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May 29, 2020

Whether you’re an amateur cook or a master chef, we bet you’ve never thought of “Greek-ing” up your favorite dishes, right?


Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos and Joanne Staikopoulos-Marzella, two sisters formerly in the editorial and accounting worlds respectively, are now cooking up a storm with an innovative twist: Using recipes largely gleaned from their Greek mother, Mary — aka Kukla (“doll” in Greek) — with their blog Kukla’s Kouzina.


Well-known in NYC’s fashion district, Mary Halkias Staikopoulos worked with fashion icons Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta and styled Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. While she was known as “Kukla” to the fashion world, what she brought to her daughters in the kitchen inspired a legacy of love, family, cooking, and the seeds of a business.


Now, with two cookbooks out, and a YouTube series in production thanks to Joanne’s daughter Jacqueline, Mary’s Greek food legacy lives on. Discover how heritage is a key ingredient to this sisterly collaboration, the pitfalls of starting a business, what Kelly and Joanne have learned from their mistakes, and so much more, on this episode of SheVentures.