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Day 298: Spanakopita Triangles and Seafood Risotto


My sister’s birthday today. I picked her kids up from school and we went home and made her some dinner before E’s soccer game. She has always loved spanikopita, so I made some in small packet form she could eat on the couch while we stirred the risotto – she has always been a fan of creamy, seafood-y things (her birthday dinner of choice years ago was the Seafood St. Jacques that came baked in a half shell at Mother Tucker’s) so I made seafood risotto, adding scallops and shrimp at the end rather than shrimp and spinach. Damn, I could have used the shrimp stock I had in the freezer! (Anytime I peel shrimp I pile up their shells in a saucepan, cover them with water and simmer for a few minutes, until I have a bright pink stock. There aren’t a whole lot of uses for shrimp stock though, except seafood chowder or a big noodle bowl… or shrimp risotto.)

Mom brought over one of those DQ cakes with chemically frosting but that awesome chocolate crunchy stuff inside that we ate after the game.

Spanakopita (Spinach & Feta) Triangles

1 pkg. phyllo pastry, thawed (you’ll need 12-16 sheets)
1/4 cup melted butter, canola or olive oil, or a combination

1 tsp. canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 oz.)
1 large egg
Salt & pepper to taste

In a medium skillet set over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil until soft. Add spinach and cook until moisture has evaporated. Transfer to a bowl and cool slightly. Stir in feta, egg, salt and pepper and some fresh dill or mint if you like.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Take two sheets of phyllo and stack them on a clean work surface; cover the rest with a tea towel so it doesn’t dry out. Brush the phyllo very lightly with butter. (A trick I use to apply the butter sparingly is to dip the brush in warm water, then squeegee it out well with my fingers. That way when I dip it into the butter it only sits on the surface, rather than saturating the bristles with butter.)

Cut the sheet in half lengthwise and then again into quarters so you have 4 long strips. Place a spoonful of filling at one end of each strip and fold the corner over it diagonally. Continue folding the strip as if you were folding a flag, maintaining the triangle shape.

Repeat with the remaining phyllo and filling, placing the packets seam side down on a baking sheet. (They can be prepared up to this point and frozen in a single layer and then transferred to a plastic bag. Pop them out of the freezer and bake them frozen.)

If there is any butter left, use it to brush the tops of the triangles, or spray them with some nonstick spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

Makes 2-2 1/2 dozen triangles.

Per triangle (based on 2 dozen): 69 calories, 4 g total fat (2.1 g saturated fat, 1.1 g monounsaturated fat, 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat), 2.1 g protein, 6.5 g carbohydrate, 19 mg cholesterol, 0.5 g fiber. 51% calories from fat

Chicken, Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Triangles: add 1/2 cup chopped roasted chicken and 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil or soaked in water) to the spinach mixture.



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85 comments on “Day 298: Spanakopita Triangles and Seafood Risotto

  1. Tagyn
    October 25, 2008 at 8:34 am

    How could anyone resist a set-up like that! I to am one for the mystery surprise, I have to give it a try and it sounds like this could be really cool!!!

  2. Fiona
    October 25, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I love spanakopita, but I always make a big pie rather than the little triangles. I’ll have to try those.

    I love grab-bags, too, when they aren’t filled with stale candy!

  3. Jen C
    October 25, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I loved those grab bags too – you are right, always stale and bad, but irrestible! I love the mystery surprise.

    Like a trained dog – here is what I had for dinner last night – and quite up there, with the grab-bags. We went to a junior hockey game here in the small town where we live in SK – a local delicacy – Taco in a Bag. Rip open a small bag of taco chips (down the side), add cooked taco meat, lettuce, tomato and cheese – then you can add your own sour cream and salsa – was quite tasty actually but also gave me an idea for a kids birthday party, which could be fun and interactive for them.

  4. Janeen
    October 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Hey Julie,
    I love these! When I make them I put the melted butter in a spray bottle and mist on. I use less but but still get the butter flavour. I often keep some in my freezer for unexpected guests (or a snack).


  5. corinne
    October 25, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I am not as keen as you to make shrimp stock, but I do love new cookbooks :)

  6. Ada
    October 25, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Ooh, free stuff — add my name to the hat! (As long as there are none of those chewy Halloween candy in the black and orange wrappers! Okay, I’ll even take those. Anything to make this grey day a little brighter!) Thanks for your blog — great writing, lots of wonderful food ideas.

