Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wedding Test Kitchen, round 2: Marinated Feta Cheese

I don't tend to give star-ratings to the recipes I use on my blog. For one, some of them are personal recipes, and I would feel pompous saying 5 stars or A+ to something I created... and for another, I usually think my vote of "awesome" is good enough. So, using my expansive vocabulary, I'd probably rate this recipe as "pretty good!" ... so maybe it's like 3 to 3-and-a-half stars?

I love myself some feta cheese, but even cut into half-inch cubes, spooning three cubes onto crostini means I'm getting a solid inch-and-a-half of feta. Feta that has been marinading for 5+ days. When I use the word pungent, I don't want you to think I mean "bad," because it is actually "pretty good" (see above). I just want to be thorough in my critique since Sara is thinking about using this recipe at her wedding.

I really enjoyed how soft the peppercorns seemed to get after all that time in the fridge - the pepper flavor was a great aftertaste. I loved the strong rosemary flavor infused into the cheese. But I can't imagine eating more than one serving of this, and we all know that is not the norm for me. That being said, I can't fault the recipe; the cheese is good, just intense. I only had time to put this on crostinis, but I'm sure it would be great on pita, or stuffed into cherry tomatoes, as Sara suggested. 

When John got home, he did have more than one serving, and he really liked it. I'm thinking my initial reaction to this cheese might be based on smelling the jar periodically, but the taste is definitely not as a strong as the smell. So if you love Mediterranean flavors, I say give this one a try. 

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wedding Test Kitchen, round 1: Blueberry Muffins

A very dear friend of mine is getting married this August! She and her fiancé are having a Camping Matrimonial Extravaganza, and as part of the CME-Team (I will be the officiant at their wedding), I told her I would test out some recipes for the rapidly-approaching CME weekend.

I made these blueberry muffins this week. They turned out awesome. The only thing I did a little differently was only make six muffins, then I took the rest of the batter and poured it into a 9x9 greased pyrex dish, to make a blueberry bread. After it cooled on a wire rack for a bit, I did notice some "holes" where the brown sugar seemed to sink in to the bread. I didn't really mind as it made the bread super moist. The bread did need to bake about 3-5 minutes longer than the muffins, or until a toothpick comes out clean. You know the drill.

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