I’m BlogHerFood Bound

The annual BlogHerFood conference is taking place in Austin this Friday and Saturday and I cannot wait to attend. That’s right. I’m going!
BlogHerFood

I’ve never been to Austin and I have already hit social media for recommendations on the best places to eat while I’m there. Here’s the list so far:
1. Easy Tiger Bakeshop and beer garden
2. Enotica Vespaio Bistro
3. Hop Doddy Burgers
4. Chuy’s Tex Mex
5. P. Terry’s more Burgers
6. Parkside  Gastropub
7. Ironworks BBQ
8. La Condesa Mexican

The closing key note speaker will be restaurateur, cookbook author, and “The Chew” co-host, Carla Hall.

Carla Hall BlogHerFood

She’s also a very snazzy dresser. Check out that unique style on her site.

I’m ready. I’ve downloaded the BlogHerFood mobile app, and scheduled all my breakout sessions. Follow my live tweets @Kitoula with the hashtag #BlogHer2016.

Austin, here I come.

All the Greek Festivals!

If you like Greek food and you’d like to take your family for a bit of fun, Greek Festivals are just the ticket. Here I have listed some, but not all the Greek festivals that I know and love.

Early in the summer in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, St. George’s had its Ya’ssoo Greek Festival!

St George Yassoo Fest, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by George Dzahristos

St. Nick’s Opa! Fest in Troy is the largest on-going Greek festival in the metro Detroit area. This is one of my favorites. My friend, blogger, cookbook author, and Chef, Peter Minaki of Kalofagas has given cooking demonstrations at this festival for the last few years.

St .Nicks Opa Fest, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by HOUR Detroit

This weekend, Holy Trinity in Grand Rapids Michigan hosts Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival. I wrote about this festival, and my Greek cousins, in 2011.

Souvlakia, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by Kitoula

Their motto is Eat! Dance! Be Greek!

Yassou! Fest, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by Kitoula

And because Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, you might add, Drink!

Opa Kitoula! All the Greek Festivals

Yamas!                               

Moving from Lanergan Drive

After 25 years, we are moving from our home on 2939 Lanergan Drive.
2939 Lanergan

I have sweet memories of 24 celebrations of Christmas,Lanergan Drive Christmas

many roast turkeys,Lanergan Drive turkey

25 years of gardening,Lanergan Drive garden

abundant fresh herbs,Lanergan Drive garden

and dozens and dozens of koulouria.Lanergan Drive koulouria

But more importantly, I am grateful for how this house has served my family for all those years. And I hope these guys feel the same…

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Egg cracking

Easter Boyz 2013

Father's Day 2011

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Greeks Dye Easter Eggs Red

One of the oldest Easter traditions for Greek Orthodox Christians are Easter eggs dyed red. In the Orthodox Church, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, and the hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.

Easter Eggs Red

You can dye eggs naturally using the skins of yellow onions. I used the skin of 10 small to medium sized yellow onions and all the skin that was loose in the net bag they come in from the market.

Easter eggs red

I’ll use these onions in the same pan that I roast the traditional Easter lamb on Sunday. They’ll work as a bed for the lamb to rest on, along with other herbs, in the roasting pan.

Easter eggs red

Cover the skins with approximately 6 cups of water and 8 tbsp. of white vinegar. Bring to a boil and let steep. The longer the skins steep the darker the color. I used brown eggs with yellow onions skins to get the deeper rusty red color.

Easter eggs red

You can hard boil the eggs with the skins or in the liquid after the skins have been removed. Bring the liquid back to boil and simmer the eggs for 5 to 8 minutes then take off the heat. Leave the eggs in the dye until they are cool.

Easter eggs red

You can also let the eggs cool in the dye and set in your fridge overnight.

Here’s the how-to video I followed, on dying eggs with onion skins, from my friend, Blogger and Greek Chef, Peter Minaki.

Kalo Pascha and Kali Anastasi!