Gluten-Free Tsoureki Bread

Gluten-Free Tsoureki Bread or Traditional Tsoureki Bread : Greek Easter Bread

Topped with a festive pink sugar glaze, edible flowers, toasted almonds and candied ginger this Tsoureki may just be too pretty to eat. (Just kidding. EAT!)


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Christmas Cookies and Sweets Round-Up 2016

A few of my favorite Figs & Feta Christmas and Holiday sweets, all wrapped up in one spot just for you!

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Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies

Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies: A melt-in-your-mouth, festive and traditional Greek holiday cookie that is simple to prepare.

It is not uncommon to see these bite-sized snow-ball looking treat on the Greek dessert table during the holidays. These delicious and heavily powdered treats are called Kourabiethes and they are melt-in your mouth wonderful! But wait… there’s more! Two modern variations of this delicious traditional recipe included: Cinnamon Kourabiethes and Pistachio-Matcha Green Tea Kourabiethes create a beautiful festive dessert platter! 

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Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner 2015

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Baklava for 800

Sacramento Farm to Fork Gala Dinner 2015

I had the best time serving up Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Baklava at the 2015 Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner Dessert Buffet… and what a great experience the entire process was!


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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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Kopanisti-Tangy Feta Spread

My Version of Kopanisti:Tangy Feta Spread

Kopinisti- Tangy Feta Spread | figsandfeta.comServe this flavorful and tangy Feta spread with crackers, pita wedges or sliced cucumbers. Better yet…lather it on grilled corn-on-the-cob, top with bacon, fresh herbs and grated Mizithra cheese. So. Good.

Kopinisti With Grilled Corn | figsandfeta.com


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Pascha Menu Ideas

Greek Menu Ideas in Celebration of Holy Pascha, or Easter. 

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Easter, or Holy Pascha, is the most celebrated holiday in the Greek Orthodox home. It is a feast among feasts – with traditional Greek food, wine, music and plenty of guests to celebrate. Every family has their own traditions for Pascha. Some make a delicious brunch, some a late dinner, most of us feast and graze all day long. Don’t forget, some have been fasting from meat and dairy products for 40 days. We’re hungry! I’ve put together few of my Figs & Feta favorites as suggestions for your Pascha menu.


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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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Roasted Eggplant Greek Yogurt Dip

Melitzanosalata (Μελιτζανοσαλάτα, pronounced meh-leed-zah-no-sah-LAH-tah)

Roasted Eggplant Greek Yogurt Dip | figsandfeta.com

By far one of my favorite appetizers, this Roasted Eggplant Greek Yogurt Dip is a variation of the classic Greek Melitzanosalata. The addition of roasted garlic and a little Greek yogurt gives this dip a lot of depth. I could eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon! (Who am I kidding? I have done that!)


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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

 Simply Prepared in One Bowl!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake with Citrus Glaze and Candied Orange Peels | figsandfeta.com

Every time I make a Bundt cake, I can’t help but think of the classic Bundt cake scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  This Bundt is a delicious, and decadent Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake topped with citrus glaze and candied orange peels. Yes, this cake has a hole in it. But don’t worry… “I fix the hole”. ;)


“What is it?”

“It’s a Bundt.”

“A Bon?”

“A Bundt.”

“Bunk? Bonk, bonk?”

“BUNdT!”

“Bunnn – T?”

“BUNDT! BUNDT!”

“Oh.. it’s a cake!”

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