  7. Buddiegirl
    October 25, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I love spanakopita. Last time my girlfriend was out from Abbotsford, we spent an afternoon making them and had our fill for dinner. The rest went into the freezer to pull out for snacks. Every time I took one out to heat and eat I thought of her and the fun and laughs we had cooking together.

    Grab bags are so fun because they hold such promise of great treasure and I don’t think we ever get past hoping we are going to get something really great.

  8. Kathy
    October 25, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Free Stuff Friday! yah! The spanakopita look wonderful. You make every look so easy, my confidence levels soar just reading your blog! XOX

  9. Lisa
    October 25, 2008 at 10:12 am

    That crunchy, chocolatey middle part is the BEST part of a DQ ice cream cake!

    We had sausage and lentil soup for dinner last night (with some ciabatta bread). It’s becoming a staple in our house. Many thanks! It’s great b/c I can just throw in whatever I have around for veggies, sausage, etc. Hubby found a couple zip lock bags of misc sausages in the freezer – worked great!

    I almost bought one of those grab bags at 7-11 the other day. Baby asked for it. 😉

  10. Kirsten
    October 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Between decorating a Thomas cake for my son’s birthday today, helping with hot lunch at my daughter’s school, cleaning (for the party), and going to see the “stores” at school, there was zero time for cooking – we had Wendy’s on the way home from ballet and on the way to the Halloween carnival at the local middle school. Not sure dinner will be much more exciting tonight after chasing a bunch of 4 year old boys around this afternoon! Although I suspect it may involve opening a bottle of wine……

  11. robyn
    October 25, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I’m loving Free Stuff Fridays!!

    Last night was eggs and toast. And cider.

    Can you start announcing the winner? It’s always exciting to find out who won!

  12. Kathy
    October 25, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Last night I was eating solo for supper, my hubby having helped some people move. I had some home made clam chowder and toast.

    The spanakopita looks great. I’ve never worked w/ puff pastry – it is difficult?

  13. elektra
    October 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

    we had home made fried rice (healthy version with lotsa vegies and basmati brown rice) with chicken breast sliced in and some shrimp sauteed in garlic. very tasty.

  14. piccola
    October 25, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I’m still amazed at what you manage to cook on weeknights. I don’t have kids, and my work hours are slightly more regular than your, but I still end up eating grilled cheese most nights – and not a fancy kind like the short rib ones you made!

  15. Nicole
    October 25, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I like surprises in any kind of package.

    Last night I was disorganized, sick with a cold mom, the sheperds pie (that I made not a M&Ms!) I had pulled out of the freezer did not thaw in time to cook for supper.

    So I ordered Swiss Chalet–mmm soapy sauce! Then my son started to come on with a stomach ailment so I wouldn’t let him eat his share. I was happy with that decision when at midnight I was up calming a hurting boy….did I mention my nasty cold too? aww good times.

  16. Sandy
    October 25, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Its irrestable to wonder what’s in a grab bag.. like a child I want to say..pick me pleeeease pick me…
    With the internet its great to continually try new things. My dh never knows what his next meal will be.Love the site Julie. And do hope that you’ll be able to keep doing something for us who like to read your blog

  17. Bethany
    October 25, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Ooh, a mystery! Sounds so fun.

  18. Cheryl
    October 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Oh, I haven’t made those since my catering days. Your recipe looks much lighter than what we made.

  19. twomittens
    October 25, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t resist a mystery either! And a kitchen mystery… I would tell myself I had to use the contents as inspiration for my next meal. FUN.

  20. Sarah Stelfox
    October 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Ooh, one more name for the Goblet of Fire (hopefully no gilleyweed eating required for this game…I’m assuming you’ve read harry Potter, if not, go ahead and think of me as one banana short of a bunch…)LOVE cookbooks, even use the recipes in them sometimes instead of just drooling while having a coffee and Lindor ball.

  21. maplesugar
    October 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Awww but I always wanted tea cozies 😉

    Last night’s dinner was CRMR Bison Roast with carrots roasted along with it, smashed potatoes and my first (successful) attempt at making gravy from scratch woohoo! Dessert was inspired by your chocolate paninis: I had a Rustic Bakery marble pound cake I had stashed in the freezer from Thanksgiving sooo I pulled out the panini press and made pound cake paninis with a piece of Green & Blacks 72% chocolate stuffed inside. Deeeelicious (and dangerous hehe)

  22. Cheryl
    October 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Woohooo! One can never have too many kitchen toys!! Last night’s dinner was ‘catch-as-catch-can’, but tonight we’re having friends for dinner so we’ll dine on Butternut Squash soup (made last weekend), your lentil/rice/barley salad, and some marinated flank steak from Bon Ton…..gotta keep the fat components under control!! For dessert I’m thinking some sort of pear/cranberry crisp in individual ramekins…I’ll have to see if I can pick up some ripe pears at Co-op…times’s awastin’ — better get at ‘er. Cheers!

