Kefi is a Greek word roughly equivalent to “good times”– and when are times better than when surrounded by great friends and filled with delicious, nurturing food?

Chef Kefi is an RN by day interested in community health, food justice, running, and the New Yorker. I take my frappe sketos (σκέτος), my politics progressive, and my leftovers unmicrowaved, thank you very much. Cooking Up Kefi came about the way most great ideas do: surrounded by family while polishing off a still-steaming saganaki on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes.

The Family Kef has a long history of mixing food and pleasure: I was raised in the vinyl booths of my Pappou’s diner (which was much more than a 24-hour food spot), our family table was rarely set without extra spots for friends or family (or, more likely, friends who had become family), and my 17th birthday was marked by a true sit-down dinner party (complete with pick-the-pasta-or-chicken card … I was a very formal teenager). In short, I was brought up to believe that to love someone is to offer them a place at your table, and that the table is where most of the kefi takes place.

Meat, gluten, lots of grains, and refined sugar aren’t really my thing, so you’ll find lots of vegetarian, gluten/grain-free, low-glycemic reincarnations of my favorite recipes here … but I’m married to a carnivorous rice lover with a sweet tooth, so I also share plenty of dishes that contain all the gluten, are full of sugar, and not even a little low fat. I cannot be bothered to spend time capturing the perfect shot of every dish — come prepared to use your imagination (or, send your Millennial little brother with 10,000 Instagram followers my way … he can be my “style intern”). I’m also a runner, reader, sometimes triathlete, and frequent ranter — so if a bizarre mix of food, books, and thoughts on life is what you’re seeking, you’ve come to the right place.

Follow me on Instagram @chefkefiRN


Greek Easter 2015 — the most wonderful day of the year!

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