I grew up in a traditional Greek family in New York. All of our meals were homemade, every happy gathering took place around a table full of delicious food that was shared with loved ones. My summers spent visiting family on the beautiful island of Crete are filled with memories of getting together with grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles in a laid back happy setting, again, sharing homemade food while creating memories and traditions that now I get to pass down to my own children.
These experiences filled my heart with a deep love of cooking and appreciation of sharing meals with friends and family. The more the merrier! All while keeping it simple and laid back.
I love cooking so much, that I even cooked on my honeymoon! Yes, you read that correctly, after eating out for a few nights, I wanted to make a nice meal for the two of us. I mean, is there any better way to celebrate our new life together? So, I prepared a nice broiled salmon filet with a side of rice pilaf and some salad. The rest is history…
In 2008, right smack dab in the middle of a recession, my husband and I, without any experience in the food business, opened our very first restaurant and ran it together as family for 10 years. We sold it in the summer of 2018 to spend more time as a family and so that I can focus full-time on sharing these recipes with you.
Just a few years after opening, our guests requested cooking classes, which led to my YouTube video tutorials on Dimitra’s Dishes, then the creation of my website where all the written recipes live, and finally, the beginning of writing cookbooks. The best part about this dream come true is all of the emails and messages that I receive from my viewers. I love reading them and hearing your sweet stories and uplifting comments.
Welcome to my journey! Together, we will cook, share, and create memories and make this world a better place. My recipes are always delicious, and worth sharing, very simple to follow and filled with tips from over 10 years of experience in the world of food. I hope these recipes will help you create the most beautiful memories!