Cooking lessons come with recipes and instructions.

Cooking lessons come with recipes and instructions.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Participants for the League of Kitchens are expected to help instructors clean dishes.

Participants for the League of Kitchens are expected to help instructors clean dishes.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Despina's New York kitchen crammed in all  the participants.

Despina's New York kitchen crammed in all the participants.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

"You've never eat tomatoes the way they are in Greece. I love New York so much, but I love the fruits and veggies in Greece. I don't know, the weather is different-- the soil, it has a different taste," said Despina.

"You've never eat tomatoes the way they are in Greece. I love New York so much, but I love the fruits and veggies in Greece. I don't know, the weather is different-- the soil, it has a different taste," said Despina.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Prepping the Gigante Beans.

Prepping the Gigante Beans.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Despina cuts the Tiropita before putting it in the oven to bake.

Despina cuts the Tiropita before putting it in the oven to bake.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

We used carrots, celery, onions and garlic in several of the dishes.

We used carrots, celery, onions and garlic in several of the dishes.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Chopping together at Despina's dining room table in New York City.

Chopping together at Despina's dining room table in New York City.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

The view from Despina's kitchen window.

The view from Despina's kitchen window.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Tiropita (cheese pie) and Gigante Beans.

Tiropita (cheese pie) and Gigante Beans.

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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