Savory Feta Cheese

Savory Feta Cheese: Tangy, salty and spicy Feta served with pita bread or baguette for a quick and simple appetizer. 

I’ve found the simplest of recipes are often the most delicious. This is especially true with Mediterranean recipes and proven here with this Savory Feta Cheese appetizer.


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Brown Butter Macadamia Nut Baklava

Brown Butter Macadamia Nut Baklava: Macadamia nuts spiced with cloves and cinnamon then layered between sheets of filo dough and nutty-brown butter and topped with melted dark chocolate.

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Our classic buttery baklava recipe gets all dressed up for the holidays by browning the butter and swapping out walnuts for the royal Queensland nut: the Macadamia.


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Fanouropita

St. Phanurius Cake

Fanouropita Cake | figsandfeta.comIn the Orthodox Church, August 27 is dedicated to Saint Phanurius. The Orthodox faithful pray to this Saint to help them recover lost things such as car keys or a child’s favorite toy. Some even pray to this saint to  help them find hope, faith or focus. As a thanks-offering the custom arose of baking a cake in his honor. This is my favorite recipe for a Fanouropita Cake, updated by making them into little bundt cakes and topping them with fresh local berries and organic crystallized ginger. 

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Tsoureki (Tσουρέκι)

Greek Easter Bread

Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) | figsandfeta.comTsoureki (soo-REH-kee) is traditional Greek Easter bread. It is not simple to make. There’s a lot involved but this year I set out to simplify the process and I think I just may have done it. Oh, and I went a little crazy with chocolate and toasted almonds too.

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Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies

A Sweet-Cookie for Your Sweet-Heart.
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There are 2 types of people in this world: Those who fall head-over-heels for Valentine’s Day,  and those who want to see it wiped from the calendar forever. Regardless of how we feel we must face the facts: the gushiest, mushiest, sappiest day of the year is upon us. How will you embrace the gushiest day of the year?  How about a modern twist on the classic Greek Koulourakia? These Rosewater Greek Butter Cookies are sweet and fragrant and are sure to be a Valentine’s Day winner!

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New Year’s Cake – Vasilopita (Βασιλόπιτα)

Vasilopita-2Bread or cake? How do you prefer your Vasilopita? My grandmother made bread, and I loved her for that. Today, my mom continues to make bread and I love her for that. Me? I’m a cake gal.

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Christmas Cookie Party

CHRISTMAS-Koulou-17I introduced my Yiayia’s (Yιαγιά – Grandmother) classic traditional Koulourakia recipe to a few new ingredients today. Keeping the traditional flavor but tweaking things just a little I now have two new festive flavors to choose from… and now so do you!

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Decorating Baklava for Christmas

Baklava-Bites-3Recently, I was given a few bags of Red Walnuts to experiment with. Naturally, the first recipe that came to mind to tryout was Baklava, however, the color of these walnuts is too beautiful to be hidden between layers of filo and butter. The bright red attractive color needs to be seen!

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How I Roll

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I happen have plenty of experience with rolling dolmathes. As a child, I would take leaves from my father’s fig tree, make a simple mud-mixture of dirt and water and roll dolmathes in my back yard play kitchen. This grown-up version of dolmathes tastes much better than my mud dolmathes… trust me. :)

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