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Lemony Greek Easter Cookies

Greek Easter Lemon Cookies

Lemony Greek Easter Cookies

With Easter coming up soon, it is time to start menu planning. Do you have a set menu each year, or do you change it up? We have ham each year, but the sides are pretty much up for grabs. And the dessert always changes.  Last year I made this French Silk Pie.  I am craving a chocolate cake recently, but that doesn’t really seem fitting for Easter.  My husband’s parents are going to be here this year, but I haven’t figured out anything but the ham yet.  Guess I better gone on that!

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Pitas

A couple of weeks ago when my in-laws were visiting, they watched our 6 year old so my husband and I could go out for dinner.  We had a hard time deciding on what restaurant to try, but finally settled on Taverna.  Taverna is a local Greek restaurant.  The parking lot was packed when we drove by, so I figured it had to be good, right?  Gyros are one of our favorites, we just don’t have very many opportunities to have them.  I am going to have to do some research to see if they can be done well at home.  The menu had a Gyro Sandwich or a Gyro Platter (as well as many other Greek options) to choose from.  The server said the platter had more meat, and came with grilled zucchini and a different potato than the fries the sandwich came with.  So 2 platters it was!

First off, the portions were HUGE!  Second, it was amazing!  The meat was so tender and flavorful.  I can’t wait to go back.  I didn’t intend this to be a restaurant review, just back story.  So anyway, after we both ate way more than we needed to, we got a box to bring home the leftovers.  We came home with at least a pound of meat, and a couple containers of sauce.  I threw the meat in the freezer so we could have Gyros later in the week.  I had been eying Pita’s for awhile, and this was the perfect excuse to try them!

The Pitas were super easy, I was surprised how quickly they came together.  They were much softer than the store bought ones.  I am sure I will be making these over store bought ones again!  This time I used all white flour, but next time I think I will do 1/2 regular, 1/2 whole wheat to see how they turn out.  I sauteed the leftover meat, and this made one quick, amazing dinner!

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Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken

It is that time again….Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  Don’t know what Secret Recipe Club is?  Go check it out here!  Amanda puts so much work into coordinating this fun event each month.  Thanks Amanda, you do a wonderful job!
This month I was assigned I Was Born To Cook.  Melissa has an amazing blog!  I had never seen her site before, but now I am so glad I found it!  Melissa was born and raised in New Jersey, but comes from a Greek/Italian family.  I think her tag line says it all “A journal of recipes, stories and more from the kitchen of a 1st generation Italian/Greek girl from New Jersey.”  I immediately decided I was going to try something Greek.  I had a really hard time picking; there were so many great looking Greek, Italian and Desserts recipes.  But I stuck to my guns, and went Greek.  And I guarantee I will be trying more of her recipes soon.
I finally decided on this Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken.  I must say, I loved this chicken.  Cinnamon is the Greek twist here for sure.  I hardly ever use cinnamon in savory dishes.  My husband didn’t like this as much as I did, but he ate a large piece, so he must not have had that many problems with it!  The recipe calls for skin on, bone in chicken.  I only had boneless skinless chicken breasts, but I think it worked well.  It was still crispy on the outside, and moist and juicy on the inside.  The sauce was amazing!  I liked it so much, I put it on my couscous too! 
Melissa got this recipe here by Cat Cora.  Being that I am not experienced with this type of cuisine, I did not make any changes to the recipe (well, aside from the kind of chicken I used).  I cut down on the amount of chicken I was making, because only two of us were eating it.  But I made the full amount of the sauce.  I had some leftover, but it was so good I am glad I made more than enough of it! 
 


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