Posts Tagged ‘goat cheese’

Balsamic-Strawberry Bagel Bruschetta

To prove how versatile bagel bites can be I made bruschetta with them. But not just any bruschetta, a straberry-balsamic marinated goat cheese bruschetta.

Balsamic-Strawberry Bagel Bruschetta 1

This post almost didn’t happen. Yesterday WordPress put out yet another update (3.9) which caused problems for any blogger with the Ziplist plugin. I didn’t figure out until midnight that deactivating the plugin provided a temporary fix allowing me write up the post before reactivating the plugin. So tada here’s today’s recipe!

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A few weeks ago my friend Shiva asked if I could help dream up some fun bagel-bite recipes to be on the menu for her new cafe called Tabletop Board Game Cafe. It’s a board game cafe, featuring a maker space, and it’s opening soon near the west side of Cleveland, OH. I have been to a boardgame cafe once in Toronto and it was a blast, but with her and her husband’s creativity I know their cafe will be even better. So all you NE Ohioans better check it out once it opens! Play some games and order some tasty bagel bites.

Balsamic-Strawberry Bagel Bruschetta 2

With my goat cheese mania lately I had to make a bagel bite incorporating it so I started my bagel biting adventures with more of a dessert-appetizer variety, making a bruschetta with strawberries instead of tomatoes. The strawberries are marinated in balsamic glaze before being placed on top of the goat cheese. It was so simple and easy that I decided to make it two different ways: toasted bagel bites and bagel chips.

To find out more about Tabletop Board Game Cafe, follow them on Instagram (http://instagram.com/tabletopcleve), Twitter (https://twitter.com/tabletopcleve), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/tabletopcleve/).

One year ago: Cast Iron Skillet Brussels Sprouts Bacon Pizza

Two years ago: Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Three years ago: Nutella Mousse
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Spaghetti with Roasted Butternut and Brussels & Greek Yogurt Cream Sauce

Spaghetti with roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts proves that that winter squash and vegetables transcend the seasons. Especially when paired with a Greek yogurt cream sauce.

Spaghetti with Roasted Butternut and Brussels & Greek Yogurt Cream Sauce

The weather was finally showing signs of spring sticking around but has suddenly revived its pesky habit of dropping to nearly below freezing today. Here I was getting into the groove of spring attire only to be denied once more. As a result I continue to crave roasted winter vegetables/squash such as Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. With this cold front sweeping the nation I figured a pasta dish with some season-transitioning flavors would help comfort the cold away, especially when paired with a creamy Greek yogurt sauce. I even put some fried sage on top, in all its crispy and falvorful glory.
One year ago: Creamy Pesto with Mini Ravioli, Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Three years ago: Guiltless Cajun Chicken Alfredo
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Leprechaun Pizza

If a leprechaun ordered a pizza, this is what it would look like. Green spinach crust, pesto, mozzarella, goat cheese, and four-leaf clover bell peppers.

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St. Patrick’s Day is a whirlwind of corned beef, rainbows, green food, and Guinness. This recipe is no exception from that list, with a green spinach pizza crust, topped with green basil pesto, mozzarella and goat cheese, followed by green and yellow bell peppers cut to look like four-leaf clovers. I actually tried to find green cheese but decided the white was a nice contrast for the appeal factor.

Using half the spinach pizza dough, this recipe makes one medium pizza. If you want to use it all, make a larger pizza or two medium ones but make sure to double your toppings. Or you could make dinner rolls with the other half. How about cheese stuffed spinach dinner rolls?

In other news my pizza stone and peel are just big enough to make a 13-inch pizza (therefore making this one medium pizza). Although I do have a 16-inch pizza pan, I am now in the market for a 16-inch or larger pizza stone and peel. Because pizza stones rock. If you don’t already own one I strongly suggest adding it to your wishlist. Assuming you like to make homemade pizza on a regular basis.

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One year ago: Kale Quiche
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Goat Cheese, Spinach & Tomato Quiche

Have you heard this nonsense that TN may no longer observe daylight savings time? It has been proposed that after the clocks advance this spring, to never change them again in the state of Tennessee. At first I heard that the entire state was going to be in Eastern time which made absolutely zero sense since most of the state resides in Central time – thankfully that was wrong information. But either way I don’t like the idea. TN borders so many states that it undoubtedly would cause problems for cities (such as Memphis) on the edges. However I would be okay with a nation-wide end to daylight savings. No more winters with 4:30 pm sunsets? Sounds fantastic to me.

This quiche was actually made the morning after all that snow hit east TN. I figured it was a good opportunity to make my parents breakfast and actually beat my dad to the punch because he had the same idea, but I woke up earlier. I decided to let him cook breakfast on Valentine’s Day instead.

Goat Cheese Spinach Tomato Quiche

Two years ago: Crispy Parmesan Green Beans

Three years ago: Feta & Broccoli Pizza
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

I know that when you think of party food, dates do not normally come to mind (unless you’re thinking of bringing someone as a date). But when you stuff something with cheese and then wrap it in bacon, there’s really no way you can go wrong. With these dates, the combination of sweet and salty is perfection and it couldn’t get any easier. Mix up goat cheese and cream cheese for the filling, and swaddle that baby in bacon. Serve them up and watch them disappear, turning skeptics into addicts.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Three years ago: Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts
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Penne with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Goat Cheese

Last week we had our first frost in Memphis. I even remembered to take my basil plant inside so that it wouldn’t die. Then yesterday I had to turn my A/C on for a couple hours because I cooked up a storm and didn’t anticipate the high of 77 degrees that day. Not that I am complaining about it being warm again, but fall here never ceases to confuse me. The temperatures drop from 70/60s to 30/40s without giving you any time to acclimate with moderate temperatures in between.

