Cooking is serious business for women of Greek heritage. Food, great food, is a time-honored way of showing love to oneself, family and friends. Comforting them too, if that’s needed. Like many other immigrant groups, after generations of living away from the homeland, much of the original culture is embodied in the food. It’s no wonder, then, that the worst arguments EVER between Greeks can be over the “right” way to make a dish.

In the Safe Haven mystery series, Sia Papas battles her daughter-in-law Helen for the cook’s throne. The elderly Sia immigrated to the United States from Greece in the 1960s. She’s a stickler for tradition. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, deviate from the ancestral culinary ways. Helen is a fourth-generation Greek-American, who enjoys adding local ingredients to Greek recipes, giving them an American flavor. She’ll even create Greek-fusion dishes. (Sia almost collapses from shock when Helen plunks a Greek-Chinese dish in front of her at a Sunday dinner!)

In this blog, I pay tribute to older and newer generations of Greek immigrants by providing both types of recipes. Have a recipe “tweaking” insight? Share your suggestion by posting a comment, and thanks very much. Now, tune in every few weeks to enjoy a little taste of the Greek life!