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December 2009 Newsletter
 This Month 
December's Article: Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet Special Feature: Parish Names (Part 2 of 3)
What's New: Beauty Care, Ornaments, Calendars, Vintage Prints, Vancouver Pins, Greek Flag Gear, Tshirts Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Paxoi
Latest Arrivals: Sterling Silver Jewelry Accessories, Music, Books, Toys, Snacks, Magnets, Statues December's Recipe: Puff Pastry Stars
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December's Recipe:
Puff Pastry Stars

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb puff pasty (in 2 large sheets)
  • 1 lb (450 gr) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cherry sauce*
  • 8 oz (250g) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar

Preparation:
Beat the cream cheese with the sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl, until mixed. On a well-floured worktop, open the pastry sheets. Using a cardboard cutout as a guide, cut each sheet into 6 pentagons, with 3.5inch (9cm) sides. Place on 2 buttered baking sheets. At the center of each side make a 1.5 inch cut from the edge towards the center. Put 3 tablespoons of cheese filling onto the center and spread towards the corners. Starting at one corner, bring up 2 adjacent sides; overlap to form point. Wet sides and press lightly to seal. Repeat with remaining corners, to form a 5-pointed star. Brush with a little melted butter. If you have a convection oven you can bake them all together in a 400 F (200 C) oven for 15-20 minutes. Otherwise, bake one sheet at a time. Because puff pastry expands better when baked cold, refrigerate the pastries for 2 hours before baking. After baking, cool on a rack. Meanwhile, make the cherry sauce*. Whip the cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla. Put in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and chill until ready to use. Put 2 tablespoons cherry sauce in the center of each pastry. Pipe a wreath of whipped cream around the cherries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Preparation time 2 hrs.


*Cherry Sauce
Various canned fruit sauces (pie fillings) are available on the market. To make homemade cherry sauce, drain and measure the juice from a 28 oz (800 gr) can of cherries. For each cup of juice, add two tablespoons of cornstarch (and two tablespoons sugar if the juice is not sweet). Stir over low heat until thick and clear. Remove from heat, stir in 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, and the cherries. Cool to room temperature before using.


 
Festive Cuisine by Vefa AlexiadouExcerpts and Photography from: Festive Cuisine
by Vefa Alexiadou
 
December's Article:
Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet


CRETAN NUTRITION AND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

The Gastronomic Chart of Crete
Tradition plays a major role in food preparation as it combines knowledge of nature and a sense of measure. This combination has given rise to a range of traditional dishes that are both tasty and nourishing, e.g. urchin salad, stuffed vine leaves ('dolmadakia'), stuffed vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, the flowers of marrows, potatoes), fried snails, animal entrails in lemon sauce ('gardoumia'), cuttlefish cooked in its ink Skordoulakoi (plant roots) and green salads offer unique palatable experiences. The same is true concerning other dishes which may be particular to a specific location of the island.

The traditional cuisine of Crete is the result of very long experience that has managed to preserve the sensorial qualities and terminology of Cretan dishes throughout the centuries The culinary art of the island is based on simple techniques and original combinations of the ingredients involved in the preparation of a wide range of dishes.

The ultimate aim has always been the enhancement of tastes and nutritious benefits from all products used in the making of the various dishes. The products that form the spine of the Cretan cuisine are olive oil, cereals, wine, vegetables, dairy products and wild greens/herbs. Summer preparations require discrete combination of ingredients, such that make an optimal use of garden produce, delicious dairy products, fish, mollusks, urchins, crispy cooked goat meat and fresh fruits. There are 72 kinds of edible herbs/greens that are consumed raw, baled or braised These herbs/greens are found in abundance in autumn and winter, when there is a riot of vegetation owing to rains In summer the inhabitants enjoy the purslane, open-air vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, blites, nightshade, marrows) and vine leaves.

The hearts of Cretans are among the strongest in the world...
The Cretan diet is based on olive oil. This precious juice has a high content in monounsaturated fatty acids. Cretans in contrast to northern Europeans, use a lot of olive oil in the preparation of their meals. This explains the fact that cardiovascular diseases are rare among the population of Crete in comparison to other countries where animal fats (butter, margarine, lard, etc.), i.e. saturated fatty acids, are used.

