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…

Greek Summer Salad

It’s funny how I can come home from Trader Joe’s with bags full of food and immediately begin debating what I should make for dinner. Sometimes, having too many options makes me feel as though I have none. Then, somewhere near the intersection of what I’m in the mood for, what might go bad soon and what I just…

Ouzo Melon

On a hot summer day in Greece, meals at a Traditional taverna often begin with a shot of Ouzo alongside an array of appetizers or mezedes and end with a “dessert” of freshly cut melon slices. For some Greeks, Ouzo and melon are staples of summer dining which is why I’m surprised I haven’t come across this combination…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…