Sophaki Wisdom: Olive Oil

LET’S TALK ABOUT: OLIVE OIL BUT WHY?! It’s the single most used ingredient in your kitchen. That’s why. OK, I’M LISTENING . . .  Your Yiayia says you should always use olive oil when you cook, but she also suggests that you spit on your friend to protect them from the evil eye so you need to make…

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….

Tomato, Olive, Feta & Shrimp Risotto

Since I started Sophaki Cooks, everyone asks the same question over and over again. Their past interest in my classes, work and other extracurricular activities has slowly disappeared and their newly found interest seems to be food. “What are you cooking?” When I’m asked this question, I know they don’t care what I’m making at that moment. They don’t…

Grilled Dakos

I know what you’re thinking. What is this? Salad? Really? After stuffed lamb burgers and  rice pudding, how could I possibly get excited about some boring vegetables? Au contraire mon ami! This simple recipe combines the famous Italian Panzanella with  the not-so-famous Cretan Dako (Ntako) for a flavor that will make a vegetable lover out of…

Olive, Apricot & Rosemary Bread

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci My favorite memories of food at home are not what you would expect. They’re not of the feast my mother spent all day in the kitchen preparing to commemorate a special occasion. They’re unplanned and utterly simple. A spread of olives, cheese, freshly baked bread and olive…