The Mediterranean diet, a very broad term encompassing the nutritional habits of the peoples in the Mediterranean basin, received international acclaim following the publication of the Seven Countries Study. This study established that Cretans were found to manifest the lowest mortality rates from coronary heart diseases in relation to other population groups that participated in the study This find was attributed to a diet rich in olive oil (100gr per capita on average per day) which constitutes one third of the energy intake required by the human body. Recent scientific evidence shows that high consumption of olive oil not only reduces the levels of LDL cholesterol in blood, but also inhibits the oxidation of LDL owing to the effects of antioxidant substances, e g tocophenols, polyphenols, etc in olive oil. In addition, the olive oil does not reduce HDL levels, in contrast to the polyunsaturates (vegetable oils). The latter are rich in hyperoxides whose oxidating effects in lipoproteins is the prime cause for the deposit of lipids in the walls of the arteries.

Continued next month


Excerpts and Photography from
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone
by Myrsini Lambraki


 Special Feature: Parish Names
 Part 2 of 3

Every parish constitutes both an entity of communicants from that particular locale as well as the fullness of the universal (catholic) Church. One does not exist outside the other. With this understanding, every Orthodox parish receives the name of a Saint or event in the life of Christ or the Theotokos. While the procedures vary as to how the naming occurs, the name ties the local community to the Church throughout the ages. The name often gives the local community inspiration and something to emulate as members progress on their Christian walk. Below are the names of the parishes in the Metropolis of Chicago with a brief explanation about the Saint(s) or events and the date of the feast day on which they are commemorated.

Continued from last month...

Holy Trinity
Although the Trinity is revealed at various times throughout the Bible (e.g. Jesus' baptism), the Sunday of Pentecost is the day set aside to celebrate the One God in Three Persons. Fifty days after Easter (Pascha), as promised, God sends the Holy Spirit upon the twelve Apostles as tongues of fire. In this action we see the final, definitive revelation of the dogma of the Holy Trinity.

St. Andrew
St. Andrew (the First Called) was the first Apostle chosen by the Lord and Simon Peter's brother. Tradition holds that he was crucified in Patras, Greece, after  having served as the first Bishop of Constantinople. In 1964 AD his relics were returned to the Patriarch of Constantinople after having been taken and put in the Vatican in 1462 AD.

St. Athanasios
A disciple of St. Anthony the Great (whose biography he wrote) and eventual Patriarch of Alexandria, while still a Deacon he refuted Arius' heresy at the First  Ecumenical Council in Nicea in 325 AD. Exiled over seventeen years because of his orthodoxy and continuing fight against Arius' followers, he died in peace on May 2, 373.

St. Anthony the Great
Considered the Father of monks, he was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 251 AD into a wealthy family. Orphaned at a young age, he distributed his inheritance to the poor and moved into the desert to devote himself to prayer, fasting, and manual labor. He died in 356 AD at the age of 105 on January 17th.

St. Basil the Great
One of the Three Hierarchs, and author of the Divine Liturgy that bears his name, Basil was born around 329 AD in Cappadocia to a family where his grandmother, mother, and all his brothers and sisters became Saints of the Church. Although very learned, he abandoned a worldly career to become an ascetic and wrote many homilies on asceticism. He defended the Church faithfully against pro-Arian Emperors and died peacefully at age 49 on Jan. 1, 379.

St. Dionysios of Zakynthos
Born and raised on the island of Zakynthos, Greece, St. Dionysios is remembered as the forgiving Saint. He reportedly gave shelter and aid to a murderer who confessed to killing the Saint's brother. Not revealing that the man has killed his own brother, Dionysios remained quiet, both forgiving the man and helping him escape. St. Dionysios passed away in 1611 AD, and His incorrupt body still remains on Zakynthos where his intercessions are credited with countless miracels. His feast day is celebrated on December 17.

St. Elias the Prophet
Known also as Elijah, he was a hero of faithfulness to God and powerful prophet during a time when Israel had turned away from God and returned to pagan practices (850s BC). After fleeing the wrath of King Achab of Israel and his pagan Queen Isabella, Elias was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire in front of his disciple Elisha. His memory is celebrated on July 20.

