Baklava

Everyone knows BAKLAVA. Layers of flaky phyllo pastry blanketed with ground nuts plus plenty of spice (and everything nice), soaked in a sweet honey syrup. Many consider baklava as the gold standard of Greek desserts. I’m not sure if this constitutes a mortal sin against Greek culture but I will say it anyway: I’m not … Continue reading Baklava

Bougatsa

How to impress a foodie: serve them BOUGATSA creaminess. How to impress a history buff: serve them bougatsa knowledge. Both the history buff and the foodie will wonder where bougatsa have been their whole lives. They say bougatsa originated in Serres, a city north of Thessalonaki where many Greeks immigrated during the Greco-Turkish war that … Continue reading Bougatsa

Kolokithokeftedes (Zucchini Fritters)

Crispy on the outside, light and gooey on the inside--that’s what makes kolokithokeftedes (zucchini fritters) one of the finer ways to utilize zucchini. Although these fritters can be time consuming, it’s worth the wait as they are my favorite way to enjoy zucchini. They are made with a similar filling that goes into a kolokithopita, … Continue reading Kolokithokeftedes (Zucchini Fritters)

Kolokithopita (Zucchini Pie)

Kolokithopita (zucchini pie) is similar to the popular spanakopita (spinach pie) and can be made just the same by simply substituting the spanakopita for zucchini. My recipe calls for more herbs and a unique combination of cheese to make it stand out. Kolokithopita is a fantastic method of using in season vegetables and herbs. Combining … Continue reading Kolokithopita (Zucchini Pie)

Roka (Arugula Salad)

Roka (arugula) is one of the most underestimated leafy greens, despite packing lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s numerous health benefits are well known. Arugula is native to the Mediterranean and is definitely a green that should be added to more plates worldwide. The Greeks eat plenty of arugula as a “Roka Salata” and … Continue reading Roka (Arugula Salad)