Dear Kosterina Family, We've been spending more time at home than ever this year because of the pandemic, and because of that many of us have been engaging in old pastimes like playing board games or even making crafts. But, none of those activities beat how much we've been experimenting with cooking at home over the past 8 months.
According to a new report out earlier this month, over half (55%) of grocery shoppers say that they're eating home a lot more often than normal. And supposedly, on average, people have cooked the same exact meal 28 times since the pandemic began. How boring!
I've had some fun researching pandemic cooking trends. I’m peppering in some Kosterina recipes that match the trends in case you’re in the market for some new ideas!
HOT breakfast. Remember how breakfast used to be just coffee and a bar on the run? Here’s what we’re whipping up in our household:
People are looking for short-cuts. Even those of us who love cooking are getting sick of it and home chefs are looking for some hacks. We think the greatest hack of all are our flavored olive oils. Does your recipe call for sautéing chopped garlic? A ton of herbs you don’t have? Skip the chopping and just substitute in our flavored oils.
Olive Oil Sommelier Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina Olive Oil, which produces 100% organic, extra virgin olive oil from Greece sold directly to consumers online. Katerina is an ecommerce expert and has built beauty, home and wellness businesses for Amazon, Jet, and Walmart. She founded beauty services company, Manicube, which was sold to The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden in 2015. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean diet and eating for health and longevity.
This time of year, there's always a lot of pressure to implement quick-fixes around our health to reach certain goals. But, my purpose in starting Kosterina was always to help more people create accessible, healthy habits for themselves and their families over the long-term.
It's no surprise that Thanksgiving looked a little bit different this year. Most of us found ourselves navigating Zoom calls with family across the country, or cooking for four instead of forty. My family, who has a (very competitive but fun!) annual Thanksgiving video competition, promised we would reschedule Thanksgiving for some time in 2021 when it's safe to gather dozens of us in a tiny living room, laughing with joy. We're planning for a Springsgiving.