St. Demetrios
A beloved Saint of Greek Orthodox, Demetrios was a Roman soldier from Thessaloniki who was martyred by order of the Emperor Maximian in the beginning of the fourth century. He drew the Emperor's wrath by encouraging a young man named Nestor to fight and defeat the pagan gladiator Lyaios. Remembered on October 26, countless miracles have been ascribed to the Saint from the time of his martyrdom.

St. George
A revered captain in the Roman army and faithful Christian, he appeared before the Emperor Diocletian and publicly tore up an edict ordering a new wave of Christian persecution. After various tortures could not get him to recant, he was beheaded in 296 AD in Nicomedia. Celebrated on April 23, his steadfast faith caused Diocletian's wife (Queen Alexandra) to become a Christian.

St. lakovos (Tames)
Known from earliest Christian times as "brother of the Lord" (adelfotheos), he was the first Bishop of Jerusalem and presided over the first Apostolic council there in 49 AD. He was martyred under Emperor Nero in 62 AD and is remembered on October 23.

St. John the Baptist
The cousin of Christ, St. John is known as the Forerunner because he prepared the way for Christ's teaching with his preaching and baptism of repentance. In Orthodox churches his icon is immediately next to Christ's on the iconostasis and he typically gestures toward Christ. His feast is celebrated the day after Epiphany (Theophania) on January 7.

Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis
Excerpts and Photography from
Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches
of the Chicago Metropolis
by Panos Fiorentinos

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40 Hronia Pashalis & Olympians 1966-2006 (2CD)
Aromata Adi Yia Nafthalini, Melina Kana

Aromata Adi Yia Nafthalini, Melina Kana
Adithesis, Kostas Hatzis (2CD)

Adithesis, Kostas Hatzis (2CD)
Prosopografia, Tania Tsanaklidou

Prosopografia, Tania Tsanaklidou
Stin Odo Pouthena, Lefteris Pantazis (CD + DVD)

Stin Odo Pouthena, Lefteris Pantazis (CD + DVD)
To Dimotiko Tragoudi Ine Edo No.18 (2CD + DVD)

To Dimotiko Tragoudi Ine Edo
No.18 (2CD + DVD)
To Dimotiko Tragoudi Ine Edo No.16

To Dimotiko Tragoudi Ine Edo No.16
 Books
Omega Diet : The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete

Omega Diet : The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete
The Parthenon Cookbook: Great Mediterranean Recipes from the Heart of Chicago's Greektown

The Parthenon Cookbook: Great Mediterranean Recipes from the Heart of Chicago's Greektown
Greece and the Greek Islands Panorama

Greece and the Greek Islands Panorama
New Acropolis Museum

New Acropolis Museum
Culture and Customs of Greece, Artemis Leontis

Culture and Customs of Greece, Artemis Leontis
The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown (In Greek)

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown (In Greek)
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)
New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)

New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)
Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)

Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
(In Greek)
Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)

Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer (In Greek)
How to Roast a Lamb : New Greek Classic Cooking

How to Roast a Lamb : New Greek Classic Cooking

 
The Ottoman Kitchen, Modern Recipes from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Lebanon, Syria and beyond

The Ottoman Kitchen, Modern Recipes from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Lebanon, Syria and beyond
Politics and Society in Ancient Greece, Nicholas F Jones

Politics and Society in Ancient Greece, Nicholas F Jones

Kazamias 2010 - Greek Almanac

Kazamias 2010 - Greek Almanac

Kazamias 2010 - Greek Almanac (Ksematiasmata Edition)

Kazamias 2010 - Greek Almanac (Ksematiasmata Edition)
 Toys and Games
Boardgame - Lexis Lexis Lexis (Greek Word Game) Ages 8+

Boardgame - Lexis Lexis Lexis (Greek Word Game) Ages 8+
Lexomahies Greek Word Battle Board Game 8+

Lexomahies Greek Word Battle Board Game 8+
Nisopoli Greek Island Monopoly Board Game 8+

Nisopoli Greek Island Monopoly Board Game 8+
Orizontia and Katheta Scrabble Board Game 8+

