"In this fun, creative class you will learn how extraordinarily versatile – and easy –is this classic Greek phyllo pie filling. We’ll also experience its transformation together, into a variety of different dishes and applications beyond this Greek - Mediterranean classic!"


The recipe for Greece’s most iconic dish can be used in and as everything from dips to salads, risotto, pasta and soups to myriad main courses. In Spanakopita Everything! we’ll discuss variations on the classic spinach-leek/onion-herb-feta mix. We will make this yummy filling and phyllo pie easy, delicious main courses, one vegetarian, one with chicken, and one with fish.
  • Classic Spanakopita Filling (Vegetarian)
  • Classic Spanakopita (Vegetarian)
  • Spanakopita Stuffed Vegetables (Vegetarian)
  • ​Stuffed Chicken Breast “Spanakopita”
  • ​Baked Fish Fillets with a Spanakopita Crust
"Want to learn some of the delicious, plant-based cooking secrets of the longest-living people on earth? This is the class for you!"


Ikaria, a remote island in the northeastern Aegean, is home to people who enjoy some of the most renowned longevity on earth. The New York Times dubbed it the “island where people forget to die,” in a front-page magazine article a few years ago. Ikaria also happens to be my own ancestral home, and each spring and summer I run a cooking and cultural immersion experience on the island.

Lifestyle, natural exercise and diet all play a role in keeping Ikarians healthy and sound of mind well into their 90s. In this class, we will explore some of the simple but exquisite plant-based dishes that are part of the Ikaria longevity diet, and we’ll make three main-course vegetarian dishes together. I’ll discuss the basics of how Ikarians eat and live, and we’ll look at the role of fresh, seasonal food, olive oil, herbs, greens, and more that make up some of the tasty, uber-healthy meals Ikarians love to share with company. 

You will be able to recreate these dishes in your own kitchen, wherever you are, any time of the year.
  • Stovetop Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini with Lemon Sauce 
  • Braised Chickpeas with Spinach & Sage (Vegan)
  • Ikarian Wild Mushroom Stew
"Herbs play a huge role in the longevity diet of Ikarians. Used as infusions and flavoring, they are packed with nutrition. This class focuses on delicious vegan recipes of the Ikarian table, and, yes, herbs are everywhere!"


In this class, we will focus on the role of herbs, both fresh and dried, on the table and in the tea cups of Ikarians. Herbs and wild greens are among the most important foods in the longevity-inducing diet of Blue Zone Ikaria.

We will learn about the many different herbal teas Ikarians drink and how they play a role in the folk pharmacopoeia of the island. We will learn the proper way to make herbal tea so that all the health-inducing characteristics remain intact. Hint: it’s not with a tea kettle!

I’ll explore some of the delicious herbs that are used in easy, wonderful local dishes, all vegan.
  • How to Make Herbal Tea the Ikarian Way!
  • Soufico – Seasonal Skillet Vegetable Stew with Tomatoes, Onions & Herbs
  • Braised Cauliflower
  • ​Roasted Pumpkin & Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Sage
"Hummus is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to chickpeas! In this class we will go decidedly beyond the famous spread to explore the chickpea in all its satisfying glory!"


Chickpeas are among the oldest cultivated legumes in the Mediterranean, savored everywhere from the Middle East to North Africa to the Western fringes of the region. They also happen to be a great source of plant protein and the foundation of countless sumptuous, satisfying recipes all over the Mediterranean.

In this class, we will prepare a chickpea salad with a tahini-yogurt dressing and make two fabulous chickpea stews together, one a classic of Sephardic and pan-Mediterranean cooking, with eggplant and warm spices, and the other a favorite recipe of mine, for braised chickpeas with orange, rosemary, vegetables and honey.

With no meat in sight… you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how hearty and satisfying the humble chickpea can be! 
  • Baked Greek Island Chickpeas with Orange, Rosemary and Honey
  • Sephardic Braised Chickpeas and Eggplant, with Warm Spices
  • Chickpea Salad with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing
"Greece’s classic pastry in its rustic, homemade version is a lit easier to prepare than most people think. Fearless Phyllo will show you the secrets to making this versatile sough at home."


One of my absolute favorite things to do in the kitchen is to make and work with homemade phyllo dough. It is a lot easier to prepare than most people think and even easier to work with. And the end result is unsurpassable.

In this class, we will explore how to make Greece’s favorite savory pie pastry in two different versions: one classic and one with whole wheat flour. We’ll explore the behavior of both doughs and make two different using the pastry in multiple layers and open-faced. I’ll discuss regional variations and the amazing wealth of Greek savory pies, one of the great, if undiscovered, chapters of Greek cooking.
  • Classic Homemade Phyllo Pastry
  • Homemade Whole Wheat Phyllo
  • Multilayered Cheese Pie (Vegetarian)
  • ​Open-Faced Cheese Pie with Whole Wheat Phyllo
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