Tag Archives: goat cheese

Kale Corn Succotash over Cheesy Chicken from Terra’s Kitchen

Kale, corn & tomatoes are combined into a tasty succotash, served over warm goat cheese & juicy chicken in this delicious recipe, brought to you by my friends at Terra’s Kitchen.

 Cheesy Chicken with Kale Corn Succotash Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I received my first delivery from Terra’s Kitchen, a clever website where you choose your favorite innovative and healthy recipes from their selection, then they chop and deliver all of the ingredients for the recipes in a climate-controlled vessel.

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Spinach Artichoke Turkey Panini

A deliciously creamy spinach artichoke dip is spread on thick, crusty ciabatta bread in this scrumptious, and simple, Turkey Panini recipe.

Spinach Artichoke Turkey Panini Recipe

I don’t know about y’all, but hot sandwiches are my jam!

I’ll take a turkey panini all day over a cold sandwich, which is why a panini press is a must in my house! I started with an inexpensive panini press I found on Black Friday, then upgraded to making my panini’s on the T-fal OptiGrill.

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Blueberry Goat Cheese Pistachio Crostini

Balsamic Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Each week I get a ton of new recipe inspiration at my local farmers market.

You can read all about my Saturday morning farmers market ritual in my post from last week, which includes an amazing recipe for a Beet and Burrata Tart!

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Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Pesto Pasta Salad

Roasted Beet Pasta Salad Recipe

Let’s just take a minute to talk about how awesome pasta is. Spaghetti and meatballsstuffed shells, lasagna, manicotti, ravioli, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, no matter what your favorite is, let’s be honest, they’re all delicious!

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Candied Bacon Goat Cheese Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

With my love of cheese, there was no way I was going to allow National Grilled Cheese Month to end without me posting one grilled cheese recipe the entire month!

I’m going to help you finish National Grilled Cheese Month with a gluten free bang by sharing this delicious, decadent new grilled cheese recipe!

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball

Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball

There might be nothing I love more in life than cheese…. ok, maybe my Mom and Dad and the movie Elf, but that’s about it. Everything else comes second to my obsessive love of CHEESE!

For my annual Christmas Birthday Cocktail Party I decided to make the Buffalo Cheese Ball from my cookbook “Buffalo Style“. I decided that the savory cheese ball needed a sweeter counterpart, therefore the Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball was born!

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Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Simple Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

No one is happier than me that strawberry season now extends all the way into November and December!  From Strawberry Pancakes to Strawberry Peach Guacamole to Strawberry Kiwi Cupcakes, I’m a huge fan of the little red fruit!

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The Goat Milking Adventures of a City Girl

Pulling up to the Caprino Royale farm is like pulling into an adult petting zoo. We were greeted at the door with a glass of wine, excited doggies, chickens running everywhere, cock-a-doodle-doing roosters and a 10 day old baby goat. Now that is my kind of welcoming!

Although I grew up in Oklahoma, we were definitely more city folk than country folk, there were no goats, cows, pigs or roaming buffaloes in our back yard.  The closest thing we had to wildlife were some goldfish I bought at Walmart!

When I started planning my “Summer Blogging Adventure” I knew I wanted to take some time in Oklahoma and Texas to see where the meat and dairy I was consuming came from. I was given my first opportunity to do so when I met Eric Tippit. I knew it was meant to be, when he told me his farm was named after the James Bond movie Casino Royale. My name is Whitney Bond y’all! Eric invited me out to his farm and the rest is goat milking history!

It’s amazing how much your level of appreciation for food rises after visiting a farm. There are about 1,000 components that go into making that little block of goat cheese for your favorite dish. From feeding the goats to milking the goats to turning that milk into cheese and the hundred things that come in-between each one, these farmers are working around the clock, 365 days out of the year to make the cheese we all love so much!

At Caprino Royale, husband and wife team Eric and Karen are taking things to a whole new level with the time and love they give to their goats.

