Melopita (Honey Pie)
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A traditional greek cheese and honey cake – traditionally made with Myzithra, though this can be substituted with ricotta cheese.… Read More

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Tsourekia
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Ingredients: 2 cups, plus 2-3 tablespoons, milk 2 envelopes active dry yeast 8-9 cups bread flour 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 cup almonds, very finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt Grated rind of one orange 2 teaspoons finely ground aniseed 1/4 … Read More

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Onion Skin Dyed Pascha Eggs
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Include an egg for each person of your family! Often the women of our parish make many onion skin dyed pascha eggs, as they are passed out to those attending the Paschal services after the service is completed.… Read More

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Egg cheese – Hrudka
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This slightly sweet “cheese” is often used in Pascha baskets to remind us to be moderate in all things. It is wonderful when spread on kulich or pascha bread!… Read More

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Kulich
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This recipe from the recipe book “From a Monastery Kitchen” is a classic Pascha basket recipe – a delicious, rich bread topped with a sweet glaze. Often, people in my parish put their Paschal candles in the top of the bread.… Read More

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Sirnahya Paska
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This cheese paska recipe from the cookbook “From a Monastery Kitchen” is great for those of us who have trouble getting a smooth texture with the traditional farmer’s cheese based paska recipe. It’s delicious! Print Recipe Add to Collection Go … Read More

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Traditional Pascha Lamb Dinner
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Serves 4. Lamb Chops Ingredients 8 lamb chops 1 tablespoon mustard 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped 2 shallots, minced Preparation Marinate the lamb for at least 12 hours. You … Read More

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Lazarus Saturday
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The somber tone of Holy Week is preceded by a two day feast commemorating the resurrection of Lazarus who had been dead for 4 days, and the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. It is significant that Holy Week … Read More

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Fluffy Vegan Pancakes
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The best vegan pancakes are pancakes made of ingredients you typically have in your pantry that are still fluffy and tasty. These pancakes, based of the “Fluffiest Vegan Pancakes” from Tasty Vegetarian are easy to make and don’t require special … Read More

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No-Knead Bread
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During Lent, we often are limited on time. Often I want to make homemade bread, but I just don’t have time to do the mixing, kneading, raising, etc. This is the perfect answer to this problem: minimal hands-on time, versatile and easy to make, while still giving you an artisan-style loaf of bread.… Read More

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By the Waters of Babylon
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Each year before Great Lent, we sing the hymn “By the Waters of Babylon”. The text is from Psalms 136 (137). For years, I found the text to be confusing. It is a cry of lament, but at the end … Read More

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Preparing for Lent
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During the four weeks prior to Great Lent, the Church prepares us with several “pre-lenten” themes: repentance and humility, God’s mercy, judgment and salvation, and forgiveness. The pre-lenten Sundays prepare us for our “lenten journey.” They arm us with that … Read More

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On Prayer and Repentance
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Written by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov; Translated by Nun Cornelia (Rees) In today’s Gospel, the prayer of the publican is shown drawing God’s mercy to him. This prayer consisted of the following words: God be merciful to me a sinner (Lk. … Read More

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Baking, Vegan-Style
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As a baker, I want to make sure every baked good is delicious, has good consistency, and is baked properly.  There are some obvious challenges when baking vegan foods.  I’m sure many of us have experienced them first-hand, myself included. … Read More

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Vegetable Barley Soup
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This recipe uses a mirepoix base (2 part onion, 1 part carrot, 1 part celery).  Use the recipe as a starting point.  Mix up the quantity and variety of vegetables – just split them into “long-cooking” and “short-cooking”.  Seasoning can … Read More

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