Also known as kalamata olives, they are almond-shaped and range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch long. Dark eggplant in color, the kalamata olive is rich and fruity in flavor and can be found packed in either a vinegar brine or olive oil.
For our wedding reception, we wanted to provide a vegan menu to our guests. Not one complained; they raved about the polenta topped with colorful ratatouille, our version of the classic French stewed vegetable dish. —Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas
A cooking class that taught me to make my own pita bread inspired me to create this "Greek" burger. The beef-lamb mixture is an interesting change of pace, and the fresh tomato-feta salad adds a delightful, summery taste. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts