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    Jo Forbes
    May 25, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Hi. Love you on Facebook, e-mail and recipe downloads! You are so refreshing and so are your recipes. I have a question. Have a new Hamilton Beach electric frypan. Question: Do you think your oven recipes
    will do well with the frypan, using the controls to match oven Temp. Could lower temp in my kitchen this
    hot summer.

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      dimitra
      June 6, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Jo! Thank you so much for being here!!
      Honestly, I’ve never used the frying pan. I’m interested in hearing how it turns out when you try it. ALl the best!

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    Lavi
    June 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    You are saying 8 ounces of lemon juice, it’s a Cup.. in your recipe for Ladolemon you say 1/4 cup….. I think the 8 ounces here is an error

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      dimitra
      June 6, 2019 at 11:16 pm

      This is still considered ladolemono. Since we’re making a big batch of lamb shanks, 8 ounces of lemon juice will be needed. Hope that helps.

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    Betty Elias
    June 14, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Hi

    I was unable to subscribe to your website πŸ™

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      dimitra
      June 14, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Betty,
      I’m sorry about that. I’ll look into it to see what went wrong. Did you use the pop-up form or the form on the side bar?
      I’ll add you manually for now πŸ™‚
      Dimitra

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    Moreno
    June 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Meant to give this 5 stars, but the mouse mis-clicked. Love this recipe! Tastes just like what I use to eat when I lived in Europe.

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    Misty S
    June 17, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Hello, could this pesto be frozen?

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      dimitra
      June 17, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, this pesto can be frozen. My favorite way to freeze it is in ice cube trays πŸ™‚ Once frozen, just transfer the pesto cubes to a freezer bag and pop into soups, stews, or pasta when you need it. Enjoy!

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      Robin
      August 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      I’ve also frozen this recipe in a ziplock bag. I just left out the cheese and the lemon juice when making it, then added them fresh before serving. So good!

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    jeremy
    June 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    hi dimitra,
    can this be done at a lower temperature 130C (275 F) for longer cook time and is this fail apart tender like with two forks or even by hand?

    much thanks!

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    Connie B.
    June 19, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Hi Dimitra,
    The ingredients for your naan /pita bread is not listed in the description box. Could you please list the exact ingredients . Looking forward to making this bread.

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      dimitra
      June 19, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you! I’ve corrected that.

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    Donna Sue
    June 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Love, Love, Love your video instructions, absolutely great tips. I’ve learned so much on preparation that it is now almost effortless to prepare Spanakopita Pie and Triangles. Thank you. Question – after preparing triangles for serving the next day is it best to bake and reheat the following day, OR refrigerate overnight and bake the next day, OR freeze overnight and bake the next day?

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    Donna Sue
    June 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    YES! Please, please share your NY Cheesecake recipe!!! These cups are amazing, they are going to this years Fourth of July festivities topped with fresh from the local farm Blueberries and Strawberries (red, white and blue). Again, your videos are so much appreciated Dimitra – THANK YOU.

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    Jessica Fateh
    June 29, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Your Spanakopita is hands down the BEST recipe!! Thank you!!!

    Would it be possible to prep it ahead of time and refrigerate? Maybe let it set out to return to room temperature before baking? TIA!

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      dimitra
      June 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you!! I’m so happy you love it as much as we do πŸ™‚ You can actually assemble it and freeze up to 2 months! Just make sure to wrap it well in plastic. When ready to bake, remove plastic and tent with foil, pop in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake 45 minutes covered. Remove the foil and bake until golden all around. So simple!

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        Christine
        August 24, 2019 at 5:08 am

        Could I use your recipe in triangles and bake for shorter time as appies? I have made the pie and it was fabulous!!! Counting on leftovers but it all got devoured in one dinner.

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    Donna Sue
    July 3, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Needed to use less sour cream, as the filling was not thick enough to do the rolls. My local stores use smaller sized phyllo sheets, so had to adjust for that as well. As for the baking the shells, I reduced the time in the oven as 10 minutes is too much, they do get golden as you say – but I see your shells before they were filled in were not “nice and golden” and thus they didn’t over cook when they went into the oven with the filling. Learning…but overall good. The filling, as you say, is not too sweet.

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    Alisa
    July 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Dimitra, This is the 2nd time I’ve tried this recipe, just wowed my guests! I doubled the amount of nuts in the filling (personal taste) other than that no changes. I have served it with ice cream & sour cherries (like you suggested), ice cream & chocolate or caramel sauce, also with strawberries and whipped cream or just plain! Love your site, helps me keep my Greek heritage alive!

