Cinnamon Buns

Disclaimer: I previously said I’d be cooking healthier–I am, seriously I am–and I know these cinnamon buns are far from that. But I’m not the only one who lives in our home. I’ve got to indulge the husband and the kids once in a while don’t I?

Gemista / Γεμιστά — Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers

Gemista is a staple dish in many a Greek household. I make them pretty regularly and rarely deviate from the simple rice/tomato/herb stuffing such as the one I used here. I’ve also made them with a mushroom filling and you can of course make them with any variation of stuffing your heart (or stomach rather) desires. When tomatoes are in season, of course, I love filling big juicy beefsteaks alongside plump red and green bell peppers.

Healthy Lime and Olive Oil Cake

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel like I probably ate an entire cow over the holiday season. Not to mention a whole pig, most of a goat and much of a plump turkey. Forget about the potatoes, pastas, cheeses, phyllo-wrapped pies and syrup-drenched Greek confections I also consumed. Believe me, I’ve got the spare tire and double-chin to prove it.

Three Bean Chipotle Dip

This summer, back in July, I submitted a recipe to Marx Foods that used some petite golden lentils they’d sent me to test-drive for a friendly blogger contest and well, I won! As my reward, the very kind proprietors of Marx Foods sent me 7 large containers of heirloom beans, in my opinion “exotic” beans, six of which I have never even cooked with before. I was in Greece at the time and my husband was the one who received the package … needless to say I was MUCH more excited to hear what I’d won than he was … he just called me in

Christmas Cheer Cake

Sending a little Christmas cheer your way …   to brighten your day … and lift your spirits … with a heartfelt wish … for a joyous holiday! This was a winter-themed cake I made for a bright-eyed little girl’s 5th birthday.

Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs) with Potatoes, Bacon and Peas

Christmas is just days away … and I am exhausted. And there are still gifts to wrap, more baking to finish up and of course some holiday cooking to partake in. So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet: I made a slight variation of the commonplace Greek dish, soutzoukakia (basically meatballs in a tomato sauce) and am here to share it with all of you.

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