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. Jan

    My first experience with feta was in a greek salad. I kept eating it wondering what this awesome cheese was. I have loved it ever since. It has only been the last few months that I have been using it for things other than a salad topper.

    Congrats Beth!

  2. kristin

    first ever was on hummus pizza – and i loved it!!! ive not tried the flavored feta though – i am excited to try it now.

  3. Julie

    My first feta experience was when I was young. My grandparents are from Syria and we always had ethnic food at celebrations. The first time I tried it I was in love with it!

  4. Amy

    I never tried feta because I had tried blue cheese and wasn’t a huge fan. My work provides lunches during our busy quarter ends. They had a salad with strawberries, pecans, chicken, and FETA! I fell in love. But I have been scared to try it in any other combination because 1)I didn’t think I liked fruit on my salads so I thought this combination was only what worked 2) I didn’t know what to do with it other than in a salad. I’m loving this giveaway contest so I can learn ways to use it!

  5. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner

    My first experience EATING feta was in a greek salad, but USING IT… haha. It was the only cheese I had in my fridge, and I really wanted to make nachos. So I sprinkled it on just like regular shredded cheese, and popped it in the microwave. Only to find out it doesn’t melt?! Why is that!?

  6. Grace R

    The first time I had feta, I didn’t know I was having it! We were at a gourmet pizza place and my mom ordered the “greek pizza” – telling me it was yummy. I had no idea what came on a greek pizza, but I remember thinking how amazingly delicious it was! Turns out it was nothing more than some olive oil, a light sprinkle of mozzarella then the amazing feta and kalamata olives.. YUM. Still my favorite pizza to this day! And now that I know the wonder of feta, I throw it into everything!

  7. Yasmin

    My first feta experience was in Iran visiting family. They would serve feta cheese in the morning for breakfast with warm, fresh homemade pita bread, walnuts, and honey. Oh my gahh…..

  8. Heather

    My first experience with feta was in a Greek pasta salad I had my freshman year of college. I fell in love and always have at least one container of feta in my fridge at all times.

  9. Lacey Q

    I’m a feta newbie! But I find it really versatile on salads, and I love it with the combo of good olives!

  10. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf

    I grew up with American singles, shredded cheddar cheese, and the inevitable Velveeta. For a splurge my dad might buy a block of Cabot cheddar to snack on at the local Braums. Toward my later years at my parents’ house, they started buying enormous bulk bags of shredded mozzarella. Not sure why. I never saw them use it.

    I didn’t really get into all the different cheeses until college. My “experimentation” with cheese in college began with swiss, provolone, and feta. I think feta may be an acquired taste, just like any pungent or salty cheese. I’ve extended my cheese repertoire since then, and I think I’d probably like it more now that my tastes are a bit more developed.

  11. Jenn

    My first experience that I can remember is actually a really bad one.

    I had a DELICIOUS pizza with feta, sundried tomatoes and basil but the lactose got to me and I swore off feta for a few years. A few years ago I got back to feta and it is now one of my grocery list staples, up there with lettuce and tomato. I’m mostly veggie and put feta on EVERYTHING now!

  12. Lynette

    My first experience was from a dear friend, she made a great salad with it… I will cop to not using it as much as I would like, but your feta ideas made me buy some at my last grocery trip!

  13. Whitney

    I don’t remember eating it a lot growing up, but I do remember some salad my mom made that had it in it. I like it a lot now though and use it for salads and in omelets!

  14. Lori

    I can’t remember having it before, so I guess my first experience was just recently when you and several other bloggers I read started using it. I found a recipe on the Kraft website (I think) for Fresh Tomato and Pita Salad which used feta, it was wonderful. And then I added some to my hummus/veggie wraps. I’m all out now, I guess I need to buy more. Thanks for getting me to try something new.

  15. Kristi

    College! We most definitely didn’t have feta in my house growing up…although now my mom eats it all the time. I think it was on a salad I ordered at a restaurant out with friends…

  16. Leanne

    I can’t remember not knowing feta! I grew up with it, mostly in greek salads. My most fun experience with it was on a pizza with ham and pineapple. Yum!

  17. paula

    I first had it in Greek salad when I was in grad school in Columbia, SC. there was a little diner near campus that had traditional Southern food and some Greek dishes. I want to try the tuna salad. I don’t like mayo much either. A friend just brought me some seasoning mixes from a trip to Greece.

  18. Sarah

    I’m not sure when my first experience with feta took place, but I know it was on salad with craisins and some sort of balsamic vinaigrette dressing. My mom just didn’t buy the stuff either, but I love it!

  19. Sherri

    My first experience was when a friend of mine made an awesome black bean salsa that’s made with feta cheese. I was hooked from that point on and that salsa is always a hit whenever I bring it to a get together. I always have a container of feta in my fridge!

  20. Colleen

    I have to be honest, the first time I tried feta I really didn’t like it at all. It was too salty for me. Now that I’m a little bit older, my taste buds have changed and I can’t get enough of it.

