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…

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…

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…

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…

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…