I’ve spent days trying to think of what I have to share with you as if it has to be something especially significant. As if life, every day, is something that demands to be above average, or anything other than ‘normal.’

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Grilled Halloumi with Strawberries and Herbs

Grilled Halloumi with Strawberries and Herbs

You may not have not have noticed but last week was the first time in years that I have gone a week without posting anything to the site (if you exclude vacations).

In the past, I may have started this post with “I’m sorry” but I realize that whether or not there’s a new post from me here is quite an inconsequential thing in your life and therefore apologizing is rather silly. I hope it’s a pleasant occasion when you hear from me, but I realize it’s more of a nice surprise that a reliance. The truth is: a lingering cold knocked me out of commission for longer than I would have liked and I spent three especially frustrating days with no voice.

Sometimes I think how much we worry about being absent.

As if appearing on the Internet is some signifier of being present. I’ve never gone on an intentional digital cleanse but here and there I get lost in the grind of daily life (good and bad) and the last thing I want to do at the end of the workday, cooking dinner, cleaning up after dinner, and putting Neko to bed, is sit down and write a blog post. And that’s just the truth.

But the strange thing is that when I take these unintended steps away from writing, I find myself unsure of how to return. In fact, I’ve spent days trying to think of what I have to share with you as if it has to be something especially significant. As if life, every day, is something that demands to be above average, or anything other than ‘normal.’

Grilled Halloumi with Strawberries and Herbs

There is my friend Kimberley’s beautiful new cookbook, and this recipe from its pages. The lovely event we attended to celebrate the book launch, where I was thrilled to hang out with friends old and new. There’s a little weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe to celebrate our friends’ wedding.

It was a rather chilly evening by the lake, and I was so thankful I listened to my mom (I do more times than she thinks, even if I rarely admit it) and brought my winter coat. As I sat in a wooden chair, bare legs shivering, my head leaning against Matt’s shoulder, I was suddenly struck by something the officiant said:

“memory loves old faces”

I kept repeating the phrase in my head. Because in fact the wedding was somewhat of a reunion for a group friends who rarely see each other these days. Between weddings, babies, new relationships, new homes, jobs, travel, and general ‘grown-up’ life, we tend to get together only for the ‘big events.’

Grilled Halloumi with Strawberries and Herbs

But this night, we managed to get a group picture, and laugh really, really hard together. And dance to a little Blues Brothers. And I ended the night with a gin and tonic that I maybe should have skipped in hindsight, but there was this warm feeling inside of me: memory loves old faces.

Grilled Halloumi with Strawberries and Herbs
adapted from Vibrant Food
*serves 4-6

Halloumi is a fantastic cheese that *grills*! If you’ve never tried it, here’s your opportunity.

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of lime juice
2 teaspoons of agave nectar
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
freshly grated black pepper
2 tablespoons of mint, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped

6 ounces of ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 (8 ounce) package of halloumi cheese, sliced

1. Make the dressing: add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, lime juice, agave nectar, jalapeño pepper, and pepper to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Stir in the mint, cilantro, and sliced strawberries.
2. Next, heat a large skillet over medium-high and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the cheese and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until a brown crust forms on both sides.
3. Transfer the grilled cheese to a serving platter and top with strawberry mixture. Serve warm.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • I always love your posts Kasey + that line, memory loves old faces, is just perfect and something I’m going to think about for a while. Thank you for sharing it. This is such a lovely recipe too – I’m so excited to get my copy of Kimberley’s book. It seems to be full of such exciting + inspiring recipes.

  • Nicole

    I do enjoy your real talk Kasey and at least for me, I never seem to notice a blogger hasn’t posted unless they haven’t for months. I loved that article you shared on women saying “I’m sorry” too often and I’m guilty of that, but I’ll definitely be working on it. Last week I fell off my bike and then apologized to Marc and he was like, “Why are you apologizing?” and I didn’t even know! Ugh. But Julia Child said to never apologize to your guests when entertaining and I’ve always thought that was good advice and I think it’s applicable to blogging, too. This recipe looks beautiful and lovely for summer. I’m so happy Kimberley has had so much success with her gorgeous book!

