The Second Fabulous Friday Feta Giveaway!

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Time to announce the winner of last week’s Fabulous Feta Giveaway! Please congratulate Beth S! She will be receiving the Athenos prize pack that includes the following items:

Fabulous Friday Feta Giveaway

  • ATHENOS Feta coupon
  • ATHENOS Feta “Shape Up Your Salad” recipe booklet
  • ATHENOS Feta water bottle
  • Life Time Fitness 1-month membership
  • Fit & Fresh salad container
  • Built NY lunch bag <—dude! I wanted one of these things for awhile now!

Beth shared a simple salad of cucumber, tomato, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and feta as her favorite way to use Feta in a salad.

This Friday’s Fabulous Feta Giveaway question is going to be a little different. As you may know from my posts, I’m a Feta newbie. It just wan’t something Mom bought growing up so I never really gave it much thought. We were more of a ricotta/mozerella family. That’s what happens when you have a full blooded Italian Mom. ;)

I know I’m not to only one who’s new to Feta so I want to hear your first experience with the cheese. Did you grow up with it? Try it for the first time recently? Have never tried it?? That’s cool too! I’m just curious as to how popular it is and I love reading everyones stories.

To enter simply leave a comment with your first feta experience before next Friday and I will randomly select winner from the comments and announce when I launched the next weeks giveaway.

Good luck!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I have partnered with ATHENOS Feta to serve as one of ATHENOS Change for the Feta Bloggers. I am compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes blogging about my cooking experiences with ATHENOS Feta. I have also been compensated for the food purchased for my Change for the Feta creations. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Click here to see all my Feta Ideas!!

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  1. Vee

    Definitely grew up eating greek salads and the love affair was born. I love feta on everything now…in wraps, on pizza, in salads, or just drizzled on tomatoes!

  2. Brandy

    My first Feta experience was like a lot of other posters-in a Greek salad, which is my favorite. I love the slightly salty and tangy taste of it. I have tried tomatoe basil feta and really liked it, but would love to try the lemon kind that you used on your tuna recipe. That sounds divine!

  3. Amy L

    I really don’t remember my first experience with feta. As soon as I moved out on my own and into the “big city” at 17, I started experimenting with all different foods that we never had at home. I’ve been using it for several years now!

  4. Janna

    I remember my mom letting us make mini pizzas and one of the ingredients was feta cheese…I LOVED it! Little bit of mushrooms, sometimes pepperoni…and FETA!

  5. Angela

    I can’t remember my first experience with feta. I’ve been eating it forever and loving it.

    I love feta in Greek salads and with hummus and pita. I also mix it into cous cous, and mix it into yogurt for a nice chicken marinade. My Iranian roommate used to mix it with red grapes and serve it on bread. I think my favorite thing to use it for is mixing it with lemon juice to make sizzling lemon chicken.

    We always have feta in the fridge and I never run out of things to do with it.

  6. Diana Kuyendall

    My first and on going addition to my meal planning is a side dish of Couscous tossed with sauted tomato, onion, garlic, parsely mixed w/basil flavored feta cheese this compliments my Orange Grilled Salmon with Asparagus/Squash spears. Yum. Love your creations also!

  7. Danielle

    My first experience with feta was at a little, hole-in-the-wall Greek place a few years ago. Still one of the best, freshest Greek salads I’ve ever had!

  8. Aimee Moreno

    My first experience with feta, as with many, was a Greek salad. I was working a part-time job while in high school (20+ years ago!) and went to a little deli with co-workers. Tried it and have been a fan ever since! :)

  9. Jeanette

    I tried feta for the first time about a year ago on some pizza and loved it. It is still strange to me as we never had it growing up but I love trying new foods, don’t you?

  10. jenn

    My first time was due to you and your willingness to try anything and experiment. when you started your feta challenge i though “ok, i can do this” so i bought sum and the smell threw me at first …but i still carried thru…i held my nose the first bite..then threw some in a salad and i didnt die…so i ate some more nose clamp free..and it wasnt horrid…could i actually enjoy this…m’mm yes i do i may even love it…time to recipify some things….and here i am

  11. Renda

    Greek salad. Yum. Also like it on every salad.
    I have enjoyed the tips I have picked up from y’all, though.

    But this Southern girl will keep her watermelon pure, thank you very much :).

  12. Kim

    My mother use to purchase it long time ago. I remember the first time I tried it, I thought it was way too salty. Then about 5 years ago, I was watching a cooking show on the food network and thought the meal they were making looked yummy. It had feta cheese in it: a tabouli like salad with feta cheese. So my next visit to a major centre that sold feta cheese, I bought the ingredients and gave it a try. I loved it. I now I put it on pizza along with mozza cheese.