Penne with Butternut Squash, Kale, and Goat Cheese 1

Regardless of the warm sunny atmosphere, I am powering through and continuing to make fall recipes because I just can’t get enough. It’s funny that I resisted Halloween for so long and now that it has passed I am pumped for the next two holidays, especially since Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays. I guess not dressing up this year kind of put a damper on the excitement. Anyway, feast your eyes upon this delicious butternut squash recipe with a goat cheese sauce, which was my favorite part. So much so that I think I may use twice as much goat cheese in the future.

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Two years ago: Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Minis

Three years ago: Asian BBQ Chicken
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Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Ball

Sometimes I crave cheese balls outside of parties and gatherings, but to make an entire cheese ball for one person is just insane. Then it finally occurred to me – why not make a smaller version? And that’s exactly what I did. This little guy is smaller than my fist and only requires 4 ingredients. A mixture of goat cheese, cream cheese and cranberries all rolled up in chopped pistachios making for one very festive cheese ball. It was actually inspired by the farro salad I just made.

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This mini cheese ball is actually enough for two servings so I am straying slightly for Single Serving Sunday. But I’d like to see anyone admit that they only eat one serving of a cheese ball. Admit it, you know you want to eat this as a side dish to your meal tonight. Or maybe the entree ;-). You may need to double or quadruple the recipe for the times when you crave a cheese ball in the company of others. Otherwise you will be fighting everyone off!

Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Ball 2

One year ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Bacon-Swiss Penne
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Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

I don’t cook side dishes very often because when cooking for one it is hard enough to eat all the leftover entree let alone a side dish too. But every now and then I find a special side dish that ends up being more of an entree, as it steals the show of the meal. This farro salad is one such recipe. I served it with a small chicken breast that had only been seasoned with salt and pepper because I did not want to distract my taste buds away from the farro. The sweet cranberries and tangy goat cheese are joined together with the balsamic dressing and earthy herbs for a comforting effect. I could definitely see this being a great side dish for thanksgiving.

Never had or heard of farro? This was actually my first experience with farro. Texturally it reminded me of wheat berries and cooks like rice.

Farro Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Meanwhile, several of my friends are on their way to Memphis at this very moment for a belated Ph.D. celebration. And yes all 5 are staying with me in my 1 bedroom 800 square foot apartment. It’s going to be one big weekend-long slumber party and I am so excited! Most of them have not been here in over 4 years so I have a lot more to show them now that I’ve become more acquainted with this city. Just in time for me to move and leave right?

One year ago: Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes
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Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Gratin

Oh July, why did you scamper off so quickly? I cannot believe July is almost over, and that today marks yet another episode of The Secret Recipe Club. This month I got to dig around Flying on Jess Fuel. I found lots of tempting recipes such as Key West Grilled Chicken Skewers and a Rainier Cherry Pie – that pie excited me because I love Rainier cherries but couldn’t bring myself to buy them in order to bake it as they were ridiculously priced at the time. I decided to go for a side dish recipe since I don’t make side dishes very often compared to other things. Of course then she posted a recipe for Zucchini Bread Pancakes after I already made this gratin recipe. Guess I will had to add it to my menu later on!

Potato side dishes are quite fabulous. You can cut them up and cook until they are crispy fries, mash them and enjoy a creamy spoonful, slice them and layer with cheese for a gooey experience, or just eat them by themselves with a little butter. Of course the possibilities don’t end there! This recipe incorporates some yellow squash along with the potatoes to not only make it a little healthier, but also add great summer flavor. And the goat cheese worked wonders as usual. It was tempting to add double the amount called for in the recipe because I knew it could do no wrong, but resisted. This gratin also went very well with balsamic chicken I had prepared in the crock pot.

Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Gratin

Two years ago: Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
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Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Guiltless Goat Cheese Alfredo

I finally got my hands on a purple sweet potato!!! One day at lunch I noticed that Qing was eating something that had a beautiful purple color and I immediately knew what it was. You see, months earlier I had been searching for purple sweet potatoes after finding out they existed at all. Unfortunately my search produced no results. That was until Qing informed me that her friend grows them in his backyard! The very next day she came in and handed me the biggest sweet potato I have ever laid my eyes on. In other words, I am going to be making more than one recipe out of that baby.

This purple beauty came into my life at the perfect time too, because I recently discovered that November is “Better Nutrition Month”. Orange fleshed sweet potatoes are praised for being one of the best sources for beta-carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A). But what about purple sweet potatoes? Their purple color is caused by anthocyanins which have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. But no matter the color, sweet potatoes contribute greatly towards your daily intake of Vitamin A and antioxidants. Totally nutritious and delicious! Now let’s make some gnocchi out of it, because it’s my favorite thing to make out of potatoes.

Obviously, I do not expect you to find your own personal purple sweet potato grower but you can most definitely make these gnocchi with a regular sweet potato. I am not aware of any taste difference, but my color preference is most definitely biased. However, when trying to decide what kind of sauce to make with these gnocchi I was perplexed. At first I thought of a pancetta butter sauce, but felt like that was just an easy way out after the butter sauce I served with another sweet potato gnocchi recipe I posted. But then I though of the guiltless alfredo that I love so much and decided to change it up a bit with goat cheese instead of using cream cheese. Now I want to smother everything in this goat cheese alfredo sauce. It’s so stinking good! And not overpowering, for those of you that might not enjoy a strong goat cheese flavor.


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