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Mille-feuille a.k.a. Napoleon

Kouzounas Kitchen:

How about this lovely recipe by “HEYCAKES.” I am new to this food blog but I will tell you fab recipes. :)

Originally posted on Hey, cakes!:

Napoleon cake, a Russian version of classical French pastry Mille-feuille, is one of the most popular desserts in Russia and post-soviet countries like Latvia, where I come from. Inspired by my upcoming trip to Paris and using friend’s birthday as an excuse to bake on Friday evening, last week I decided to make this delicious creamy and light pastry.

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Kouzounas Kitchen Thanksgiving Menu

Well it’s almost here! That time where yes we stuff our faces full of yummy delicious Fall food. If you are being good and not stuffing your face, I give you an applause!! I can not miss stuffing, or mashed potatoes! Actually I don’t want to miss any of our yummy delicious food we will have at our Thanksgiving table. This year we are doing turkey day over at my sister and brother in laws house. Check this out my brother in law is making a smoked apple turkey with a thyme butter sauce!! Doesn’t that sound yummy?! Last year I shared our wonderful menu with you and this year I would like to do the same.

-Kouzounas Kitchen Thanksgiving Menu-

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***Yes I had to use my friends chalkboard sign as I am practicing for Sundays farmer markets. I like to use my mini chalkboard signs to show what pastries I am selling. If you didn’t know already I am at the Land Park farmers market every Sunday. Come by and say hi and see the pastries I have to offer. Let’s get back to the yummy goodness!!

Appetizers/Sides:

Spanakopita (Spinach Pie.)

This is a tradition that we have every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

http://kouzounaskitchen.com/2013/06/04/you-have-all-been-waiting-for-this/

(If you can try using puff pastry vs phyllo sometime I guarantee you will love it.)

Green Bean Casserole

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/best-ever-green-bean-casserole-recipe.html

Do Ahead Mashed Potatoes

(My grandmother makes a great do ahead recipe but I couldn’t seem to find her recipe so I found one that was close enough.)

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/classic-make-ahead-mashed-potatoes

Cranberry Sauce
You can get creative with cranberry sauce by adding in some roasted walnuts or pecans over the top of your sauce to add some flavor or adding a splash of orange juice to your sauce.  I included a yummy cranberry walnut relish below.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-cranberry-walnut-relish-recipe.html

Flavorful Stuffing

http://www.recipelion.com/Thanksgiving-Recipes/Grandmas-Favorite-Stuffing

( I like to add celery, apple, raisins and 1/4 cup of white wine.)

Main:
Smoked Apple Turkey With Thyme Butter Sauce
(I do not have my brother in laws recipe but I will try to get it tomorrow.) I did include a recipe below.)

https://www.langbbqsmokers.com/blog/apple-thyme-sage-smoked-turkey/

Desserts:

Pumpkin Crumble Pie

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pumpkin-pecan-crumble-pie-2003-1st-place-pumpkin-recipe.html

(Instead of pecans I used almonds because I only had almonds in the house.)

Whole Grain Gingersnap Cookies

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/whole-grain-gingersnaps.html

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IMG_3072.JPGFrom my family to yours HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! :)

“KALI OREXI.” 

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~Substituting Yogurt In Recipes~

Hello to you!! Here is some great info on how to use yogurt as a substitute in your cooking.  I have been substituting yogurt for many many ingredients in my recipes, and some include, eggs, mayonnaise, sour cream, and much more. I find using Greek yogurt is healthier vs lets say sour cream. Click on this link below to find out some useful information on how to use yogurt in your kitchen. Cheers~

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http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/961121/what-you-should-know-about-substituting-yogurt-in-your-favorite-recipes

New Announcement!!

Happy Happy Sunday! I must say these past two weeks have been filled with lots of baking and cooking. I mentioned in one of my prior posts that I will be announcing some news!! Well it is time to reveal some good news.

We will officially have our OWN booth at the Land Park Farmers Market November 23. !

Come check us out at the grand opening day November 23 -9 am to 1- pm PST. For the first 30 people who come by our booth will receive a free baklava on us!! Invite your family and friends to come out and enjoy a nice Sunday in the park.

Located in Land Park at the corner of Sutterville Rd. and Freeport Blvd.

Very happy to share this news with you all and excited to show case our pastries and appetizers. I am sharing a sample menu with you all below. Let me know your thoughts on our menu.. Don’t see an item you want for the holidays, simply share with us your thoughts and shoot us a comment or email. kouzounaslive@gmail.com

***Enjoy fresh baked Greek pastries & appetizers by Pastry Chef Krystina @ Kouzounas Kitchen

 

Sample Menu:

  • Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons
  • Traditional Greek Baklava
  • Greek Cookies (Kourambiedes) (Traditional, Peppermint, or Chocolate.)
  • Gourmet Cheese & Herb Sticks
  • Fresh Variety Of Spices
  • Lavender Shortbread Cookies
  • (Lavender comes from Friends Of The Earth Lavender)
  • Koulourakia (Greek Vanilla & Ouzo Cookies)
  • Spiced Brownies
  • Mini Pecan Pies

 

~Let Your Taste Buds Say OPA!!!~

In other News:

Very excited to announce that Global Food Book and I have combined a NEW podcast channel for you all to listen to. We have featured some great foodies including: The Greek Vegan, The Congelato Guys, The Gluten Free Gal, and much more. If you are interested in being a part of our podcast, simply email me at kouzounaslive@gmail.com.

