October 19, 2011 - 12:07pm
Sometimes foods with fancy names are just that- fancy names with little or no flavor. But when you hear the words "creamy, farmstead goat chevre", at our Tuesday afternoon Farmers' Market, we're talking serious flavor matched with serious luxury. Surprisingly, there's quite a few folks in the neighborhood who have no idea about the magic deliciousness of goat cheese. It's lavish, creamy, rich, and slightly tangy. Like cream cheese, but 100% more real and savoury. It's the perfect ingredient for taking your already incredible dishes up to the top of your household favorites list.
Make the most of fall and use up the scraped out flesh from all your pumpkins for a creamy, sensational Goat Cheese Pumpkin Cheesecake that is sure to satiate your sweet-tooth. Pick up a fresh block of goat cheese from Nicolau Farms and a gorgeous pumpkin from Produce Stand or JR organics. Combine with fragrant spices like nutmeg cinnamon, and fresh vanilla for the perfect fall flavors.
Goat cheese adds complexity and pizazz to any appetizer, especially when combined with other pungeant cheeses. Try making an oven baked tomato tart at home for your next gathering. Layer fresh roma tomatoes from Kawano Farms on a thinly sliced loaf of sourdough bread from Belen Bakery. Drizzle garlic inflused olive oil from Bari's with fresh black olives from Lisko Imports and top with a bit of grated parmesean cheese. Add a few sprigs of thyme from Suzie's to round out the flavors as it bakes, and you've got an impressive, flavor filled side dish.
Or maybe a simple, yet decadent salad is more appealing to you- Take home some locally raised bacon strips from Son RiseRanch, and saute it with sweet purple bell peppers from Suzie's and crimini mushrooms from Kawano Farm and layer it all upon a bed of fresh spinach and shaved goat cheddar from Spring Hill Cheese. Yum!