Thursday, October 16, 2014

Goat Cheese and Cucumber Dip


10 oz. goat cheese
4 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 regular or 2 small cucumbers
1-2 garlic cloves
chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Blend all the ingredients in the food processor until smooth. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate.
Enjoy with vegetables, pita bread, crackers or tortilla chips.

You may also like Feta and Avocado Dip and Party Dips.

At Old World Market Naples you can find over 30 kinds of feta cheese, goat cheese and yellow cheese from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, and Macedonia.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Farro Salad With Feta

Farro is a type of ancient Italian hearty grain that is becoming popular again. Some people say that it is the mother of all wheat. Farro is a good source of fiber, protein and iron with a nutty taste. It is great for salads and soups.

You can find Italian Farro at Old World Market Naples


1 1/2 cups uncooked farro
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 small cucumbers, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup olives, finey chopped
1/3 cup chopped parsley
feta cheese
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
salt, pepper to taste

Cook farro according to the package directions. Drain well and set aside.
Combine extra virgin olive oil vinegar, salt and pepper until you have desired flavor.
Combine farro with chopped vegetables and olives. Toss with the dressing. Add feta cheese and toss again.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Pairs great with Chardonnay. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

No Bake Brownies

Dates are are full of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber and potassium. They are among the sweetest fruits in the world and can be used as a natural sweetener for many dessert recipes.

Medjool dates are known as the "king of dates". They are soft and big with rich caramel and honey taste. You can find Medjool dates at Old World Market Naples


2 1/2 cups Medjool dates
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups walnuts
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

For the topping:

1/2 cup chocolate chips
shredded coconut, optional

Mix everything in the food processor. Press the mixture in a pan lined with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate chips and pour over the brownies. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
Keep in the freezer for about 15 min., cut into squares and enjoy.

You may also like Salty and Sweet Stuffed Dates - great appetizer for any occasion

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Spinach and Feta Mini Muffins

Ingredients (for 24 mini muffins):

1 cup all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sunflower oil
3/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup feta, crumbled. 

Preheat the oven to 390F.
Mix the eggs, milk and oil and add to the dry ingredients. Add chopped spinach and feta cheese.
Oil the mini muffin tin and spoon mixture to the top of the cups. Bake for about 20 min. or until golden.

At Old World Market Naples you can find over 30 different kinds of feta cheese.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Zucchini Bites with Feta Cheese and Danish Bacon

Ingredients (makes 24 bites):

2 grated zucchini
1 cup grated carrots
2 eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup smoked Danish bacon, chopped 
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F. Oil the mini muffin tin.
Dry the zucchini and carrots in a paper towel. Mix all of the ingredients. Fill each muffin cup to the top.
Bake for about 20 min. or until golden brown.

You may also like Muffins with Feta and Danish Bacon

You can find Smoked Danish Bacon and Feta cheese at Old World Market Naples

Friday, September 27, 2013

Puff Pastry Tarts with Pears


1 sheet Bella puff pastry dough
6 tsp. applesauce
4 pears, peeled and sliced
honey and cinnamon, to taste

Thaw pastry sheet according to the instructions on the package. 
Preheat the oven to 390F
Cut the dough into 12 squares. Cover each piece with 1/2 tsp. applesauce.  Top with pear slices. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle cinnamon to taste.
Bake for about 15 min. or until edges are golden.

You may also like Phyllo Pastries with Almonds and Poppy Seeds

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Feta and Spinach Swirls

1 Bella puff pastry sheet
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 egg, beaten

Thaw pastry sheet according the pack instructions. 
Preheat the oven to 400F. Brush the pastry sheet with egg. Top with feta and spinach and roll the sheet. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. You can press the slices slightly between your hands to keep the filling into the dough. Place them on lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper. Brush with egg and bake for about 15-20 min. or until golden brown.

You may also like Feta and Kashkaval Puff Pastry