About Zoale

Hello, welcome and thank you for visiting Zoale.com!  My name is Antonia and my blog is all about food, mostly Greek and American inspired, but there is something for everyone.   Come in and look around, and I hope you enjoy your visit!

I am a Southern born, Greek-American, lover of food.  Cooking, baking, and creating recipes are some of my favorite things to do in life.  Who am I fooling, they’re right on up there at the top of the list! I am excited I can share my love of food with you!

My mother is from the old country and as a result, I grew up in a Greek cultured household with oodles of yummy Greek delights. I have deeply fond memories of the most mouth-watering, from scratch, traditional Greek cuisine. You know the kind I’m talking about? Where an aroma and closed eyes send you straight back to that place in time?! She is an amazing cook and has taught me well enough to carry the baton. I also have cherished memories of spending time with my father’s family and eating American southern food that was simply unforgettable. My paternal grandmother was a fabulous cook and I still dream of her homemade chicken n’ dumplings with perfectly browned chicken and fresh snap beans. Aren’t food memories the best? My husband Kevin is also American and I enjoy making his childhood favorites and eating his mother’s delicious food! She has a whole other arsenal of recipes and skills that can’t go unmentioned. I am beyond lucky to have these women as mentors to journey with.

In case you are wondering where Zoale might have come from…. Kevin suggested a portmanteau (fancy word, right?!), merging our children’s names, and Zoale was born. The name is so special to me, and represents two of the tummies that inspire me.

So, now that I have your attention, I hope you stay awhile and find inspiration and maybe even some memories!


Don’t forget to sign up for the blog today, to receive delicious recipes every other week on Thursday mornings 🙂  Please stop by and see what I am cooking up! 

I would love to hear from you. Please comment below or I can be reached via email at hi@zoale.com!



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66 Responses to“About Zoale”

  1. Sandhya
    01/23/2015 at 5:40 am #

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Congratulations on your recent award! You have an awesome blog!

    • Zoale.com
      01/23/2015 at 8:36 am #

      Thank you Sandhya! You are very sweet! Thank you for the compliment and for visiting my blog. I really enjoy your blog too! Looking forward to seeing what’s next 🙂

      • Sandhya
        01/30/2015 at 9:33 am #

        Thanks Antonia. I strive to reduce use of packaged foods too. Plus I love to cook !
        I am nominating your blog for the One Lovely Blog award!

      • Zoale.com
        01/30/2015 at 3:38 pm #

        Thank you for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award Sandhya! I love your blog and am honored you would think of me!

  2. 03/21/2015 at 6:40 pm #

    What a beautiful website! I strive to reduce processed foods as much as possible too 😉

    • Zoale.com
      03/21/2015 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words Nina! I am so glad you could stop by, and I’m looking forward to checking out your site as well. It is always nice to know that others feel the same way 🙂

  3. 03/25/2015 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi! I just wanted to pop by and say thanks for following my blog 🙂 yours looks really interesting and I love the idea of balancing the “back to basics” with modern life! I can’t wait to read more. Happy blogging! xxx

    • Zoale.com
      03/25/2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Thanks so much Vanessa! I am so glad you could stop by, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store as well 🙂 Thank you for the follow!

  4. Sandhya
    05/12/2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Hi Antonia,
    I love your blog! I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Cheers!

    • Zoale.com
      05/12/2015 at 9:51 pm #

      Thank you for the nomination Sandhya! I love your blog too 🙂

  5. 06/23/2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Glad you stopped by More Time again. Your blog is looking good 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      06/23/2015 at 8:03 pm #

      Thank you for the compliment Alyce:) So glad you could stop by too!

  6. 07/23/2015 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Antonia, I feel we Irish and Greeks are kindred spirits these days. I look forward to learning some Greek recipes. I’m so glad you liked sultanabun, every like means a lot when you’re just getting started.

    • Zoale.com
      07/23/2015 at 11:41 am #

      That is so true Lynda 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your stories and seeing your delicious dishes. Thank you for the follow too!

  7. 08/13/2015 at 6:22 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog.

    • Zoale.com
      08/14/2015 at 8:32 am #

      Absolutely 🙂

  8. 08/14/2015 at 1:11 am #

    Thanks so much for the follow on my travel blog. I’m having fun exploring yours.

    • Zoale.com
      08/14/2015 at 8:31 am #

      You are welcome 🙂 I am enjoying checking your blogs out as well!

      • 08/14/2015 at 8:44 am #

        Very excited to have you following the cooking blog too.

      • Zoale.com
        08/14/2015 at 9:03 am #

        I love your concept, and am looking forward to what other recipes come from page 32 🙂 Thank you for the follow too!

  9. 09/09/2015 at 10:26 am #

    The name of your blog is so unique! I have tried very few dishes from the Greek cuisine and would love to learn more from you 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      09/09/2015 at 3:53 pm #

      Thank you so much! That is awesome. I have all of my Greek and Greek inspired recipes on this page: http://zoale.com/taste-of-greece/
      I hope you get a chance to try some of them 🙂 If you have any questions, you can post on my site or email me at hi@zoale.com. I have been enjoying your blog too and look forward to reading more!

