Greek Tsoureki-Inspired Apple Pie

We please our fancy with ideal webs/Of innovation, but our life meanwhile/Is in the loom, where busy passion plies/The shuttle to and fro, and gives our deeds/The accustomed pattern. -Shakespeare (Henry VIII), qtd. in Eliot’s Daniel Deronda If I told you that I had spent the last three weeks, in between yoga and pottery and…

A True Turkish Delight

When I was in Istanbul a few years ago, it was in the middle of a very hot summer, one so humid that I constantly found myself on the verge of wilting, with little pools of sweat constantly forming in the creases of both my legs and arms. To cool off in the afternoons, the…

Pittsburgh and Pi(e) Day

A little more than a month ago, on Pi(e) Day, my baby brother got married on the South Side in Pittsburgh in a gorgeous, renovated train station (in southwestern Pennsylvania, this has become a real industry; although I'm certainly not complaining, I will say that I suppose this is one way of dealing with America's…

‘Tis the Season for Strawberry Cheese Pie

A little fartherwe will see the almond trees blossomingthe marble gleaming in the sunthe sea breaking into wavesa little farther, let us rise a little higher. -George SeferisThis is the point in the semester when energy levels start to wane. Each task begins to feel Herculean. The sun makes its presence known and begins to compete with…

Labor of Love: Bougatsa (Cheese Pie)

The counselors conferred in low voices out of the king's hearing, speaking of the state of the king's mind and vanity, the innate interest of the task, whetherthe taskmaster would be able to recognize a solution, and finally whether their combined lifetimes would suffice to write the required book. At last they turned to the…

Spinach Pie and Flying on the Fourth of July

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You…

Chicken Fun

The forest stands as a shivering pillar for night/and the silence is a silver cup where moments fall/echoes distinct, whole, a careful chisel/sustained by carved lines. . .-George Seferis ("Erotikos Logos") I woke up today to darkness and rain. Boo! Needless to say, this weather is beyond depressing. It's hard to believe that exactly a…

A Little Taste of My Kind of Christmas

"He who doesn't want to knead, sifts for ten days."-Greek sayingI may have mentioned that I'm a bit of a procrastinator. It just happens; you start watching "Dollhouse" and can't stop (a-ma-zing), you decide to watch "Pushing Daisies" (gorgeous cinematography and adorable) and, before you know it, you find yourself at the end of season…

What’s in a Pie?

About four years ago, when a college friend was visiting me, we happened to go see the movie "Waitress." To be honest, despite having a special place in my heart for Keri Russell (season 1 of Felicity was quality television; I don't see how anybody who was there for this show's beginning could disagree with…