History Of Kouzounas Kitchen
Καλώς ήρθατε – Welcome
Welcome to my world of Greek traditional & modern cooking. I am Krystina, the name behind Kouzounas Kitchen, and passionate American-Greek chef who loves to share recipes. Currently, you can find me catering Greek food in the Northern California region or working my booth in Apple Hill.
A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe. —Thomas Keller
My love for food started at a very young age. Both my parents are wonderful cooks, and we have many cooks on my dad’s side of the family in Greece. Growing up in a crazy Greek family, who appreciates food was a good start towards my love for cooking. At the age of seven, I was officially making my own Greek recipes including spanakopita, keftedes, baklava, and much more.
In 2008 I acknowledged the passion I had for the culinary arts and enrolled in the pastry chef program at Le Cordon Bleu in Sacramento, California, and in 2009 graduated with my pastry degree.
Kouzounas Kitchen is dedicated to my yiayia Stavroula Kouzouna Kalapothakou. Yiayia was from Mani, Greece who was a fantastic home cook. I learned many of her traditional Greek recipes and now I share them through my blog. (I hope yiayia is looking down upon me smiling as I share many of her delicious recipes with my very own twist.)
I fulfilled a long-awaited dream of mine recently. Back To My Roots cookbook was published on February 28, 2016. Back To My Roots is not only packed full of mouth-watering recipes, but I also share my personal story, kitchen tips, and tricks, bits and pieces of the history of olive oil and its benefits, and much, much more!
Check out my cookbooks below:
Amazon – Back To My Roots (available in print and eBook)
Barnes & Noble – Back To My Roots
Amazon – A Drop of Ladi & My Greek Soul: A New Take on Classic Greek Cuisine
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.
* Pictured 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.
Such a pleasure meeting you today! Thank you for everything… What an experience!
Very nice to meet you too! I am packing up your spices today. 🙂 Thank you for coming by and I hope to meet you guys soon in Reno. 🙂 Hi to you all.
Hi, I happened to meet Chef Krystina a few weeks ago, and since then I have tried her
Bakalava, which I have to say is amazing. I being half greek myself, and spending many summers
there, sampling many of there sweet treats, have to say that she makes the best Baklava I have
ever tasted. I had to put my order in for Christmas, so I can share with my friends thats if my
family doesn’t eat them all first. My son loves them.
Thank you so much Krystina for the delicious Baklava.
Thank you so much agapi mou for your kind words. 🙂 I can’t wait to see you again soon.
Kala Xristougenna kai kalh xronia!!
Thank you so much to my dear friend for sharing this beautiful post. Our time in Kritsa will be a loving memory to remember forever. 🙂 I can’t wait to see you both again real soon. Polla filakia stous duo!
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.
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.
Thank you very much for the top 40 Greek blog post. 🙂 Wow, what a great site you have. I am happy to share this post.
Thank you much!
Chef Krystina Kalapothakos
Superb blog Krystina, and welcome to A Good Greek Read!! John Manuel (on Rhodes)
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!
Hello Annika. Thank you for finding my blog. I hope you enjoy my blog, and most importantly the recipes that I share. 🙂
Have a lovely week.
Hello, I looked through your recipes. I found quite a few that I’d like to try. We are lovers of Greek food here!
Yay I’m happy to hear that! You are on the right blog if you enjoy Greek food. 💙
You have a beautiful blog..i’m so happy to have stumbled upon it;))
You’re a sweetheart!! Thank you Sooo much. 🙂 Me too!!
Please can you send me details of how to order your new cook book. Thank you
Thank you for inquiring and yes of course. Can I please have your email address and I can send you info. Thank you
My yiayia was from Crete as my grandfather! Stylianos Hatzidakis. Cheryl
Wow that’s awesome!! Well Geia Sou koukla. 😁❤️
My father is from Mani, Greece. Maniates and Cretans are alike.
Hi Kouzouna! Just hopping around the blogosphere, thought I’d say hey 🙂 if you want to return the favor, come visit me in my world over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and let’s be friends 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Yes I will check ya out now. 🙂
Truly amazing! Love the story and the amazing authentic food! Wonderful!
Thank you very very much Lynz. I really appreciate you stopping by. Have a beautiful Sunday. 😁😁
Hi Krystina! You have such a fabulous blog! A visit to Greece is on my to do list, I don’t know when that’s happening, until then I’m sure to learn and explore a lot from you here 🙂
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.) 🙂
Thanks so much dear. Fingers crossed! the news doesn’t scare me 🙂 I really hope I do get a chance to visit this beautiful place 🙂
You’re very welcome. I sure hope you do too. 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend.
You too Krystina😊
Thank you! 😁
Hi, I’ve nominated you for a blog award. Hope you are up for it! See my blog post http://kritsayvonne.com/2015/03/27/versatile-blogger-award/ Best wishes, Yvonne
Oh you made my day!! Thank you, thank you. Can’t wait to answer the questions. Exharisto poly koukla. 🙂
Yay I am actually now getting back to you dear friend. I will do a post now on the nomination. 🙂
Hi Krystina! Your blog looks wonderful… your yiayia did a great job teaching you and giving her know how further!
What a lovely blog! I recently came back to Athens and have started collating family recipes. Really looking forward to seeing more of your posts!