Orizontia and Katheta Scrabble Board Game 8+
Caterpillar Greek Alphabet Puzzle Ages 3+

Caterpillar Greek Alphabet Puzzle Ages 3+
Greek Alphabet Puzzle - Matching Game 3+

Greek Alphabet Puzzle - Matching Game 3+
Childrens First Electronic Greek Storybook - To Proto Mou Vivlio

Childrens First Electronic Greek Storybook - To Proto Mou Vivlio
Fisher Price Childrens Greek Electronic Storybook with Songs and Rhymes

Fisher Price Childrens Greek Electronic Storybook with Songs and Rhymes
Childrens Greek Talking Puzzle Car with Pull String

Childrens Greek Talking Puzzle Car with Pull String
Childrens Greek Interactive Talking and Walking Selina Doll

Childrens Greek Interactive Talking and Walking Selina Doll
Childrens Greek Interactive Singing Sisi Doll

Childrens Greek Interactive Singing Sisi Doll
 
  Snacks, Desserts and Baking
Coffee Loumidis Black - Net Wt. 16oz (454 gr)

Coffee Loumidis Black -
Net Wt. 16oz (454 gr)
 
Chocolate Macedonian Halva with Dark Chocolate Coating 400g

Chocolate Macedonian Halva with
Dark Chocolate Coating 400g
 
Sesame Halva with Honey 100g

Sesame Halva with Honey 100g

 
 Ouzo Candy Net Wt. 16oz

Ouzo Candy Net Wt. 16oz
 Assorties ION Chocolate Pralines (Four Flavors)

Assorties ION Chocolate Pralines
(Four Flavors)
Greek Dried Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds

Greek Dried Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds
 
Greek Dried Nuts, White Salted Chick Peas

Greek Dried Nuts,
White Salted Chick Peas
 Greek Dried Nuts, Yellow Chick Peas

Greek Dried Nuts,
Yellow Chick Peas
 Ancient Greek Magnets
Ancient Greek Magnet New Arrivals
 
Ancient Greek Argo Magnet

Ancient Greek Argo Magnet
Ancient Greek Star of Vergina Magnet

Ancient Greek Star of Vergina Magnet
Ancient Greek Helmet Magnet

Ancient Greek Helmet Magnet

Ancient Greek Hippocrates Magnet

Ancient Greek Hippocrates Magnet
Ancient Greek Zeus Magnet

Ancient Greek Zeus Magnet
Ancient Greek Atlas Magnet

Ancient Greek Atlas Magnet
Ancient Greek Achilles Magnet

Ancient Greek Achilles Magnet

Ancient Greek Bull Magnet

Ancient Greek Bull Magnet
Ancient Greek Alexander Magnet

Ancient Greek Alexander Magnet

Ancient Greek Chariot Magnet

Ancient Greek Chariot Magnet

Ancient Greek Sounion Temple Magnet

Ancient Greek Sounion Temple Magnet
Ancient Greek Parthenon Magnet

Ancient Greek Parthenon Magnet

Ancient Greek Hygeia Magnet

Ancient Greek Hygeia Magnet
Ancient Greek Tholos Temple Magnet

Ancient Greek Tholos Temple Magnet

Ancient Greek Achilles Magnet

Ancient Greek Achilles Magnet

  Statues and Busts
Athena Fighting Statue (11

Athena Fighting Statue (11")
Heracles (Hercules) Statue (8.5

Heracles (Hercules) Statue (8.5")
Hermes Statue (10

Hermes Statue (10")
Hermes Statue (15

Hermes Statue (15")

  Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Paxoi (part 3 of 7)


GEOGRAPHY
Paxoi and Antipaxoi lie to the south of Corfu. Paxoi covers an area of 25 sq. km., has 46 km. of coastline and a population of 2,247. Paxoi can be reached by ferry boat from Patras, Mourto Thesprotia (12 nautical miles), Igoumenitsa and by coach from Athens via Mourto. A local service operates between Antipaxoi, Corfu and Parga. The island's capital and main harbour is Gaios from where one can visit the island's other tiny villages. The tranquility and calm of Paxoi are particularly valued by visitors and holidaymakers there.

