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…

Easy Village Bread

What’s better than a warm loaf of homemade bread with a crispy, golden crust?! How about one that’s easier to make than going out to buy it at the grocery store?  Yes-this is possible. Let me introduce you to the easiest bread you’ll ever make. With minimal effort and absolutely no kneading, you can have an…

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…

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…

Natural Dye Easter Eggs

Greek Easter is right around the corner which means Greeks are doing one of two things: attending a church service or preparing food for Sunday’s table. A few necessities for Sunday’s feast include lamb, Tsoureki and eggs dyed crimson red. Most of these items have been prepared the same way for generations though I sometimes wonder where my great grandparents living in the…

Karidopita: Walnut Spice Cake

If you’re still wondering which holiday dessert to make this year, stop now. Let me introduce you to the dessert you’ll want to make this year and next: Karidopita. Karidopita is a moist, yet substantive Greek walnut cake flavored with cinnamon and clove spice. The cake’s moisture comes from the simple syrup poured over it…

Mason Jar Pistachio Layer Cake

Several months ago I made a “Pistachio Petit-Four” layer cake from a favorite blogger. Everyone loved it. Those who weren’t around for a bite, hated it (and me) because of the obnoxious check-out-how-good-this-looks (and you can’t have any) pictures I was sending over from my phone in between bites. Sorry brother. Though sometimes I enjoy…

Modern Wedding Cookies

Growing up, my best friend’s name was Hanna. We met in elementary school and after realizing we lived in the same neighborhood, began meeting up after school to roller blade. I had no idea at the time that we would become the friends we are today. Between our rollerblading days and now, we’ve had adventures…

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….

Feta Herb Grits

Recently, I was in South Carolina for a friend’s wedding and was introduced to a few Southern phenomena. Don’t worry– I’m not about to recount the singing fudge makers, my discovery of a Trader Joe’s impostor or our adventurous trip to pick strawberries from a plantation that ended up being “picked-over.”  I’m here to share a…