Party Girl: My Big Fat Greek Independence Day

Greek Independce Day Party
Greek Independce Day Party

Today is a cause for celebration among Greeks around the world: Greek Independence Day, which marks the liberation of Greece from the rule of the Ottoman Empire. It's also cause for celebration for all of us non-Greeks, since it gives us an excuse to sample their delicious national cuisine!

From fresh Greek salads to hearty roasted lamb and flaky phyllo pastries, there's truly something for everyone in the wide array of Greek dishes. Fresh flavors of lemon, mint, and oregano prevail, with savory pops of briny olives and pungent feta cheese, all finished off (of course) with sips of fortifying anise-flavored ouzo.