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Greek Desserts and Pastries


Greek Desserts and Pastries are well-known worldwide.

Clockwise from top - galaktobouriko, baklava, amydalopida, koulourakia, amydalopida and kataifi.

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My love for everything Greek happened before the wonderful movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding* came out. It even happened before I met my husband, who has a Greek mother. (His father is Italian. Yes - I'm very lucky!) As a travel agent, I was lucky enough to escort a group on a Greek Island cruise. If you ever have the opportunity to go, please do. The Greeks are some of the nicest people I've ever met when traveling. And then there's the Greek Islands, you think you've seen blue water? You'll never see bluer water than in the Aegean. Music seems to be playing everywhere and people dance at the drop of a hat, or a napkin in the case of the Greeks. Of course, then there's the food, the food is fabulous.

Glykismata, Greek desserts and pastries, are usually made with a combination (or any one) of honey, nuts, custards and filo. Phyllo, also spelled fillo and filo, is a light, flaky, paper thin pastry made with layers of butter. The nuts might be walnuts, pecans, pistachios or almonds. These wonderful desserts are served for special occasions. These range from someone just coming to the home or a great celebration like a wedding. Personally, making one of these desserts is a special occasion in itself. Why not have one of your own special occasions and make one of these desserts today?

Kali Oreksi! (Bon Appetit!)
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*My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of the best all around movies I've seen in a long time. Almost anyone can relate to this movie. It's so refreshing to be able to watch an adult movie with my 7-year-old daughter. It's also very close to my own life. My family was just like Ian's. It was just Mom, Dad and I with no dominant ethnicity. My husband on the other hand grew-up in a household with four generations. Our Sunday dinners were Pot Roasts for just the three of us and his revolved around a big pot of sauce (marinara) and fifteen, or so, relatives coming in and out.

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