New Year’s in North Azov: Kalandeshu Shmush

Source: Athena Khadzhynova and Olimpiada Khadzhynova, Sartana, Ukraine Today’s recipe comes to us from the shores of the Azov Sea region in Ukraine, where waves of Greek migrants settled over the centuries, starting in ancient times. The North Azovian Greek community celebrates New Year’s Day, or Kalanda (Каланда), with traditions familiar throughout the broader Hellenic … Continued

Karipidou-Collins Basic Tsoureki Vasilopita

Let’s face it. Some of us are not gifted bakers. I include myself in the ranks of those suffering from baker’s anxiety. And my family’s vasilopita is a tsoureki – a sweet, yeasted bread that can go wrong in about 1,000 different ways. Thankfully, my family is full of more talented culinary artists who have … Continued

Andrea’s Nouna’s Easy Vasilopita

There’s something precious about a recipe passed down from one generation to another. Whether handwritten or, in this case, typewritten, it becomes a tangible symbol of a special relationship. This typewritten recipe for an “Easy Vasilopita” was given to Andrea, chair of our Traditional Attire & Decorative Arts Department, by her Nouna (Godmother), who was first … Continued

Mrs. Theodorou’s Kefalonitiki Kreatopita

In Kefalonia, the vasilopita with a lucky charm (tihero) is often a kreatopita (meat pie) or psaropita (fish pie.) Sandy Theodorou, chair of the BLE Traditional Greek Music Department, recorded this recipe for kreatopita from her mother, a native of Kefalonia. As in other areas of Greece, slices of the pie are dedicated as it … Continued

Coming up: Vasilopita 2019

The BLE invites you to attend our annual Greek New Year’s celebration! Please join us as we cut the traditional New Year’s vasilopita with our friends from the Greek-American Political Club. Sample a variety of home-baked vasilopitas and sing traditional kalanta with us. Courtesy of the GAPC, live music and dancing will follow. Convenient parking … Continued

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