August is National Goat Cheese Month! I certainly didn’t know that. Â Did you? Â My friend, Carmen, from Keeping Up Klapper mentioned it on her blog last week and that was the first I’ve ever heard of it. Â After I reading her post , exclaiming “National Goat Cheese Month?!?!” at the top of my lungs and squealing with delight I thought,”Why isn’t this being more widely publicized? Why hasn’t this been mentioned on the Today Show or been a headline in the New York Times? Where are the county fairs in its honor? Where is the parade?” Â Certainly something like National Goat Cheese Month is worthy of a parade! Â With all the doom and gloom that’s constantly in the news, I think a national holiday devoted to Goat Cheese would be just the thing to cheer folks up! Â Don’t you?
Goat Cheese just happens to be my FAVORITE cheese! Â And something like National Goat Cheese Month sounds a heck of lot like a reason to work it into my diet every day for a month. Â A quick Google search of National Goat Cheese Month informs me that this holiday is celebrated by making your favorite goat cheese recipes and sharing them with your friends and family. Â SIGN. ME. UP.
Well, let’s see…So far I’ve had a salad for lunch every day this week which was topped with Goat Cheese. Â That’s a start.
Then I made these mini Goat Cheese Empanadas to take as an appetizer to a Women’s QuarterlyÂ Dinner with my church.
(These were a recipe I got out of Real Simple magazine. Â They were alright, but didn’t live up to my hopes. Â True to form, they were “real simple” to make, but they just didn’t have a lot of pizzazz. Â I kept thinking they’d be better with the goat cheese that comes with the dried cranberries in it, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and dipped in or topped with some sort of berry chutney. Â I’ll work that one out and get back to you on that.)
How am I doing so far? Â Keep in mind, I found out about National Goat Cheese Month 6 days into it, so I’m a little behind. Â But where to go from here? Â What’s a girl to do? Hhmmm. Should I…
A) gather Goat Cheese and some other soft cheeses and have one of my favorite dinners of cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts, and wine (of course) while watching movies with the Beer Guy?
C) make this Pasta with Cheesy Pink Sauce?
D) find another reason to make and serve this Goat Cheese Bruschetta?
E) sample different local Goat Cheeses at my farmer’s market and establish a local go-to Goat Cheese favorite?
F) All of the above.
Yeah, I’m definitely thinking “F) All of the above.” Â I’ll keep you posted on the “celebration” in the KDT household. Â What about you? Â Any suggestions or favorite Goat Cheese recipes? Â I’d love to hear about them!