Crunchy Jicama and Beet Salad

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

What do jicama and beets have in common? They are both root vegetables. and in this salad they are perfect companions, for they are both crispy and crunchy. There is no cooking required, so this recipe is good all year around. No refrigeration is required which makes it a perfect dish for any outdoor gathering.  […]

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San Diego County Farm Tour

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

CANCELLED BUT WILL BE RESCHEDULED! STAY SAFE Hosted by Chefs Secrets which is a new collaboration between Debs Kitchen & California Greek Girl Meet up at Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farm, Escondido San Diego County Farm Tour Sat, April 18th 10:30-4 $125.00 Register Here Farm Tour! Do you know how mushrooms grow? You’ll learn everything about mushrooms that […]

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Ouzo Chocolate Truffles

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

What a perfect ending to an evening dinner at home with these ouzo chocolate truffles. They make the perfect make ahead dessert or a wonderful gift for a loved one. These are not difficult to make, and they look so fancy and elegant. Serve them on a special dish, dress them up with various toppings […]

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Chocolate Fondue for the Heart

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

What can be easier for Valentine’s Day than this rich ultimate chocolate surprise for your loved ones? This chocolate fondue can be served in one large bowl, or for a more intimate style in small individual servings. The most important ingredient of course is the dark chocolate. Use dessert chocolate if available, if not use […]

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My Top Desserts for Your Valentine

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating with friends, family and loved ones. As the day nears, we all need a special treat to serve after a fabulous dinner. Or a wonderful dessert to come home to after an evening out. I enjoy making several of these desserts for my family and they can be […]

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My Top 4 Stuffed Vegetable Dishes

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

It’s been cold outside, and this doesn’t happen that often here in Southern California.  As the weather dips, I often take out my stuffed vegetable dishes and plan my family meals. This method of stuffing meats, vegetables and fruit is an old Greek tradition. We often serve them with a side of Greek yogurt or […]

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Orange Panna Cotta with Orange Compote

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

Traveling up to Melissa’s Produce almost monthly to meet and have lunch with cookbook authors, is one of the most enjoyable times in my culinary career. I don’t think Robert who runs this program understands the impact it makes on us, as we continue on our path into the culinary world. We have learned so […]

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Pumpkin Maple Syrup Dip

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

How often do you make a pumpkin pie and have a small amount of pumpkin puree left over? Here’s a quick dip to make with your leftover pumpkin puree, which can be sweet or savory. Just change up the spices and turn it into a savory dip. Serve with your favorite crackers, bread, carrots, celery […]

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When I plan for my Thanksgiving dinner every year my dessert list is always filled with our family’s favorite pies. What is it about pie that we cannot replace with cakes, cheesecake or cookies? It all started when I married into the Platis’ family, and my mother-in law Helen served homemade pies for all occasions. […]

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