Octopus with Chickpea Salad

Grilled Octopus @ MP Taverna

Octopus is perhaps one of the most recognized of Greek dishes, but many people are afraid of it because they think it’s difficult to cook. The technique in this recipe solves that problem- it comes out beautifully tender. Once you have this technique down, you can add diced octopus to a cold seafood salad, or []

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No Kitchen Required


BBC AMERICA’s new original adventure cooking competition series, No Kitchen Required, follows three chefs as they are dropped into the most exotic and remote places on earth. There they must work with the locals to hunt, fish and forage for ingredients to create locally-inspired meals that will be judged by the communities. The series will re-run on BBC America September 4th through the 12th.

CBS This Morning’s The Dish

Michael Psilakis has garnered many awards, including Best New Chef from Food & Wine magazine and Chef of the Year from both Bon Appetit and Esquire magazines. He shared his favorite dish on “CBS This Morning: Saturday”: Grilled Branzino, Greek Salad, Meatball and Yogurt with Fruit and Honey. (cbsnews.com)

Healthy Dishes, BetterTV

Chef Michael Psilakis creates healthy Greek dishes on Better TV.

Good Morning America

Chef Michael Psilakis appears on Good Morning America and leads host George Stephanopoulos in a demonstration of his recipes for Roasted Leg of Lamb from his acclaimed cookbook, How to Roast a Lamb.

Feta Stuffed Fig

Fig Stuffed with Feta Wrapped with Pasthourma

I love this incredibly easy meze because you get all the great flavors in one mouthful: barnyard/earthy (depending on the cheese), salty, sweet.  Wrap the figs the night before if you like.  Store in a covered container and bring back to room temperature before serving raw or searing as below.  If you can find really moist, dark purple dried figs, they can be substituted for fresh figs. Pasthourma is a heavily spiced version of bresaola, with a thick spice layer visible on the outside.