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…

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…

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels sprouts were once the vegetable everyone loved to hate and now they’ve somehow turned into the one everyone is eating. Why the change of heart? I’m not quite sure. All I’m sure of is that I absolutely love them. My relationship with these miniature cabbages started when I first roasted them in the oven letting them…

Greek Summer Salad

It’s funny how I can come home from Trader Joe’s with bags full of food and immediately begin debating what I should make for dinner. Sometimes, having too many options makes me feel as though I have none. Then, somewhere near the intersection of what I’m in the mood for, what might go bad soon and what I just…

Ouzo Melon

On a hot summer day in Greece, meals at a Traditional taverna often begin with a shot of Ouzo alongside an array of appetizers or mezedes and end with a “dessert” of freshly cut melon slices. For some Greeks, Ouzo and melon are staples of summer dining which is why I’m surprised I haven’t come across this combination…

Tirokafteri: Spicy Feta Dip

There’s no doubt that, today, Greeks all over the world will be gathered to watch their team play against Costa Rica in the 2nd round of the World Cup. Being that it’s the first time Greece has made it this far, we’re excited to say the least. Of course, wherever Greeks gather, there is food. Enter: Spicy Feta…

Apricot, Blue Cheese & Almond Bites

Being temporarily relocated to Houston for a summer internship made me realize how much I need certain things in my life. I decided against dragging all of my kitchen utensils with me for the summer–thinking that it wasn’t worth the effort. In the meantime, I’ve learned to be creative, embracing foods that require little to…

Fig & Olive Tapenade

After browsing (more like drooling over) products that I hope will soon make their way into my kitchen, I get on facebook and what do I see ads for? Le Creuset Soleil Skinny Grill. Microplane Soft Handle Zester Graters. Antiqued Scroll Round Cheeseboard. Everything I was just looking at on Sur La Table.com. Creepy? A little….

Split Decision Ladenia

In case you haven’t figured it out already, I don’t usually stick to traditional recipes when it comes to cooking. This is exactly why I enjoy it so much. I get to take a dish that I’ve watched my mother prepare countless times just the same way her mother prepared it and have some fun with it….

Grilled Dakos

I know what you’re thinking. What is this? Salad? Really? After stuffed lamb burgers and  rice pudding, how could I possibly get excited about some boring vegetables? Au contraire mon ami! This simple recipe combines the famous Italian Panzanella with  the not-so-famous Cretan Dako (Ntako) for a flavor that will make a vegetable lover out of…

Olive, Apricot & Rosemary Bread

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci My favorite memories of food at home are not what you would expect. They’re not of the feast my mother spent all day in the kitchen preparing to commemorate a special occasion. They’re unplanned and utterly simple. A spread of olives, cheese, freshly baked bread and olive…