  23. supersu
    October 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    love love love free stuff!

    am enjoying the blog as ever….julie…you make me laugh out loud at my computer….too funny :)

  24. Larissa
    October 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    ME! pick me! i would always get the grab bags at the jewelry stores when i was little… with my 2 dollar allowance! haha and free stuff if any form is always welcome!

  25. Pat
    October 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve just returned from 2 weeks in Florida. I loved the warm weather, but missed my daily fix of “dinnerwithjulie” as my friends had no computer.

  26. Stacey
    October 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I look forward to your blog – I try every night to get on and read it, but with a 1 yr old, time is of the essence. Grab Bags are always fun…the best part is the surprise! Off to make your black bean soup! Gotta try it for dinner. Thanks for a great website!

  27. Avery from the block
    October 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Oh me, pick meee! I’m the closest, I could be there in 40 seconds!! Last night we made tortilla soup with tortilla strips we crisped up in the oven and store-bought roast chicken, along with quesadillas with more chicken, roasted red peppers, black beans, chilis, onions and cheese… actually, I think the entire menu was just an excuse to eat cheese…!

  28. Dona
    October 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Too funny! I’m making chocolate cupcakes with white frosting, sprinkled with black and orange :) chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

  29. Shelley
    October 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Yum! The panakopita look delicious! I love your blog, I read it every single day!

  30. Jen
    October 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I love surprise bags like this! It reminds me of Christmas stockings. My mom has always been fabulous at stockings…when I got married she said it was now my husband’s responsibility and stopped doing them. But she can’t turn off the buying of stockingy items, so every year for my birthday (Xmas eve) I get a “stocking bag” – a gift bag full of small wrapped items that would have gone into a stocking, were she doing one. :) A kitchen “stocking bag” sounds great!

  31. Rose
    October 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Love your blog and read it every day that I am at my computer! I have a bad cold so I’m not having anything except chicken soup tonight. I love grab bags too!

  32. kate
    October 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I love a good mystery! And free stuff is always my favorite kind of stuff.

    Dinner was chicken meatballs and whole wheat pasta with salad and blitz bread. Yum!

  33. Bonnie
    October 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Last night’s dinner was appies at a Halloween party…need something filling tonight!

    Mysterious boxes are the best!! I would love to win some kitchen wonders!

  34. jen
    October 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I love your blog, it was an instantaneous and inspiring addiction for me. i also love surprises, so last night for dinner i experimented with chicken enchiladas baked in a spicy pumpkin sauce, it was based on a a martha recipe but i changed the basic sauce (canned pumpkin, jalapeno, water, chili powder and garlic) to something a little more creamy by adding a few spoonfuls of greek yogurt, a teeny splash of half and half and then added some chipotle powder. it was good!

  35. Elaine
    October 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    It was my birthday (and my husband’s, freakishly enough) as well–sadly, though, no spanakopita in sight. I made up a huge batch of beet soup last weekend and used that as the vegetable side for (sigh) takeout burritos.

    Tonight’s the big celebratory birthday dinner: our favorite French restaurant with all sustainable food, and nary a burrito to be found.

  36. pauline
    October 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Oh goodie, I love Kitchen stuff and surprises all the more fun. In England when I was growing up we called them lucky bags at the candy store. I can remember feeling so lucky when Mum gave me money and I would always buy a mint aero bar. Sob sob I am not going to see you at Christmas in November this year, I am going to the first one. You would probably think who is this woman, I feel that you are one of my best friends having read your blog everyday, I’d be yacking about the dog and Tofino etc. I bet you get it a lot when you are at functions. Do YOu???.

  37. JulieVR
    October 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    This isn’t puff pastry – it’s phyllo pastry – huge difference! And no, it’s not difficult to work with (neither is). The thing to remember when it comes to phyllo is it’s very forgiving – there are so many layers that if you have some split or tear, no one is going to notice. Puff pastry is very high in fat but phyllo is practically fat free – it depends on how much you brush between the layers!

  38. Tina
    October 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Hmmm, let’s see…dinner last night was quesadillas, tonight is oom-pah-pah, beer and likely some form of wurst and beef dinner at Oktoberfest in Cheadle. Guten apetit!

