Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feta Bruschetta

     This is my go to appetizer.  This version of bruschetta has the best texture and flavor.  Every time I make this I get so many compliments and requests for the recipe! 
10 slices of french bread, 1 inch thick
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
1-4oz pkg of crumbled feta cheese
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (I often times use a can of diced tomatoes from the store)
1/3 cup green onion

- In a bowl combine the butter and olive oil.  Spread on both sides of sliced bread and bake in oven @ 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
-Combine feta, garlic & basil, and sprinkle over toasts.
-Combine tomato & onion and sprinkle over cheese toasts.
- Bake 8-10 minutes longer, until heated through.

Enjoy!  I even enjoy these cold out of the fridge the next day.  They're quick & easy and DELICIOUS!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Water For Elephants

     I recently finished the book Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen.  This book was WONDERFUL!  The setting is a 1930's circus.  The main character, Jacob Jankowski, takes you with him on his time in the circus and falling for Marlena, the beautiful equestrian act.  This book took me only two days to finish because I couldn't put it down!  Here is a brief description of the book from the author's website:
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

    After finishing the book I watched the movie.  You know the typical results when a movie is made from a book, it's good but just not the same.  Well, that rule of thumb does not apply here!  This movie was a wonderful adaptation of the book.  It was pretty dead on with the book, and made me feel just as strongly for the characters as I did while I was reading. 
     I strongly recommend everyone reading the book as well as watching the movie!!  This gets 5 stars in my book on all levels!