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Shortcut Moussaka

Last year a friend of mine became a first-time grandmother, and when we went out to lunch she was exhausted from her first weeks of grandmotherly duty.  She had been cooking meals for the new parents, and collapsed into her chair, saying that she had been making a moussaka and didn’t finish before she had to leave.  “You,” she said, “could do the world a big service by coming up with a quick and easy moussaka.” Moussaka is, in short, a Greek-originated eggplant and meat casserole, one of their deservedly famous national dishes.  I did wonder aloud why she picked …

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