Citrus Cake Vasilopita

Five years ago, I made my first variation of the Greek New Years Cake, Vasilopita, for Sophaki Cooks. Rather than a single loaf or cake, I used the same traditional ingredients to make cupcakes. And while I still maintain cupcakes are a brilliant form for a cake with a lucky coin baked inside, this variation…

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…

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…

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…

Chocolate Twist Tsoureki

As much as I love traditions, I also love taking a traditional recipe and giving it a little twist-especially when that twist ends up being the addition of chocolate. It brings some variety (and in this case, more chocolate) to a traditional holiday table. Adding chocolate to Tsoureki adds a few more steps to what is already a slightly time…

Gluten-Free Tiropita

When it comes to food, there are some pairings that should never separate. I’ve heard of crustless pizzas and bunless burgers, but just can’t accept them as anything but wrong. For that reason, I was hesitant to try a Filoless Tiropita until I considered my cheese-loving friends with a gluten intolerance (stuck eating crustless pizzas and…

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….

Pistachio, White Chocolate + Rosemary Scones

Today you’re researching proper scone making and tomorrow you’ll be brushing up on your Spanish vocabulary, but you’re not studying for a test in English Baking 101 or planning a trip to Chile. So, why then? Because you’re a knowledge junkie.  You’re curious about anything and everything and never satisfied with what you already know. If this…

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Greek Easter is over, but the holiday lives on days after in the form of leftovers. What to do with all the lamb, brightly colored eggs, Koulourakia and Tsoureki?!? Good question. While I haven’t figured out a solution for the first three (other than eating them), I did come up with a way to enjoy…