Seasonal Sundays (Week 17) for Feta Lovers

Well hey, feta lovers. Welcome to my little corner of feta heaven, seven recipes that celebrate the sharp, tangy cheese that elevates any food it touches. Feta just might be the butter of cheese! I hope you love this collection!

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

As ever, thank you for welcoming me into your InBox and RSS feed reader. It's your kitchens, your lives, I conjured while hand-picking today's collection of recipes ...

Does anyone else remember their first taste of feta? I do!

I was a year out of high school, living in Finland as an exchange student. My second Finnish "mother" wanted to escape the North's long, dark winter and invited me along on a week-long tour to the island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea, some 225 miles off the mainland and a World Heritage Site, thanks to the Colussus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World lost to an earthquake more than 2000 years ago.

At one dinner, the menu was in French. (Who chooses a French restaurant in Greece??? No idea.) I read enough French to translate the menu to English, spoke enough Finnish to explain it to my Finnish tablemates, then translated their decisions back to English, then fumbled around in French to share their orders with our waiter. YIKES.

Anyway. While our table fussed over multi-lingual orders, the waiter delivered a huge platter of grilled artichokes and tomatoes and other vegetables, a creamy feta spread underneath, big chunks sprinkled over top.

That feta was memorable, definitely love at first taste. I'd also fallen in love with a Greek god but that ... as they say ... is another story.

SO WHAT IS FETA, ANYWAY? Feta is the salty, tangy, creamy cheese that originates in Greece (and has protected designation of origin status) but is now produced across the world.

Feta is a fresh cheese, that means it's quite wet, also that the calories aren't so dense which makes it extra enticing for those of us who pay attention to nutrition. (A fresh cheese is aged for a shorter time. Compare it to dense Parmesan, an aged cheese with nearly all its moisture evaporated.)

Traditionally, feta is made with sheep's milk, some times with goat milk mixed in. Feta made in the U.S. is usually made with cow's milk. If you have a good cheese shop or an international grocery handy, check for fetas with different taste profiles. I especially like Bulgarian feta.

Look for whole blocks of feta, especially feta sold in containers with brine. If there's no brine, or if the feta is extra salty, you can keep it fresh by adding a little water to the container.

Feta crumbles are convenient but also dry and to my taste, pallid. Block feta is naturally crumbly, just break it off a section at a time and crumble yourself!

In Praise Of ...

... glass storage containers, especially these 6-cup rectangular Pyrex storage containers with blue lids (affiliate link) that hold just the right amount, stack so well on fridge and cupboard shelves, clean up like a charm in the dishwasher, etc. Over the years, I've purchased several at Target. This year, I started color-coding (a bit) what goes in them, blue lids for cheese (remembered by thinking "blue cheese") and red lids for meat (remembered by "red meat").

I bring this up because with a little surgery, one holds the almost three pounds of feta from Sam's Club that we alllllll-most go through approximately every three weeks. Yeah, we like feta! I think I'll make a little Cucumber Dip!

... are eggs $2 a dozen again? I think so!

Made Me Think ...

A BLESSING for FRIENDSHIPS Regular followers know the inspiration found from writer, thinker and podcaster Emily P. Freeman. This short essay is just lovely, a prayer really, A Blessing for Friendship. She opens with, "For the days when you're grateful for the abundance of rich friendship. And for the days when you question if you have any friends at all ..." Find a quiet moment, let it sink in ...

RELOCATING FOR FAMILY? One time, we were hosting a dinner party, for us, it was a big deal. Then one couple cancelled just a couple of hours before. Why? Their nephew was coming to visit and they hadn't seen him in a year. That nephew lives FORTY MILES AWAY. (No, they've never been invited back.) Part of my husband's California family made a big decision this week: they're leaving the Bay Area to head south to Los Angeles. The draw is family, two daughters and their own families plus her sister and family. It just makes so much sense! Oh to be so close ...

IS KITCHEN PARADE WIKIPEDIA-FAMOUS? Apparently! The latest reference is to our much-beloved Fried Bread (Skillet Toast), slices of hearty bread, toasted in a pan until crisp and golden. See Fried Bread!

A New Feature: "PIN This"

This is for all the Pinterest people among us, a way to quickly PIN Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture recipes right to your own Pinterest boards.

Just look for "PIN This" links. Clicking on them should open the exact Pinterest page in the Pinterest app on phones/tablets or the webpage on desktops. Once it's open, you can save to your own Pinterest boards.

If it doesn't work as you expect, would you please let me know? It's a tough one for me to test!

FYI it'll take time to add PIN This links to all my 1600+ recipes but I'm starting here with Seasonal Sundays and of course, new recipes and just-updated recipes. I tell myself, "Patience, Grasshopper.""

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.


Spinach Quiche with Red Pepper & Feta, another classic spinach recipe ♥, creamy custard packed with fresh or frozen spinach in a homemade or refrigerated crust. Budget Friendly. Company Worthy.

Warm Baked Feta & Tomatoes with Shrimp ♥ TikTok phenomenon worth the hype as an appetizer, casual meal or pasta feast.

Chicken Greek Salad ♥, it's a Greek salad with chicken, extra easy with a rotisserie chicken.

Greek Chicken Dagwood Sandwiches ♥, easy summer sandwiches with rotisserie chicken, a cucumber and feta tzatziki, roasted pepper, more feta, fresh arugula, summer tomato.

How to Make a Roasted Beet Salad ♥ Just roasted beets with a little cheese (feta or goat or blue) but somehow, so much more. So rich and full of satisfaction.

Celery & Chickpea Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, a captivating salad, a simple lemony mix of crunchy celery (extra points for celery with leaves!) and creamy chickpeas, held together with a touch of feta.

Cantaloupe Salad with Feta & Basil, another easy summer recipe ♥, just sweet summer melon in an almost-savory salad, just five ingredients. Make it for lunch, make it dessert. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Feta Lovers! Here's a collection of feta recipes ♥ Salads to suppers and more.
  • THE COLLECTION Feta Recipes Salads to suppers and so much more.
  • STILL MORE CHEESES Cheese Recipes Cheddar, Parmesan, Fresh Mozzarella & More.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

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Dang spammers. But I've turned comments back on because I miss hearing from y'all!

Sugar Cookie Bars ♥ All the colorful deliciousness, none of the cookie cutter and decorating fuss.
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  • THE RECIPE Sugar Cookie Bars Bake, frost and sprinkle all at once. (PIN This)

Looking Ahead ...

Looking Back ...

Just Updated!

Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips ♥ Great crunch and color. Kid Friendly! Weight Watchers Friendly!

How to Remove the Woody Ends from Asparagus, another useful video ♥ Bend, Bend, Snap! Bend, Bend, Snap!

Something to Read

Settling into a book hasn't come easily in recent weeks, no extra reason why, it just is what it is.

But first-time author Vibhuti Jain nailed this for me, the characters were well-developed, the storyline not only plausible but riveting.

Our Best Intentions is a coming-of-age story. The book opens with school violence – because sadly, how coming-of-age is that, right now? – and then explores the many layers of involvement, so many unknowns, so many assumptions, so little imagination. No one is evil. Most everyone has good intentions. It all feels wholly preventable. And yet ...

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