Each 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.
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies
One 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.
Chocolate Angel Food Cake
You 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.
Karithopita (Greek Walnut & Citrus Cake)
You’ve likely heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. This cake is a true treasure traditionally made with “trash”. Well, kind of.
Fursecuri Cu Stafide (Romanian Rum Raisin Cookies)
As handy as Google translate can be, there are times when it really kind of sucks. Like when you’re trying to read recipes in Romanian. I’m pretty sure these cookies aren’t really called raisins with raisins, because that seems kind of redundant.
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Old Fashioned Apple Pie
Unlike pumpkin pie, which is usually relegated exclusively to the Thanksgiving meal, apple pie gets to sashay its way all throughout autumn and winter. Good, because I like to eat it and it’s easy to prepare!
Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is the very first recipe where I not only created it, I also *get this* … actually wrote it down. Like, with real measurements and everything.
Fresh Fig & Honey Yiaourtopita (Greek Yogurt Cake)
If you are fortunate enough to have a fig tree, you will never starve. Well, at least while the figs are in season.
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Portokalopita (Greek Orange & Phyllo Cake)
If you’ve ever worked with phyllo dough, you know that you’ve got limited time to use it before it turns into a flaky, dried out mess. All is not lost.
Classic Cherry Pie
I planted a very specific variety of cherry tree just so I could make two things: a Greek cherry brandy, and honest-to-goodness old fashioned cherry pie. I guess I’m a serious do-it-yourselfer.