One of my very best girlfriends from college has a personal blog where she includes little ramblings of her life, a picture every now and then or a sweet thought. Kristine is my kindred spirit as far as communication goes. Both of us mildly moody, vulnerable talkers, easy tears - she's the best kind of friend to have when you need to process life with someone. She posted a rhetorical question asking "what will be the tone of your life?". A melody, as she calls it, made up of words, conversations and attitudes. I tried to think of mine, and came up with a list of a few things I wanted it to be, but couldn't settle on one word that would qualify as my aspired tone. You don't often think of yourself in the form of complimentary adjectives, but this question isn't about patting yourself on the back, as it is setting a thesis for the rest of your story.

Are you ready for my utterly general response? Loveliness. To be enjoyable, delightful, gracious, to inspire and be full of love. I'm excited by sending notes, nurturing, doing favors, feeding people, listening, and want to do more of it. Love. Maybe it's too big or too vague of a word to throw out as one's tone, but it makes sense to me right now.

As we stayed up late last night talking about this, I asked Hugh what he thought my tone would be, and he named it... and when I explained how I thought his tone was 'intention', complimenting the purpose with which he does things, he said I was close, "I want my tone to be, BE AWESOME. It's the same as intention, but in Hugh language." Can't say I'm surprised. Always dependable to lighten the mood.

May that encourage you to give this some thought. It doesn't have to be a heavy question, you can just want to be awesome, but it's important to boil the big things down every now and then. It may be an endless endeavor, but a little perspective is always welcome.

This is hardly a recipe, but I wanted to give some ballpark measurements and hints for those who want them. Pick up the most fragrant basket of strawberries, deep red right up to the stem. Then add sauteed leeks with their subtle onion flavor, all held together by the creamy tartness from the goat cheese. It's a ten minute snack of pure LOVELINESS.undefined

Makes 1

1 Leek
2 tsp. Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
2 Brown Rice Tortillas
1/3 Cup Soft Goats Cheese
1/3 Cup Grated Mozzarella
Thinly Sliced Strawberries
Fresh Ground Pepper

1. Remove the tough, dark green top of the leek, to use only the white and light green parts. Slice the leek in half length wise and clean out any dirt. Slice thin.
2. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a large pan and saute the leeks with a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes until softened and just browning in parts. Transfer to a bowl.
3. Over medium high heat, warm the remaining tsp. of oil and lay down one of the tortillas. Use your discretion as far as filling amounts. All across the tortilla, sprinkle half of both cheeses, desired amount of the sauteed leeks, strawberries, a sprinkle of pepper and the rest of the cheese. Cover with the other tortilla and cook about 2 minutes until the bottom is browned, flip the quesadilla and cook 2-3 minutes on the other side. Slice and sprinkle some cilantro if you'd like.

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Reader Comments (97)

Wow! Sounds so good, I can't wait until we have fresh strawberries (or fresh anything) here. I am intrigued by the idea of setting a tone for life.Lately I have been thinking about what three things (I had to limit it) I want to always have in my life (besides the obvious things that hopefully are a given). They are: a creative outlet, a strong connection to my food, and travel/adventures.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Loveliness on a plate it sure is! This is such a fantastic idea Sara, I love it! I can only imagine how amazing the combination of strawberries, leek and the cheeses would be... so delicious

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Scandifoodie

Well, that is lovely indeed! This is the most inventive combination I've seen in quite a while. I never would have thought to put leeks and strawberries together, but now that you've mentioned it, I can see how it could really work. Now off to think about my tone... :)

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Oh man! Seemingly so simple, yet how elegant! I really have to try this, I'm always so boring with my quesadillas, but this looks soooo delicious

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley @ TheDrunkSquash

What is the name of her blog? i love that idea of naming or articulating your essence.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

i love this idea of flavors, textures and notes -- so so beautiful and inspired. great recipe, sara!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterleela

This combination is so unique I think I am going to have to give it a try. I have been checking out the strawberries at the grocery store this last week and it might be time to give them a try.
Quesadillas have become my favorite fast food lately. I have been doing a roasted red pepper and goat cheese combination that is A-mazing. Thanks for posting this. I love when I am encourage to leave my comfort zone with flavors.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

oh this looks GOOD! I once ate a Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese quesadilla at a little restaurant in Maui and it was, literally, the best meal of my life. I have never been able to find a recipe... perhaps you should give it a try ;)

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchenin

This sounds um... lovely! Such simple ingredients I would never have thought worked together but I'll take your word for it and try it when our strawberries take over the farmers market!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

These sound amazing! I'm going to try them this week...I've had avocado, mango and goat cheese quesadillas and they're great, and these sound like they're going to be great too!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrissa

AMAZING! This looks delicious and perfect for spring when the markets are overflowing with strawberries. Can't wait to try these flavors together :)

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne

What an unusual combination of ingredients (well, to me anyway) but it looks delicious!

