Little Something to Refresh Your Hot, Sweaty Body
That crusty baguette is brimming with cake-y chèvre,
silky prosciutto, spicy mustard, and softened butter.
Bring this sultry sammy to work and have an afternoon delight,
or take her on a picnic for a little outdoor seduction.
Wherever you take her, she’s sure to satisfy your beastly cravings.
I love cheesecake. But sometimes I want a little
something more than basic cream-cheese filling.
I’m always craving that real, salty, cheesy flavor.
Goat cheese brings the complexity that too many cheesecakes lack.
It’s tangier, lighter, and less sweet, especially when perfumed with lemon zest and vanilla,
which really highlight that fresh, cheesy flavor.
This is the only holiday appetizer recipe you need:
sweet dates stuffed with Montchevre truffle goat cheese and
cloaked in bacon, juicy with smoky, porky fat.
Not only will they overshadow all of the other Thanksgiving foods,
but they’ll also make everyone feel a little more grateful.
It’s late October, the Halloween decorations
are up, and I’m craving a spooky potion.
Enter the Witch’s Flight, a spellbinding spin on the classic Aviation cocktail:
gin perfumed by lemon, violet, and maraschino liqueur,
all kissed by the green fairy.
It’s a bright, refreshing concoction with a ghoulish glow,
conjured up to pair with Purple Haze from Cypress Grove.
Herbaceous and citrusy gin cocktails play so well with fresh goat cheese.
But this combination is particularly bewitching.
I would like it explained to me in writing
what’s so great about apple butter.
– Tina Fey, Bossypants
I’ve been searching for the answer to this ever since
I first read Tina’s memoire, Bossypants.
Surely, it’s not as good as real butter. Nothing is.
It’s basically just grown up apple sauce. What’s the point?
It wasn’t until I first smeared a small chunk of cheddar
with the stuff that I discovered the answer.
So here you go, Tina: apple butter, which is result of boiling
the souls of many apples with harvest spices, is fantastic with cheese.
The soft, velvety texture cloaks your palate in sweet, spicy autumnal flavors,
cradling all hunks of cheese from creamy and funky to salty and crumbly.
A good apple butter will truly enhance nearly any cheese,
like the accoutrement version of a sexy halloween costume.
I recommend making it yourself. It’s pretty easy and you can choose your own spices.
Here are a couple of my favorite pairings
to tease you before you go play yourself.
I’ve found my new favorite pasta sauce.
It’s easy to make and rich with creamy goat cheese,
and sings with all the flavors of fall.
Its bright dill flavors play off of roasted acorn squash,
buttery leeks, and a squirt of lemon juice.
It’s. So. Good.
A cheese platter is always the perfect meal, especially in the heat of late summer.
They’re portable and make the best picnic,
you don’t have to turn on the stove or oven,
and they make a seductive little canvas for the fruits of the season.
It’s important to approach late-summer platters with finesse,
otherwise the sun and sticky humidity will turn that pretty spread into a hot mess.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your chill
when you’re cheesing in the heat.
These tiny little sweet peppers look just like cherry tomatoes. You’ll find them in the pickle section of the grocery store, sold in jars and preserved in vinegar or oil. They’re adorable little peppers, with a petite frame, crisp texture, and beautiful bright red color. You can slice them up for sandwiches or toss them with pasta.
Or you can stuff them full of chive goat cheese, drown them in olive oil,
and pop them one by one.