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.


Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita

Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita: Traditional Greek Walnut Cake meets Traditional American Fall Flavors.

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The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and with it a collection of pumpkin themed recipes. Pumpkin bread, cookies, and whoopie pies are some of my favorites. One of my new favorites this fall is this easy to make Pumpkin Spiced Karithopita.


Fuyu Persimmon Smoothie

Persimmon Smoothie Made Simple and Delicious with just 5 Ingredients

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According to Wikipedia, the generic name for the Fuyu persimmon tree is Diospyros, which comes from the ancient Greek words dios (διός) and pyros (πυρος). The translation from Greek to English means more or less “divine fruit” or “divine food.” Being a lover of the Fuyu Persimmon, this translation is pretty spot on.


Caramel-Dipped Baklava Popcorn Balls

A Sweet Halloween Treat

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As a child, I remember my mom making popcorn balls around this time of year. One year, she even made a gazillion of them, wrapped them in plastic wrap and handed them out to trick-or-treaters. (Oh… the good ole’ days!).

Here’s a little time saving tip to making this delicious fun treat: use pre-popped popcorn. More specifically, I recommend SkinnyPop Popcorn.

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Coconut-Lavender Honey Ice Cream

Coconut-Lavender Honey Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut Flakes and Fresh Figs

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Usually when I make homemade ice cream I use whole milk, heavy cream and sugar as my base. Here I’ve substituted the whole milk with coconut cream and the sugar with honey. I love the depth of flavors this combination creates! Simmering fresh lavender with the coconut cream takes this ice cream to an entirely different level of richness and flavor.

Can you tell I’m passionate about my ice cream?

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Fig-Glazed Pork Souvlaki

Fig-Glazed Pork Souvlaki Topped with Fresh Mint and Feta Cheese

Fig-Glazed Souvlaki | figsandfeta.comLike most, I love to cook and bake with the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season. Summer is probably my favorite culinary season mainly because it is also what I like to call “fig season”. As we approach the end of summer my family’s fig tree is bursting with its final crop of the year.


UncommonGoods and Figs & Feta

The Story of UncommonGoods, Figs & Feta, and a Mid-Week Cocktail Party

UncommonGoods / Figs & Feta | figandfeta.comI try to purchase local. I also try to go out of my way to support U.S. makers. I also really love handmade and unique house ware products with a story. I’ve recently found all of the above at UncommonGoods and am thrilled to be partnering with them for this special and exciting post!

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Maple Roasted Plums with Greek Yogurt

Maple Roasted Plums with Greek Yogurt and Ginger Almond & Cashew Granola

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Thanks to an old sturdy tree on my family’s property I have an abundance of plums this summer. I’ve googled “things to make with plums” and had a hard time finding a recipe that really excited me until I came across this recipe in the July issue of Real Simple. 

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Summer Fruit Salad with Fresh Burrata Cheese

Summer Fruit Salad with Fresh Burrata Cheese

Summer Fruit Salad | figsandfeta.comI’ve found a new cheese to love this summer: Burrata – a fresh Italian cheese consisting of mozzarella cheese soaked in heavy cream. It is slightly sweet and milky. Of course this cheese will be delicious on pizza, or in a fresh garden salad, but because of Burrata’s mildly sweet flavor, I decided to substitute this Italian favorite for my usual go-to thick Greek yogurt on top of a fresh fruit salad

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