The combination of sweet-tart cherries and the savory creaminess of this fresh cheese make for a phenomenal appetizer in my super simple Goat Cheese Spread & Cherry Compote Crostini.
Last weekend I decided to bring the retro 'dinner party' term to life in 2018. What started off as a make-up for a missed birthday event for a friend, turned into a beautiful opportunity to celebrate a good friend, along with good food!
The key to an enjoyable evening of cooking for friends is to not over-complicate the process. Deliciously simple is the way to win! And what's easier than bread, cheese, and fruit? Now, I'm known to put a mean cheese platter together loaded with wonderful fresh and aged cheese varieties, salty dried meats, nuts, sweet dried and fresh fruit, and various gourmet crackers. However, I decided I wanted a more 'Autumn' feel. While my infamous cheese platters are all the rave when it's warmer out, I wanted to take a different approach for the cooler time of the year. Warm crusty bread, creamy herb cheese spread, and deep earthy sweetness of stewed-like stone fruit just speaks 'Fall is here'!
My initial dried fruit of choice was cranberries. However, right next to the package was an equally tasty looking bag of dried cherries! Needless to say, either one would work magically, but my love for cherries during the summertime spoke a little louder given that I could bring them to life in the Fall. Not to mention the awesome health benefits cherries have such as melatonin(sleep aid), cardiovascular health, anti-aging properties, as well as having the power to lower hypertension.
For the cheese spread, cream cheese is added to create a more smooth consistency when spreading as opposed to the goat cheese alone having the tendency to crumble when applied. But no worries, the tangy goat cheese flavor still reigns supreme!
The baguette in this assembly presents a heartier vehicle for this delicious foodie topping combo that brings its own delicious identity when drizzled with fresh extra virgin olive oil. The sprinkle is simply added flavor. Remember, in cooking you must season each layer for maximum flavor!
So enjoy this recipe and feel free to substitute dried cranberries or even dried berries, to toast the season! (yep, pun intended!)
What's your favorite dinner appetizer go to? Post it below in the comments and let me try it too!
*happy NATIONAL TACO DAY*
My trainer instructed me to forego carbs after breakfast for the remainder of the day to achieve one of my health goals. This is not a problem with these fresh and crisp Green Goodness Curry Taco Boats. I generally try to leave carbs alone in the evening anyway and this recipe makes it so much easier to do so! This is essentially why I created such a delicious twist on the usual 'Taco Tuesday'.
Even though the shell has been replaced with a cool and refreshing crisp lettuce leaf, the warm vibrant and rustic flavors of the curry spice balance this one-handed masterpiece perfectly. With Abstract Spice as the all natural seasoning base for flavor, the added rich fall spices of curry and paprika are heightened for a more distinguished tasting taco. Taking this flavor to an additional level is the arugula. Usually I have fresh cilantro as a garnish for my tacos that packs bright flavor, however, the 'peppery' bite of arugula deepens the warm spice tones to pair even more harmoniously with these tacos. Finishing with a squeeze of lime adding delicious zing to the layers of flavor and freshness, these tacos are a force to be reckoned with!
Like with many of my newer recipes, my Green Goodness Curry Taco Boats also include simple ingredients and preparation making it an ideal recipe to prepare during the week. You can even prepare the curry seasoned filling ahead of time and just heat and serve when you like. These are also super convenient for packing for lunch!
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR TACOS? LET ME KNOW AND MAYBE I'LL FEATURE YOUR RECIPE IN A POST!
I was looking for a delicious way to welcome the cooler season for breakfast and created these Fall Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes! Unlike your ordinary pancake, these are full of texture and the warm taste of Autumn. The almond flour presents the hearty texture thats filling and fluffy at the same time. Packed with whole oats and ground almonds, they are also an excellent source of fiber and protein.
And can you believe it, they have the nerve to be better for you than your standard white flour based pancake too!
The ingredients are whole and simple. You can purchase oat flour, however, I take my rolled oats in the canister and toss them into my mini-blender and ground my own flour. This is an awesome tip to use that will yield an all-natural 100% product, fresh, and a save to your pockets.
Around this time right at the turn of the season, grocery store shelves are packed with pumpkin spices throughout! I snagged my spice at one of my favorite farmer's markets that I have been patroning for as long as I can remember! Yep, none other than Your Dekalb Farmer's Market! My goodness, they have everything in there!
These Fall Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes are sure to become a season tradition in our home. Obviously butter and maple syrup are a must. But adding warm spiced apples on top would definitely set these babies off right!
There's no better way to say 'Welcome Fall'!
What are your favorite fall time breakfast favs? Let me know in the comments below and share your delicious ideas!
I am so in love with this dish, my Super Easy Garlic & Herb Cauli Mash! I know, I know, the versatility of the cauliflower has been trending for a while now, and believe me, I have purchased several heads of cauliflower for over a year now and have never attempted the simplest of recipes for it, namely this mash. I would buy it with great intentions and hope for a carb-free crust for our family's Friday Pizza Nights. Even got an idea to blend it smooth for a nice and creamy chowder. Unfortunately, it would just end up sitting in my crisper, sometimes half eaten if I chose to roast it alongside some fresh broccoli florets. However, just a few months ago while on vacay I did experience a phenomenally health-wise dish that I have since tweaked and renamed (recipe post coming soon!). But mashed potatoes? Like, I have experienced the worst and inadvertently, the absolute BEST mashed potatoes. Boxed and from scratch. Soupy and some so thick you needed a knife AND fork! Needless to say, I’m serious about my mashed potatoes! So how can I consciously attempt to fool my family, let alone myself, with such a switch? And I believe that was the issue- it's a texture thing. Part of the greatness of what makes my Grandma JJ's homemade mashed potatoes the very BEST was the divine texture. Not too smooth, not too thick, intermittent lumps that would melt in your mouth. See! How can this cruciferous vegetable even come close? Other than the no/low carb factor and the benefit of it being all vegetable, taste wise.... I was skeptical.
But low and behold, I DID IT! I created my very first cauliflower mash! I prepared this dish just as I would my standard from scratch mashed potatoes and the result was delicious! The look was not so much that of the mashed potatoes. While others that sampled this mash were floored that it tasted 'just like mashed potatoes', I personally fell prey to the texture difference. The flavor indeed is an amazing resemblance, but the texture, other than being a bit thick and creamy, was not. It was missing the starchy ‘grainy’ texture that cooked potatoes possess- but not a deal breaker by far! This is a definite go-to in the Price household going forward! As a matter of fact, I'm posting this recipe at the request of one of my tasters, lol!
What's more is that this delicious recipe has the comforting flavor of homemade mashed potatoes, without the guilt! Only 33 calories and 3 carbs per serving! Compare that to the 129 calories and 25 grams of carb in real mashed potatoes per serving!
Are you a fan of cauliflower or nah?
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