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Welcome to the Culinary Quest!  Players are traveling the world one bite at a time.

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Dates:
Start Date:  August 12th
End Date:   August 25th

Challenges for Greece can be found at:

http://4foodfriendsandfun.yuku.com/topic/1720/Grill-It-Up-Greek-Style
http://4foodfriendsandfun.yuku.com/topic/1719/My-Big-Fat-Greek-Wedding-Feast
http://4foodfriendsandfun.yuku.com/topic/1718/Pita-Stuff-It
http://4foodfriendsandfun.yuku.com/topic/1717/Mythical-Greek-Kids-Challenge


All approved regional recipes can be found below.





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Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa.  It is located on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula and shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast.  The Agean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionia Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.  Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world.  Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 9,573 feet.

Greece has one of the longest histories of any country and is considered the cradle of Western civilization having been the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic games, and Western drama, including tragedy and comedy.  

The climate of Greece is primarily Mediterranean which results in mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The Pindus mountain range strongly affects the climate of the country.  Almost two-thirds of the Greek people live in urban areas.  Greece's largest and most influential metropolitan centers are those of Athens and Thessaloniki, which is commonly referred to as the capital.  Other prominent cities with urban populations about 100,000 inhabitants include those of Patras Heraklion, Larissa, Volos, Rhodes, Ioannina, Chania and Chalcis.


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Theater was born in Greece.  The city-state of Classical Athens became a significant cultural, political, and military power during this period.  Tragedy, comedy and the satyr play were the three dramatic genres to emerge there.  The National Theater of Greece was found in 1880.  Notable playwrights of the modern Greek theater include Gregorios Xenopoulos, Nikos Kazantzais, Pantelis Horn, and many more.  Notable actors include Cybele Andrianou, Marika Kotopouli, and Aimilios Veakis.  Significant directors include Dimitris Rontiris, Alexis Minotis and Karolos Koun. Greek literature can be divided into three main categories:  Ancient, Byzantine and modern Greek literature.

    
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Greek vocal music extends far back into ancient times where mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons.  Instruments during that period included the double-reed aulos and the plucked string instruments, the lyre, expecially the Kithara.  Music played an important role in the education system during ancient times. Boys were taught music from the age of six.  Later influences from the Roman Empire, Middle East and the Byzantine Empire also had effect on Greek music and dance.


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Greece is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia. and Greece hosted the modern Olympic Games twice; the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics.  During the parade of nations, Greece is always called first as the founding nation of the ancient precursor of modern Olympics.  The nation has competed at every Summer Olympic medal count.  Their best ever performance was in the 1896 Summer Olympics, when Greece finished second in the medal table with 10 gold medals.

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The numerous gods of the ancient Greek religion, as well as, the mythical heroes and events of the ancient Greek epics (The Odyssey and The Iliad) and other pieces of art and literature from the time make up what is now colloquially referred to as Greek mythology.  Apart from serving a religious function, the mythology of the ancient Greek world also served as a cosmological role as it was meant to try to explain how the world was formed and operated.

The principal gods of the ancient Greek religion were the Dodekatheon, or the Twelve gods, who lived on the top of Mount Olympus.  The most important of all ancient Greek gods was Zeus, the king of the gods, who was married to Hera, who was also Zeus' sister.  The other Greek gods that made up the Twelve Olympians were Demeter, Ares, Poseidon, Athena, Dionysus, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hephaestus and Hermes.  Apart from these twelve gods, Greeks also had a variety of other mystical beliefs, such a nymphs and other magical creatures.



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Greek cuisine is characteristic of the healthy Mediterranean diet, which is epitomized by dishes of Crete.  Greek cuisine incorporates fresh ingredients into a variety of local dishes such as moussaka, stifado, Greek salad, fasolada, spanakopita and souvlaki.  Some dishes can be traced back to ancient Greece like skordalia (a thick puree of walnuts, almonds, crushed garlic and olive oil), lentil soup, retsina (white or rose wine sealed with pine resin) and pasteli (candy bar with sesame seeds and baked with honey).  Throughout Greece, people often enjoy eating from small dishes such as meze with various dips such as tzatziki, grilled octopus and small fish, feta cheese, dolmades (rice, currants and pine kernels wrapped in vine leaves), various pulses, olives and cheese.  Olive oil is added to almost every dish.