  39. Lesley
    October 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Ahhh, the mystery bag. What is up with human nature that we have all (myself included) plunked down money for “contents unknown” items? I guess that’s why we also like hot dogs…?

    I have sat here for a couple of minutes, trying to think of what dinner was last night…nothing. No idea. What did I feed my three kids? Or myself? Wow, it must have been fantastic to be sooooo memorable.

  40. Natalie
    October 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I have often thought it would be fun to switch taste buds with someone and experience the culinary world from their point of view. However, when trying to find recipes to please my taste buds, I want someone who shares my tastes. You do! I had to laugh when you wrote that you love the chocolate filling of the DQ cake – me too! The Spanakopita is also wonderful. For dinner – last night – we had french bread pizza made with chicken and garden peppers. Grab bags are always fun!!

  41. Nicole
    October 25, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Just found your blog today and love it. How do you get in on the free stuff?

  42. Margaret
    October 25, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Count me in for the mystery bag.
    Don’t we all love surprises.

  43. Sherry
    October 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I really could/should use the thigh master but a box of goodies sounds intriguing and way more fun. I think my husband wonders why we are eating what we do. It seems random to him but if he read this blog he would know. We ate the grilled cheese today and in the next couple of days it is meatloaf. I have never had a meatloaf sandwich and it is a bit scary, but this will be a new experience for us both. Thanks for adding in the spanakopita recipe with sun dried tomatoes and chicken – it sound really good and something we can’t purchase. I have everything in fridge/freezer so it is a go. Thanks for all the effort that you put into this blog – it is really appreciated!!

  44. robyn
    October 25, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Sherry – once you try a meatloaf sandwich you will NEVER go back!!

  45. Lynn
    October 25, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    A mystery grab bag is always lots of fun. Hope I’m lucky today. Julie I’m gong to have to try the spanakopita you make it look so easy.

  46. Colleen
    October 25, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I am such a sucker for a mystery. I LOVED the Grab Bags, too. A mystery prize is too intriguing!
    Supper tonight was less than stellar…cold cereal. We had an eight hour power outage that took us past suppertime.
    The Spanakopita looks amazing.

  47. Carol SB
    October 25, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Ah, fall weather makes lentil and sausage soup appeal even more, doesn’t it? (Me too, Lisa!!) We had soup and popcorn, one of those perfect autumn combinations.
    So nice of our stellar hostess to not only entertain (and virtually feed) us… she comes up with fun games with prizes as well. Wouldn’t miss a day of it, Julie!
    -Carol SB

  48. Helene
    October 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you so much for the past 298 days! I look forward to the rest of the year. And, selfishly, I hope that you pick my name out of the hat for the fun grab bag :)

    Thanks again!


  49. Marilyn
    October 25, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Love the idea of the mystery grab bag! Today was my husband’s birthday, so we had chocolate cupcakes with afternoon coffee and again for supper.

  50. Donna
    October 25, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Count me in. I love kitchen stuff.
    Dinner tonight was Co-op BBQ chicken, peas, boxed stuffing, blue mashed potatoes (from a market garden),
    leftover spinach salad and a raspberry “delight” dessert for those not cutting down on sugar. 1960’s recipe.

    In the spanakopita recipe, ingredients list one egg, but directions call for an egg white. (?)
    Love the blog!

  51. sue d.
    October 25, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I think I’d take a DQ cake right now, having honed up my sweet tooth with pre-Hallowe’en choc. Supper was salad from a box, and a half pound of shrimp.

    Bring on the surprises! It’s a bit like knowing your mum has already bought your Christmas present…and it’s somewhere in the house!

  52. Jodi
    October 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    A surprise would be lovely.
    Today was a baking day, so I tried a Bretzel roll recipe that I had found on Smitten Kitchen. They were not as tasty as I would have liked, but they may improve with condiments and fillings. So the bretzel was an appetizer and then Caesar’s pizza.

  53. Jan
    October 26, 2008 at 3:51 am

    I loved those 7-11 Mystery Bags so much I didn’t even mind the too-hard gummies or the semi-melted chocolates!

    Tonight we had Turkey, Vegetable and Rice Soup. I roasted the turkey carcass as per your suggestion, and the stock turned out even more delicious than it usually is! And because it was more than likely the last bit of turkey that we would ever taste until next Thanksgiving, I also made dessert – your Apple Bliss cake with Breyers Vanilla ice cream.

