What would you feed me…Krystina?

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I was lucky enough to be featured on Foodbod today, and Elaine was such a wonderful friend for featuring me. I hope you all enjoy this healthy and easy recipe. :)

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This week I bring you the Greek Connection: Krystina from Kouzounas Kitchen..Krystina and I met via our blogs very early on and she has always been so friendly and so supportive. She is a great cook and amazing pastry chef, check out her Instagram feed for mouth watering creations!

As you will see from Krystina’s story below, she is driven by her love of her Greek heritage and she shares lots of Greek and other recipes. She also posts about the fabulous pastries that she makes and sells, sadly over in the US, but it’s great to see how her business is building. I hope you enjoy Krystina’s simple, tasty recipe..for more, check out her blog..

So, Krsytina, what would you feed me….?

Growing up in a Greek family, I was always watching my family make amazing Greek dishes in the kitchen. My fascination with spanakopita started at an…

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Ριζόγαλο: Greek Rice Pudding By Kouzounas Kitchen

Ριζόγαλο: Greek Rice Pudding

This version is on the healthier side. It gluten free & vegan approved. :) Let’s get to the cooking shall we?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.2 cup Arborio Rice
  •  2 Cinnamon Sticks
  •  4.5  cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 tablespoon Vanilla flavoring
  • 1 lemon- reserve peel/ zest

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the milk and rice over medium heat. Stir constantly until it begins to come to a simmer.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, and lemon peel and zest.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, and keep stirring. Cook for about 30 minutes until the rice is tender.
  4. It is important to keep an eye on this yummy mixture, as it can burn quickly on the bottom of the pot.
  5. Remove from heat, and discard the lemon peel, and cinnamon sticks.
  6. Add the sugar, and vanilla flavoring.
  7. Ladle the rice pudding into 5 large ramekins.
  8. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Serve with a dash of cinnamon over the top. I like to jazz it up with some lemon zest as well.

Kali Orexi! 

***If you would like the traditional recipe please follow the link here. >>> http://kouzounaskitchen.com/2013/06/18/the-famous-rizogalo-recipe/

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DIY Mise En Place Pantry Cleaning

Yes it’s that time again where I had to sort out my pantry and get the cleaning magic gloves on. On today’s post I am going to show you how to keep your pantry clean and organized using mason jars! Very simple and easy way to organize your kitchen. You just need a little bit of time and super powers. Lol okay you don’t need super powers, but wouldn’t it be cool if we had super powers ha?! I guess the avengers movie is still on my mind while writing this post. 😆.

Let’s get to the cleaning shall we?!

D.I.Y. Mise En Place Pantry Cleaning By Kouzounas Kitchen

D.I.Y. Mise En Place Pantry Cleaning

Ingredients:

  • A dozen mason jars
    1 sheet of white labels
    1 permanent marker

For those who have no idea what French I am speaking here is the definition of Mise En Place: Everything in one place. Chefs like myself like to use this term when we are prepping in the kitchen.

Does your kitchen ever get to the point where you have baking ingredients along with spices and seasonings that don’t belong together?! Well this happens to me every once in a while when I am jammed with catering orders or simply prepping for my farmers markets. I personally like to have my pantry organized with spices in 1 shelf, baking ingredients in another shelf and so on. I do not like going through three cabinets to find vanilla beans. To get yourself organized all you need is mason jars. If you have any lying around the house simply run them through the dishwasher first then have them ready to go.

Step 1: Grab your ingredients that you will transfer to mason jars, and fill each jar with ingredients. (Example: cocoa powder.)

Step 2: Next prepare your label. I like to write the name of the ingredient on the front and I will put the type of the brand on the back. So I use two labels.

Step 3: Organize the mason jars according to your pantry.

Step 4: Make sure each mason jar lid is sealed on tight.

Step 5: Don’t forget to label the jars with dates. (If needed)

Step 6: If you don’t use your mason jars for ingredients have fun with them in other various ways. You can use them as a drinking glass, flower vase. Soaking nuts or seeds, oh and my favorite one, sprouting seeds.

