Greek School Candles

Yesterday afternoon I pulled into the parking lot during the middle of Greek School time and noticed a whole bunch of crossovers, SUVs and mini-vans.  Something clearly was up!  Sure enough, the Greek School PTA mothers were hard at work in the Tonna Room decorating Easter candles.  They will be on sale after church to benefit the PTA and add a lot of color to the services when they will reappear at Pascha.  Here is Olga holding a couple of freshly decorated candles and doing her best to try to duck out of the picture:)

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February 26th, 2010 by Fr. Greg

Grecian Festival 2010 Final Artwork

Earlier I posted the prototype for this year’s festival artwork.  Here is the final version, with artwork by Joan Gage and design by Sarah Kyriazis and very much in the style of a classic Alex Gazonas festival poster.    If you live in Central Mass. prepare to see this image all over the place leading up to the first weekend in June…

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February 23rd, 2010 by Fr. Greg

Teita’s Stuffed Lenten Grape Leaves

1  jar grape leaves

1 large bunch parsley, chopped

4-5 medium onions, chopped (4 cups)

2 cups rice (Carolina)

1 cup canola oil

1/4 cup pomegranate syrup

juice of 2 lemons

2 T tomato paste

1/2 tsp black pepper, salt to taste

1-2 T dill, chopped

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/4 cup golden raisins

Add oil to deep pan.  Heat.  Add onions until softened.  Then add all remaining ingredients, with the rice coming last.  Taste test and allow to cool.  Line pot with broken or tough leaves.  Layer the rolled (stuffed) leaves onto those.  Cover with another layer of remaining leaves in a flat layer.  Cover with 1 and 1/2 cup boiling water mixed with 1/2 cup lemon juice.  Pour over leaves.  Bring to a boil then simmer 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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February 23rd, 2010 by Fr. Greg

Back From Vacation

We went away for a few days – more about that later – and I am still trying to get organized and back into the swing of things.  For now, check out this great article on the mismanagement of the city of San Francisco.  Hat tip to the Baseball Crank.

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February 22nd, 2010 by Fr. Greg

Spinach Pesto

This is most definitely not a Lenten recipe but I feel I need to celebrate the new blog with a recipe, since recipes are by far my most popular posts.  I am especially ebullient right now since, after reviewing pending comments, I noticed that the new software eighty-sixed my first spam comment (you will recall that these nefarious comments plagued the old site).  So here is the recipe.  As usual it is a Prez original.  She says it is good for pasta, fish or poultry.  Add to a food processor:

2 cups baby spinach, 2T olive oil, 2T grated parmesan or romano, 1T pine nuts (optional), 3 cloves garlic, salt and pepper.

Process until a paste-like texture.  Use as a topping.

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February 17th, 2010 by Fr. Greg

Heavy Metal Umlaut

I stumbled upon this Wikipedia article by accident – don’t ask – but it is both informative and, on another level, absolutely hysterical.  My language posts are usually pretty dry, but this one is purely for fun.  Warning: some grim language.

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February 15th, 2010 by Fr. Greg

Festival Artwork!

Here is a prototype of the 2010 Grecian Festival poster.  The final version should be out soon:

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February 11th, 2010 by Fr. Greg