Monday, December 14, 2020

Mediterranean Pasta from @TinaKashian1 #Christmas #giveaways

 Hi everyone! It's TINAKASHIAN, and the Holiday Season is my favorite time of year. Decorating the Christmas tree and baking cookies with the kids is always exciting. This year will be quieter because of the pandemic. But even if we can’t visit the grandparents in the Poconos, I hope to make it special with food. When I was thinking of a recipe to share with Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, this Mediterranean side dish came to mind. When we did have a table full of guests, this pasta was often served. It’s a favorite side dish for holiday gatherings or even a main dish for a meatless meal. It is easy to prepare (who doesn’t love easy!) and a good alternative for guests who prefer a side of pasta over rice. 



1 lb spaghetti
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
3 scallions, with the tops trimmed and both whites and greens chopped
A jar of 6 oz marinated artichoke hearts in water, drained
¼ cup pitted Greek olives, cut in half lengthwise
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
10 basil leaves, roughly chopped
Additional salt and pepper to taste

Cook spaghetti until al dente according to instructions.


While pasta is cooking, heat the extra virgin olive in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook until the garlic turns translucent but does not burn. 


Add parsley and chopped scallions. Cook for two minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another minute. Lower heat to low.


When pasta is cooked, remove from the heat and drain cooking water. Return to the pot. Pour the olive oil sauce into the pot and toss until thoroughly mixed. Add the artichoke hearts, olives, crumbled feta cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, and basil leaves. Toss again. 


Add salt and pepper to taste. (I also put out small bowl of extra feta cheese on the table for those who want to add more.) Enjoy!


My most recent book is Mistletoe, Moussaka & Murder, the fifth book in my Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series. The murder takes place during the Polar Bear Plunge at the Jersey shore during the Holiday Season. Family recipes are shared in the back of all my books. I already shared my recipe for moussaka at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, and I’m happy to share this one, too.

For a chance to win a signed, print copy of “Mistletoe, Moussaka & Murder,” (U.S. Only), what is your favorite holiday side dish?


Not even her impending nuptials can keep Lucy Berberian, manager of her family-owned Kebab Kitchen, from the Jersey Shore’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. But her dive into the icy ocean is especially chilling when she finds a fellow swimmer doing the dead man’s float—for real . . .
Who would kill a man in cold blood during Ocean Crest, New Jersey’s most popular winter event? When Lucy learns the victim is Deacon Spooner, the reception hall owner who turned up his nose—and his price—at her wedding plans, she can’t help wondering who wouldn’t kill the pompous caterer . . .
Perhaps the culprit is the wedding cake baker whose career Deacon nearly destroyed? Or the angry bride whose reception he ruined? With her maid of honor, Katie, busily planning Lucy’s wedding without her, Lucy will have to get to the bottom of this cold-hearted business in time for Kebab Kitchen’s mouthwatering Christmas celebration—and before her hometown’s holiday spirit washes out to sea . . .
Recipes included!