This month has been a bit crazy for me, thus … my blog has suffered some. However, I have been able to keep up with my Facebook page, so if you haven’t signed up for that, please do! That way, no matter what, you’ll have access to all of my freebies, updates, and info. I have actually posted quite a few Freebie Fridays there, but you can find all of them on my Pinterest page, so I urge you to follow me on Pinterest so you can look back through all the Freebies I’ve given over the past months.
This month we are learning from Katharine Hepburn. I have had a wonderful time getting to know her. She was something else, and an inspiration regarding the strength of women. Her mother was a Suffragette and her father a physician (urologist) who tried to promote awareness of sexual disease and health. With this type of liberal and strong background, it’s no wonder that she led such an influential and extraordinary life, filled with fortitude and lack of concern for what “normal” women were supposed to do or not do. She had no idea that there were boundaries that couldn’t be crossed, or barriers that couldn’t be broken. And because she believed in herself, she became the number one top screen legend of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999 … quite a tribute!!
So, in honor of Katharine, here is your Freebie Friday (click for the full size, and then right-click to save to your computer … personal use only), I hope you enjoy!!
1 1/2 cups small-diced red onion (2 med. onions)
1/4 cup good white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 pounds feta cheese
Cut the tomatoes in half and place them in a large bowl. Add the onion, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley and toss well. Dice the feta in 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes, crumbling it as little as possible. Gently fold it into the salad and serve at room temperature.
- Parsley is not imperative, but you will want to add a little more basil if you don’t use any. It will have a stronger flavor, but in my opinion, you can never have too much basil (personal preference)
- I have used a vidalia onion or green onions in place of the red. I do not recommend a white or non-sweet onion. It will be too strong in relation to the other flavors.
- I have used Paul Newman’s Balsamic Vinaigrette when I realized I didn’t have enough white wine vinegar from the last time I had made the recipe. It was still heaven!!
- I have used flavored feta with great results. My favorite: feta with sun-dried tomatoes in it.
- I have tried not cutting the tomatoes when I was in a hurry … wasn’t nearly as good, I promise it’s worth the time, otherwise the flavors of the dressing just don’t do their “thing well enough.”
- It is CRUCIAL that you let the salad sit at room temperature for least 30 minutes, if not 45 to an hour. When serving this for a barbeque, I make this salad first, cover, and just let it sit on the counter until we are ready to eat.