Sweet desserts such as galaktoboureko, and drinks such as ouzo, metaxa and a variety of wines (including retsina) are enjoyed.  Greek cuisine differs widely from different parts of the mainland and from island to island.  It uses some flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines: oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel leaves.  Other common herbs and spices include basil, thyme, and fennel seed.  Many Greek recipes; especially in the northern parts of the country, use "sweet" spices in combination with meat; for example cinnamon and cloves in stews.



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Please remember to:

~ Post all Greek recipe completions in this thread (include your team name and/or banner) and in your team thread

~Post any challenge completion in the appropriate challenge thread (include your team name and/or banner) and in your team thread





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Approved Recipes for Greece

Appetizers/Snacks 
Broccoli Spinach Pie   
Broiled Brandy Saganaki  image
Cheese Appetizer - Greek Bouyourdi   
Chickpea Balls - Revithokeftedes  
Crisp Eggplant Augergine Chips  
Crushed Peas with Smoky Sesame Dressing on Pita  image
Cucumber Feta Bites  image 
Deep Fried Artichoke Hearts  image 
Domatokeftedes Greek Tomato Fritters  image
Eggs Stuffed with Capers and Feta  image
Feta and Roast Pepper Dip with Chillies  image
Feta Nibblers  
Fig and Olive Tapenade  
Greek Deviled Eggs With Ouzo  image  
Greek Feta and Olive Spread  image
Greek Feta Dip  (Tirokafteri)  
Greek Layered Dip with Pita Chips  image
Greek Meat-Filled Triangles  

Greek Vegetable Dip  image
Grilled Haloumi  
Grilled Vegetable Terrine   
Haloumi with Salad and Garic Bread  image
Hummus with a twissis Tomato Twist  image
Hummus with Variations  image
Kalitsounia with Herbs
Kolokythokeftedes Greek Zucchini and Feta Balls  
Lemon Flavored Souzoukaki Souvlaki  
Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese and Olives  image
Marinated Greek Olives   
Mediterranean Marinated Olives  image
Mini Feta Rolls  
My Yiaourti me Meli  
Olive and Eggplant Tapenade   
Ouzo Meatballs   
Santorinian Tomato Rissoles (Tomatokeftedes)  image
Shortcut Spanakopita  image
Skordalia Potato Garlic Spread  image
Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms  image
Tapenade Filled Egg Halves  image
Three Cheese Phyllo Triangles with Onions and Yogurt  
Tiropetakia (Spinach and Feta Filled Phyllo Triangles)  
Zucchini Rissoles from Alonnisos (Kolokythokeftees)  


Beverages (ALL hot or cold drinks including coffee, tea, cocoa, cocktails, sodas, shakes, smoothies)
Blue Aegean Angel  image
Caramel Frappe  image
Chocolate-Raspberry Frappe  image
Greek and Plenty  image
Greek Chamomile Iced Tea  image
Greek Stinger image
Lithy  image
Ouzo Cherry Twister  image
Soumatha / Soumada  image
Watermelon Smoothie  image


Breads (yeast breads, quick breads, sweet breads, rolls, buns, biscotti, muffins, biscuits)
Greek Bread (ABM)   
Greek Christmas Bread  
Greek Flatbread  
Greek Olive Bread  
Greek Peinirli - Specialty Bread   
Green Olive and Red Pepper Corn Bread  
Horiatiko Psomi Crusty Country Bread
Krouasan Me Feta - Greek Feta Croissants  image
Live from Greece!  It's Greek Flatbread  
Love Me Olive Greek Bread  
Mediterranean Olive Bread  
Pitta Country-Style Bread


Breakfast/Brunch
Greek Baked Eggs  image
Greek Frittata  
Tiganites me Stafithes Sugared Raisin Pancakes
Toast with Greek Yogurt, Hazelnuts and Honey for 1  image


Condiments/Sauces/Gravy
Almond Skordalia   
Anchovy Butter  
Confit of Garlic  
Easy Avgolemono Sauce  image
Green Olive Sauce (With Pasta, Fish, or Omelet)  image
Perfect Tzatziki Sauce  image
Sicilian-Style Broccoli Rabe with Eggplant & Capers  
Skordalia Garlic Sauce  image
Skorthalia Greek Garlic Sauce  image
Tyrokafteri - Spicy Feta Spread  image
Tzatziki  image 