Please check us out, listen to our first three pod casts on health & food channel. Subscribe if you love our channel.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/health-food-bloggers-podcast/id934589379

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**I would like to thank everyone who came out to Cork It Again  and supporting my friends wine store along with Kouzounas Kitchen and our food. We had some returning customers and one that I would like to give a shout out to: ESTELLE!! Thank you for supporting us and I sure hope to see you at the grand opening farmers market.

THANK YOU!!

Enjoy Thanksgiving with Healthy Turkey Mushroom Burgers

Kouzounas Kitchen:

Check out this wonderful recipe by Food 4 Your Mood! Perfect for your Thanksgiving meal!! :)

Originally posted on Food 4 Your Mood:

The turk turk festival is here, yes Thanksgiving with grand Thanksgiving recipes. I would love to spend minimum time in the kitchen on that auspicious occasion. My sister and her hubby will be here along with the kids. So I thought of preparing a quick and easy recipe, that is healthy too. Kids are gonna love it. This is called Healthy Turkey Mushroom Burgers. The best part is that you can include the veggies of your choice and low fat cheese if you are a fitness freak.

Turkey & Mushroom Burger

Turkey & Mushroom Burger

I love the recipes that are tasty as well as healthy. Low-sodium cheese will help you in finding among healthier cheese and that is what I opt for. Turkey breast is a good choice for a healthy diet. It is an excellent low fat and high protein food. This white and lean meat also helps in reducing cholesterol…

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Greek Foodistas Continue….

I am so happy to feature another one of my favorite bloggers who comes all the way from Athens, Greece. Meet Eleni and please welcome her food blog,  My Easy Gourmet. Explore her beautiful recipes, and photography at the link below.

http://www.myeasygourmet.net 

I had the chance to share two fabulous recipes from My Easy Gourmet. How about you try these fabulous mezes next time you are in charge of a party. :) Easy recipes that are super elegant, and tasty.

Prosciutto Rolls By My Easy Gourmet 

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of prosciutto
  • Parmesan flakes
  • Rocket leaves
  • Pine nuts
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil and Truffle oil

Directions

  1. Place 5-6 roquette leaves, 2-3 parmesan flakes, 5-6 pine nuts and some pepper on each slice of prosciutto.
  2. Carefully roll the prosciutto.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with some drops of truffle oil, depending on how strong you wish the truffle oil taste to be.
  4. Pour the oil over the rolls to your liking.

Prosciutto rolls

And there’s more from Eleni!! Grapes and Feta Crostini…. YES!

Grapes and Feta Crostini By My Easy Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bread, french baguette
  • handful of grapes
  • for the feta spread see here
  • olive oil
  • black sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven, air 170°C.
  2. Cut the bread in slices diagonally, 1 to 2 cm thick.
  3. Brush the top of each slice with olive oil.
  4. Cover each slice with the cheese spread.
  5. Place them on a baking sheet covered tray and let them bake for about 5 minutes.
  6. Top the crostini with grapes and garnish with sesame seeds.

Grapes and Feta Crostini

Grapes and Feta Crostini

Thank you for stopping by and sharing the love for our Greek Foodistas! Thank you so very much to Natalia at The Greek Glutton & Eleni at My Easy Gourmet for sharing their fabulous one of a kind recipes. Please make sure you show them some love, by simply checking out their food blogs at the links below.

http://www.thegreekglutton.com

http://www.myeasygourmet.net

~Kali Orexi~

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Greek Foodista Day!

Time to spread the love of Greek food from my fellow foodistas. Meet Natalia. She blogs over at The Greek Glutton which has amazing mouth watering recipes. I must say every time I take a look at her recipes, my mouth is saying feed me! lol

All day today I will be sharing a few of my favorite Greek foodistas and to start will be THE GREEK GLUTTON. 

http://www.thegreekglutton.com/chicken-souvlaki-skewers-with-tzatziki-yogurt-sauce/

Chicken Souvlaki Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce By The Greek Glutton

Prep time
30 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
45 mins
Serves: 4 skewers
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, shopped
  • Juice from half a lemon (save the other half for pouring over the cooked chicken)
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 skewers
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Tzatziki
Directions
  1. Soak your skewers in water. This prevents them from burning (or worse, setting on fire!) and changing the taste of your chicken
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Try to make them all similar sizes
  3. In a bowl, mix the chicken with the olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper
  4. Place in the fridge and let marinate for 1 hour
  5. In the meantime, make your tzatziki and also place it in the fridge to “marinate”. This is really important because for some reason the sauce really changes taste the more you let the flavors work together, and it tastes way better the longer you let it sit.
  6. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
  7. Place your chicken on the skewers and place them a the wax/parchment lined cookie sheet
  8. Cook for about 8 minutes on each side
  9. Serve with a side of Greek salad

**Now its time to celebrate this dish with another that will be coming up in the next few hours. Stay tuned in for my next featured Greek foodie: Elena My Easy Gourmet food blog.

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Have a beautiful day and I have some great news to share on Kouzounas Kitchen coming up!!

KALI OREXI