      • 09/09/2015 at 3:55 pm #

        Oh..thank you so much for that link! I will definitely check it out and would love to try some of those dishes 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        09/09/2015 at 4:00 pm #

        You’re welcome and I hope you enjoy them!

  10. 10/01/2015 at 11:55 am #

    I feel the same way about feeding my family. You’ll be proud of our efforts one day 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      10/01/2015 at 12:52 pm #

      It’s always nice to find like minded people. I think so too 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  11. 10/01/2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to have discovered yours as well. Love the recipes and photos. 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      10/01/2015 at 7:54 pm #

      You are welcome 🙂 I am glad to have come across your blog as well. Thank you for the kind words and the follow Ronit!

  12. 11/24/2015 at 3:14 am #

    yummy dishes! love your Back to Basics approach + Olive Oil 🙂 thanks for visiting me, and following, cheers, Debi

    • Zoale.com
      11/24/2015 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks Debi! I really enjoyed looking at all of your beautiful art 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      • 11/24/2015 at 6:04 pm #

        you’re welcome and thank you too!! will need to keep checking on yours too, for more paleo style gf stuff, I still haven’t been on every page yet!! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        11/25/2015 at 1:37 pm #

        Awesome 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. 12/22/2015 at 11:39 am #

    Greetings from sunny Florida-I would like to invite you to check out a fairly new web I started for Food Bloggers, easy concept directly linking to your blog. wegrazetogether.wordpress.com or you can thread through my main site clwiser.wordpress.com to the Participating Food Blogs-Post. Love to have you join us – Koukla! Happy Holidays Cheryl

    • Zoale.com
      12/22/2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by! Thank you for the invite, I will definitely check it out! Efcharistó 😉 Happy Holidays to you too!

  14. 12/29/2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Antonia, so very nice to meet you and thank you for following my blog. I will certainly be spending some time here on yours. Have a happy day! 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      12/29/2015 at 5:12 pm #

      Thank you and it is very nice to meet you too. I am excited to read your story and I love the idea of sharing it on a blog. Thank you for the follow too 🙂 Happy New Year!

  15. 12/30/2015 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi Antonia!
    I landed here through Lynn’s blog and am so glad I did! Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes!

    • Zoale.com
      12/30/2015 at 8:03 pm #

      That’s awesome M.L.! I hope you get a chance to try them out, and I am glad that you stopped by 🙂 I am looking forward to checking out your blog as well. Happy New Year!

  16. 12/31/2015 at 9:34 am #

    What an interesting About page, Antonia. I really like the idea of listing what is important to you about food, and I can see that your recipes look delicious and appetising. On top of which, I particularly like Greek food! All good reasons for me to enjoy reading more of your posts. I hope you have a wonderful New Year and achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      12/31/2015 at 9:49 am #

      Thank you so much Millie! Your sweet compliments have made my day 🙂 I am looking forward to reading through your blog too! It looks so interesting. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great New Year too!

      • 12/31/2015 at 10:06 am #

        I think most things are going to be ‘on hold’ in a few hours time! It’s 3pm now here, so New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching. Hope you have a great one. We’ll talk again in 2016! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        12/31/2015 at 10:07 am #

        Have a fun New Year’s Eve! Yes, talk to you next year 🙂

  17. 01/06/2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi Antonia, thank you so much for the follow, I really do appreciate it. I am loving your site and look forward to more of your posts 🙂 Take care x

    • Zoale.com
      01/06/2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank you for the follow as well Lynne 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  18. 01/14/2016 at 1:31 pm #

    It’s a pleasure to meet you Antonia. Hugs!

    • Zoale.com
      01/14/2016 at 1:46 pm #

      It is nice to meet you too Teagan! I really enjoyed your story this morning 🙂

  19. 03/04/2016 at 4:45 am #

    Thanks for popping by my site Antonia 😃
    So lovely to hear from you. We share a similar outlook!

    • Zoale.com
      03/04/2016 at 8:43 am #

      I really enjoyed looking around your beautiful blog Robyn! Thanks for stopping by my site too! That is really great 😀 Have a wonderful weekend!

      • 03/04/2016 at 6:51 pm #

        Thanks heaps Antonia and it was great reading about you and visiting your site too.Enjoy your weekend 😀

      • Zoale.com
        03/04/2016 at 6:54 pm #


  20. 03/12/2016 at 10:44 am #

    Antonia, your pictures are beautiful and make me hungry. I’ll be coming by regularly and scroll through your recipes!

    • Zoale.com
      03/13/2016 at 11:55 am #

      Thank you so much Pascale! I really appreciate the kind words 🙂 Thank you for visiting and I can’t wait to ‘see’ you again 😀 I hope you are having a nice weekend!

  21. 03/26/2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi Antonia! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition award! 🙂 Details are here if you’re interested (no pressure!): https://quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/blogger-recognition-award/

    • Zoale.com
      03/26/2016 at 7:23 pm #

      Thank you Katie and I hope you are too 😀 Congratulations on your nomination and thank you so much for nominating me. I will try my best to participate 🙂

  22. 02/10/2017 at 9:15 pm #

    Sweet name for your blog Antonia– I’ll be reading along…

    • Zoale.com
      02/11/2017 at 9:32 am #

      Thank you Rhonda! Awesome 😀 Have a wonderful day!


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