Jac o' lyn Murphy

Friday, September 4, 2015

Greek Orzo Salad with Crispy Feta

Just in the nick of time for Labor Day Weekend,
 a salad that's easy to make and fun to eat.
A little bit of the Mediterranean, with a twist...

It's got all the "usual suspects" of a Greek pasta salad -
Orzo, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Oregano...

but topped with  crispy, creamy, crunchy Feta cheese,  
it's something special, that will have you yelling, 

To make the crispy Feta topping, 
lightly coat small a non-stick pan with olive oil and add about an ounce feta crumbles 
(or 1/4th of 4 ounce container)
Heat over medium high heat until the cheese starts to melt and brown, about 1 minute.
As it melts, I divide the cheese into small piles with a rubber spatula, t
hen once it is browning, flip the cheese so the other side gets brown. 
It cooks very quickly and be careful as it tends to pop and splatter. 

Once it is golden, 
scoop out of pan and place on paper towel to cool.
The savory feta adds just the right crunch and saltiness to the other flavors.

Who's ready for a bite?

Greek Orzo Salad with Crispy Feta
1 lb box of Orzo Pasta
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 jar Kalamata pitted olives halved
2 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise then sliced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

1 4 oz container of crumbled feta, fried according to directions above

1 bottle of Trader Joe's Greek Style Feta Dressing (my favorite easy alternative to making it) 
in a blender combine:
5 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
10 Tablespoons Light Olive Oil
1/4 cup crumbled Feta

Cook Orzo according to directions package directions, drain, drizzle with a little olive oil and cool.  Mix with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, oregano and dressing.  Chill salad in refrigerator then top with  crispy feta before serving.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

All Smiles for Homecoming Weekend

The time has come, 
I'm going back to college.
Well, at least for the weekend...
I've got a big reunion coming up at my alma mater.
It will be a trip full of old friends, in my favorite college town
with a big, spirited football game and lots of reminiscing.

My college years were some of the best times I've ever had.
When I look back, all I see are smiles...

Lots of smiles...

I want to look and feel just as youthful and bright as I did way back then.
Since your smile is the first thing people notice,
 I want to make sure pearly whites are all my friends see.

So I'm brushing up my beauty routine and polishing up my teeth...

Not only does it aid in the prevention of cavities and gingivitis, 
its whitening technologies are so advanced they can’t be combined into a single tube. 
Step 1 deep cleans and step 2 is a whitening finisher. 

The best part is it turns a typically mundane task into a treat.
It makes my mouth feel so clean and fresh and I'm thrilled with the brilliant results.
Ok, now that my teeth look so good, 
what am I going to wear???
Maybe my smile is all they will notice.

A polished STYLE starts with a polished SMILE 
Refine your beauty and fashion routine - then flaunt it! 
How do you you #GetPolished?

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I'm working on a few Labor Day cocktails

Labor Day can't be all work...
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I hope you have time to hammer out some fun...
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and stir up some cheer...
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So get to work, 
it's time to relax this weekend!
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