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February 19, 2019

By Peg Kern

Easter Vacation Packages to Italy and Greece

Filed Under  Special Occasions

Why celebrate Easter with an Easter vacation package to Europe? You can explore fabulous cultural traditions as well as special culinary traditions on an Easter vacation, and we're highlighting two of our favorites, one a special Easter vacation package on Italy's Amalfi Coast, the other a Greek Orthodox Easter vacation on the Greek island of Zakynthos. Easter Week on the Amalfi Coast Pasqua, the Italian name for Easter, is one… Read
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October 8, 2018

By Peg Kern

What is Baklava?

Filed Under  Food History, Recipe

What is Baklava? Baklava is a traditional dessert from the eastern Mediterranean basin, and is especially prevalent in Greece and Turkey, but also the Caucuses and the Middle East. There is no consensus about where or when it originated, but some date it back almost 3000 years! The ingredients can change slightly, but they always include phyllo (or filo) sheets, chopped nuts, some type of sweet syrup, and some type… Read
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June 27, 2018

By Peg Kern

How to Book a Cooking Vacation

Filed Under  Travel Tips, What's Up at TIK

We're so excited by our cooking vacations we've decided to make it easier than ever to book a culinary trip with us. We offer cooking vacations to 16 different countries on 5 continents - wow! In Italy we offer cooking vacations to 13 different Italian regions: Abruzzo Amalfi Coast (Campania) Emilia Romagna Friuli Venezia Giulia Liguria Lombardia/Lakes Region Piedmont Puglia Lazio (Rome) Sicily Tuscany Umbria Veneto So how do you… Read
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June 25, 2018

By Peg Kern

Iconic Desserts from Europe

Filed Under  Food History

This week we're featuring some iconic desserts that you can learn to make on our cooking vacations in Europe. These are some of the tastiest of the dishes you'll eat, preferably paired with a delicious local wine that can balance out the sweetness of these dessert recipes. Of course, there are far too many to feature in only one blog, so check back later this week for more! France The… Read
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April 13, 2017

By Peg Kern

Easter Traditions

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Gearing up toward Easter we thought we'd revisit some of our favorite Easter traditions and foods. it seems that there are as many traditions surrounding the holiday as there are towns in the world - and even within a single town each family will have its own customs! The Greeks certainly know how to do Easter. It is one of their major celebrations of the year. It is called "Pascha"… Read
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December 21, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo

Christmas Muffins from Chef Katerina in Greece

Filed Under  Recipe, Special Occasions

We love our Greek cooking vacations, and think anything Greek is sure to please. And when it comes to the Christmas holiday in Greece, there are traditions galore -- and many of them surround food! Many of them too relate to keeping bad spirits -- known as "kallikantzaroi' - away. These kallikantzaroi, as the stories go, get in through the chimney and make trouble by doing things like putting out… Read
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