Desserts/Sweets (cakes, dessert tarts, pies, cookies, pudding/mousse, candy)
Baklava 
Baklava Squares with Ice Cream  
Banana-Chestnut Tartlets W/Puff Pastry
Byzantine Spice Cake  
Flogeres - Sweet Cheese Filo Rolls  
Golden Greek Baklava  
Greek Butter Cookies  image
Greek Honey Fritters with Syrup (Loukomades)   
Greek Lemon Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil  
Greek Lemon Ice Cream  image
Greek Tahini and Honey Ice Cream  
Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt  image
Karotenia (Greek Carrot Truffles)  
Kourambiedes  
Marmelatha Nektarinia - Greek Nectaring Preserve  
Milopitakia (Greek Apple-Filled Cookies)
Paximathakia Portokaliou - Orange Sesame Biscotti    
Pistachio Ice Cream  
Portokalopita Greek - Sweet Orange Pie  
Pura Nut Pastries  
Roasted & Caramelized Apricots W/Greek Yogurt & Lemon  image
Sweet Filo Cigars  image
Tangerine Scented Almond Cookies Amygalota me Manarini 
Vasilopita Greek New Years Cake  
Walnut Cake (Karithopeta)  
Walnut Rolls  
Yaourtopita Greek - Yogurt Cake


Main Dishes (including all casserole, meat, fish, poultry and pasta entrees)
Baked Lamb and Potatoes with Yogurt  
Baked Vegetable Casserole (Tourlou-Tourlou)  
Beef Stifado  
Beef with Cucumber Raita  
Braised Lamb Shanks and Eggplant  
Broiled Flounder with Kasseri and Tomatoes  image
Broiled Mahi Mahi with Parsleyed Tomatoes and Feta
Broied or Barbecued Chicken with Lemon  
Bulgur and Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce  
Chicken Souvlaki Kebabs  
Chicken with Figs and Mint
Chicken with Orzo (Kotopoulo Me Manestra)   
Cod in Pine Nut Sauce  image
Crustless Spinach and Feta Pies with Tomato Salad   
Cuttlefish in Wine Sauce Soupies Krasates  
Eggplant & Lamb Casserole  
Fish Patties with Rosemary Sauce Done in Greek Manner
Garides me Feta (Shrimp with Feta Cheese)   
Garides Tourkolimano (Greek Shrimp)  image
Garithes Me Feta (Baked Prawns with Feta)  
Grecian Pork Tenderloin  
Grecian Skillet Rib Eyes  image
Grecian Style Shrimp Scampi  
Greek Baked Ziti  
Greek Chicken Penne  image 
Greek Chicken Pie   
Greek Easter Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Oregano  
Greek Lamb Kebabs with Garden-Fresh Dipping Sauce  image

Greek Lemon Chicken  
Greek Meat Loaves   
Greek Penne and Chicken  
Greek Pork Chops  image
Greek Shrimp and Lemon  image
Greek Souvlakia  image