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      dimitra
      July 6, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Awesome!! I’m so glad you like these. They’re perfect for summer gatherings πŸ™‚

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    Alex t
    July 5, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Really enjoyed the taste of this filling and want to use it from now on. The problem I had was it came out β€œwet” and made bottom layer of phyllo soggy. Thought I could drain the ricotta, maybe cook the spinach ahead of time and or cut back on the oil? I’ve read some people add farina to soak up fluid. Any ideas on how to fix? Thanks the taste was right on the mark!

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      dimitra
      July 6, 2019 at 10:57 am

      I’m glad that you enjoyed this recipe. There are a few things that you can do. I wouldn’t bother cooking the spinach ahead of time. You can drain the ricotta, that will help a little. The most helpful tips are:
      -Use thicker phyllo (a country style would work great)
      -Sprinkle some bread crumbs, trahana pasta, or farina between the layers
      -Increase the temperature for the last 10-15 minutes and if you have a pizza stone o oven tile, or even a cast-iron pan, bake it on that to get the bottom nicely crispy.
      Hope this helps for next time. All the best, Dimitra

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        Kim
        September 13, 2019 at 3:38 am

        What brand of phyllo do you use? The filling is on point! But mine had a soggy bottom, too. The brand that I could get was a bit small for the pan, so I kind of had to layer it, so I don’t know if that would make a difference.
        Would adding farina (?) change the flavor?

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    Bonny
    July 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Your Boureki recipe is divine. Divine!!!! It’s my new favorite. I’m throwing the others away. It’s perfection. ❀️

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    Pat
    July 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Made this last night exactly as you said. Was wonderful everyone loved it.
    Thanks.

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    Robin
    July 7, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Delicious, and such a great way to use up all this spinach. ;). Spinach and walnuts are welcome alternatives since they’re easier to get in my area. At mealtime, I added just a little pasta water to thin as a sauce. Thank you!

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    Bea
    July 7, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Dimitri! Hope you are having a great vacation if you’re still gone. I want to make a honey cake in my beehive cake mold by Nordic Ware it’s in two pieces if you could look it up and let me know if I could use this recipe or not I would sincerely appreciate it. Thanks!
    Bea

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    Elizabeth
    July 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Scanned all the apple pie and tart recipe options online and made your Puff Pastry Apple Tart. It was my first time and I am not an experienced cook. It was so easy and so delicious. I got rave reviews from my friends. They loved the tart apple flavor (I was looking for a recipe that included lemon). I used half granny smith and half Honey crisp. Five Stars!

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      dimitra
      July 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you!! I’m so glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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    Vicky Padbury
    July 11, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Hello Dimitra
    Just to say I love all your recipes, though haven’t tried them all, and feel very lucky to continue getting all your scrumptious videos which are so clear.
    I am about to make your Leek and red pepper phyllo spirals, and think I might freeze them. Could you give me the oven temperature and timings if cooked from frozen please.
    On a different note, I hope your mum is doing well in her recovery from her accident.
    Best wishes
    Vicky (UK)

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      dimitra
      July 16, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Vicky!
      Thanks so much for being here and for caring about my mom. She’s doing much better day by day. Pleas keep her in your thoughts and prayers πŸ™‚ As for the spirals, you may prepare them and freeze them up to 1 month ahead of time. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and cover the tray with foil. Be sure to brush the foil that will touch the spirals with melted butter or with cooking spray so that it does not stick to the phyllo and tear it… Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, reduce the temp to 350 F. and bake until golden all around. That could take another 30 minutes or more. Enjoy!

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    Donna
    July 14, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Some Phyllo packs have different numbers on them for the thickness, do you the same for all your recipes and what number do you like?? I love watching your videos! You are a great cooking teacher!!!

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      dimitra
      July 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Donna! Thanks so much for being here! The most commonly sold phyllo is number 4. It’s the thin phyllo and is great for using in almost any recipe. You will have many layers in each 1 pound package compared to the thicker cut phyllo rolls. I do prefer the thicker phyllo when making spirals and pies because it’s heartier and easier to work with. It doesn’t tear as easy. But, I don’t fuss too much even if it tears. It just adds more character and it’s nothing that another layer or two can’t fix..haha! Hope this was helpful πŸ™‚

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    Robin
    July 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    So delicious and quick. I boosted it a little bit with a splash of balsamic vinegar, so good. Thank you Dimitra!

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    Donna
    July 19, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    These are so good!!!

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    Donna
    July 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I married into a greek family and this was the first time I tried this!! I gave some to yia yia and she said it was better than hers!!!!! Now I cant stay off your site!! I love your videos!! Thank you for teaching me how to cook!!!!! πŸ™‚

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      Elaine
      September 3, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      So farina or semolina on bottom layer won’t work? How about the bread rubs just on the bottom layer? I don have a pizza stone or cast iron pan! Lol

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        dimitra
        September 4, 2019 at 11:20 am

        That will work too!

