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Greek-American Gyros

A great recipe for traditional Greek Gyros adapted for the American kitchen. This version is made with lamb, but could be made with a combination of beef and lamb, or all beef. The typical mix for Kronos gyros meat sold in the US is 85% beef and 15% lamb. If you go to Greece, we’re […]

Mrs. A’s Meatloaf

A classic American meatloaf. One of the best you’ll taste. Not Armenian, but in the family

Ben’s High-maintenance Meat Sauce

A great pasta sauce with just enough Italian sausage…

Chee Kufta

Like its French cousin, Chee Kufta is a delicacy which is eaten raw. Only the freshest meat must be used. Grind it yourself, keep very cold and serve promptly.

Betty-Ann’s Amazing Crab Cakes

Today I’m participating in a benefit for Sankofa Fine Art.

My contribution to the event is crab cakes. About 30 of Cleveland’s amateur cooks
and professional chefs will each have our own booth, touting our ‘specialty’ for this
event. I was invited to participate in the amateur-likes-to-cook category. Bill is serving
as my assistant. The crab cakes are now ready and we will be loading the car and going
to set up later this afternoon. The event is 5:30-9pm.

It is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic and is being held in one of their buildings. My
instructions were to prepare 150 sample-sized portions of my dish; chafing dishes and other
apparatus will be provided.

Chicken in Yoghurt Sauce

Yes, this dish is somewhat rich, but everything in moderation! Uncle Howard describes the sauce on this chicken as “unctuous” and the meat literally falls of the bone. The lemony yoghurt flavor is very Middle Eastern.

Midia Dolma – Stuffed Mussels

Stuffed Mussels – This elegant appetizer has it origins in ancient Armenia.

Eggplant Moussaka

A delicious main course, moussaka has layers of eggplant covered with meat sauce topped with a cheese flavored custard. They had great moussaka at the Greek festival in Tucson, Az every year.

Hot and Spicy Shrimp

I first encountered this mouth-watering dish at the Hunan Garden in New York City’s Chinatown. This is the closest I’ve come to duplicating that restaurant dish.


Falafel is a delicious meatless sandwich which is very popular in Jewish neighborhoods in many cities. I was introduced to falafel in college at an event sponsored by the Hillel Foundation. You may bake the falafel to reduce the fat. They aren’t quite as good, but they are healthier.