  54. Amber
    October 26, 2008 at 5:53 am

    i love surprises and free stuff what a great combo…
    my dinner last night was hot dogs, popcorn and smuggled candy. Took the kids to High School Musical 3. I have to say it was great. (The movie not dinner!)

  55. Rebecca
    October 26, 2008 at 6:08 am

    I would love to make Spanakopita because I think that they are super yummy but it looks like such hard work :( Looking at this recipe makes me want to try again.

    I was working last night so just had leftovers (chicken fajitas with tortilla wraps from the Mexican place at the Farmer’s Market – SO yummy!). I also had some Chicken Mulligatawny Soup that I made after reading your post about making chicken stock. It still isn’t as good as I want it to be but I will continue to work on my soup recipes.

  56. Bonnie
    October 26, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Something compelled me to buy a bag of frozen chopped spinach the other day. No real reason for it, it was just something that I had to buy. Well now I know why! I much prefer the small spanakopita triangles to the pan version – all that lovely crunchy phyllo. They freeze so well too that making up a big batch is a perfect rainy afternoon project. Thanks again Julie for another great dinner idea. And of course, put my name in for the grab bag — sounds like such a fun thing to receive.

  57. carla
    October 26, 2008 at 6:34 am

    I was always a sucker for those grab bags too – also that yucky pink popcorn with a toy!!

  58. Joni
    October 26, 2008 at 7:11 am

    I’m with you on the DQ cake… I only eat the middle and leave the rest!

    Last night’s dinner was a selection of leftovers from the fridge eaten over several hours, so really, nothing exciting. The night before was inspired by you though… a speedy skillet Jambalaya and it was awesome! Took me five minutes to make and I was a hero in the house. I’m up for surprises too, and I know you find some great kitchen gadgets. I still use that little half moon chopping knife you gave me and I love it!

  59. Dana mccauley
    October 26, 2008 at 7:55 am

    You are a good sister, Miss Julie! I again abstain from your contest but do offer you my comment: I loved those mystery bags when I was a kid but was always disappointed in the stale gum once I got into the bag. SOmehow I kept coming back for more though -sign of an optimistic nature or proof that I’m a sucker? You tell me.

  60. kelly
    October 26, 2008 at 8:40 am

    great to read everyone’s comments :)
    Julie, can you tell me where in Calgary you buy your phyllo pastry from? I’ve been meaning to make some span from some of the wonderful Swiss Chard/Silverbeet that is fresh right now.

    Ah – the grab bag. Reminds me of the goodie bags that the kids are getting these days when they leave birthday parties! I know it’s all fun, but we need to stop putting so much crap in these too! sigh

    I had some inspiration the other night with leftovers abound. I cooked some linguini and added it to a mix of olives, sundried tomatoes, spicy olive oil (yum), mushrooms, and blanched swiss chard for goodness, oh and the rest of some goats cheese feta. oh delicious!!
    thanks for your blog Julie. always inspiring in these crazy times.

  61. Vivian
    October 26, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Oooh, another freebie! An enigma, just like the dinner buns I made last night…people were really surprised when they bit into the orangey things with “icing” and poppyseeds on top! Their tastebuds expected something sweet and pumpkin-y (considering the season) but the buns were actually savory with sun-dried tomatoes beaten into the dough from the beginning (making it a consistant orange) with melted white cheddar and poppyseeds on top! I love surprises. My guests, not so much.

  62. JulieVR
    October 26, 2008 at 9:15 am

    You know, you can get phyllo from all sorts of places – Kalamata Grocery on 11th St. SW is great – but I get mine at the Superstore. PC phyllo is actually really fantastic, and I’ve had a few real chefs (like trained in France and everything) agree with me! You can also sometimes find whole wheat phyllo at Community Natural Foods.

  63. Julie
    October 26, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Hi Julie,

    I too have loved your website for months & have shared it with many family & friends. I have a couple stories to tell you though. This summer I had friends over (another couple & their children). Since I am not much of a cook I chose to cook all “dinner with julie” stuff. I was going to make your sunken Black Forest Cupcakes for dessert, but my friend said she would bring the dessert. Ironically enough guess what she brought? Yes, your Black Forest cupcakes. Apparently we both follow your website religiously & neither of us were aware of it. Another storey, I will make it brief. A friend from work said one day when we were looking over your website, “I wonder what Julie’s kitchen looks like”. The very next day you posted pics of your kitchen. Crazy huh! This is the first time I am writing you. I know there are many more like myself that have not let you know how much you are part of our everyday life. It’s like a radio fundraiser, only a very small percentage contribute that listen & enjoy the show. Have a great day!