  • Stacy Ladenburger

    So lovely to see you the other night, Kasey! I hope we make that dinner date happen soon. (: And this right here is one of my favorite recipes from Kimberley’s book. It’s high on my list to make in these early summer days. xo

  • For a girl who doesn’t feel like she knows how to return to the blog, you do it smashingly. I like what you said about everyday life especially. I take the beauty of average days for granted so much, but I don’t want to. Today is a gift! I need to remember that.

  • kelly

    Oooh, I can’t wait to pick up the book! I’ve never made halloumi before but this looks like the perfect recipe to start with… Did you by any chance feed any to Neko?

  • Sarah Copeland

    Oh my goodness, so utterly beautiful, Kasey! I love these shots.

  • cindy ensley

    I love this post, Kasey! I often feel intimidated by returning to my blog after being away, even if only for a week. But, I know there’s nothing wrong with just living like a normal human, no connected to my internet space.

    PS, this recipe looks absolutely gorgeous. Love these photos.

  • Ooh, I love this idea! Warm, salty cheese with strawberries and herbs sounds like an amazing summer lunch.

  • Heather Christo

    this is so beautiful!!

  • Thank you, Kathryn!! Kimberley’s book is so inspiring..you def. must get your hands on it. And I’m glad I remembered that line (despite aforementioned gin and tonic to close out my night, hehe). x

  • Real talk, girl. I totally related to that ‘I’m sorry’ article! We ladies are a little too quick to apologize…I always appreciate your super thoughtful commentary. And yes, hooray for Kimberley! x

  • yes, yes! I would love that. Let’s make it happen for sho.

  • Thank you, Shanna. I think we all take the everyday for granted..it’s easy not to when days can blend from one to the next, and we’re perpetually cleaning up messes. But I do try. So hard. To see that little rainbow. x

  • I did! Neko’s totally down with strawberries, and she used to love cheese, but has no become super picky about it 🙁 The girl won’t eat mozzarella OR burrata (I mean, did I give birth to this child?!)

  • Thank you, thank you lady!! x

  • Isn’t it weird? I feel like I’m putting on a pair of old jeans: will they fit?!?! Thanks for stopping by, Cindy, and I hope you’re doing well / feeling well. xx

  • Thank you, Eileen!

  • Thanks, Heather! xo

  • Kasey, it’s odd the loyalty we feel to a digital space isn’t it? I can’t believe you’ve been posting every week for all this time. I have to say, I’ve settled into an every 3 weeks posting schedule for myself and that’s all I can muster – I’m so impressed you are putting out as much great content as you do:)

    I’m so stoked for Kimberley’s book! I was sorry to miss her party, but we’re back in Greece. I bet you all had so much fun!

  • sara forte

    I relate to so much you said, especially the part about it being hard to write again once you’ve stepped away for awhile. I have taken a break from the blog for awhile to tend the wee one and am stumped as to how to jump back in regularly. I appreciate reading other peoples posts, even just the normal stuff, so much hope people can only expect the same from me. I noticed this delicious looking recipe in kimberlys book as well, can’t wait to cook from it. Hope you’re feeling better, sweet lady.

  • I feel a very strange sense of loyalty to the digital world — that is so spot on. I’ve noticed that by posting less, my content is actually better because I save only my favorite recipes and thoughts for the site vs. focusing on maintaining as a schedule. I know that as a writer, you need to be accountable to yourself, but it’s also freeing to just say: I will not post this. I hope you are having an amazing time in Greece lady! xxx

  • Hello sweet friend! Motherhood suits you so. I know it can feel so overwhelming to stumble back into the digital world when your world is on the opposite spectrum, but I found it refreshing. The important thing is to be kind and gentle, and to dip your toes in slowly…and to not be afraid to be different in some ways than you were before. I’m back to 100%, thank you! xo

  • Grace

    Beautifully stated. More and more I find myself stepping away from the digital world that I once held so close. Every once in a while it just feels so good to completely disconnect. So good to see you again! Killer dress you had on.

  • Thank you, Grace. Very well-put. x

  • Kimberley

    Love this, lady. And so agree with the sentiment.

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