HISTORY-SIGHTS-MONUMENTS. Paxoi has been inhabited since ancient times and has always been closely associated with Corfu. Its main village stands on the creek of a picturesque bay in which lie the islets of Ai Nikolaos, with its ruined Venetian castle, and Paos).

Among the sights of Paxoi are its numerous littoral caves, large and small, which can be visited by small boat, and its many beaches, suitable for both swimming and fishing: Gaios, Otzia, Longos. Visitors may stay in hotels or rented rooms and flats. Those with their own boat or yacht can sail to Corfu, Parga, Mourto and Antipaxoi. There is a refueling station at Gaios.

3 nautical miles from Gaios is Antipaxoi, just 5 sq. km. in area and home to 126 souls. There is a local boat service to Paxoi and, during the summer, a link with Corfu. One can also take a trip to the two offshore islands of Exolitharo and Daskalio.

 


Next month:
Ionian Isles, Part Four - Lefkada


 December 2009 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    1
Tuesday of the 11th Week


Nahum the Prophet

Philaret the Merciful of Amnia
2
Wednesday of the 11th Week


Habakkuk the Prophet

Our Righteous Father Cyril of Phileus
3
Thursday of the 11th Week

Zephaniah the Prophet

Our Righteous Father John, Bishop and Hesychast

 
4
Barbara the Great Martyr

John the Righteous of Damascus

New Hieromartyr Seraphim, bishop of the Phanar in Greece
 
5
Savas the Sanctified

Holy Martyr Diogenes

Philotheos the Righteous of Mount Athos
 
6
10th Sunday of Luke

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

Nicholas the New Martyr of Asia Minor
 
7
Monday of the 12th Week

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

Athenodoros the Martyr of Mesopotamia
 
8
Tuesday of the 12th Week

Forefeast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Patapios the Righteous of Thebes
 
9
The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Hanna the Prophetess

Narses the Martyr of Persia
 
10
Thursday of the 12th Week

Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria

Thomas the Righteous of Bithynia
 

11
Friday of the 12th Week

Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople

Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon

 

12
Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous

Holy New Martyr Peter the Aleut
 
13
11th Sunday of Luke

Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

Auxentios, Eugene, Mardarios, Orestes, & Eustratios, Martyrs of Sebaste

 
14
Monday of the 13th Week

Thyrsos, Leucius, & Callinicos, Martyrs of Apollonia

 
15
Eleutherios the Holy Martyr, Bishop Illyria and his mother Anthia

The Martyr Susannah the Deaconess

 
16
Wednesday of the 13th Week

Haggai the Prophet

Modestos, Archbishop of Jerusalem
 
17
Thursday of the 13th Week

Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths

Dionysios of Zakynthos

 
18
Friday of the 13th Week

Sebastian the Martyr & his Companions

Our Righteous Father Michael Syngellon the Confessor

 
19
Saturday before Nativity

Boniface the Merciful of Tarsus, Eutychios the Martyr of Thessaloniki

Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia
 
20
Sunday before Nativity

Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch

 
21
Monday of the 14th Week

Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Juliana of Nicomedia & her 630 Companion Martyrs

 
22
Tuesday of the 14th Week

Anastasia the Great Martyr

Chrysogonos, Theodota, Evodias, & Eutychianus, the Martyrs
 
23
Wednesday of the 14th Week

Ten Martyrs of Crete

Rememberance of the Founding of the Holy and Great Church of Christ, Hagia Sophia in Constantinople
 
24
Eve of the Nativity of Christ

Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

 
25
The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar, & Balthasar

The Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and came to see the Lord
 
26
Fast Free

Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

Euthemios the Confessor, Bishop of Sardis

27
Fast Free

Sunday after Nativity

Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr

Theodore the Confessor
 
28
Fast Free

Monday of the 15th Week

20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia

Holy Martyr Glycerus
 
29
Fast Free

14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod in Bethlehem

Our Righteous Father Marcellus, Abbot of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones

Our Righteous Father Thaddeus the Confessor

 
30
Fast Free

Wednesday of the 15th Week

Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki

Gideon the New Martyr of Mount Athos
 
31
Fast Free

Thursday of the 15th Week

Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome
 

 

 


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