Tuesday, September 27, 2011

greek potatoes and giveaway winners

I absolutley love potatoes. Yes, they're pure starch, yes, if they're fried they're cancerous, but..somehow, even those very awful facts don't convince my taste buds to stay away. And one thing you simply can't beat is the crunchy, tender, tasty goodness of home-baked Greek potatoes. Never tried them? *gasp sputter sputter* ...um, yeah. That's why I'm posting this amazing recipe--now you don't have an excuse. ;)

Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes

8 large potatoes, peeled, cut into large wedges (about 6-7 wedges per potato)
4 garlic cloves, minced (more garlic is a good thing, less garlic is a no-no for this recipe)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup water
1 tablespoon dried oregano (get the Mediterranean, it's the best!)
1 lemon, juice of, to 1 1/2
sea salt
fresh coarse ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 420°F.
Put all the ingredients into a greased baking pan large enough to hold them.
Season generously with sea salt and black pepper.
Make sure your hands are very clean and put them in the pan and give everything a toss to distribute.The garlic will drop into the water/oil solution but its flavour will permeate the potatoes, and this way, it won't burn.
Bake for 40 minutes.
When a nice golden-brown crust has formed on the potatoes, give them a stir to bring the white underside up, season lightly with a bit more sea salt and pepper and just a light sprinkling of oregano.
Add 1/2 cup more water if pan appears to be getting dry, and pop back into oven to brown other side of potatoes.
This will take about another 40 minutes.

Do not be afraid of overcooking the potatoes- they will be delicious.

 Now. Go make 'em!

A little bird told me that there are some giveaway winners desperately needing to be un-veiled. :] The 'Whispers of Autumn' giveaway is officially at an end, and I would like to thank its sponsors and participants profusely. We got over 100 entries on most of the prizes, and a whopping 370 entries on day one. Wow! This has certainly been fun. :)

I won't waste your time with droning speeches and the like, aside from saying that I wish everyone could be a winner. :) But--let's get on with it!


Out of 470 entries, the randomly-drawn winner of the vintage woodland necklace from Miss Stephania of le Petit Foyer is..

Necklace -Woodland- Vintage brass locket, acorn, pine cone, green glass bead, rustic, nature, fall inspired

..Yay! Congratulations, my dear. :) I will contact you shortly!


Out of 188 entries, the winner of the shades of autumn fingerless mittens from Laurimuks is.. 

Comfy mittens in the shades of autumn

Congratulations, Elizabeth! I will contact you shortly. :)


Out of 62 entries, the winner of the Faerie Queen earrings from Leisel and Lynnae of Strawberry Hedgerow is...

How lovely for Miss Bethany. :) I will contact you shortly!


Out of 122 entries, the winner of the Pumpkin Pie necklace from Miss Samantha of Emariecreations is...

Pumpkin Pie Necklace- Handmade from Polymer Clay

Congratulations to Marcia! I will contact you shortly. :)


Out of 109 entries, the winner of the Indian Princess earrings from Miss Josephine of Oyeloria Boutique is... 

Long feather earrings and chain- Autumn natural colors - Vuela

Congrats, Libbi! I will contact you shortly. :)

..Congratulations to all of our winners, more thanks to every sponsor, as well as those who entered! I hope to see you around here for more giveaways in the future. :)

Blessings! And don't forget about those Greek Potatoes you have planned for dinner tonight...;)


  1. Congratulations to the winners! :)

  2. Yay! Yay! Yay! I am so excited, I have not been able to find a good recipe for Greek Potatoes! :) And it's pretty cool that I won the earrings too ;) I wanted the earrings SO bad! Thanks so much!
    Libbi H.

  3. Congrats to the winners! And those potatoes look yummy! I love potatoes!!

  4. Im so excited about winning the earrings! Yay! I'll be looking for your message with more info on the prize! :D

  5. we make the same over fries (that's what we call them)! how cool, ha :)

  6. ok, I am now having trouble breathing. about a week ago I won a giveaway from a girl at church for the first time, and now this. *screams* And I wanted to win the necklace the most...oh you're SO AWESOME!!!! =)

  7. Congratulations, you guys! :) And Lucia, LOVED this giveaway--*please* host another soon!

  8. Congratulations to the ladies who won!!!

    Also, those potatoes look SO good!!! :) I'm not sure if I've ever tried Greek potatoes, but I do like roasted ones, so I'm sure I would like those, also! ;)

    Love you,
    Martha Joy

  9. Ah!!! I can't believe I won something. How exciting! :) :) Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway, Lucia! And thanks for the congratulations, girls. ;)


  10. congrats to all the winners! you have won some truly amazing prizes.

    Lucia, I am still a follower of your blog and always will be. :) Actually, I've been following Umbrella Girl long before the giveways because your posts make my heart swell with joy. They are always inspiring and beautifully written!

  11. Congrats to the winners!

    Lucia, that recipe looks absolutelyy delicious. And it's so easy too! I will definitely try it out soon. Thanks!

  12. YUM!!! Those sound soooo good - I love potatoes!!

  13. I've made these a few times! They're SO GOOD!!

  14. Congratulations to the winners!

    Those potatoes sound wonderful! I'm making them tonight for dinner. =)


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