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

Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Cookies)

There are two things that are always on my Christmas to-do list. First, I have to watch Kevin McCallister thwart the "Sticky Bandits" in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. My brothers and I never tire of watching bricks being thrown at the heads of Marv and Harry and other torturous, yet hilarious schemes devised … Continue reading Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Cookies)

Galaktoboureko (milk custard pie)

Galaktoboureko (gah-la-toh-boo-reko), or what my friends and I jokingly call, “gala-ta-booty-grow” or sometimes “galactic burrito” is a tongue twister dessert my booty has definitely enjoyed once or twice. But galaktoboureko is more than a tricky name; it’s a classic Greek dessert that is absolutely divine. Galaktoboureko is defined by its filling of gala (milk) and … Continue reading Galaktoboureko (milk custard pie)