Helen’s Kitchen

I’m being shown around the kitchen of one of Houston’s most popular restaurants. My tour guide’s name is Jack. It wasn’t until later that I realized what a well-fitting name it was for the 20-something that seemed to know a little bit of everything in the kitchen. He gives me a quick rundown of the…

Easy Village Bread

What’s better than a warm loaf of homemade bread with a crispy, golden crust?! How about one that’s easier to make than going out to buy it at the grocery store?  Yes-this is possible. Let me introduce you to the easiest bread you’ll ever make. With minimal effort and absolutely no kneading, you can have an…

Dark Chocolate & Brandy Truffles

Back in college, one of my closest friends told me that my love language is food. While I hadn’t come to the realization at the time, she couldn’t have been more right. It’s not just a hobby I enjoy, but how I show love to others. One of the simplest ways to express your love with…

Lazy Lahanodolmades

I love Lahanodolmades. I would eat them every day if could. In fact, the only thing keeping me from having them on a regular basis is making them. Fortunately, that is no longer a problem for me. This dish is a Chipotle-meets-dolmades bowl of ground beef, rice and cabbage tastes just like the real deal, but takes less than half the…

Chocolate Dipped Koulourakia

Just recently, I made my very first batch of Koulourakia. Yes, it’s true. While I always helped my mom, I finally made them on my own. I was working based off of my mom’s recipe so I  was expecting results similar to hers. Well, that didn’t happen. The texture of the dough was not smooth because I put…

Sophaki Wisdom: Olive Oil

LET’S TALK ABOUT: OLIVE OIL BUT WHY?! It’s the single most used ingredient in your kitchen. That’s why. OK, I’M LISTENING . . .  Your Yiayia says you should always use olive oil when you cook, but she also suggests that you spit on your friend to protect them from the evil eye so you need to make…

Roasted Beet Salad with Tahini Dressing

After spending Thanksgiving in the warmth of south Texas, I returned to St.Louis where real winters exist and snow is on the way. Living here for more than a year now has made me appreciate the warm weather I was accustomed to in Texas even more. I’ve also learned that life doesn’t have to stop when it gets…

Fig & Goat Cheese Whipped Cream Pavlovas

While I like to think I’m a generally productive person, procrastination can sometimes sneak its way into my life. I’ll wake up one Saturday morning and think of things I need to do. Of course, what I actually do is a different story. What I need to do: Clean my house What I actually do:…

Feta Zucchini Fritters

Kolokithokeftedes. When Greeks hear this, their first thought is YUM while my Non-Greeks are more like HUH?! Let me simplify: Squash Fritters. Kolokithokeftedes are typically made with either pumpkin or zucchini squash depending on the season and while I’m a serious fan of pumpkin-I’ll wait to for fall to make that version. In the meantime, you’ve probably noticed that…

Greek Fava Crostini

Fava. Not Fava beans. Just Fava. Greeks know what I’m talking about. For my non-Greeks, I can best describe Fava as a yellow split pea puree that is simple to make, yet full of flavor. At home, my mom would serve up a hot plate of Fava topped with olive oil and finely chopped onion. It…

Sitaka & Sage Pappardelle

Growing up, I vividly remember sitting next to my cousins at the kitchen table of my grandparent’s home in Karpathos. We would watch intently as my Papou prepared a simple plate of food for us-his beloved grandchildren. One of his favorite dishes was makaronia me Sitaka- pasta with a creamy sauce made from the goat’s milk whey after it’s been cooked…

Lamb Chops & Pistachio Pesto

It’s here. The time of year when Greeks everywhere are enjoying every last bit of meat they can get their hands on as they prepare to give up virtually all animal-derived foods for 40 days. It’s also the time of year when Greeks and other Orthodox Christians start walking around with an expression on their face similar to that…