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Marinated Feta

marinated feta

As amazingly delicious as this marinated feta is, it’s going to have to wait while I tell you about the new, awesome cookbook the recipe came from: The CSA Cookbook.

The CSA Cookbook was written by Linda Ly, of the Garden Betty blog.  I love Linda’s blog, which is a fairly new find for me. I’m thoroughly enjoying her posts on all things garden, chicken, and the homesteading lifestyle we all love over here. Well, she just released her first cookbook:

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I was excited to get a copy to review because this cookbook addresses a topic I rarely see and that is super important to me: no waste recipes! Although my compost pile and animals love my scraps, I’m always trying to figure out what to do with the leaves, stems, rinds, and other bits and pieces left over after prepping a meal.  And this cookbook doesn’t disappoint.  I read it cover to cover upon receiving it and I highly suggest you do that, too. It’s chock full of information throughout, but the introduction in particular is really informative. Besides the useful chapter on how to store most veggies and herbs, there are two tables of ingredients (one for stock and one for pesto) that I know I’ll be going back to again and again.

Linda shares some great recipes for items like tomato leaves, carrot stems, watermelon rinds, cucumber sprouts, and so much more! Those kale stems we all cut from the leaves?  There’s a recipe for that! She often suggests using what you have on hand, which you’ve heard me preach more than once over here at Farm to Table!   So don’t be afraid to mix and match – and she offers suggestions for that in her book. CSA Cookbook is also beautifully photographed, which I feel is a must for a cookbook, don’t you? Every recipe has at least one full color image.  Here’s the next recipe I want to try: Kohlrabi home fries. I wouldn’t have thought of that in a million years!

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Whether it’s a CSA box you are cooking out of, your own garden, the farmers market… you will find great tips for using your veggies, stem to root! And if you happen to be in the greater LA area on April 11, stop by William’s Book Store in San Pedro for a special book signing Linda is doing, with yummy treats and raffle prizes.  More info here.

Okay, back to the marinated feta cheese… I decided, in keeping with the tone of her cookbook, my first recipe would be using items I had on hand before they went bad.  I have tons of herbs in my fridge right now and I can’t seem to find enough things to do with them (besides drying them of course), so I was happy to find her Marinated Feta With a Mess of Herbs recipe. Cheese and olive oil with aromatic herbs?  What’s not to love!

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If you can dare to part with it, this would make a great hostess gift… maybe even with a copy of the CSA Cookbook! I was going to give one of these jars to a friend, but since we ate most of the first jar within 24 hours, well, let’s just say that what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her!

I used the fresh herbs I had on hand, which was thyme, oregano, and rosemary.  You could also try sage, marjoram, dill, or anything you have.  My Meyer lemons were ripe for the picking, so I used one of those (as opposed to a regular lemon), as well as rainbow peppercorns I had from Melissa’s, instead of the all black ones called for in the recipe.  I’m telling you all this because it’s okay!  Use what you have!

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You’ll want two tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs:

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Zest and juice one lemon:

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Combine the herbs, peppercorns, and a pinch of red pepper flakes with the lemon juice and zest and add to the olive oil. (For those of you that start twitching when you see words like ‘pinch’ and ‘dash’, I used about 1/8 teaspoon, but you can use more or less depending on the heat you want.)

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Cube your feta and add to your jar(s):

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Pour the olive oil/herb mixture over the feta, making sure to cover the cheese completely:

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Marinate at room temperature for 3-4 hours (or longer if you can!). Any unused portion should be refrigerated after one day. I toasted up a baguette for these. I also plan on using some in a salad – using the herb infused oil as a dressing base (with just a bit of added vinegar), so don’t throw out the oil when the cheese is gone! See? A no waste recipe!

marinated feta

Marinated Feta

2 8oz half pint jars

Marinated Feta

Use locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible

Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh herbs (mix and match with rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano,marjoram, dill, or your favorites)
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (approx 1/8 tsp)
  • 1 (8-oz) block feta cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the oil, herbs, peppercorns, lemon zest and juice, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Layer the feta cubes and herbed oil into 2 half pint jars, making sure the feta is fully submerged. Marinate at room temperature for 3-4 hours (6-8 hours is even better!)
  3. Refrigerate any unused portion after one day.
  4. (The oil may congeal in the cold, but it will not affect the flavor; simply bring the marinated feta to room temperature before serving.)
http://farmtotablela.com/marinated-feta/

Please note that a copy of the CSA Cookbook was given to me to review.  All opinions are absolutely my own… and I think this book is fantastic! 