I hope this post comes in handy for you! Share the love of mason jars.
Cheers –

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Kouzounas Kitchen’s Top Cook Book Pics

My Whole Food Philosophy By: Wholesome Cook
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Tasty Food Photography By: Pinch Of Yum
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Tasty Food Photography helps you grow your food photos by walking you through easy tutorials. This book will have you super confident in your photography, and making you want to shoot with your camera daily.

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Thank you for stopping by! Big thank you to the following blogs for coming up with these books! Each of these books have some really great info. Wholesome Cook, Pinch Of Yum, and Kiersten Frase.

Have a great weekend!

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Traditional Greek Spanakorizo. – Σπανακόριζο- (Spinach & Rice Dish)

Well hello my lovely friends. Welcome to a new recipe post today from yours truley. I am super excited to share this dish with you all as it has been passed down in my family for a very long time.

When my yiayia use to make this dish she would add horta to it, not spinach. Horta that came from the village in Mani, Greece. Now a days if you live in the states that kind of horta is hard to find, so you can use swiss chard if you like or a mixture of swiss chard and spinach.

Lets get to the cooking, ya?!

Traditional Greek Spanakorizo Recipe -Σπανακόριζο

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh spinach (If you are using swiss chard, you can do half swiss chard & half spinach)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped fresh onion
  • 1 leek finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 lemon (reserve juice and zest)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried Greek oregano
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Pinch ground cumin
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar (Reserve for the finish plate)

Method:

Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat.

Saute onions and leeks until they become tranlucent. (About 5 minutes.)

Add garlic, and saute for 1 minute.

Add lemon zest, dill, basil, mint, oregano, cumin, swiss chard, and spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted down.

Stir in the rice, and water. Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat, and place the lid over the pan. Let the rice cook for approximately 20 minutes.

When the mixture has cooled, stir in the lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy with some fresh feta over the top.

This dish is perfect with Soutzoukakia- Greek Meatballs By CyTasty.

For the recipe follow >>> http://www.cytasty.com/recipe/soutzoukakia-smyrneika-greek-meatballs/

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Food For Thought: Beet Root Powder

We are now carrying beet root powder on our Etsy shop as well as at our three farmers markets. Why beet root powder you ask? Check out the amazing health benefits that beet root powder offers below.

Benefits Of Beet Root Powder

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  • Researchers have found out that beet root juice is known to help lower blood pressure, and may help fight heart disease.
  • Beet Root contains high amounts of nitrates which help open blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen to places that are lacking oxygen.
  • Drinking beet root juice increases blood flow to the brain in older people, and might help with dementia.

Interested in some of our beet root powder… Click on the link here and it will redirect you to our store.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202959210/kouzounas-kitchen-organic-spices

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you reap in these amazing health benefits that beet root provides.

Cheers

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Guest Food Blogger: Meet Mommy’s Kitchen

I am very excited to introduce a new food blogger on our page today!! download 3_1

Please meet fellow Greek food blogger Magdaline Makris who currently resides in Greece. She blogs over at Mommy’s Kitchen, where she shares beautiful Greek recipes, and tons more. I recently was introduced to Magdaline through my very own food group called Foodify where we share recipes from around the world with over 220 foodies. Magdaline shared a super hit recipe with us in our group, and I am sharing it below. (Loukoumades!!) Oh yes, the Greek version of a donut! Oh come on you know you want to taste those yummy guys.. Honey, walnuts, and fried dough all in one = heaven! Check it out below. I am also including a savory recipe from Mommy’s Kitchen which of course is a favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy these beautiful recipes and make sure you say hello to Magdaline over at Mommy’s Kitchen.

Cheers

Mommy’s Kitchen Recipes

Tzatziki – White Meat Sauce 

http://momzcuisine.blogspot.com/2015/04/tzatziki-white-meat-sauce.html

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Honey Tokens an Olympic Treat a.k.a Loukoumades

http://momzcuisine.blogspot.com/2014/09/honey-tokens-olympic-treat-aka.html

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