As a consumer of food (which I’m pretty sure all of us here are, unless you’re on one of those juice diets and if so, why are you reading a food blog, that’s just being mean to yourself!) we should all know where our food is coming from and what we’re putting in our bodies.

I believe in eating meat and dairy, I’m not a vegetarian or vegan.  With that said, I do believe in buying local meat and dairy from farmers that treat their animals with love and respect.  I believe you can taste the love put into the animals, just how you can taste the love I put into all of the dishes I create! And if love is a key ingredient in great cheese, than Caprino Royale may just have the best cheese out there!

Each goat is called by name and fed and milked individually twice a day, yeah that’s 24 goats each given individual love and attention = 5 hours of milking and feeding a day!  That’s 35 hours per week, that’s 1,825 hours per year, just for the milking and feeding, we haven’t even gotten to the actual cheese making yet!

While I was at the farm they let me attempt to milk one of the goats… and this happened!

Well now that we’ve all had a good laugh for the day, lets meet some of my farm favorites!

This little guy was only 10 days old and so sweet!

He was so cute and playful, I could have just hung with him all day and been so happy… but he needed his rest!

While he rested, the other kids came to play!

And for my favorite picture of the day…

Thank you so much to Karen and Eric for introducing me to all the goats and a special thanks to Cachet the goat for allowing me to attempt my first goat milking experience on her!

To find out more about the farm, the goats or the amazing owners Karen and Eric, visit www.CaprinoRoyale.com.

Pineapple Goat Cheese Prosciutto Wraps

While I loved “Meatless May”  I am very excited to re-introduce meat to the blog now that it is June!

The idea for this recipe came from a combination of my favorite pizza in Oklahoma and Pinterest.  I saw a pin for avocado with goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto, then the following day I had a slice of  “Maui Magic” from Hideaway Pizza in OKC which combines pineapple, mandarin oranges and Canadian bacon, and that’s how the Pineapple Goat Cheese Prosciutto wraps were born!

I decided to pair the delicious wraps with a Honey Lime Mint Glaze to give it that extra fresh, light, summer flavor!

Ingredients (makes 15 wraps)

  • 1/2 fresh pineapple (cubed)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 3 oz prosciutto (sliced)

Honey Lime Mint Glaze (makes app 3/4 cup)

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint (finely chopped)

Start by slicing the prosciutto and cutting up the pineapple.  Next, take a small piece of goat cheese and place on a cube of pineapple.

Then wrap the prosciutto around the pineapple and goat cheese.

And repeat 14 times.

Next, make the glaze by whisking together the 4 ingredients.

Drizzle the glaze over the wraps or serve on the side for guests to pour on their own.

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute the prosciutto with Veggie Bacon.

  • Vegan Option:  The glaze can be made vegan by substituting the Honey with Agave Nectar and poured over pineapple cubes, omitting the cheese and prosciutto.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Kale Pesto Spaghetti with Goat Cheese

Kale Pesto, Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta

Kale Pesto Pasta with Goat Cheese

For lunch this week I decided to add my favorite homemade kale pesto to spaghetti, then throw in some sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, because, well they’re awesome!

Kale Pesto, Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta Recipe

I also decided to try gluten-free spaghetti for the first time and it was also awesome!

Kale Pesto, Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Spaghetti

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 4 oz spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup kale pesto (click link for recipe)
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese (crumbled)

Start by boiling the water and cooking the pasta.

Drain the pasta, then mix in the pesto.

Kale Pesto Spaghetti

Next, add the sun dried tomatoes.

Kale Pesto Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Place in a bowl and top with the goat cheese.

Vegetarian Kale Pesto Pasta

I will now admit that I ate this for 3 meals straight this week because it was that good!

Kale Pesto Spaghetti Recipe

Kale Pesto Spaghetti Recipe

This is one of my favorite vegetarian, gluten-free meals!

Sun Dried Tomato Kale Pasta

Gluten Free Kale Pesto Pasta Recipe

Now grab a fork and dig in!

