Rose Petal & Pistachio Revani

Whoever discovered that roses taste as good as they smell… thank you. You’ve helped me justify having so many different roses in my garden. Not that I felt I had to have an excuse, but there’s nothing wrong with having one ready, you know?

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Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

There is a huge debate amongst Greek circles as to which is the best Greek Christmas cookie. You’re either Team Kourambiethes, or you’re Team Melomakarona. I just say, I’ll eat yours, whatever it is, if you don’t want it.

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Mosaiko (Greek Chocolate Refrigerator Cake)

I honestly believe that chocolate as we know it in its modern form is proof that God exists and loves us very, very, very, very much. Please don’t try to change my mind, I prefer to live in this version of reality.

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Pasta Flora (Greek Jam Tart)

Each year we harvest a lot of fruit from our backyard orchard. Each year, I make a lot of jams and jellies. Each year I realize we don’t eat a lot of it. Hmmmm…

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Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The beginning of each new year here starts off in the worst way for those whose resolutions were to eat healthier and lose weight: the arrival of Girl Scout Cookie season. Me personally, I embrace it with a little too much gusto.

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Moustokouloura (Greek Grape Molasses Cookies)

Chances are good that unless you were raised in a traditional Greek home, you have never heard of these cookies. They may not look like much, but you’ll have to trust me when I tell you that looks can be deceiving.

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Fig Upside Down Cake

Anyone who has a fruiting fig tree will confirm that they can be overwhelmingly abundant. Not too many people mind this problem.

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Nectarine Sourdough Coffee Cake

20200610164931_IMG_4179Each summer my exercise routine consists of repeatedly running frantically out of my kitchen to the backyard, flapping my arms and yelling “ch ch ch ch” to scare away the scrub jays from my nectarine tree.  When I’m tired, I make the boys do it.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

20200615_172625One time, my reward from my dad for a semester of good grades was a jar of Planters Dry Roasted peanuts to have all to myself.  No joke, one of the best treats I’ve ever received.

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Chocolate Angel Food Cake

20200106_134348aswetYou know those cartoons that show a person debating what to do with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other giving conflicting advice?  This cake is like the two of them got together and struck a deal.

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