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With the Lenten season nearly upon us, this Sunday (Judgement Sunday) is the Meatfare Sunday in the Orthodox Church, meaning it is the last day to eat meat before the Great Fast. This Sunday's service is designed to fill us with salutary fear, sorrow for our sins, and to stress the importance of good works, especially works of mercy. It is important to think of fasting not as an inconvenience, but rather as a challenge and mission to better ourselves as devout Orthodox Christians. While I certainly am not qualified to give an entire lesson on the reason and meaning...

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With the Lenten period fast approaching (March 18-May 4), there is a limited amount of time remaining to indulge in one of, in my opinion, the best meals in Mediterranean cuisine. Pastitsio, rooted in the heart of Greece, presents itself as a symphony of flavors and textures, each element crafted to evoke a sense of hearty comfort. Sometimes known simply as the Greek version of lasagna, Pastitsio brings an entirely cheesier, creamy taste. In this week's blog, I will include a brief history of the influences which have shaped the modern Pastitsio that we know and love. In addition, I will include an...

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