  21. Brandi G

    My first feta experience was on a greek salad at a restaurant. I liked it from day one but then again I’ll eat almost anything! I LOVE feta on a wrap with hummus and red peppers now.

  22. Amanda

    I don’t remember my first feta experience, but I have only recently begun to enjoy it. Now I love it in pasta salads and pizza!

  23. Rhea (Greek Feaster)

    My dad is Greek, so feta has been around in my house for as long as I can remember! I used to love drinking the brine. Gross!!!
    Almost 24 years later, I haven’t gotten sick of feta. Crumbled over salads and eggs are just two of my favorite ways to savor it.
    I love this series you’re doing because I can get some fresh feta recipes! Weeeeee

  24. Kim S

    First time was on a Gyro, a bar I worked in served them, I think I gained 10 lbs eating those darn things! I love Feta, the rest of the family, not so much :(

  25. Corie

    My first time trying feta was when I bought some to try in a chicken burger recipe! I have been hooked ever since:-)

  26. Amy Blaylock

    SInce I was young we ate a lot of Greek food, from souvlaki to gyros. Feta was always a part of these meals. It is an acquired taste for sure, but I love it! No one else in my family (DH or children) would touch it with a ten foot pole :)

  27. brandy

    i’m not sure the first time i remember having feta. college salad bar??? i love it because of the tanginess!

  28. Jzbell

    I can’t remember my first time with feta… haha! seems it’s been a favorite forever. it’s the only cheese I really, really, really love to add to a salad… but it’s good on anything.

  29. Michelle

    A girlfriend made me a turkey and feta burger…probably 10 years ago, and I’ve been a feta fan ever since. My fave trick these days is to use ground chicken and mix it with feta and oregano and top with a raspberry vinaigrette. Yum…. glad I have some Athenos feta in the fridge right now. My BJs warehouse club sells large tubs for a great price.

  30. Kelly

    My first experience was at my neighbors house for her birthday. She is 50+ years old and full on Greek. So there were quite a few dishes to me that were completely foreign, stuffed grape leaves, this Greek salad covered in feta cheese, mousaka (My sister and I called it moose kaka… we still do lol), and spanakopita. There were many more that I can’t remember the name of, but I felt like feta cheese was ambushing me at ever dish. I did not enjoy that party very much. Feta was too pungent and “chalky” for my 19yr old taste buds at the time lol.
    But I mean hey, I tried all the dishes in an attempt to find SOMETHING I could call edible for 6 hours.

  31. Jackie W.

    My mom threw it in salads when I was growing up, along with dried cranberries usually. As a kid I wasn’t thrilled, but now I enjoy it!

  32. kyree90

    I haven’t been eating feta for long, just since I started doing Atkins in 2003. I branched out and tried a bunch of different cheeses back then. I love cheese! (But my mom didn’t cook with feta while I was growing up, so it was new to me.)

  33. Helen

    My first taste of feta cheese? Oh, probably as a side to my strained peas! Both my parents are Greek and I don’t ever remember not having feta in the fridge. It was always found on the table at any family dinner we were at and at home, along with yummy kalamata olives. Of course, it was IN alot of things too: tyropitas (feta cheese pitas), spanakopitas(spinach feta cheese pitas), tyrokouloures (a type of feta pancake), etc.
    We still eat it alot. Now, my kids love it in salads and to crumble on just about everything especially spinach rice and stuffed veggies. Eggs scrambled with feta are awesome as is feta pasta salad. My new addiction: feta cheese stuffed hot peppers with some kind of fresh crusty loaf bread to save my mouth from the heat of the peppers that I can’t stop eating. (drool)…pardon me while I wipe up my keyboard, LOL.

  34. Melissa

    I had it for the first time in college when a roomate cooked dinner. I was afraid to try it because I thought it looked odd, but now I LOVE it! Thanks to her, I have a love of Feta!

  35. Macrae

    First time eating feta was probably at my uncle’s house. He always had foods I thought were “strange” when I was little. I would never have thought it would be one of my favorites now!

  36. Tara

    My first feta experience… sadly it’s not great. It was when I was controlled by my eating disorder, and I saw that we had fat free feta in my fridge. At only 30 calories per oz I was thrilled, but still only used half of that. Now nothing compares to the taste of real feta cheese.

  37. amy

    my first time with feta was in a salad and i actually didnt like it….now i have grew to love on and love it in salads and thats mainly how i eat it

  38. kelly

    the first time i tried feta in a large enough quantity to really know what i was eating was a couple of years ago on a chicken salad my boyfriend brought home for me from his restaurant. the smell is a little obnoxious but i truly do love that salty/creamy taste now!

  39. Andrea

    My first experience with feta was on brushetta. OMG it is amazing! The tomatoes, garlic. olive oil and feta. My mouth is watering just thinking about it !!!!!!!!!

  40. Kerry

    Growing up, our favorite pizza place was just down the street. We’d often get a Greek salad to go with the pizza, and that was pretty much my introduction to feta. (I am also from an Italian family, where’d you more likely find mozzarella, Parmesan, and asiago!)

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