a traditional Greek salad, or the Americanized version which includes lettuce, the key to perfection is a good imported feta cheese and an excellent olive oil. I live near the town of Port Jefferson on Long Island. I frequent a store named The Amazing Olive, located on East Main Street. The owners are extremely helpful and welcoming, and the oils and vinegars are divine. There, you can find oils in dozens of flavors and from various countries, each having a unique taste. When I made my roasted potatoes with their truffle infused olive oil, the scent lingered throughout the house for hours. With my Greek salad, I used their Koroneiki Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The taste of the dressing was delicate and flavorful. If you don’t live in the area and you aren’t able to visit The Amazing Olive, I’m sure you can find a specialty store that carries Greek olive oil. If you can get out to Port Jefferson, please visit. The town is beautiful and the Amazing Olive carries a variety of products. Spices and herbs. Soaps and body oils. But their Olive oil and balsamic vinegars are reason enough to stop by.

cheffie's kitchen

IMG_1846Last week my neighbors had their annual summer party, hosting well over fifty guests. Firemen seem to be famous for their culinary prowess, and Stan is no exception. Waiting to see what would show up on the buffet table this year, everyone hoped for their favorite from years prior. My husband craved his keilbasi and baked beans, while our friends were waiting for the crab legs. I was looking forward to his smoked ribs that cooked for hours on his industrial size grill. This year he surprised us. He switched out the ribs for pulled pork. Now normally, it is not my favorite, but this was delicious. Usually made with pork shoulder, he chose to use several pork tenderloins. He cooked them for hours in a good store brand BBQ sauce and added root beer and brown sugar to enhance the flavors. Stan also made BBQ chicken with a dry…

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