Watermelon and Feta Salad

Recipes for delicious, summery watermelon and feta salad have become increasingly popular over the past decade– and for very good reason! The saltiness of feta– good quality feta– is a beautiful juxtaposition to the mild sweet juiciness of watermelon. However divine that combination may be, I find myself hating the other usual ingredient in so many watermelon and feta salad recipes: raw onion. So, here, dear readers, is an exquisitely delightful and supremely satisfying watermelon and feta salad sans raw onion! Enjoy!

Watermelon and Feta Salad

The success of this salad comes in the quality of its few ingredients, especially the feta. Buy good quality Greek or Bulgarian feta at your supermarket– it should come in a block shape and be partially submerged in liquid. Absolutely avoid feta “crumbles” from a little plastic box, if possible! Be sure to take the time to lightly toast the almonds to bring out the best texture and flavor. Use ripe watermelon and freshly squeezed lemon juice– not from a bottle (Find out more).

Lastly, fresh basil is so redolent of summer to me that I couldn’t imagine a case where dried basil would be acceptable. I will say, however, that fresh mint would be an excellent substitution for the fresh basil, if you are a true basil-o-phobe.



  • half of a large-ish watermelon, juicy pink flesh removed from outer rind and cut into medium-sized cubes
  • 1/2 lb. feta, cut into small cubesthe juice of half of a lemon
  • about 12 leaves of fresh basil, roughly torn
  • 1/2 cup almonds– blanched and skin-free, if possiblepinch salt (if needed)


As reported by WannaPasta.Com, put the almonds in a dry frying pan on medium heat and lightly toast them. It should take a few minutes, shaking every now and then, depending on your pan. You will know that they are toasted through both their lovely tanned hue and the delicious nutty scent coming from them. The second they are evenly toasted, pour them out on a plate or dish, to allow to cool. Once they are not fire hot– lightly chop. Don’t make almond dust, but don’t leave any whole. Combine everything in a large bowl by gently folding in this order: watermelon, lemon juice, almonds, feta, basil. take a bite– does it need salt? Probably not since feta is a salty cheese. but add a pinch if you still feel it is needed. Let sit in the fridge for at least a few minutes before serving. but do consider letting it get icebox-cold; could you imagine anything more refreshing?

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Walter Payton and Life

Walter Payton and football says everything there is to about life. What can Walter Payton teach us about life? Walter Payton was one of the greatest running backs of all time in the NFL. He broke Jim Brown’s career rushing record. He led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl in 1985. In that Super Bowl, the man, Walter Payton, of whom was one of the best running back of all time and deserved nothing but the best, didn’t score a single touchdown. However, William Perry (the Refrigerator) did. A fat lineman that really had no business running the ball, scored a touchdown. Now, fast forward the SuperBowl XXVII, and another lineman by the name of Leon Lett picked up a ball and ran it in for a touchdown.



So basically, here you have a guy that is the best running back in the world that never got to score a SuperBowl touchdown. And yet you have two fat guys that have no business even touching the football, score touchdowns in the SuperBowl. This mimics life and it can teach a lot of us something. It teaches us that nothing is guaranteed. It teaches us that there will be times in our lives where we will witness people achieve things that they truly don’t deserve because they happen to be in the right place at the right time and completely lucked out. You might have worked very hard at your career, only to witness someone that is younger than you that hasn’t done much and hasn’t put forth much effort get promoted to a management position making more money than you.



These are the Leon Letts of life. It’s just the way it is and there is nothing you can do about it. Knowing this about Walter Payton, definitely reminds us not to take things too seriously and to remember that there are going to be things in life that just aren’t fair. And what else happened to Walter Payton to top it all off? He died at the age of 45 of cancer. Another unfair situation. Walter Payton was not only one of the greatest running backs of all time, but also a better person off the field than he was on the field. And yet he didn’t get what he was entitled to. He was entitled to a SuperBowl touchdown and he was entitled to a great retirement.



The next time you are having a bad day, or you miss out on that promotion, or some loser achieves something with little effort that you would give your life for, just remember Walter Payton and the 1985 Bears. It will let you know that you aren’t the only one in this world that didn’t get what they want. So how do you handle these situations? Ignore the Leon Letts of the world and keep doing what you do best. Nothing is worth anything if you didn’t get to work hard for it. Ignore the Leon Letts of the world, because all they did was pick the ball up and trot into the end-zone. I’ve seen this all too many times in my life. What it shows us is that we need to loosen up and realize that sometimes things just turn out the way they do for no particular reason. Leon Lett and William Perry were not great running backs. Yet they both scored SuperBowl touchdowns. Something that the greatest running back of all time never got to do. Just keep playing your best game because every dog has his day and your day will come. The journey is what brings us happiness.

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Growing Movement to Legalize the Marijuana Cultivation

Even with the growing movement to legalize and decriminalize the cultivation, dispensing, and use of medical marijuana to aid in the treatment of certain diseases, it is still technically illegal in the federal level.


One of the primary concerns against the use of medical marijuana in its natural form is that it is administered through smoking.  The United States Food and Drug Administration has even explicitly warned the public that smoking medical marijuana run the risk of being addictive, and, thus, abused. FDA authorities pointed out further that there is still no technically accepted medical use for cannabis in its natural form. There is even no accepted safe way to use it.


To address this concern, certain other types of administration have been popularized. Medical marijuana can be inhaled through a vaporizer wherein only needed cannabis compounds are used through inhalation after extraction.

Edible medical marijuana is also available to be used as an ingredient for baking. It is, then, ingested. It has even been touted that in this form, the effects are longer lasting. Smoking marijuana through vaporizers is also recommended and you should definitely read this vapir no2 review to learn more.


But the federal government did not stop on its criticism on the use of medical marijuana. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, medical marijuana is “unpurified” and has several substances that are not yet proven to be completely safe, with unknown health consequences. It is proven to impair certain cognitive functions, rendering the user, also impaired in their capacities and utilites.


Despite these criticisms, however, medicinal marijuanais gaining popularity with the growing number of those campaigning for its complete legalization.


I just finished reading this great article about a study that was released regarding the medical benefits of marijuana when treating Chron’s Disease and posted at snoop dogg vaporizer website.  Chron’s is this nasty digestive thing where your intestines have an inflammatory response to some kind of chemical balance in your digestion.  It has long been generally accepted by medical cannabis supporters that cannabis is an excellent treatment for digestive system issues, ranging from loss of appetite to nausea.  It is refreshing to see a legitimate study (a double blind placebo test, nonetheless) finally prove beyond doubt (the federal government can no longer acknowledge that Cannabis is a schedule 1 drug in good conscience) that marijuana has medical uses.


It’s an uphill battle for medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver and elsewhere that medical marijuana is legalized, because they still deal with the distinction of ‘Schedule 1 Substance’ from the government.  Many independent sponsored studies were done to try and create positive traction for medical cannabis, but they usually lose traction once they hit the mainstream media.  When we have studies and patients that say to Supreme Court Justices, “Marijuana cured my disease,” it makes it hard to keep classifying it as a Schedule 1 drug, at least in theory.



I recall they said the study had 12 participants who were given 2 joints with controlled amounts of THC and CBD, and 12 patients who received a placebo.  5 of the 12 who received cannabis reported 100% relief and complete elimination of all symptoms of their intractable (untreatable) Chron’s Disease.  Another five of those 12 reported 50% or more decrease in their symptoms and discomfort.  Of course, nobody who got the placebo got any help. Thankfully, medical marijuana will hopefully be made readily available for them, and with the trend of the cannabis industry, they might even have coupons for marijuana before they know it.

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