History Of Kouzounas Kitchen

” Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

Julia Childs.

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Meet The Name Behind Kouzounas Kitchen.

Welcome to my world of Greek traditional & modern recipes.  Get ready to dance and drink some ouzo while enjoying our recipes.

Growing up as a child,  I couldn’t help but shadow my parents while they were preparing wonderful Greek delicacies in our kitchen. My fascination with phyllo dough started at a very young age. (I believe I was 8 years old when I made my first spanakopita all by myself).  After learning how to master phyllo and spanakopita, I then knew I had a passion for cooking.  My parents watched me go through an intense year of pastry school. While I was in pastry school, I flew to Greece to complete my externship. I was a sous chef on the island of Skiathos. I worked very hard to get through the program and I succeeded. After graduation from Le Cordon Bleu, I gained the knowledge in four main cuisines; Japanese, Chinese, Greek, and Spanish. I just fulfilled one of my long awaited dreams of publishing my first Greek cookbook, Back To My Roots.  Back To My Roots is now available in print and as a e-book through Amazon – Barnes & Noble.

Amazon Back To My Roots

Barnes & Noble Back To My Roots

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Currently I am working on my second book, which will focuses on liquid gold; olive oil. Stay tuned in for more details.

[Side Note]

The name Kouzounas originated from my sweet Yiayia, Stavroula Kouzouna Kalapothakou from Mani, Greece who was a fantastic home chef. I learned many of her traditional Greek recipes, and now I can share these recipes with you. Don’t get confused with the Greek word “kouzina” which means kitchen.

~Kali Orexi~

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* Featured above is my family. To the very left is my yiayia who I dedicate this blog to. Thank you to my wonderful family for inspiring me to make Kouzounas Kitchen happen.

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99 thoughts on “History Of Kouzounas Kitchen

  1. Ok fine..all the best for your future writing..Please go though my personal blog you can find more.Have any help in WordPress support.Feel free to contact.
    Cyril

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  2. Hello from St Louis! What an awesome adventure you are on with the goal of having your own coffee shop! Glad you stopped by my blog! Blessings–Jane

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  3. Yes as a chef from around the world my main goal is to have my own Little Taverna, as us Greeks would call it. 🙂 I am soon to be having my own cooking classes & catering in the Sacramento area. I loved your blog! Thx for the lovely comment. Hello from Sacramento!!!

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    1. It was a pleasure meeting you today at the Land Park Farmer’s Market, a great way to spend Sunday morning. Your pastries, your story and website are all spectacular. Looking forward to seeing you again and sharing our love of all things ellinika!
      Martha Potiriades

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      1. Geia Sou Martha,
        I actually just spoke to my mom about you. I mentioned that you went to McClatchy and she even looked at her year book for you but didn’t see your name. I think my mom was a few years above you. It was my pleasure to meet you and very happy to see Greek people at the Land Park Market. I hope you enjoyed your goodies. 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful comment and hope to see you at the next Sunday market. Filakia,
        Krystina 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much Liz. I appreciate you stopping by, and yes I hope you can learn from me as well. Ever have any recipes that you are looking for that you don’t see on my blog please feel free to ask me to post something you are looking for. Cheers 🙂

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      1. Don’t you just love the people you meet and things you discover. I used to see social media as a teenage distraction. Now it’s a middle age source of information and sharing….!

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      2. Yes I do. 🙂 Yes I believe the social media will hit the roof once we hit 2014, as it is already a must have on everyone’s cell phones. LOL I think social media is great for networking, and helping each other out. 🙂

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  4. I really hope you manage to fulfil your restaurant dream – I would be sure to visit! 🙂 My in-laws have a Greek restaurant here in London – you must come one day!

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  5. Hi!

    My name is Angeliki, from South Africa, got unto your blog by pure luck. Have browsed through it, and I am impressed, will certainly keep following. Regards
    Angeliki

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    1. Hi Angeliki,
      I love your name. Are you Greek? That’s my sisters name. 🙂 Thank you very much for your lovely comment, and I am very glad you found my blog. Please feel free to join in to our Featured Recipe Thursdays, and submit any of your recipes which are some what Mediterranean style. Submit to kouzounaslive@gmail.com

      -Cheers and have a lovely weekend! 🙂

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    1. Hi Eugenia,
      Thank you very much!! I am trying go get back into blogging daily but my life has been a bit busy with catering and two farmers markets. I will hopefully have some new recipes up shortly. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂 Cheers~

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    1. Hi Freda,
      Thank you so very much for your kind and warm comments. I love your blog as well, and heading over there to check out your posts. I hope you can get to the beautiful Greece one of these days. (Don’t let the news scare you away of going to visit.) 🙂

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  6. Hello, I found your blog via a “like” you posted on one of my recent posts. I am so new to this so you can imagine what great encouragement this gives me. Thank you. I love Greek food and will most definitely enjoy following your blog!

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  7. Hi Kouzounas Kitchen Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Kouzounas Kitchen has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 40 Greek Food Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/greek_food_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 40 Greek Food Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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