A Mediterranean Menu

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Though it's now on the menu of nearly all Greek restaurants, tzatziki seems to have its roots in Persian cuisine. It can be made with any crunchy, seasonal vegetable, or a combination of different ones. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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If there was a "national cheese" of Greece, feta would be it. After subpar imitations were sold all over the world for decades, the name "feta" is now protected. According to EU law, it must be made mostly of sheep's milk and can only come from Greece. Learn more here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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Fennel grows wild all over the Greek islands and is used as an herb to add aroma to all sorts of vegetable, meat, and fish dishes. Combined with rice and mint, it makes a tasty stuffing for tomatoes. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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Delicate zucchini blossoms are perfect for stuffing with the traditional Greek flavors of feta and mint. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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Though this Tunisian treat, made with harissa, olive oil, and tuna, tastes like summer, it's a great addition to any fall party. Learn more here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.


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When cooked in a combination of garlic, olive oil, and white wine, seafood releases briny juices into the garlicky wine to create a rich, brothy sauce that has endless possibilities. Learn more here .


Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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Pimenton de la vera , a Spanish paprika, tastes of smoke and earth. It's a versatile spice that can be sprinkled over everything from hard-boiled eggs to this Spanish appetizer of shrimp bathed in olive oil and garlic. Learn more here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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There are as many recipes for keftedes , or meatballs, as there are cooks in Greece. This one mixes zucchini and bulgar into the meat instead of bread crumbs. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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This dish contains such Tunisian and Moroccan spices as caraway, cumin, and turmeric, and is spiked with harissa, the ubiquitous North African hot pepper paste. The spice mixture can also be rubbed over poultry and beef. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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In this cake the olive oil and orange and lemon zests combine to create a unique floral-herbal fragrance and a delicate texture. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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In Greece, even figs that fell off the branch or did not reach full ripeness are not wasted. They are used in cakes and jams to make the taste of summery figs last all winter long. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.

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In a variation on traditional baklava , these "cigars" use almonds instead of pistachios to make crunchy, lemony phylo rolls. View recipe here .



Experience the recipes that make the Mediterranean seaside coast so inviting.