Greek Spinach Feta Chicken Pockets  
Greek Spinach Pasta Bake  
Greek Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers   
Greek Style Fish with Marinated Tomatoes  
Greek Style Garlicky Shrimp with Feta  
Greek Style Grilled Stuffed Chicken  
Greek-Style Lamb Kebabs  
Greek Style Mahi Mahi  
Greek Tortellini and Shrimp  image
Greek Ziti  
Greek Ziti   
Greeker than Greek Grilled Greek Chicken  
Grilled Artichoke Mushroom Pizza  
Grilled Chicken, Greek-Style, with Salad and Warm Pita Bread  image
Grilled Greek Inspired Chicken  
Grilled Octopus  
Gyro Steaks   image
Hell's Kitchen Greek Shrimp with Feta  
Herb-Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta  
Imam Bayildi with Feta  
Katopoula Me Syko (Chicken with Figs)  
Keftedakia - Greek Meatballs  image
Lamb and Leek Phyllo Pie  
Lamb Filo Cigars with Tzatziki  
Lamb Kebabs  
Lamb Meatballs with Red Pepper and Chickpea Sauce  
Lamb Pilaf  
Lamb Shank Stifado with Sauteed Potatoes  
Lamb Shanks with Garlic and Port Wine - Pressure Cooker  
Lamb Souvlake  image
Lamb Steaks with Thyme  
Lamb With Garlic & Fava Beans    
Lettuce Gyros with Halibut and Cucumber Yogurt Dressing
Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza  image
Low Fat Greek Fish  image
Meat Rissoles with Green Olives  
Meatballs with Egg Lemon Sauce Youverlakie Me Avgolemono 
Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts   
Moussaka  
Mussels Saganaki  
Nai, Baked Greek Meatballs  
Neekneek's Vegetable Moussaka  
One-Pot Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice  
Pastitsio  
Pastitsio  
Pastitso (Macaroni and Meat)  
Psari Plaki (Baked Fish with Tomato and Onion)  
Quick Greek Spinach and Chicken Orzo  image
Rack of Lamb with Mustard and Herbs  
Shrimp Baked with Feta, Ouzo and Cognac  image
Shrimps Saganaki with Vegetables  
Slow Cooker Greek Chicken   
Slow Roasted Lamb Leg with Potatoes and Herbs  
Soutzoukakia Greek Smyrna Meatballs in Sauce  
Souvlaki   
Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Black Olives, Garlic and Feta Cheese  image
Spaghetti With Lamb, Feta & Artichokes   
Spanakotiropita  
Stuffed Squid (Calamari)  
Traditional Greek Lentils - Village Life Lentils  
Trout With Bacon and Vinegar Sauce  image
Vasili's Pastitsio  
Vegetarian Moussaka  
Whole Trout (or Fillets) Stuffed w/Bacon & Eggplant Dressing   
Zesty Greek Chicken with Mint
Zucchini Pie of Chania Chaniotico Boureki  


Sandwiches/Wraps
Avocado, Tomato and Feta Toast  
Coriander Lamb Pita Wrap  
Garbanzo Bean Vegetable Pitas  
Greek Burgers   image
Greek Chicken Salad Pitas  
Greek Feta Burger  image
Greek Grilled Chicken Pitas   
Greek Hamburgers  image
Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches  image
Greek Tofu Pitas  
Greek Turkey Burgers with Spiced Yogurt Sauce  image
Grilled Flank Steak Gyros  image
Grilled Chicken Tzatziki Wrap  
Meat Loaf Gyros   
Mediterranean Turkey Bagelwiches  image
Middle Eastern Vegetable Grain Burgers  

The Authentic Greek Gyro - A Greek Grill Party


Side Dishes (ALL hot or cold salads, vegetable sides, and rice/grain sides)
A Different Greek Salad  image
Aegean Pasta Salad  
Agourontomoatosalata  image
Aromatic Braised Leeks in Red Wine - Greek  image
Artichoke Heart and Tomato Salad  image
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad  image
Asparagus with Warm Tomato Vinaigrette  image
Avocado and Orange Salad with Olive Oil Lemon Dressing  image
Basic Greek Salad for 2  image
Basil Butter Orzo  image
Beet and Apple Salad  image
Braised Green Beans / Fassoulakia Yahni 
Cabbage Salad with Lemon Dressing and Black Olives - Greek  image
Caramelized Fig, Orange and Feta Salad  

