Our favorite local restaurant, Dmitris, is a special place for M and me. It's been a long favorite, with authentic and amazingly prepared Greek small plates. It's located on Fitler Square park, where M proposed to me, and we always smile when we remember all the days while M was a first year medical student. We'd walk by and stop to read the menu, always dreaming of being able to afford a night out at such a cozy, intimate spot.
Years have passed with Dmitris as our special place. We've had anniversaries, dinners with both our parents, countless dates, and milestone celebrations at almost every table there. On March 9th, our Dmitris will be closing. They lost the lease, and for M and me, it's the end of an era. We're silently thankful for our upcoming move to NYC to lessen the ongoing grief over this loss!
Among our favorite dishes there includes what they call "Greek with Greens." It's a bright and perfect salad loaded with hunks of briney feta, zesty kalamatas, and crisp greens. This pasta dish is my homage to those flavors, which we crave regularly.
These cold nights call for a piping hot, comforting pasta bowl with all those fabulous Greek flavors we love. This rigatoni is simmered in a lightly creamy sauce and tossed with bright spinach, hot pepper flakes, feta, and chopped kalamatas olives... Oh, and don't forget the juicy slices of sweet basil turkey sausage!
Although we'll have to fiercely protect our wonderful memories of long chats and laughter over fried smelts, hummus and grilled pita, lamb, and of course, Greek with Greens, it is some small consolation to channel those memories over my own stove and serve them at my home table.
Greek with Greens Pasta: serves 2
2 cups rigatoni *reserve pasta water
1/2 bag frozen spinach
2 sweet basil pesto turkey sausages, sliced (Trader Joe's)
1/4 onion, halved and sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup light whipped cream cheese
1 T. red pepper flakes
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 cup kalamata olives, lightly chopped
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
Salt to taste
Boil pasta according to directions, adding the frozen spinach once pasta turns al dente, and turning off heat. Once spinach is thawed in the pasta water, drain and reserve the water.
Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add a couple T. of your oil to coat, then add sausages and onions to brown. Turn heat to medium low and add the olive oil and cream cheese. Stir to blend as it heats, then stir in the pepper, garlic, and cumin. Pour your drained rigatoni and spinach into the saucepan and stir to combine. Add some of the pasta water and bring to a simmer until sauce thickens further. Stir well and salt to taste.
Divide into two pasta bowls, squeeze with lemon if desired, and top with feta crumbles.
My name is Joanna and I have read your blog and I really liked your recipes! I work for a website called myTaste.com and I would love for you to join us! :)
www.mytaste.com is a search engine that collects food blogs. We already have over 3000 blogs and if you join us you will take benefit from the trafic that we are sending to your blog.
Hopefully with your recipes your blog will be on the top of the food blogs list! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
To join myTaste, just go to www.mytaste.com/add-your-food-blog
Awesome tips! I wish I would have read your ideas pre starting my blog!ReplyDelete
I saw Your blog and I thought it had great recipes and awesome pictures! I therefore would like to invite You to our new culinary website which has just started.
This is how it works in short. TastyQuery.com is a website for food bloggers and their fans allowing them to automatically collect recipes from Your food blog. It's a large database of links to recipes on food blogs. Everyone can join us for free.
For more please visit:
TastyQuery.com is an English version of our main website called "Mikser Kulinarny", founded in Poland. "Mikser Kulinarny" has a large audience (over 2 mln unique visitors monthly) and with TastyQuery.com we want to repeat that success and drive thousands of new visitors to your food blog.
In case of any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
I'd like to invite you to join our site www.erecipe.com . I really enjoy your blog and recipes and I think the over 8,000 unique daily visitors to eRecipe will too.ReplyDelete
By joining eRecipe, we will provide the Nutrition Facts for every recipe you post in which you could customize and add to your blog. Viewers need and love to know the nutritional facts. Its a free service that we offer to blogs and recipes we really love. It looks professional and your members will love it.
Simply visit www.erecipe.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward having you in our network!
Thank You Very Much, like your post pre starting my blog!ReplyDelete
Thank for sharing this nice article thanks a lot i like this article very muchReplyDelete
wow very nice dish i like pastaReplyDelete
All the recipes are triggering mu taste buds!!!WOW!!!ReplyDelete
hi,nice post,thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank for sharing this nice article thanks a lot i like this article very much!Laptop service center in VelacheryReplyDelete
Thank You Very Much, like your post pre starting my blog!Laptop service center in ambatturReplyDelete
Thanks for your sharingReplyDelete
Laptop service center in chennaiReplyDelete
Thank for sharing this nice article thanks a lot i like this article very much!ReplyDelete
It was very useful information thanks for sharing it. laptop service center in vadapalaniReplyDelete