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…

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…

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…

Chicken Avgolemono Soup

As a new resident of St. Louis, I’m proud to announce that I’ve officially experienced my first real winter. Yes-you read that right. At 27, I’m just learning how to clear snow off my car with an ice scraper and that paying an exorbitant fee for garage parking might be worth it here in the Midwest. On days when I’m trying to keep warm under countless layers…

Baklava Cheesecake Cupcakes

Baklava cheesecake has become a popular dessert choice lately and I can see why. Who doesn’t love Baklava? Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Who wouldn’t want to eat both Baklava AND cheesecake at the same time? It’s everywhere and it’s good. Over the holidays, I decided to give it a try. I found a recipe from…

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…