Cheese Phyllo Pie (Tyropita)   
Chickpea Salad  
Chopped Greek Salad With Pita Chips  image
Chopped Greek Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette  image
Citrus Squash Salad  image
​Composed Greek Salad  image
Corn on the Cob with Mint-Feta Butter  image
Cretan Dakos / Kritikos Dakos  image
Cretan Green Beans    
Cucumber Feta Salad with Red Onions and Mint  
Easy Greek Salad  image
Famous Greek Salad   
Garbanzo and Tomato Greek Salad  image
Garden Salad Mediterranean Style  image 
Greek Cauliflower  
Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad  image
Greek Greens Pie  
Greek Lamb Pilaf with Cinnamon
Greek Lemon Potatoes  
Greek Pasta Salad  image
Greek Pasta Salad  image
Greek Pasta Salad  
Greek Polpetes (Potato Cakes)  
Greek Potatoes  
Greek Salad with Orzo and Black-Eyed Peas  image
Greek Spinach Pie  
Greek Style Baked Zucchini Chips  
Greek Style Green Beans  
Greek Style Squash  
Greek Tortellini Salad  image
Greek Village Salad with Grilled Pita Bread  image
Greekified Green Beans  image
Grilled Greek Style Zucchini  image
Heirloom Tomato Greek Salad  image
Herronswood Tomato Salad  
Honey Almond Green Beans  image
Kolokythia Krokettes Zucchini Pancakes  image
Lemon Rice (Rizi Lemoni)  image
Mediterranean Eggplant (Aubergine) Casserole   
Mediterranean Tomato Salad  
Mediterranean Tuna Salad on Grilled Tomato Herb Bread  
Mediterranean Tuna Stuffed Tomato  image
No-Fuss Easy Baked Artichokes   
Orzo Shrimp Salad  image
Orzo with Browned Butter Sauce  image
Orzo With Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions  image
Piperies Gemistes me Feta  image
Potatoes with Feta Cheese and Olives  
Proper Tomato Salad  image
Ribboned Zucchini with Almond Dressing  image
Rice Pilaf with Cream Sauce Avgolemono  image
Rice with Spinach - Greek  
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables   
Roasted Red Peppers with Halloumi
Roasted Veggie Orzo  
Simple Greek Beet Salad   
Slow Cooker Greek Potatoes   
Slow Roasted Tomatoes on Toasted Sourdough with Goat's Cheese  
Smoked Trout, Potato & Arugula Salad  image
Spanakorizo - Spinach Rice  
Spanakoryzo Spinach and Rice  
Spicy Lentil and Wild Rice Salad   
Spinach Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing  image
Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta  image
Stuffed Zucchini Avgolemono   
The Real Melitzanosalata  
Tomato Feta Greek Yogurt Phyllo Tart  
Tomato Salad (Tomata Salata)  image
Tomato Salad with Fried Feta  image 
Tuna and White Bean Salad  image
Vegetables a la Grecque  
Warm Goat Cheese in Phyllo with Baby Greens  
Warm Orzo Salad  image
Watermelon Salad  image
Zucchini Fritters  
Zucchini Patties  


Soups/Stews/Chili (including bisques, chowders, broth, stock, consomme)
Cream of Artichoke Soup  
Greek Beef Stew  
Greek Egg-Lemon Soup for the Microwave  image
Greek Lentil Soup   
Greek Lentil Soup  
Greek Rabbit Stew  
Greek Tomato Soup (Domatosoupa)  
Kakkavi Greek - Fish Chowder  
Kotosoupa Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)  image
Lemon Orzo Soup  image
Revithia Soupa Greek Chickpea Soup
Stifado Greek Beef Stew   
Tomato Hummusoup  image
Tomato Lentil Soup with Spinach and Kalamata  
Watermelon and Berry Soup  image
Wendes Avgolemono Soup with Escarole 


Misc/Other Recipes
Greek Rub  image
Greek Seasoning  image
Greek Seasoning  image
 

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http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/vegetable/corn-on-the-cob-with-mint-feta-butter.html by Lazyme
http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/buffalo-deviled-eggs-17096 by Twissis
http://recipes.food.com/user/folder/cq16-11527383 by Muffin Goddess

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Delicious-looking photos!

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Linky wrote:
MERPed 
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/vegetable/corn-on-the-cob-with-mint-feta-butter.html by Lazyme
http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/buffalo-deviled-eggs-17096 by Twissis
http://recipes.food.com/user/folder/cq16-11527383 by Muffin Goddess

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Delicious-looking photos!

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Linky wrote:

Nancys Pantry wrote:

Linky wrote:
MERPed 
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/vegetable/corn-on-the-cob-with-mint-feta-butter.html by Lazyme
http://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/buffalo-deviled-eggs-17096 by Twissis
http://recipes.food.com/user/folder/cq16-11527383 by Muffin Goddess

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Delicious-looking photos!

**The link for Muffin Goddess' recipe does not take me to the recipe.  Please provide a working link for me - Thanks Linky : )***

 



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