One of our favorite stops on our Colorado Goat Cheese tour was Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy in Buena Vista, CO. Owner Dawn Jump was nice enough to give our crew TWO COOLERS of cheese to try! Delicious. Naturally, I took some photos before we scarfed it down:
Squeaky Cheese Curd – unique and delicious!
Chevre. I saw several people buy this at Dawn’s store and eat it straight out of the tub. Yum!
First Snow – my favorite!
Check out Dawn’s website (www.jumpingoodgoats.com/) and try some of her cheese if you’re in the area. More pictures of Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy to come!
Trevor and I decided to try this great Cooking Light recipe for dinner tonight: Grilled Portobello Mushroom Goat Cheese Pitas! I bought all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s.
Try making it yourself! It’s really easy and even more mouth-watering than it looks:
A fresh portobello
Cooking the portobellos and tomatoes. The portobellos were on for several minutes before I added the tomatoes
Fresh goat cheese on toasted whole wheat pita bread
The hot tomatoes and portobellos quickly melt the cheese, making it one juicy, messy meal!
Not the most visually attractive meal, but it was REALLY delicious
Insider tip: this is a really sloppy meal. In order not to waste the excess goat cheese just add some greens and viola! Instant goat cheese salad:
Waste not want not
Feel free to share links to your favorite goat recipes in the comments. We’ll test them out and post pictures on the blog for everyone to enjoy!
Stop at your local Trader Joe’s and pick up one of their delicious goat cheese pizzas! They cook in only 10 minutes and are a great goat option if you don’t have time to cook. If you DO have time to cook, make your own goat cheese pizza!
Julian and I recently attended a nice dinner party for our friends’ 25th birthdays. What better occasion to show off our new-found knowledge of goat cheese!
Putting the cheese platter together… We picked a variety of soft and aged cheeses of different types (savory v. sweet) and some complementary foods, like crackers, tomatoes, chocolate and almonds. The left side of the plate is savory, the right side of the plate is sweet!
Then we added little labels.
Here is a list of cheeses we found at our local Trader Joe’s: Goat’s Milk Cheddar Cheese, Silver Goat Chevre Garlic & Herb, another Herb Chevre, and Blueberry Goat’s Milk Cheese (right- one of my favorites and a HUGE hit at the party. Everyone was asking where I got this dessert cheese!) At Whole Food’s we found: Haystack Mountain Red Cloud, Coach Farms Natural Fig & Natural Pear Goat’s Milk Cheese and Mitica Drunken Goat Cheese from Spain!
The platter was a huge hit! The entire plate was clean by the end of the night.
Send us your goat cheese platter pics and we will post them to give inspiration to other party hosts and goat cheese lovers!