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FoodNotes…

This marinated feta is actually a Greek spin on an Eastern European pub snack. It generates some nice memories of my travels through that area.  I remember being in the Czech Republic, snacking on some spicy marinated cheeses while sipping on a cool pilsner. Those flavors have such a nice balance, creamy vs. bright…with some effervescence to wash everything down.  Marinated feta cheese can go quite the distance when entertaining.  It looks and makes people feel special.  I like to serve this marinated feta with olives, marinated mushrooms, and maybe some hummus and pita as an appetizer for when we have company.  It is also great over pasta with some roasted seasonable vegetables or on salads.

Marinated feta cheese…

First, find a container that you like and think is pretty, and consider the size.

Measure olive oil into about 3/4 the volume of the container. The cheese will displace some of the volume.

Then over VERY low heat, warm the olive oil and add any dried herbs that you love, some thinly sliced garlic, and peppercorns. The goal is to cook the garlic ever so slightly, and let the flavor infuse into the oil. This only takes minutes.  Then set aside to cool.   While cooling, cube feta and place in your container.  Then, pour the olive oil over the cheese once cooled.  Keep refrigerated.

Eat together, toast to each other, and share!


No bake peanut butter oat treats…

Some times I like to have a sweet treat with my morning coffee, especially on cold, grey days like today when you feel like life needs a little extra pizzazz. Something about the combination of sweet indulgence with a piping hot French roast, feels so satisfying.  The other part of me, however, believes in breakfast. It is by far my favorite meal of the day, and it should be substantial and nourishing. Well, I discovered a recipe that, although not originally intended for breakfast, can be adapted as such.  These no bake, tasty treats are packed full of protein and fiber, make you feel satiated while at the same time naughty for eating what feels like cookies for breakfast. I imagine that all you parents out there would also feel guiltless about giving these to your children in multiples, as they are pure, wholesome, goodness.  I am extra fond of this recipe because it evokes memories of a snowy afternoon…in the Colorado mountains…with family.

No bake peanut butter oat treats…

Adapted from Martha Stewart

1 cup organic crunchy peanut butter

1 cup organic rolled oats

½ cup dried cherries

2-3 tbs honey

2 tsp orange zest

1 tbs sesame seeds

**This recipe is extremely adaptable, and can be made from anything you have in your pantry.  You can exchange peanut butter for any other nut butter, dried cherries with any other dried fruit, sesame seeds with flax seeds…what have you***

In a small heavy pot, heat peanut butter, honey, and orange zest. Mix well.  Once nicely softened and well combined, add oats, cherries, and sesame seeds. Mix until evenly combined.  Roll in to tablespoon sized balls and let stand for 20 minutes. Voilà!


Eat together, toast to each other, and share!