Everything Greek

Hosted by Lynn Galvez
Group active since Sun, Aug 28, 2011

This group is for everything Greek. Recipes-traditional, modern, combination of both; Culture and lifestyle-fill in the story around your recipes; how do you remember Yiayia making it, Mama, Pateda, Papou, whoever. Describe everything surrounding your posting. If you are new to Greek preparation, cooking and presentation of food, don't be afraid to try it. You will be pleasantly surprised. If you are a Greek aficionado, please share with us. In short, everyone is welcome in the kouzina.

Maria *
Jan 1, 2016

Greek New Year Customs!‏

New Year’s celebrations in Greece include some customs and superstitions that may seem strange, but they go back ages. The big difference in celebrations between Greece and other countries is that New Year’s Day is also a Christian holiday, and specifically Saint Vasilios day.

Saint Vasilios is the Greek version of Santa Claus. And while the internationally known Santa delivers his presents on Christmas Eve, Saint Vasilios waits a few days and delivers the presents on New Year’s Day. Usually small presents or monies are left in the pair of shoes left outside the childrens door (of thier rooms).

Hence the Vasilios cake, or vasilopita in Greek: a sweet, round cake in which the head of the family ceremoniously cuts at the turn of the year. Each piece is designated to members of the family and the first three pieces are offered in order to Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Vasilios, while the fourth piece goes to the family home or family business. The rest goes to family members in order of age. Inside the cake there is a hidden coin, that will go to the lucky person who gets that piece.

New Year’s Eve is also a day when Greeks try their luck. They believe that if they win playing cards or the lottery, they will have good luck all year long. Lotteries and card games at home or in clubs and coffee shops are ongoing when the year turns.

On New Year’s Day, who is going to enter your home first is often considered a sign of luck. It is called podariko (from the word podi which means foot). Usually, Greeks want children to enter their home first, since children are pure of heart and innocent and are told to enter with thier right foot. Many Greeks invite nephews, nieces and grandchildren and they give them the “good hand,” which can be money, toys or sweets.

The pomegranate is a symbol of abundance, fertility and good luck. In many areas of Greece they hang a pomegranate in their home in autumn. After the New Year’s Eve church service, they smash the pomegranate at the door while wishing “Happy New Year!”

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Maria *
Jan 1, 2016


Wishing all friends here a Blessed & Happy New Year!
May it be full of love, peace and joy for you all!

holly pilafas
Apr 2, 2013

greek red sauce

would love to find a recipe for the red sauce used in many Greek dishes

Wendi Baugh
Dec 16, 2012


My Name is Wendi Mellas Baugh, My fathers side of the family is Greek and we lived outside ot Athens for 2 years when I was young. I am looking to connect with my Greek heritage and do what I love best, cook!

Ann Hatzimangas
Oct 14, 2012

Change to my recipe!!

I just wanted everyone to know that I added one cup of rice to my recipe, can't believe I forgot it, but I'm sure that everyone already figured it out!! Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)

Maria *
Sep 24, 2012

Hello From Athens, Greece

My name is Maria, was born & raised in N.Y.(of greek parents) Now live in Athens, Greece. I love cooking & baking for my family & friends.
Looking forward to sharing & getting recipes. Also getting to know you all.

bryna anton
Jul 29, 2012

Greek Food

I'm not Greek, but am married to a 1st generation American of Greek heritage and I love Greek food, maybe more than he does. My son and daughter in law and all 3 grandkids love it, too. Always looking for new things to make, and pass along recipes.

Linda DeBenedittis
Jul 27, 2012

New to Group

I am of German Descent, married to a first generation Italian/ American whose Parents immigrated from southern Italy as Adults. We lived in Norther Italy for three years and traveled all over Europe and the Mediterranean Region including Greece. We both love Greek Food, as well as Turkish and Persian which we have been exposed to by marriage of other family members into these cultures. I look forward to learning some Greek Dishes from this Group!