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…

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:…

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…

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…

Tirokafteri: Spicy Feta Dip

There’s no doubt that, today, Greeks all over the world will be gathered to watch their team play against Costa Rica in the 2nd round of the World Cup. Being that it’s the first time Greece has made it this far, we’re excited to say the least. Of course, wherever Greeks gather, there is food. Enter: Spicy Feta…

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…

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…

Split Decision Ladenia

In case you haven’t figured it out already, I don’t usually stick to traditional recipes when it comes to cooking. This is exactly why I enjoy it so much. I get to take a dish that I’ve watched my mother prepare countless times just the same way her mother prepared it and have some fun with it….