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Kara and Marni Powers
Stories written by Kara and Marni Powers
Kara and Marni Powers are twin sister cooks, dining and blogging their way through Boston's North End and beyond. They see the act of cooking and entertaining as a form of creative expression, an art that encourages the mixing of flavors, spices, techniques and stories. Their interest in cooking dates back to their Greek grandmother’s open-arms approach, letting them taste her savory creations like her famous spanakopita. Kara and Marni's fascination with food and culture continued during their travels abroad in Europe where they saw firsthand the limitlessness of cooking.

Cornmeal Crusted Fried Pickles with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Cornmeal Crusted Fried Pickles with Spicy Dipping Sauce

For a party-friendly appetizer, try battered pickle chips dipped in a smooth, zesty sauce. The pop-able snacks are addictive and will rival any onion ring.…

Grilled Steak Tacos with Pickled Red Onions and Queso Fresco

Grilled Steak Tacos with Pickled Red Onions and Queso Fresco

Ideal for a summer barbecue or a busy game day, these tacos are easy to prep ahead of time. Grill in no time, and set them out for your eaters to devour. …

Galaktoboureko Custard

Galaktoboureko Custard

Pronounce (ga-lahk-toe-boo-reh-koh), this Greek custard with a flaky top, cinnamon, and a lemon syrup is wonderful at any meal. The sweet spanakopita.…

Planning a Fondue Gathering

Planning a Fondue Gathering

Get all the tips for a smooth fondue gathering.…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Kara and Marni Powers put a spin on the classic pumpkin pie, creating these pillowy cookie sandwiches.…

Coconut Dusted and Glazed Mini Donuts

Coconut Dusted and Glazed Mini Donuts

Coconut milk in the batter adds a subtle hint of flavor in every bite and keeps these baked cakey donuts moist. …

Thyme and Manchego Crackers with Kalamata Olive and Fig Tapenade

Thyme and Manchego Crackers with Kalamata Olive and Fig Tapenade

Full of classic Spanish flavors, this snack makes a great addition to a tapas spread or can hold it's own as a sophisticated appetizer. …

Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Arancini

Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Arancini

Sicilian fried risotto balls get a seasonal update with savory pumpkin and tangy goat cheese.…

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

Served with a big hunk of rustic bread, this simple, savory soup is a great alternative to a stew or chili.…

Pork Burgers with Grilled Apple and Cheddar

Pork Burgers with Grilled Apple and Cheddar

These alternatives to traditional burgers are full of seasonal flavors like dried thyme and grilled apples.…

Heirloom Tomato and Eggplant Galette

Heirloom Tomato and Eggplant Galette

A pair of late summer veggies top creamy Swiss cheese and a flaky crust for the perfect rich lunch. …

Burrata with Minty Pea Pesto Bruschetta

Burrata with Minty Pea Pesto Bruschetta

Burrata is a mild, buffalo milk cheese from Puglia, similar to the ever popular fresh mozzarella but filled with cream. …

Fried Egg Sandwich with Chorizo, Mozzarella, Arugula and Fiery Aioli

Fried Egg Sandwich with Chorizo, Mozzarella, Arugula and Fiery Aioli

Breakfast sandwiches are a universal weekend treat, this version adds new flavors with smokey chorizo and spicy aioli.…

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado and Mango Dip

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado and Mango Dip

Not only were these light and fresh bites addictive, they were also easily transportable from cooler to our cobalt blue table.…

Cool and Creamy Salmorejo Soup

Cool and Creamy Salmorejo Soup

Salmorejo soup simply showcases fresh tomatoes and bread, without the addition of other vegetables.…

Creamy Sauteed Fiddleheads over Bucatini

Creamy Sauteed Fiddleheads over Bucatini

While the creamy bucatini intertwine perfectly with the fiddleheads, there is no denying that the foraged finds steal the show.…

An Icy Blend – Cantaloupe Granita

An Icy Blend – Cantaloupe Granita

The frozen blend of melon, sugar and lime has an incredibly refreshing, subtly sweet taste with the perfect punch of citrus.…

Greek Grilled Mushrooms with Kaseri Cheese and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Greek Grilled Mushrooms with Kaseri Cheese and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Enjoy this Greek grilled mushrooms with kaseri cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, courtesy of Kara and Marni Powers.…

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip

The blend of Mediterranean flavors in every bite triggers your taste buds for the meal ahead.…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Crispy Brown Rice Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Crispy Brown Rice Bars

You really can’t beat a blend of salty, buttery nuts with sweet, syrupy preserved fruit.…

Chocolate Petits Pots de Crème

Chocolate Petits Pots de Crème

Enjoy this awesome chocolate petits pots de crème recipe from Kara and Marni Powers.…

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Enjoy this scrumptious strawberry and goat cheese crostini recipe from twin sisters Kara and Marni Powers.…

Linguini with Lobster Fra Diavolo

Linguini with Lobster Fra Diavolo

Lobster is seafood of choice today and makes for a zesty meal that is sure to leave your mouth en fuego. Get the recipe on Honest Cooking.…

Sweet Potato Flatbread with Sage and Ricotta

Sweet Potato Flatbread with Sage and Ricotta

The mix of vibrant, contrasting colors and flavors created an incredible vegetarian entree, this sweet potato flatbread with ricotta.…

Roasted Sweet Potato, Feta and Cranberry Skewers

Roasted Sweet Potato, Feta and Cranberry Skewers

Smoky roasted sweet potatoes, creamy and salty feta cheese, and tart and subtly sweet dried cranberries stacked on looped bamboo skewers.…

Chocolate Truffles with Chile Salt

Chocolate Truffles with Chile Salt

The classic truffle is a delightfully chocolatey pop and a simple, gourmet gift for family, friends and coworkers.…

Rum, Maple and Pecan Topped Brie

Rum, Maple and Pecan Topped Brie

A Folly Cove Rum-inspired brie topped with maple syrup, pecans and brown sugar. A sweet, savory appetizer with a kick.…

Citrusy Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Citrusy Elderflower Gin Cocktail

To transform a classic Gin and Tonic, try adding a hint of citrus and a favorite flavoring, elderflower liqueur. …

Fried Green Olives

Fried Green Olives

Check out these salty bite-sized briny treats. Perfect to nibble alongside a cocktail.…

Spanish-Style Chorizo and Romesco Burgers with Manchego Cheese

Spanish-Style Chorizo and Romesco Burgers with Manchego Cheese

A Spanish spin on your classic burger featuring chorizo, Manchego cheese and a zesty Romesco sauce. …

Bohemian Squash Salad

Bohemian Squash Salad

Delicata squash, nicknamed Bohemian squash, caramelizes beautifully when roasted, and fanned atop a bed of greens in the perfect Thanksgiving salad.…

Orecchiette with Lemony Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Orecchiette with Lemony Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

In every forkful, the nooks of the pasta hold in the bits of smoky pancetta and citrusy Brussels sprouts.…

Fried Halloumi Cheese with Lemon and Caper Vinaigrette

Fried Halloumi Cheese with Lemon and Caper Vinaigrette

A delectable appetizer featuring salty, fried halloumi cheese with a citrus and caper vinaigrette. …