Spanakopita & Food Bloggers LA February Meeting

by Lynne on February 27, 2011

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Last Saturday the FBLA (Food Bloggers Los Angeles) group got together to discuss the relationship between bloggers and PR people. And as we are all foodies, we all brought dishes for the buffet table to share. You can see in the photo above some of these marvelous creations.

I was so busy photographing everyone elses plates that I forgot to shoot my own Spanakopita, which were crunchy filo triangles filled with spinach and feta cheese.  So my wonderful friend and fellow blogger, Adair of Lentil Breakdown, gave me one of her terrific photos to use. On the right are Bourekakia, filo filled with lamb and eggplant.  The recipe for the Spanakopita is below.

Lynne's Spanakopita 1

After we had noshed to our satisfaction, we moved to the living room where Patti Londre gave us a great presentation on PR companies and how food bloggers can have the best relationship with them. She really knows her stuff!

Patti Londre of Worth the Whisk

We also had a drawing for two books written by the world famous premier food stylist Denise Vivaldo, who also attended our meeting. Her most recent, The Food Stylist’s Handbook, is a stunning volume full of useful information. I didn’t win. Darn. Now I have to buy it.

The wonderful and talented food bloggers who attended this meeting were:

Adair of Lentil Breakdown
Cheryl of Black Girl Chefs Whites
Denise Vivaldo  ~ Renaissance Woman
Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious
Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen
Greg of SippitySup
Jennifer of Domestic Diva
Lana of Bibberche
Louise of 2 Be Satisfied
Lynne of Cook & Be Merry
Melissa of The Fresh 20
Michael of South Bay Foodies
Nancy of A Communal Table
Patricia of Fresh Food in a Flash
Patti of Worth the Whisk
Suz of You Can’t Eat What

(Photo courtesy of Patti Londre)

(Photo courtesy of Patti Londre)

(back row from left) Adair, Dorothy, Cheryl, Nancy, Lana, Michael, Melissa, Patricia, Lynne
(middle row) Suz, Louise, Denise, Erika, Patti
(front row) Greg, Jennifer

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I am so happy and proud to be part of this great group of food bloggers. If you live in Los Angeles and want to be part of FBLA, you can follow us on our Facebook page.

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Spanakopita

Makes 24 Spanakopita

375 degrees F

Filo: About ½ pound
For Brushing Filo: 1 stick melted salted butter

Filling:
2 pounds fresh spinach with stems removed
(or)
2 packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch green onions, chopped (including green tops)
½ pound (8 ounces) feta cheese
½ bunch fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 ½ teaspoons fresh dill weed, chopped
Freshly ground pepper to taste

1. If you are using fresh spinach, wash leaves and dry thoroughly, then chop into small pieces. If you are using frozen chopped spinach, drain thoroughly and squeeze our excess moisture with hands, then in paper towels.

2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the green onions and sauté until soft. Add the spinach and cook for a few minutes, stirring and breaking up clumps. If fresh spinach was used, drain completely in colander and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, crumble the feta cheese with your fingers or a fork. Mix in the parsley, garlic, dill weed and pepper. Add the spinach and mix thoroughly. Transfer from pot to medium bowl.

4. Prepare your holding sheet pan by covering with a layer of plastic wrap.

5. Cut filo into 3 ½-inch wide strips lengthwise. Discard any excess. Place stacked up strips on a flat surface (I used a big cutting board), cover with plastic wrap and over that, a damp kitchen towel. Don’t let the towel touch the filo or it will get soggy.

6. On an adjacent flat surface (I used another large cutting board), place 2 strips from the stack and lay them out one on top of the other. Lightly brush the top strip with butter. Place about 1 ½ tablespoon of filling at the bottom of the strip. Fold the lower right hand corner of the filo to the left edge, forming a triangle over the filling. Continue folding from left to right until you reach the midway point. Brush the pastry again with a little butter and continue folding to the end. Brush the entire outside of the triangle with more butter and place seam side down on the plastic wrap.

7. When the sheet is covered with triangles, place another sheet of plastic wrap over them, and put more triangles on top. Triangles may be held in the refrigerator for up to two hours before baking. Or freeze on sheet pan, then freeze in plastic container.

8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Triangles are baked on a double pan covered with parchment paper.

9. Place 12 triangles on parchment covered pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly and carefully peel parchment from triangles.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Adair @ Lentil Breakdown February 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

These spanakopita were best in show! Between you and me, I ate more than one (but please don’t tell anyone about my piggy proclivities).

Michael / South Bay Foodies February 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I was wondering who made the spanakopita! It was so flaky and crispy! Adair, don’t worry; I had more than one too. :)

polwig February 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

that looks like so much fun… I wish I knew some Richmond food bloggers but I only get invited to DC stuff and that is too far…. now I am hungry looking at the photos and want some of that PR info too :)

Louise March 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

great to see you, you really do have such a great eye for composition…
happy tuesday,
Chef Louise

Nancy@acommunaltable March 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Hi Lynne,

It was great to see you on Saturday and your Spanakopita were delicious!! Great write up of the day – thank you for the link!!!

Lana March 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Lynne, it was great seeing you on Saturday! I loved your phyllo pastries (we make a lot of different dishes using phyllo in Serbia, and it reminded me of home:)
I am glad that you wrote about our meetup, too. It’s fun to see it from a different pen:)
Gorgeous photos, as usual!
Looking forward to seeing you in March!

Monet March 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I wish I could have been there. I love eating pastries like Spanakopita, and it seems like you had such a great group compiled. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Thank you for sharing another day of delicious goodness!

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks March 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

What a crew. Still itching for some spanakopita – it’s been on my list of things to make for a few months now. That must have been a great meeting with Denise there.

Magic of Spice March 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

What a wonderful group, everything looks amazing. Your spanakopita is just delightful…will definitely want to try this.

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