Chapter Twenty-Two: Philautia (Self Love)


Dear younger self, Life hasn’t always been easy for you, but not because life is hard, it’s because you are hard on yourself and you are your own biggest critic. You strive for perfection and have yet to realize life is full of beautiful imperfections. You’re 16 and want to be just like everyone else. … Continue reading Chapter Twenty-Two: Philautia (Self Love)

Chapter Twenty-One: Tsai Tou Vounou (Greek Mountain Tea)


While most people associate the act of tea drinking to be sophisticated and paired with crumpets, I link it with being sick. In my family, it just takes one sniffle or a lousy cough for a pot of tea to begin brewing. Thankfully I was rarely the sick one, but I definitely mastered the art … Continue reading Chapter Twenty-One: Tsai Tou Vounou (Greek Mountain Tea)

Chapter Nineteen: Galaktoboureko (milk custard pie)


It wouldn’t be right to have a blog titled “My Big Fat Greek Fanny” without mentioning where the fanny came from. I didn’t get my fanny from my mama; I got it from galaktoboureko (gah-la-toh-boo-reko), or what my friends and I jokingly call, gala-ta-booty-grow. It’s obvious that my fanny has enjoyed this tongue twister dessert … Continue reading Chapter Nineteen: Galaktoboureko (milk custard pie)

Chapter Eighteen: Mile 22


It started off great: adrenaline rushing through every bone of my body, my music playlist blasting one motivational song after the other, and it was early enough that I was easily distracted by the picturesque landscape of St. George, Utah. The colorful sunrise greeted me as my feet hit the pavement. Before I knew it … Continue reading Chapter Eighteen: Mile 22

Chapter Seventeen: Karpouzi Salata (Watermelon Salad)


If you’ve been looking for a quick, refreshing salad that can wow your guests any day of the week, then look no further than the karpouzi salata (watermelon salad) Greek Fanny style. It’s a popular summer dish that you may have already tried at a picnic or even in your own home. Or maybe you’ve … Continue reading Chapter Seventeen: Karpouzi Salata (Watermelon Salad)

Chapter Sixteen: Rizogalo


As a follower of My Big Fat Greek Fanny, you’ve learned just how easy it is to sustain a healthy Greek lifestyle. Everything from quick and tasty Lenten recipes to simple changes like walking more often, makes your Greek fanny smile. You’re eating healthier and moving around more—but now it’s time for dessert. As I … Continue reading Chapter Sixteen: Rizogalo

Chapter Fifteen: Three Green Salads


Once a month, I get together with three of my friends—Whitney, Anna, and Kathryn to cook a meal as our “girls night in.” We don’t throw pillows around or get into the latest gossip. Girl’s night always revolves around eating and includes lots of laughter. We either prepare the whole meal together, or each of … Continue reading Chapter Fifteen: Three Green Salads

Chapter Fourteen: Let’s Walk


Stand up—I have some big news for you. As Americans, most of our days are spent sitting and our fannies are paying for it. That probably wasn’t the most shocking of news, but stay standing. Between driving to and from work, typing at desks, watching reruns of Friends (guilty) or popular Netflix movies, and then … Continue reading Chapter Fourteen: Let’s Walk

Chapter Thirteen: Make Your Own Greek Yogurt


Taste buds give you the ability to taste things, while “taste buds” are food items that commonly go well together. For instance, there’s peanut butter and jelly: a go to lunch for hungry kids. Bacon and eggs: the classic American breakfast. Burgers and fries: an equally classic American lunch. Coffee and paximathia (a semi sweet … Continue reading Chapter Thirteen: Make Your Own Greek Yogurt