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I do dream of goat cheese

February 11, 2010

Date Walnut Goat Cheese Spread

If someone had told me five years ago that in 2010 I’d lie in bed concocting recipes for sweet and savory goat cheese spreads, or day dream about goat cheese baked with herbs and pizza topped with goat cheese and caramelized onions, I would have (nicely) called them crazy. Hate is such a strong word, but I hated creamy goat cheese. I figured it was just one of my few taste aversions, similar to how some people strongly dislike the taste of onions or fish or capers even if they’ve never had a bad experience with them. I loved cow’s milk feta and blue cheeses, but soft goat’s milk cheeses didn’t fly with me. And then, about two years ago, something changed, my palate got a grip, and suddenly goat cheese wasn’t so repulsive. The more I ate it the more I enjoyed its tangy flavor. And as of late, I’ve been having mad cravings for it. Stubborn as I may be, I would have to acknowledge that the aforementioned crazy person’s prediction was true. I do dream of goat cheese. Which brings me to this ridiculous spread.
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Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

February 5, 2010

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

I don’t know about you but I am overwhelmed by the number of tantalizing Super Bowl recipes circulating the blogs and food sites this week. All those bean dips and salsas, nachos and ribs, award winning chilis, very best burgers. Whew. You make menu planning tough! Fortunately, we’re headed to our friends’ home for the game and I’m relieved of having to decide between anyone’s “best”, “favorite” or “unrivaled” anything. For the time being, anyways. But, because I’m a sucker for food bandwagons, I figured there was no harm in throwing one more recipe into the mix.
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Off the chain

January 11, 2010

Peanut Butter Granola

Define: off the chain

1. (adj.) awesome
2. (adj.) out of control
3. (adj.) no longer on the chain
4. (adj.) a term used to describe peanut butter granola

You may have guessed I like love peanut butter. Coming up with interesting ways to incorporate it into recipes is sort of an ongoing obsession. So while I continue working out the kinks in a lightened-up Asian noodle salad recipe, I share with you my latest concoction: peanut butter granola. I served this granola at a recent brunch, after which a close friend playfully deemed it “off the chain”. Those of you who know me (and said friend) would agree I’m (we’re) not exactly one(s) to use the expression in passing. Though, I’m having an embarrassing amount of fun thinking about how it would sound in casual conversation…
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It’s all bean talk

January 6, 2010

Favorite Hummus

You will quickly discover that I have a thing for pulses. Truthfully, I haven’t met a bean, legume, pea or lentil I didn’t like. And if it weren’t for the fact that I vowed to love and cherish (and feed) a tried and true carnivore for as long as I live, heck, I’d consider going vegetarian. Well, maybe I’d consider it. I do like steak. And chicken. And bacon (oops; sometimes). Oh, never mind. Flexitarian works just fine for me. You can’t argue with moderation.
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Muffins don’t discriminate

January 4, 2010

Go-To Muffins

It’s been awhile since I’ve baked muffins. Typically they go to waste in this house. With a husband who doesn’t much care for breakfast breads (or desserts, generally), I’m usually hard pressed to see them consumed within five days (or before they start growing blue fuzz). Yes, I could freeze. But we have an especially deep freezer which likens a black hole. The only foods that seem to come out are nuts, stocks and buy one get one free chicken breasts. Baked goods are usually forgotten. Where are those walnuts I stashed in here? Oh, a loaf of banana bread! From 2008. Trash. A random bagel (when did I buy these?). Who doesn’t love the taste of freezer burn in the morning? I always have the best of intentions, but a terrible memory, clearly. And because it pains me to throw food in the trash, I save baking muffins for expected guests. Or for when my fridge needs a good clean out.
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