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    Donna
    July 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I have your salmon in the oven right now !!! It smells soooo good!!! And this afternoon I made your biscotti’s! I went from not liking to cook to loving it because of your videos!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

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    Petros
    July 20, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Dimitra,

    I love this recipe and taste of tsoureki. I have made it and it turned out perfect… I was wondering do you have a way to make this low carb/keto but still keep the great taste it has.
    Thanks
    Petros

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      dimitra
      July 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Petro! I will test some recipes and see what happens. If I come up a decent recipe I will share πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for being here and I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe!

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    BJ
    July 29, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe!
    I’ve got TWO strudel in the oven right now! LOL

    I’m in So. California and we have a Gordon Apple tree in our backyard that is going crazy this year…likely from all the beneficial rain we had this past winter. I’ve given away all the apples I can so now I need to find as many apple recipes as I can possibly find to use up all these apples, and since my husband and I really like strudel (which I haven’t made in years), I decided to start with that.

    I especially like using cranberries & nuts in recipes so this recipe really caught my eye.
    I actually usually keep a batch of Trader Joe’s trail mix on-hand (with cranberries, whole almonds & some cashews) that I pulse in our Nutri-Ninja to just break up the nuts & cranberries enough to use in my homemade Greek-Style yogurt or eat in a cup with a little half ‘n half.

    To the above trail mix, I also added 1.5 cup of chopped walnuts for this recipe.

    I’m baking two strudel because the most recent batch of apples I pulled off the tree amounted to several pounds, so I cut up at least 30 (small) apples (Gorden Apples are a tart green apples, very similar to a Granny Smith, but they don’t get very big). I’ll admit, even though I held back about a cup of the apple mixture to zap in the microwave, I did overfill these strudels, so they’re over-flowing a bit, but that’s ok…with me! But, next time, I’ll hold back a bit more so they don’t overflow.

    Oh…..I also left the skin on my apples and sliced them thin. I try to eat “whole-foods” whenever possible (I do a lot of juice in my Vitamix 7500 and use the whole apple ….sans the seeds due to the natural arsenic).

    Well they’re done! I cooked them about 50 minutes total. ….oh darn, I’m the only one up to try some! (it’s after midnight right now.

    Thanks again!
    BJ

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    Nancy Patterson
    July 30, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Soooooo delicious! Excellent recipe in terms of taste & very detailed instructions. I love stuffed grape leaves but at times I have a yen for ones with lamb, so I make them. I like that there’s no precooking the rice or lamb.
    Thank you!

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    Stacie
    August 8, 2019 at 12:18 am

    This recipe is delicious and and easy to make. I used lamb instead of beef. Great week night meal!

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    Wendy Ellis
    August 10, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I have all ingredients for this lovely cherry almond tart, and am anxious to make it. Cherries were on sale for $1.47/pound (in Las Vegas!), so I couldn’t resist buying two large bags. I even ordered a cherry pitter on Amazon, and that’s all I’m waiting for, to begin. I bought a nice tart pan awhile back, and this will be my first time using it. I can’t think of a more tempting tart to break it in with. Thanks for all the delicious recipes you share, Dimitra. You make them look so easy. I’ll let you know how my tart turns out. 😊

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    Mary Hills
    August 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I made these koulourakia last week and I want to say they are the best. Our family was born in Greece and we have our own recipe as do many others. I think the secret to these is the butter and the 35% cream. Thanks for a great recipe.

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    David Thompson
    August 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Hi , I lived on thassos for two years in the 80,s playing the guitar for a living . Breakfast was cheese or cream bougatsa this recipe is bang on . It would taste better at 5:00 am staggering back from a club which is when I had it in thassos town harbour
    Respect .
    David

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    Aurora Saldana
    August 19, 2019 at 5:31 am

    hi: in the hummus recipe you mention three roasted garlic but you don’t include it n the procedure. I suppose it goes in together with the fresh, no? I love hummus but never thought of the roasted garlic to tone down the raw one.
    Aurora

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      dimitra
      August 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Aurora! Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve fixed the procedure and it now includes the roasted garlic. Hope you enjoy this recipe πŸ™‚

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    lonnie hartstack
    August 20, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Can I make this and freeze it a week before my event or can I make and refrigerate for 4 days before I serve it???

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      dimitra
      August 21, 2019 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Lonnie! This dish is best made the day it will be served however you can cut the potatoes a day ahead of time,place them in a bowl and cover with water and set in the fridge until the next day. Marinate the chicken and set it in the baking tray, cover with plastic and refrigerate. The next day, about 30 minutes before you are ready to roast the chicken take it out of the fridge, strain the potatoes, add them to the chicken tray and season them then roast everything and serve. Hope this helps. xoxo

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    Theresia
    August 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Dimitra,
    Can you please mention the ingredients in grams/liters?
    Many thanks in advance!

