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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Steak Gyro with Avocado Tzatziki

When it comes to food, Greeks have it all. Our variety of oregano has earned the name Kaliteri (meaning: the best). Our thyme honey wins international awards (and so we put it in every dessert). Our olive oil’s robust flavor has even driven people to steal it at gunpoint. Really though. Greek meals are made with the best ingredients available, yet we’ve…

Honey & Yogurt Panna Cotta

In the world of Greek desserts, the spotlight is always on the intricate, ultra sweet and most time consuming desserts. Example: Baklava. I guess any dessert with individually buttered sheets of dough, layered in between beds of finely chopped nuts and drenched in a honey syrup deserves some sort of recognition, but not all of it. While Greek yogurt drizzled with…