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83 Comments

  • Reply
    Tim Nona
    April 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    looks like a good book

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    Donna Currie
    April 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Love marinated feta, particularly with rosemary and oregano. The cookbook looks really interesting.

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    sharyl wolter
    April 4, 2015 at 1:23 am

    The marinated feta looks delicious!

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    Beth B
    April 4, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Thanks for a delicious recipe. I’ll be making it as soon as I have the ingredients and can’t wait for herbs to start growing in my garden.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    April 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I do hope to sign-up for a CSA this year!

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    Stephanie Galbraith
    April 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    My fiance would love this cookbook.

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    Danielle D
    April 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    looks really good.

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    Candice M
    April 5, 2015 at 4:10 am

    This looks like a fantastic cookbook.

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    Paige c
    April 5, 2015 at 5:21 am

    This tofu looks so good, I would love to get the cookbook!

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      Paige c
      April 5, 2015 at 5:22 am

      I meant feta not tofu but I think tofu could be used as well, ops!

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        Farm to Table
        April 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

        haha I thought the feta cubes looked very much like tofu too and I agree, tofu would be great for this as well!

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    ouida stokes
    April 5, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Looks delicious and sounds like some interesting and different recipes, not the same old same old. Thanks

  • Reply
    Melissa Shirley
    April 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I love cookbooks. I also think I would love the marinated feta!!!!

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    Alison C
    April 5, 2015 at 7:42 am

    The images and description made me so hungry! Yum

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      Farm to Table
      April 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

      lol Thanks Alison. And I think I’m going to use the herbed infused oil today to marinate some salmon!

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    Sharon Kaminski
    April 5, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I would love to have this cookbook. There are a lot of recipes I would make.

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    Charlotte
    April 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

    This makes such a fab gift! Will the jars need to be sterilised though? The cookbook would be amazing too! Lots more yummy discoveries 🙂

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      Farm to Table
      April 5, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Great question Charlotte. I always sterilize my jars anyhow. This isn’t water bathed for long term storage, but sterilize the jars and pop it in the fridge for up to about two weeks. Trust me, it won’t last that long!

  • Reply
    Curtis H
    April 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Im always in the mood for cookbooks

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    Robin M
    April 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I think I could skip the Marinated Feta.

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      April 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Do you not like feta? Either way, there are tons of great recipes here. 🙂

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    Janet Woodling
    April 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I would love it.

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      April 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      I think it’s a great addition to any cookbook library!

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    Patricia Hoffmeister
    April 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This would make a great addition to my cookbook collection!

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    Connie Lee
    April 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I love getting new cookbooks, this one would be super to have, thanks!

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    Susana Zerega-Higuera
    April 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    The book looks amazing!

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    cheryl wetzel
    April 6, 2015 at 6:06 am

    This looks great! Would love to win it.

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    Chanda Neak
    April 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

    The recipe of marinated feta looks good. Also, mmm healthy eating/living for the cookbook. That is what I need to live a good life.

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    melissa austin
    April 6, 2015 at 9:15 am

    i’m a huge fan of natural eating, so i would love this addition to my collection!!

  • Reply
    Holly E
    April 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

    This looks like a great cookbook!

  • Reply
    john
    April 6, 2015 at 11:35 am

    You can recipes on internet, but nothing like leafing through the pages of a good cookbook.

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    Julius Bufkin
    April 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I love my cookbookes. I would enjoy this cookbook. I am look for basic farm cookbook. This look like one for me. Thanks.

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    Sara R
    April 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I’d love to win this for my mum! She’d love it!! (:

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    Ben T
    April 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    This looks awesome!

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    xty cruz
    April 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I would love to win this for my sister

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    Samantha B
    April 7, 2015 at 1:41 am

    The marinated feta looks much easy to make than I would have thought!

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    courtney dyson
    April 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I would love this for myself! I’m always looking for new recipes.

  • Reply
    laura
    April 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    What a fabulous book and delicious recipe!

  • Reply
    Kassie Brown
    April 7, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I love cooking with farm fresh ingredients. What a great cookbook to add to my collection.

  • Reply
    Linda M
    April 8, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Great time for a cookbook like this with the summer months about to be upon us. I love going to the farmstands and farmer’s markets this time of year.

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    WIL C
    April 8, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I really like our local CSA and cooking.

  • Reply
    Tyneisha
    April 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Looks amazing!! Would love to try some new recipes!

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    Lisa S
    April 8, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Looks like such a wonderfully, useful cookbook!

