Fresh Fridays 
Cooking with Greek Yogurt
Many of the key ingredients in the Mediterranean Diet are downright habit forming. Once you discover their culinary charms, you find it hard to prepare meals without them.

Take Greek yogurt, for example. Prized for its tangy taste and smooth texture, it serves as a go-to ingredient in countless recipes, from sauces and dressings to main course dishes. It also provides almost twice the protein of regular yogurt, making it a healthy substitute for cream, cream cheese, sour cream, or ricotta. Since most of the whey has been strained out of Greek yogurt, it is thicker than regular yogurt and less likely to separate or curdle when heated. It also makes a sublime dessert, especially when drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped walnuts.

Here are several recipes that will introduce you to its remarkable versatility.

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The Oldways Table Blog
Mediterranean Diet studies always peak our interest. So, when we learned that a Columbia University fencing coach was traveling to Italy to launch a six month study promoting the benefits of the Med diet among athletes, we couldn't wait to talk with him. Recently, we were lucky enough to catch up with him. 


Don't run out of these basics!  
Seared Salmon Salad   seared salmon salad  

With Curry-Yogurt Dressing 

Looking for a new way to enjoy fish for dinner? Here's an easy recipe to serve on a bed of greens, topped with the tangy taste of yogurt. 


Pasta Carbonarapasta caronara  
Greek yogurt lightens this Mediterranean classic, and the artichoke hearts give it a deliciously different flavor. Leftovers reheat beautifully in the microwave.        
Spicy Yogurt Chickenspicy yogurt chicken    

Greek yogurt makes a great marinade for chicken or meat. This economical dish, which can marinate for as little as 30 minutes, provides a tasty, kid-friendly meal.


Arborio Rice Pie
Plan ahead to let this creamy dessert sit overnight before serving. It's an ideal way to use Greek yogurt for lightness and flavor.


Fresh Fridays is a bi-weekly celebration of Mediterranean eating and living. We hope our Friday recipes will remind you just how easy and delicious eating the Mediterranean way can be.

To find even more delicious Mediterranean recipes please visit:    

 Mediterranean Foods Alliance (MFA)   




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National Peanut Festival
   National Peanut Festival

Dothan, Alabama

November 4-13, 2011  

Celebrate peanut growers
and the annual harvest at this
lively event, which includes a
two-hour parade and a recipe
contest built upon creative
ideas for using peanuts,
peanut butter, or peanut oil.   


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Lidia's Italy in America

Lidia's Italy in America

by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich     

This TV chef, restaurateur, and
best-selling cookbook author
journeys to the kitchens of
Italian Americans to share the
many ways they continue to
honor the traditions of their
heritage through tasty and
innovative recipes.