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Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes


Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo

The Greek love affair with Orzo!



6 chicken thighs (all visible fat removed)

1 onion diced

1 clove garlic smashed

¼ cup olive oil

½ cup red wine

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1 cinnamon stick

½ tsp sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups Orzo, make sure the Orzo is 100% semolina for best results

3 cups hot water + if necessary

Here is how to make your Youvetsiwith Orzo

In a heavy pan add oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes.

Add chicken and garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, turning chicken over.

Deglaze with the wine.

Add tomato sauce, chicken, stock cinnamon stick, salt pepper and sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

At this point add the Orzo, and 3 cups hot water, stir to distribute Orzo evenly!

Adjust heat to medium and cook your Youvetsi another 15 minutes, uncovered and with your undivided attention, stirring and adding hot water if it becomes necessary.

When done, let the Youvetsi rest for a few minutes before serving.

Your Youvetsi with Orzo ie ready!

Serve with a good quality grated cheese!





“Summer the Magic Blanket “review

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Promotions

Here is a really nice review of the book “Summer the Magic Blanket “

By Litsa Bolontzakis!

Summer: The Magic Blanket 

 Review by Brandi Tesreau


Visit a Greek island in the middle of summer just by opening the pages of the beautiful hardcover book Summer: The Magic Blanket by Litsa Bolontzakis. As the main character reminisces about summers past, readers will be drawn into her world while catching a glimpse of Greek life in the summer.

Litsa writes in the first person, which connects readers to the story. Children will be able to relate to the everyday experiences of the main character, a young red-headed girl, even if they don’t live in Greece. By the end of the book, children will probably be thinking of their own special summer memories and will be able to agree with the story’s message that it really is the simple things in life that make you the happiest!

Daniela Zekina’s whimsical paintings are almost magical, depicting movement on every page. I could almost feel the ocean’s breeze and the soft waves lapping the shore. Her illustrations make this an attractive keepsake! I think girls will especially like this book since the story is told through a young girl’s eyes. The girl also shares many memorable moments with her mother, and the book’s pages are filled with gorgeous, colorful pictures of fruits, flowers, butterflies, and sunsets. I enjoyed reading this story to my 6-year-old daughter.

Included in the back of the book are two Greek recipes you may want to try: Watermelon Salad with Feta cheese and Miniature Koulourakia. The Koulourakia looks fun and tasty, and I can’t wait to make it. I did contact the author to clarify the amount of heavy cream, so if you purchase this book and want to make the recipe, you will need 2 cups of heavy cream beaten into about 5 cups of whipped cream.

I think this is a great mother/daughter book, but it would also complement a unit study about Greece. I was actually able to tie this book into our Bible study on the book of Corinthians since Corinth is in Greece. Perfect timing! Visit Litsa’s website to order her charming book, Summer: The Magic Blanket, for $19.95. You can also view her other children’s books about the seasons and peruse a sampling of Greek recipes.

Litsa Bolontzakis

Publications Hummingbird International Inc.





Brownies Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts, Uncategorized

Here is an easy recipe for Brownies.Why I love them,because they are delicious,totally uncomplicated and you can serve them with ice cream!

Also, I love chocolate and these Brownies are chocolate,they don’t have chocolate ,they are chocolate!Just make sure the cocoa is of a very good quality,the one for baking not the one for chocolate milk…

Here is what you will need for the very best Brownies!

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

1 cup sugar20160419_135007

1/4 cup flour

1 cup walnuts( roasted and crushed )

2 eggs

Vanilla a little chocolate liqueur and a pinch of salt

Here is how to make Brownies

With the rack in the middle position,preheat oven at 350

line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and sift them

Beat butter and sugar for a few minutes

Add the eggs and continue a few more minutes

At this point add the dry ingredients and vanilla,liqueur and salt

Mix well

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

And you have perfection! Brownies made by your lovely hands!

Brownies with no chemicals and preservatives,

Brownies that you can serve the kids with no guilt! 



Onion Soup

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes


I  like mine made with a little wine!

On a wintery, snowy day I crave Onion soup, not any kind of Onion soup but the real deal, made from scratch the way I like it with a little red wine and croutons. Here is my recipe, easy and please try and make it you will be so happy you did!

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