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It’s Monday as I’m writing this, and today felt like an important day. I made a pasta salad, set up the new tripod that my lovely and kind friend Justine of Justine Snacks recommended to me, and I shot a video without even an ounce of stress. And I stood there in the kitchen, and I thought to myself, “Wow, I feel so good today. What a change from two weeks ago.”
I’ve been so hard on myself this month, and I decided I needed to make some changes so I wouldn’t get stuck in a cycle of anxiety. I started making lists, watching YouTube videos, meditating, talking with friends, and most importantly, letting go of expectations! In this creator economy, so much is defined by numbers. And I got way too caught up in measuring my success and accomplishments through those numbers.
Instead, I chose to focus on what makes my life so full: the relaxing activity of making food, quality time with Grant, brunch with friends, the joy I get when I sit down to write, the beautiful weather, the fresh air, the excitement of learning something new, the awe when reading a good book.
Moral of the story is: it helps to step out of the online world and look at what there is to offer in the real world. Both can be great, but when they’re out of balance, anxiety ensues. I hate clichés, but some are true, and life is definitely all about balance. If you’re feeling off, your equilibrium is probably out of wack.
Anyway, I’m feeling grateful to be feeling good and creating for the sake of expressing myself and sharing my ideas with the world.
This whipped feta is essentially a copycat from Manuela in the Arts District in LA. I went there recently for lunch, and their food was incredible! This whipped feta is made with persimmons, pistachios, honey, and black sesame seeds, and it’s perfect for hosting.
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Whipped Feta with Persimmons, Pistachios, and Honey
Ingredients (serves 6)
6 oz cream cheese
7 oz feta (I use a block rather than crumbled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 persimmons, chopped
1 tablespoon roughly chopped pistachios
Drizzle of honey
Sprinkle of black sesame seeds
1. Let cream cheese thaw on the counter for 10-15 minutes before using. Add thawed cream cheese, feta, and olive oil to a food processor, and pulse until everything is well combined and smooth (making sure not to over blend). Texture should be light and whipped, not too chunky and not overly smooth. You can try to use a blender for this, but it works best in a food processor. Transfer to a plate or shallow bowl.
2. In a small bowl, add the chopped persimmons, drizzle on a little bit of honey, sprinkle on some sesame seeds, and toss to evenly coat. Spoon the mixture onto the whipped feta, top with the pistachios, and finish off with another drizzle of honey. Serve with crackers or toasted bread.
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