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      dimitra
      August 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Theresia, yes, I am working on something new and I will share the details in a few days! It will include metric conversions with the recipes πŸ™‚ Stay tuned! and thanks so much for being here!!

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        Theresia
        August 23, 2019 at 10:48 pm

        Efkharisto poli Dimitra πŸ˜‰ i made it yesterday and it turned out SO yummy!! Thanks so much. I love Greece and Greek food ❀

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    larry
    August 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Dimitra,
    I love your presentation and look forward to making the spinach pie. Looks awesome. I live alone and want to know if I make and bake the complete package 18-13, can I package some pieces for the freezer. You mentioned freezing before before baking and not after. Thanks for a great looking recipe.
    Larry

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      dimitra
      August 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks for being here, Larry! I suggest that you make 2 small trays instead of the large one. Bake one and freeze one πŸ™‚ 2 quarter sheet baking pans will work. Hope this helps! All the best πŸ™‚

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        Laurel
        September 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

        Sounds yummy! Do you cook the one from the freezer frozen? Or thaw first? Thanks

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          dimitra
          September 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

          Yes, I just bake it straight from the freezer. Just make sure to keep it covered with foil for the first 45 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until golden.

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    linda
    August 26, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Being on a program with strict limitations on sodium and carbs, I use a lot of steamed vegetables and spend my sodium/carb allowance on interesting “sauces” on top to vary and enhance the flavor of the vegetables. Usually, there are several different topping sauces in my freezer and sometimes I spend an afternoon restocking this inventory. This spinach pesto is just what I need to add to my sauce repertoire. By the way, I am addicted to your spanokopita recipe; I feel like a genius when I make it.

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    Dory Scott
    August 26, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Dear Dimitra,
    I made your Fakes soup yesterday. It was so easy and it’s absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

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    Katherine
    August 28, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I just made these tonight for the first time ever. These were amazing! Thank you so much for all you do!!

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    Cathy
    August 29, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I have made your recipe a few times. It is so good. I made your greek flatbread to have with it. My husband and I enjoyed this for dinner. We couldn’t stop eating it until it was all gone. It’s easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought. Thank you!

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    Vanessa
    September 1, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Sensational. Simple easy-to-follow instructions. Perfect combination. This is the recipe for our family. My son thought the flavours were delightful. My husband thought it was de-vine. Thank you Dimitra. <3

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    Bruno Di Giusto
    September 2, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Oh my! Light, tender, flavorful, it was a total success. Thank you, Dimitra, for sharing your passion with us

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    Margaret
    September 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Dimitra, thank you so much my young beauty for this great recipe. Mine should be coming out of the oven shortly. I am serving it with linguini in creamy white clam sauce. You are my favorite chef. Thank you for your kind generosity.

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    Yona
    September 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

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    Bronna Elizabeth Harvey
    September 10, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I love DELICIOUS Recipe and they are from Greek Thank u i rating 10

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    Margaret
    September 11, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Well, this is the last time I will try this recipe. I have made 4 loaves and they were all gooey after cooking. My dough looks and acts like your dough but after the first rising it is way to gooey and when I set it to rise it spreads out like a pancake. I followed your recipe precisely and watched that video 3 times! I did add more flour while at the same time allowing it to be more “moist” as you said but no go. I LOVE all your recipes and even successfully used this one for the twists with feta but for bread it was not a winner. I am sure it’s me…. oh well. At least I tried right? Thank you for all of your kind generosity just the same young beauty.

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      dimitra
      September 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Margaret! I’m so sorry that you’re experiencing this. I make this bread so often and hope we can troubleshoot to figure out what’s going wrong.
      It sounds like the dough needs a lot more flour. I will take a look at the recipe and make it once more to see if maybe I have to adjust it. But, if you’re willing to I’ve it another try go ahead and add more flour so that it’s tacky, not sticky. See if that solves the problem and let me know πŸ™‚ All the best, Dimitra

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    Lina
    September 16, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Hi Dimitra,
    I’m Greek myself and my family loves this dish. (Gemista)
    Can I substitute basmati rice for italien pearl rice ?

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      dimitra
      September 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Yes, you can. I use Basmati rice all the time in this dish πŸ™‚

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    Maria Diakidis
    September 18, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Hi Dimitra,
    Just wondering if I can omit the dill altogether and just mix the rest of the ingredients .
    Maria

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      dimitra
      September 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, you can do that πŸ™‚

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