Whipped Lemon Feta Dip

It’s already week two of 2013 and I wonder how it’s treating you. I’m easing back into the bustle of daily life and things are good. We bought a new car, but I can’t help but feel a little sad to see the old one go. I get attached. The new car has won me over, though, with comfortable heated seats and the soothing Sirius-ly Sinatra station. It’s hard to be someone who gets attached these days. In a world of car, home decor, phone, and fashion upgrades on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget the comfort of loving what you have. Our visit to Nashville was a nice reminder of how I strive to live, a lesson I learned early from my Oma: buy nice things and keep them a long time. Many shops we visited in Nashville and in particular, Imogene + Willie, promote this idea in everything they do. Their store is an expertly curated collection of American-made goods. I’ve been hooked on their blog ever since. Honestly, I can’t afford much from I+W, but I think this concept is feasible for every budget. Take a little time to find something you’ll love a long time. Take care of it.

I feel the same way about food. We eat several times a day, every day, so why not make it good? I try to be adventurous and eat seasonally. Cooking beautiful things yourself can be rewarding as well as nourishing. The recipes do not have to take all day, either. This colorful plate of goodness was my contribution to a fantastic New Year’s Eve party we attended. It comes together in just a few minutes. The dip is salty, tangy and just pretty with that drizzle of olive oil. I served it with colorful root veggies for a seasonal take on veggies and dip. It’s the perfect thing to share.

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  1. Nicole, this recipe looks SO GOOD! I can’t wait to try it. I totally agree with the sentiment of this post- my parents made me save up to buy things I wanted, and I learned to take care of my possessions and cherish them. So important!

  2. Amen. I love this way of living – it’s very European. I definitely wear in my favorite boots and leather jacket and wear them to the death. I’d so much rather spend a little more for something that lasts than something that doesn’t and needs to be constantly replaced. With food, I feel like it’s hard NOT to justify eating well. I feel it’s something we owe to our bodies. This looks beautiful!

    • Kasey – Thanks, Kasey 🙂 There’s nothing like a favorite item that has been properly broken in! I agree with you that eating well should just be part of the plan. It’s exciting to see that concept catching on and I hope it continues.

  3. What a beautiful plate, Nicole! And I am going to check out that Imogene and Willie blog. Happy New Year!

  4. I agree with your philosophy 100 percent, Nicole. I recently tried a similar dip at a local Middle Eastern restaurant and totally freaked out over how good it is. Can’t wait to try your version!

    • Kathryn – I’m glad we’re in the same boat 🙂 Middle Eastern restaurants have the best dips! Have you had the super garlicky one before? It’s so worth the brushing, brushing, brushing and gargling to come!

  5. Agreed about buying good things and keeping them a long time. It’s how I was raised, but I know how easy it is to buy something cheap and cute from H&M (although my favorite skirt came from there & I’m still wearing it 5 years onwards!). But really, I’m here for the dip. I’m having a friend over and need something flavourful and this whipped feta will be it. Thank you!

    • Jeannette – I love that you’re here for the dip, ha! Yes, I have inexpensive skirts other items that I hang onto, too. I guess the important thing is that we hang onto them 🙂

  6. Mmmm. Thank you. Just made your fantastic dip and served a cold pea soup with it. Spread on a fresh baguette, it was heaven.

  7. Hi Nicole, this sounds so good, all the other recipes i looked at use cream cheese, sour cream or mayo, adding so many calories. Love this only using olive oil to make it whip. Do you think i can a bit of pepper flakes to kick it up a notch? We had some delicious whipped feta at this restaurant in FL near us, and it had a bit of a kick.

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