Valentine’s Day Recipes

Looking for romantic Valentine’s Day Recipes? You’ve got 12 days to plan for a delicious treat. Here are some quick and easy drinks and desserts, two that include Greek yogurt, that I’ve collected for you.

Valentine’s Day Drink Recipes

Persephone

Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentine's Day Drinks - Persephone

 

This drink is named after Persephone, who in Greek mythology is the daughter of Zeus. To prepare a Persephone, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. This is a non-alcoholic recipe, but you might want to add a bit of the bubbly!

Greek Mojito


Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentines Day Drinks - Greek Mojito

This mojito is made with Greek Metaxa brandy in place of rum. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with brown sugar and lime juice. Add Metaxa, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the club soda.

How about a recipe mash-up that’s a drink and a dessert?

Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentines Day Desserts - Bourbon Peached and Cream Popsicles

The crushed peaches in this popsicle recipe are soaked in Bourbon. I would use plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. Since peaches are out of season, I would substitute frozen peaches whizzed in a blender, even though the recipe suggests canned. These pops will need to set until the mixture is completely frozen, about 5-6 hours.

Thinking of maybe a quick and easy pie for your Valentine?

No-Bake Berry-Yogurt Pie with Sugar Cone Crust

Valentine's Day Recipes / Valentines Day Dessert - yogurt-no-bake-cake

One of the ingredients for this no-bake pie is plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. The pie will need to chill until the filling is set, at least 8 hours or overnight.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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My 4 Favorite Greek Food Blogs

Kali Xronia! My first post for 2016 is about my 4 favorite Greek Food Blogs. These are blogs from which I draw inspiration, and bonus… they are all written in English.

1. Diane Kochilas “Greek Food for Life” 

Diane is a Chef, and TV cooking show host, cookbook author and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Greek cuisine.  Her beautifully photographed cookbook, Country Cooking of Greece,  was reviewed as a “masterpiece” by the New York Times 2012, 100 best books. I’ve made Diane’s Greek Feta & Red Pepper Dip recipe and blogged about her expertise and latest book on the Ikarian diet.

Favorite Greek Food Blogs Twitter   @DianeKochilas  

2. Peter Minaki “Kalofagas | Greek Food & Beyond”

Peter is one of Toronto’s finest Greek food experts and author of Everything Mediterranean Cookbook.  He teaches Greek cooking classes, does private catering, and hosts Greek Supper Club “pop-ups”. I’ve made Peter’s pork chops recipe, and am lucky to call him my friend.

Favorite Greek Food Blogs Twitter   @Kalofagas

3. Ivy Liacopoulou “Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality”

Ivy is a Greek-Cypriot home cook, whose passion for cooking started much like mine, by watching her mother cook. She is the author of Greek Home-style Cooking,  and teaches private and group cooking classes.

Favorite Greek Food Blogs Twitter @IvyLiac 

4. Mary Papoulias-Platis “California Greek Girl”

Mary is is a native Californian, born and raised in San Diego.  Her blog is about the beautiful California coastline, as well as her enjoyment of Greek cooking, and sharing recipes. She co-authored Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil .

Favorite Greek Food Blogs Twitter @CalGreekGirl 

I hope you visit and enjoy all of these Greek food blogs. If you try any of their recipes, please let me know which are your favorites. Kali Orexi and Happy New Year! 🙂

Merry Christmas – Kalá Christoúgenna

Merry Christmas Santa Smiley Kalá Christoúgenna, which in the Greek language (spelled phonetically) means “Merry Christmas.” Here’s the holiday photo of all my Hammond men and me.  On Christmas day and through out the New Year, may your life be filled with health, happiness and joy!

Merry Christmas HammondsMerry Christmas Santa Smiley My 2 little Yorkies, Stanley and Stella are ready for their close-up, and they too wish you a Kalá Christoúgenna. 😀 😀 😀

Merry Christmas Stanley and StellaMerry Christmas Santa Smiley So I’ll post once again, just to make sure it’s clear, my family and I wish you the merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😉

Merry Christmas card

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Want to bake my Mom’s Greek Christmas cookies? Here’s the recipe!

Annual Holiday Koulouria
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Recipe type: sweet / baking
Cuisine: Greek
 
Every year I make Christmas cookies with my grandsons, Maxwell and Benjamin, just like I did with my son, Robert, when he was a boy. This is my Mom's recipe for Greek butter cookies.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of one orange or 2 tsp. orange extract
  • 4 to 5 cups of all purpose flour
  • Small can of sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add in cream, vanilla, oil and zest.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the dry ingredients.
  6. Slowly add dry ingredients to form a firm but pliable dough.
  7. Using about a tsp of dough, roll with hands on counter surface in long ropes, then fold in half and twist into a braid like cookie.
  8. Place on cookie sheet.
  9. Brush tops of cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

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