creamy-feta vinaigrette

I came across this salad dressing in the June edition of Food & Wine (no wonder I love this magazine…just so happens to be two of my favorite things :)

Anyway, I love most things that involve feta cheese and greek salads are one of my favorites so I figured I would like this dressing.
I modified it a bit from the recipe and here is what I ended up using:
1/2 cup feta cheese
2-3 Tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
salt & pepper
All blended together in the Magic Bullet
This dressing went a-top a mixture of arugula, radishes and cucumbers (from the farmer’s market finds) and was a big hit. The taster loved it and it was a great way to use some of the 10 lb block of feta from Costco.  Mom, please remind me of this next time I want to make this purchase again ;)
Served with some salmon and asparagus it was a perfect meal!

farmer’s market finds

The first trip to the farmer’s market of the season is one that makes me a little nervous – will they have any vegetables? (there were freezing temperatures a little over a month ago).  My first trip unfortunately was a cold and rainy day so I didn’t really spend too much time but I did manage to find a few veggies and enjoy some hot coffee ;)
I picked up some radishes, asparagus and arugula and turned them into an amazing Saturday night dinner.
The farmer’s market is one of my favorite parts of the summer and I’m looking forward to many more visits in the months to come!

in the news: the secret to staying young

With all the talk about antioxidants, what are they and what do they really do?
The cells in our body are constantly under attack from free radicals.  The free radicals are naturally produced as your body makes energy from food but can also come from environmental stresses – pollution, smoking, etc.
What is so bad about free radicals?  The damage that they cause is thought to increase LDL cholesterol, play a role in alzheimer’s disease and in aging in general.
This is where antioxidants come into the picture – they work to cancel out the free radicals.   Vitamin C, E and carotenoids are the main sources of antioxidants so adding them into your diet is a good idea.  They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and can help to protect brain, vision and slow the aging process.
Antioxidants really are the fountain of youth.
photo by Nadia

huevos rancheros



This is an easy, satisfying meal (although anything that involves eggs usually is for me) that comes together quick and provides lots of filling protein and fiber.  I served my eggs over a bed of organic baby romaine and black beans, sprinkled with Habenero hot sauce.

There is something about eggs and beans that I just love! Maybe it reminds me of Mexico – beaches, ocean, sun……take me back!!
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?