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…

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…

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…

Feta Zucchini Fritters

Kolokithokeftedes. When Greeks hear this, their first thought is YUM while my Non-Greeks are more like HUH?! Let me simplify: Squash Fritters. Kolokithokeftedes are typically made with either pumpkin or zucchini squash depending on the season and while I’m a serious fan of pumpkin-I’ll wait to for fall to make that version. In the meantime, you’ve probably noticed that…

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…

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…

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…