Holy Trinity Monastery, Aegina

Saint Nektarios, the patron saint of Aegina was recognized as a Greek Orthodox saint in 1961, making him one of the most recently canonized saints in the Greek Orthodox church. A philosopher and writer, Saint Nektarios became widely known as a healer and was particularly sought out by persons suffering from heart disease and cancer. … Continue reading Holy Trinity Monastery, Aegina

Bakaliaros Skordalia (Cod & Garlic Dip)

My entire house has smelled like a McDonald’s deep fryer for an entire week. Fried oil has seeped into the carpets and walls, and has stubbornly clung to mine and my family’s clothes. It’s actually been a pleasant change of pace from the typical scent of a wet dog. The culprit behind the oil stench … Continue reading Bakaliaros Skordalia (Cod & Garlic Dip)

Makaronia me Kima (Spaghetti with meat sauce)

Whether you’re a novice or an expert cook, or somewhere in between, a simple dish to have in your repertoire is makaronia me kima (spaghetti with meat sauce). Or at least you should know how to make the latter portion, the kima. In Greek, kima means ground beef, but in this recipe, kima implies a … Continue reading Makaronia me Kima (Spaghetti with meat sauce)

Kourabiedes (Greek butter cookies)

Kourabiedes are popular Greek butter cookies topped with heaps of powdered sugar and made for special occasions like weddings, Christmas, name days, and any day that ends in “y”. My earliest memories of kourabiedes aren’t the sweet taste of the cookie. In fact, I don’t even remember taking a bite out of one when I … Continue reading Kourabiedes (Greek butter cookies)