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Happy New Year with Paximathia

It has been awhile since my last blog, the holidays got the best of me being a wife, mom, sister, friend, business owner and jack of all trades. However, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays - I know I did.

The holidays for me have morphed over the years. The joy now comes in having my children back home. It warms my heart when my house is full. My hope is that through the flurry of any activity, you found moments of joy and peace.

For my next installment, I wanted to share something that I had to make last week and did not know how to do it and which recipe to use. I had seen my mom make the dish before, but I had never bothered to ask what to do.

So when a friend of mine needed some paximathia - biscotti, but Greek! – I scoured my cookbooks. Some recipes looked decent - but I thought I’d go right to a competent, confident source, my cousin Ourania. Oh, did I get a good laugh. Here’s the conversation:

I laughed so hard because of the text being in Greek but for her it comes easier. And just from the ingredients, I knew what I had to do to make this happen. So if Greek isn’t your first language, here’s your translation!

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup walnuts

4 tsp baking powder

4 cup sifted flour

1 ounce (shot) Ouzo (a licorice flavored alcohol)

Cinnamon & sesame for sanding

Blend sugar and eggs until smooth a light yellow color

Add oil and blend. Add ouzo and baking powder, blend. Then add flour and walnuts.

Take the dough and divide into four loaves. Roll each loaf in cinnamon and sesame seeds and place on baking sheets. Bake 20 minutes at 350*. Cool each loaf and cut into pieces, baking again on the sheets for another 20 minutes at 350*. Enjoy as a cookie or dipped in tea or coffee.

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