  • Reply
    Linda Ly
    April 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for this awesome review of my book and the gorgeous photos of the recipe! (It’s making me want to make it again too!) Good luck to everyone entering!

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      April 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks for the great book Linda, and the opportunity to give one away here! You rock!

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    Aaron Shapiro
    April 9, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Looks like an awesome cookbook! Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Reply
    Holly S
    April 9, 2015 at 6:38 am

    This cookbook looks so amazing! I would love to win a copy, but to be perfectly honest, I’m probably going to go out and buy myself a copy today anyway. 🙂

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      Farm to Table
      April 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

      I’ve been so excited to use this book. So many things I’ve been disposing of, I’m starting to use, like the carrot tops from my roasted carrots we had for dinner the other night are now in a carrot top salsa!

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    Erica B.
    April 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I would love this.

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    Annamarie V
    April 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    This cookbook looks great, I’m always looking for new things to make during the summer when I am growing veggies in the garden or buying new things at the farmers market.

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    Cary Bradley
    April 10, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Love Linda too! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Jessica Martinez
    April 10, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Would love this cookbook, sometimes local/in season stuff confounds me on what to do with it! And boy, does that marinated feta look GOOD!!! 🙂

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    amy walker
    April 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Feta looks divine! i’d love to win!

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    bn100
    April 10, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    looks tasty

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    Jenn H
    April 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    this is a wonderful idea!! i would absolutely love to read this!

  • Reply
    Starla B
    April 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    This looks so fabulous but the funny thing is I have never really enjoyed feta. Maybe I should try it this way!

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      April 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      This is seasoned so deliciously, but if not this recipe there’s sure to be others you’ll love!

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    Christine
    April 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This looks like such an inspiring book. A few years ago I subscribed to a CSA, for a season, but I didn’t sign up again because I moved. But I wold like to find a new CSA to sign up for.

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    Jennifer J
    April 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I am a cookbook freak. I love to read them cover to cover when I get them and mark the pages of recipes that I want to try out. Thank you!

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    Nancy
    April 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    This cookbook would be great to use with my farmer’s market finds.

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    Tina W
    April 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I would love some fresh new ideas for how to use up summer produce bounty!

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      Farm to Table
      April 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      That’s how I feel too. You’ll really enjoy this cookbook.

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    liz l
    April 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    My husband would love this cookbook

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    Kerri
    April 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    The recipe looks delicious. I always get a little overwhelmed trying to keep up with my vs box, this would really help!

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    Debby
    April 11, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I love fresh real food and there is something so beautiful about food in glass jars. I just love it.

  • Reply
    Shakeia Rieux
    April 11, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I would love to have this

  • Reply
    Hazell perez
    April 12, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I would enjoy these book making yummy dishes for my family and friends! Thank you for the yummy chance!

  • Reply
    carl
    April 12, 2015 at 5:40 am

    wow

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    kelly mcgrew
    April 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    i never thought of marinating feta! i will have to try this, because i am not a big fan of marinated mozzarella!

  • Reply
    Pamela Makuta
    April 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway! CSA is a life changer! xo

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    Letty/Letty's Kitchen
    April 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I write recipes for Ranui Gardens CSA. This book is great inspiration!

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    Michelle D
    April 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    This cookbook looks amazing! I belonged to a local CSA for many years (now I grow my own veggies), and it was a wonderful experience!

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    Samantha
    April 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    We are in our second season for our CSA. It can be a challenge to use everything!

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    Candie L
    April 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    That sounds like a fresh spring dish. Thank you

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    Pam Flynn
    April 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Everything looks so good and with Spring here I want to try them all. Since I have just moved to a new town I need to find my local farmer’s market cause fresh is the best.

  • Reply
    Deana Honeycutt
    April 12, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Great giveaway !!! Hope I win !!!

  • Reply
    Leah Shumack
    April 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    We would put this book to good use at my house!

  • Reply
    Sand
    April 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    This looks like a great cookbook! I’m always on the hunt for new recipes.

  • Reply
    Laurie Nykaza
    April 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I would love to have this cookbook and I make regular foods with gluten and food for my son with Celiacs who can’t have it this books food look delicious we would all like using it he can convert the recipes he likes in it.

  • Reply
    Rene Chartier
    April 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I love the idea of marinating feta. This is a unique cookbook with a gourmet flare I’d love to have..

  • Reply
    Bryan E.
    April 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Thank You for the giveaway…we are always looking for new cooking ideas with the produce from our garden !

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