  13. Traci

    I didn’t grow up with it either, my mom still doesn’t like it. The first time I tried it was in a vegetarian gyro wrap from a place called Great Wraps. So yummy!

  14. Betsy S.

    I found feta in college and haven’t looked back. Before college it was one of those mystery items in the salad bar. Now – I always add it on !

  15. Liz @ life in liz's shoes

    The first time…hubs doesn’t cook, he really doesn’t know how and gets all stressed out about it if I am sick or something and he needs to. But when we were dating, the first (and only) time he cooked for me he made a recipe that a good friend gave him: chicken & proscuitto tortellini, tossed with pesto and feta sprinkled on top along with a ceasar salad. It was delicious and has become one of our favorite go-to meals :)

  16. Shana

    Don’t remember my first experience with feta. I did not eat it growing up; that I know. The only thing I have made with it is a salad.

  17. Barbara Unger

    First time I had feta was trying some of my husband’s pasta at a restaurant. I’m Irish, grew up with food that had NO flavor, and the idea of a Greek cheese in an Italian dish sounded awful. It was THE BEST PASTA DISH I EVER ATE IN MY LIFE, TO DATE. I’m kind of a purist when it comes to Italian, no chain restaurants, only classic recipes, but this pasta dish BURST in your mouth with flavor.

  18. teawench

    I’ve loved feta cheese for so long I honestly can’t remember my first experience with it. I would guess it was in a Greek salad somewhere but it’s also entirely possible I just decided to pick some up at the grocery store as something new to try. Either way, I’m glad I met feta as it’s the best cheese ever!

  19. Healthy.One

    First tried feta in greek salad and now make one frequently – five simple ingredients – lettuce, tomato, black olives, red onion, feta, tossed with olive oil and vinegar. I absolutely love feta and use it in so many other things now. Funny story: Tried to share my love of feta with my family and received the comment that it “smells like throw-up” – sorry if that’s too graphic, but, well, some things can’t be said any other way. :o)

  20. Lindsey

    I definitely did not grow up with feta, I can’t remember it ever being in our house. I think I learned about it some time at the end of high school when I started going to a Greek restaurant that my best friend knew about. Since then (12-13 years), I’ve definitely had it at home here and again. Love it!

  21. Ami

    I never ate any crumbly cheese like that growing up, and I was taught to be anti-blue cheese. Don’t know why…never saw anyone eating it but my parents were definitely against it.

    So when I started going to Panera as a young adult I would ask for no feta on my salads. Pathetic.

    I’m over that now. I think I forgot to ask for them to hold it at some restaraunt one time and I realized it’s just fine. Quite yummy, in fact!

  22. Lisa

    My first time having feta was in a gyro. It was delicious in that, but I have since found so many great ways to eat feta! I love it and I eat it frequently.

  23. jen (jeninRL)

    I was out to breakfast and on the menu was a spinach & feta omelet. This restaurant makes amazing omelets and I had eaten their spinach omelets and the use awesome, fresh spinach so I bit the bullet and ordered the omelet with feta and it was wonderful!!

  24. Brianna

    My first feta experience was in high school. I had a box of pasta that had a pasta salad recipe on the back that called for feta. I thought the rest of the salad sounded pretty tasty, so I bought a small container of feta to try it out. I’ve been making variations of the recipe ever since, and my family asks me to make it for large get-togethers every year!

  25. Amanda

    I had feta first a few years ago when I was new in my WLJ. I had it in a greek salad and it was SO GOOD! We don’t buy cheese too often but after trying that salad, we did and then we (we being DH and I–this was pre-kids) ventured out and tried it in our eggs and LOVED it!!!

  26. RG

    yeah, feta showed up in a greek salad one day in grad school. But: Indian have a mild feta called “paneer” that, like feta, pairs beautifully with spinach. saag paneer is just a gooey spanakopita, with indian spices.

  27. Stacy Johnson

    I’ve been eating feta since before I can remember. My lebanese family used it in salads and on top of vegetables as an appetizer years ago! I can eat it straight out of the container by itself I love it so much! My favorite way to use Feta is actually on a fish taco recipe, it is DELICIOUS with the spicy adobo chile rub I use on the fish.

  28. Leslie Watkins

    I’m not sure when I was first introduced to feta, it was probably hiding in some delicious middle eastern salad or dish one of my best friends Mom made. One of my favorite kitchen sayings is “fix it with Feta”, it always seems to come to the rescue when a dish needs an extra little something!

  29. Kati Stoddard

    I don’t know when my first experience with feta was but I certainly know that I love it in watermelon, red onion and feta salad now.

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