    Ironically, my name is Julie too!

  64. Erica
    October 26, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Ooooh – spanakopita is one of my favourites! We’re having an apps night with friends for Halloween, so I’m wondering if there’s a way to make them ‘scary’. Maybe a bit of shredded pumpkin in the mixture… Hmmm.

    I hope you’ll tell us what ended up in the mystery box! Free stuff Fridays is great fun. :)

  65. Sue
    October 26, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    This is so much fun Julie! Count me in if its not too late! And I too hope that you’ll tell us who wins. I’m still trying to figure out who got the crock pot from a few weeks ago!
    Hey, are you still doing the tv show too?

  66. MMc
    October 26, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I would love the grab bag – or even just to find out what was in it. The 7-11 bags were my favorite as well, I still remember the day one had both a candy lipstick AND candy cigarettes. The chalky taste of each of those was truly delicious to me as a kid.

  67. Jen T
    October 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Free is my middle name. Free dinner at Costco. The food reps don’t care if you come back for seconds!
    Perhaps I will be lucky this time….

  68. Melanie
    October 26, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    In the town I grew up in, Shopper’s Drug Mart was at the top of my list for grab bags!! I would take my babysitting money and then carefully lift all the bags to see which was heaviest… debate… consider… finally just pick one and then scramble out to see what was inside… Oh how I loved those stale cosmetics, oily perfumed bath beads, and samples… Never was babysitting so worth it!!!
    Great idea Julie – how to declutter and make someone’s day at the same time!!!

  69. margaret
    October 26, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Julie, your grab bag would be a great contribution for the upcoming school auction. definitely a fun idea. Dinner tonight was potluck at my book club. Always a great variety of dishes and desserts related to the setting of the book.

  70. Barb
    October 27, 2008 at 6:46 am

    What was for supper on Friday night? Wor Won Ton soup. Lots of shrimp in it. I Love cookbooks. I even enjoy looking through them when I don’t have time to actually cook anything. I glean ideas for the next time I do. Great entertainment.

  71. Linda
    October 27, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Dinner Friday night was Chinese Take-Out from Windy Cafe in Windermere – umm…

    Grap bag would be great to receive.

  72. Natalie
    October 27, 2008 at 7:13 am

    But what if I love crocheted doilies?


    Besides being addicted to cooking, and to cook books, I am also adicted to crochet!

    So many hobbies, so little time!

  73. Lana
    October 27, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Friday night I was tucked into a log cabin by a little river, with 8 women friends, a cozy woodstove, and copious bottles of wine. Tanya and I made dinner that night which was a creamy seafood lasagne, a roasted vegetable/spicy sausage lasagne, salad, and fresh bread.
    Did I mention the wine??

  74. eroica
    October 27, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Friday: Lamb sirloin on the grill, rosemary-garlic wine jelly, sauteed mushrooms and oven roasted green beans.
    I’ve worn out the handle on my half cup stainless steel measuring cup! Bring on the kitchen surprises…

  75. Suzanne
    October 27, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hope I am not too late on the Grab-Bag.

    Since Forage is still closed for a few more days, tonight I am rummaging through my cupboards for dinner ideas. Along with a wedge of fontina cheese and four eggs in the fridge, I found a cedar box of smoked salmon my inlaws bought while in Alaska last year: voila – a smoked frittata Monday is born!

  76. A
    October 27, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Oh my (F*&$#@!*) god. So many responces so little time. The lure of free stuff has us all aquiver.

  77. B
    October 28, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I just found your blog and can’t be more thrilled to have all this cooking ahead of me! Thanks for sharing this because I am sure I will be here often looking for something new.

  78. Laurie
    December 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love spanakopita, and have often made them by buying filo pastry and making the triangles as you show. But I’ve never managed to get the filling right. Mine either have not enough feta, or the filling falls apart when you bite them. I’ll try yours and see if they work out better than mine. Many thanks

  79. Bigfoot
    October 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm


    I have the same issue, it falls apart like a wooden house in a hurricane. My mom never has this issue though, I gotta find out what she’s doing differently than me.

  80. Sue
    August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Hi – just found this while googling the spelling of Spanokopita.

    I love this stuff but have a question … do you add a spoonful of the filling each time you flip the triangle as you fold up the long strip of dough to make many triangles filled? Or is it just one spoonful of filling per long strip and then keep folding the long strip around the filling to make many layers of dough covering one spoonful of filling?

    Thanks! This looks yummy!

  81. Sue
    August 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Sure – and then I go and spell it wrong – LOL

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