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:…

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…

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Growing up in a Greek household, I had my fair share of stuffed vegetables known as Yemista. From the usual array of tomatoes, bell peppers and zucchinis filled to the brim with ground beef, rice and fresh dill, I always chose a steamy pepper and topped it with a heaping spoon of sour cream or thick Greek yogurt. This was (and still…

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…

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…