Kale Pesto Spaghetti with Goat Cheese

Gluten Free Kale Peso Spaghetti

♣  Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

What’s for lunch??? Kale Pesto Spaghetti with Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 oz spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup kale pesto
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese (crumbled)

Instructions

  1. Start by boiling the water and cooking the pasta.
  2. Drain the pasta, then mix in the pesto.
  3. Add the sun dried tomatoes.
  4. Place in a bowl and top with goat cheese.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/05/04/whats-for-lunch-kale-pesto-spaghetti-with-goat-cheese/

Goat Cheese Fig Grilled Cheese

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

For the final installment in my “sophisticated substitutes for traditional camp fire food” series I turned a plain jane cold cut sandwich into 2 warm and cheesy sandwiches of delight!

Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

I started with a savory sandwich made with everyone’s favorite ingredient, buffalo chicken, and spiced it up with some pepper jack cheese!  Next, I made a sweet treat combining honey drizzled figs with goat cheese for a unique spin on a grilled cheese sandwich!

Honey Fig Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 6 sandwiches)

  • 2 cups fresh figs (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon (zested)
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Start by adding the figs to a small mixing bowl.

Fresh Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Drizzle the honey on top then zest one lemon into the honey figs.

Fresh Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Now it’s time to prepare the sandwiches.

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Start by spreading 1/2 tbsp of butter on one side of each slice of bread then spread the other side with 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese.

Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese Recipe

Next, add about 1/4 cup of the fig mixture on top of half the slices of bread.

Honey Fig Grilled Cheese Recipe

Place in skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.

The result is a trip to sweet cheesy delicious town!

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Goat Cheese Honey Fig Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh figs (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon (zested)
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Add the figs to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle the honey on top then zest one lemon into the honey figs.
  3. Prepare the sandwiches by spreading 1/2 tbsp of butter on one side of each slice of bread then spread the other side with 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of the fig mixture on top of half the slices of bread.
  5. Place in skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/04/25/whats-for-lunch-sweet-and-savory-grilled-cheese-sandwiches/

Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Frittata

A bag of spinach, a carton of eggs and a package of bacon, what to do, what to do?? It’s sounding like my Italian ancestors version of an omelet is about to happen!  Yes, if you were wondering what exactly a frittata was or what the difference between a frittata and quiche were, you are not alone!  So in the simplest terms: a quiche has a crust (usually) and more liquid than egg, where as a frittata has more egg than liquid and no crust, there it is!

So whether you just learned your fun fact of the day or not, you’re about to dive into a delicious recipe for this Italian crust-less egg dish!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 avocado

Start by frying up the bacon.

Don’t mind those extra couple slices of bacon.  Those are for…. someone 😉 Fry until crispy then drain the grease, crumble and mix together with the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Next, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the onion and red bell pepper.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes then add spinach and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.

I know that looks like a LOT of spinach, but I promise it will cook down!

See, I promised 🙂

Next, add in the egg and bacon mixture.

Let cook for 2 minutes then crumble the goat cheese on top.

These chunks of goat cheese add an amazing creamy surprise in the middle of the Frittata!  Now cook on the stove for 5 minutes, then move into the oven to finish cooking at 400° for 10 more minutes.  Remove from the oven and voila!

I sliced the Frittata into pieces, topped with avocado and served with homemade rosemary focaccia bread!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Omit the rosemary focaccia bread.

Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

These little morsels were meant to be a part of my Superbowl Party menu, but with so little time and so much over-ambition they did not make it on to the smorgasbord of hor d’oeuvres last Sunday. Never fear, two days later these little poppers made the perfect side for my Mexican Meatloaf!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 10-12 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 small tomato (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients except the Jalapeños in a small bowl. Slice the jalapeños lengthwise and remove the seeds.

Stuff the cheese mixture into the jalapeños.

Place the stuffed jalapeños on a pre-heated grill covered in cooking spray.

Grill the peppers 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and voila! These poppers make a great side dish for Mexican food or a fun Gameday Grub snack!