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~
Most welcome, looking forward to see more of your lovely recipes. Keep well 🙂
Thank you Eugenia! Yes I am hoping to post some shortly. 🙂
Thank you!! I really miss Athens. 🙁
I hope I will be able to give you little glimpses of Athens to miss it a little less 😉 all the best
Great blog!! 😀 I love everything Greek….After all, the hubby is Greek and love Greek food, not to mention beautiful Greece and its people.
Thank you for stopping by my food blog. I am so happy that you enjoyed. I hope your hubby enjoys some of the recipes here. What part of Greece is he from? I sure miss Ellada. 🙂
Hi Krystina, I will be visiting your blog often. Hubby’s family is from Nysiros. We visited Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes in 2008 but didn’t make it to Nysiros yet. We want to go back someday. Such a beautiful country….. 😀
Hi Gina, thank you I would love that. Oh very cool. I know I use to live there, and I would like to go back soon as my boyfriends family lives there. 🙂 🙂
Fantastic Krystina!! 😀
Thank you for sharing my Friday Menu koukla. I hope your readers enjoy. Happy Friday to you. I must review your awesome book. It’s another favorite of mine. Filakia
Thank you very much. 🙂
What a wonderful blog with great food and ideas, I wish i had more time to explore more today but I will certainly be back, thank you for sharing !
Thank you very much for your wonderful comments! I am glad you stopped by, and please do come back and check out new recipes. Have a wonderful Easter!! 🙂
Hi Krystina, Just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Dragon’s award. 🙂 http://indusinternationalkitchen.com/2014/04/10/dragons-loyalty-and-more-sunshine-awards/
Omg, thank you very much!! This is such an honor and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
You are very welcome! 🙂
🙂 🙂 🙂
Hi Krystina!! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! 🙂
Hi Shatarupa! Thank you very much! This is our 4th Sunshine Award and I thank you so much and feel honored. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
Nice to meet you Krystina! I just stumbled upon your blog and I am glad I did. It is so beautiful. I love mediterranean food and so your blog is a delight to me! 🙂
Nice to meet you as well. Thank you for the nice comments and I am very happy you stumbled across my blog. I hope you enjoy many more posts. Have a lovely evening. Cheers. 🙂
Hi Krstina! Thank you for liking Foodbod’s write up about me at my blog the glen house today. Come back and visit me any time!
You are very welcome. I love Elaine’s blog and anything I can do to promote, I am here for you guys. 🙂
Thank you so much xx
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere and for following. Your support is greatly appreciated, Looking forward so seeing more from you 🙂
You’re welcome. I am looking forward to reading your posts. 🙂
Hi Krystina! I nominated you for the Shine On Award! Participation is always optional with these awards, but if you’re interested, please stop by my blog for more details 🙂
Wow, thank you very much!! I will post about this award, hopefully in the next few days. Thank you again, Happy New Year!
Congratulations Krystina! Three stars ☆ ☆ ☆ for Blog of The Year 2013 Award!
No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
… Or, after a month, look for it
here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.
This is such great news! Thank you very very much for this great award! You have made my weekend very special. 🙂
Happy Saturday to you! 🙂
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
-Cheers and have a lovely weekend! 🙂
Ps. South Africa is definitely on my list of places to visit. 🙂
Thank you for following y blog, I’ve come to return the favor and look forward to exploring your blog.
Hi, Thank you for returning the favor, and hope you enjoy Kouzounas Kitchen. -Cheers
I couldn’t be happier to have found your blog today! 🙂 Instead of going through and liking ever single post here is one huge “LIKE”. I am going to go look through your recipes now.
Hi! Thank you very much for the great comments!! I hope you enjoy these recipes!! 🙂
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!
Thank you Ekaterina! I sure Hope I do too.
I will definitely have to visit your in laws restaurant one of these days! 🙂
many thanks for the follow on http://www.postsofhypnoticsuggestion.wordpress.com it’s much appreciated.
Wishing you all the best
PS I’m not sure if you know; I’m also on Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/btalks) and have a Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/PostsOfHypnoticSuggestion). If you fancy joining me there, you’d be very welcome.
Hi Thank you for the follow as well. 🙂 I too have twitter, pinterest, and Facebook. You are welcome to follow as well. -Cheers
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….!
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. 🙂
Thanks for the follow. Blessings.
You are welcome 🙂
I’m so glad I met you yesterday and will put you on my blog’s Favorite Blog’s list. I can’t wait to look at your recipes!! And tell that darling BF you need a dog. Soon. Oxoxo!! Diana
Thank You for ‘Following’ my Blog in return for ‘Following’ yours. 🙂
MUCH Appreciated. 🙂
You are most welcome. I am very happy to have you follow my blog and great recipes to come. Cheers
This blog is great! Very fun to see all this great food and to learn where your love of making it comes from. Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to following yours!
Thank you very much for the lovely comments. I am very happy that you are enjoying my blog. I hope you can learn some great recipes from Kouzounas Kitchen. 🙂
Nice reason for starting a blog. I hope to learn more from you. Look forward to your posts. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thank you for stopping by! Yes I am really enjoying this food blog & I hope you enjoy the recipes I post. Cheers 🙂
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 🙂
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!!!
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!
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,
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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