About Tessa Kiros

Tessa Kiros

Born to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father, Tessa Kiros grew up learning firsthand of the world’s diverse cultures and traditions. She’s worked in restaurants in Sydney, Athens, Mexico, and London. Kiros is the author of more than half a dozen cookbooks, including her most recent title, Recipes and Dreams from an Italian Life. She lives in Tuscany with her husband and two daughters.@tessakiros

A white oval platter holding a whole roast duck with clementines scattered around it.

Roast Duck with Clementines

This is essentially orange-glazed duck with the crispiest skin you’ve ever experienced. It’s incredibly easy to make. And even easier to make disappear.

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An enamel-coated pot filled with strawberry jam and a spoon resting on top.

Strawberry Jam

This quick refrigerator jam doesn’t require canning and processing and preserving. It just requires strawberries, sugar, a pot, and a fridge.

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A jar of celery marmalade with a spoon in it and several types of cheese in the background

Celery Marmalade

Weird, we know. But it uses up all that leftover celery languishing in your veggie bin. And it goes SPECTACULARLY with cheese. You’re welcome.

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A white plate with black-eyed peas, spinach, red onion, and red pepper

Black-Eyed Peas with Spinach

After trying this Southern good-luck charm of black-eyed peas, we say forget the luck. Just pass more of these peas, please.

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A champagne glass of Sgroppino, also called Lemon Chill, on a blue plate

Sgroppino ~ Lemon Chill

This Italian sipper swirls together vodka, Prosecco, and lemon sorbet to ridiculously satiating, giggle-inducing effect.

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A glass filled with ouzo sorbet in a small china dish with a spoon resting beside it.

Ouzo Sorbet

This brash and boozy sorbet is just what we crave come summer. It’s sorta the sorbet equivalent of an after-dinner digestif. Opa!

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Pastelli, Sesame and Pistachio Candy

Sesame, Pistachio, and Honey Candy ~ Pastelli

A sweet something that evokes the memory of travels to Greece or the bulk bins of ’70s-era health-food stores. Either way, these are so good they’ll put the past to shame.

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A few dollops of cranberry sorbet in a white porcelain bowl.

Cranberry Sorbet

This pretty little number is sweet and tart and sassy enough to hold its own against all manner of menus, whether holiday or more humdrum.

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A white bowl filled with seven Finnish meatballs, sauce, and topped with lingonberry jam.

Finnish Meatballs

Similar to Swedish meatballs, these Finnish balls are made with pork and are served in a sour cream sauce and are topped with tart preserves.

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