I love the idea of the "Lovliness" tone to your life. I aim for mine to be the same, and Hugh's response would be EXACTLY the same as my boyfriends! Haha

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer (Delicieux)

Everything about this post is lovely...the message, images and recipe. What a wonderful combination!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralison

Leek and strawberry. I gotta try it!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

This blog is full of loveliness, Sara! What a wonderful snack, love the uncommon combination of leeks and strawberries.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGolubka

i love this. all of it. endlessly inspirational. my tone? passion. oh, and on another note, Elliott would have said the EXACT same as Hugh in that situation. silly and endearing.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Gosh, if it's loveliness you're after, you've achieved it in spades in this post. Not only does the quesadilla look beautiful, but the entry itself is so charming. Thank you so much for sharing!

Oooh! Strawberries and goat cheese! I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors, like how there are onions and a little bit of pepper with the goat cheese and berries. Very inspiring!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersweet road

This looks so amazing; I can't wait to try it out! Great post. I really like the idea of having your own melody :) It's lovely. Thanks for sharing!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkendra

this looks absolutely insane!! can't wait to make this miss sara. love your story.
hope you're well, enjoying newlywed bliss.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Oh that recipe sounds divine! I love the thoughtfulness of your post!! I think my tone would be peaceful. As much as I love the vigor and excitement that life can bring, I am truly happy in the quiet, peaceful moments, and I hope to offer feeling to others I meet! Can't wait to try this recipe!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Such a great post. Such a joy to read. You are, in fact, loveliness personified. It shows :)

I'm so glad you said that strawberries need to be bright red all the way to the stem! It's so critical! Berries at my farmer's market are the only ones to meet this requirement.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

For real? Wow. Didn't anticipate finding these two holding hands in a quesadilla.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTender B.

What a beautiful post ~ such lovely words to go with gorgeous photos.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersweetsugarbean

Interesting flavor combo. I would never have put leeks and strawberries together, but I bet the flavor is divine - sweet yet savory all at once. Yum!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryummy supper

Interesting flavor combo. I would never have put leeks and strawberries together, but I bet the flavor is divine - sweet yet savory all at once. Yum!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryummy supper

I look forward to your blogs. they inspire me. keep up the good work. would love to spend an hour with you some day. Audrey (Matt Morgan's mom.)

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey Morgan

Gorgeous, creative, fresh, healthy, and I'm sure delicious! These quesadillas look perfect.

I love this! What a great idea.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

sara - you never fail to come up with the most creative combinations of ingredients. i never would have thought of leeks+strawberries. LOVELY, indeed!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

This is living proof that your book is going to be LOVELY! What a great idea!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Friends who help you process life are the best kind to have. I'll be thinking about my "tone" and my "melody", but the word "AWAKE" comes to mind right now. I've been listening to the Mumford song "Awake My Soul" and find it inspiring.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Isn't it wonderful when you make something with ingredients that you never thought to put together... and then it works!!! I just love this recipe. Can't wait to try it!

I am on a strawberry binge & this is totally going on next week's menu! I've never thought of combining strawberries & leeks before. Love Hugh's tone "be awesome"-- sounds perfect to me!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

Sara you exude loveliness. What you have described as who you want to be and how you hope to be perceived is exactly who you are. You are a continual inspiration. And Hugh is in fact quite awesome.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sara, your site is like a little place of mediation for me. A beautiful dish, as always - and I must say, it speaks 'loveliness' - as do you!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

Not a combo I would ever put together but now I'm seriously craving it. Although we have never met, I think lovely perfectly describes you. And if that is what you want for your life going forward, it is what you will have.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I never would have thought to make a strawberry quesadilla. This is definitely something I'm going to have to try. I'm sure my kids will love it!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril Doyal

strawberries and goat cheese?

WHY have I never had strawberries and goat cheese?

man, what have i been doing with my life...

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Wow! I never thought of trying fruit?! Sounds delish!

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRamona killin

"But the greatest of these is love." I Cor. 13:13b. Wonderful post.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

woah, strawberry and leek? you are blowing my mind here. i have got to try this!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhannah

Oh, this makes my heart swell. I was enamored with your iteration on the quesadilla before I even began reading. And then I began reading. Awesome and lovely, to the max.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

This looks wonderful! What an interesting flavor combination. It looks so fresh and springy, I can't wait to give this a try.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Wow, this sounds good! I never would have thought to put these ingredients together... but, it sounds amazing!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

This looks delicious...and of course, lovely too!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEl

This was so amazing! I made it for lunch today and it was definitely deelish! Forgot to add the cracked pepper which I won't forget next time...

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

What a lovely, inventive combination! My daughter, Sophie, will adore this...strawberries, goat cheese, quesadillas--some of her favorite things.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPennie

It's been a while since I've been here, but what a great recipe to see when I showed up -- these sound like the most amazing quesadillas! Your site is simply wonderful.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa's Cocina

whaaaat? Leeks and strawberries?? I'm gonna have to try this myself! :)

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterASHLEA

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