Thursday, June 15, 2017

Herbed Lemon Goat Cheese Dip with Toasted Baguette

 
I'm always looking for easy recipes of things I have on hand to throw together at the last minute. Nothing beats an old (or new) friend coming over for a glass of wine, delicious snack and great girl talk.
 
 
That's where Herbed Lemon Goat Cheese Dip and a toasted Baguette comes to play. Delicious, sort of fancy, and so easy. 




Start by zesting and juicing your lemon.




Add crumbled goat cheese, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and gently mix in a medium sized bowl.


I bake and serve in these adorable little ramekins. I purchased these last summer from Target - and at just a few dollars each I use them for everything... Dips, dressings, sauces, snacks...








I gathered up several different herbs I had from my little herb garden on the back porch. You can use a combination of whatever you have. I have rosemary, thyme and parsley. Quite the combination.  Isn't that beautiful.


All prepped in a little ramekin.




Meanwhile I slice a baguette, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a touch of salt.

Right before baking I add a touch of olive oil to each of my ramekins.


Bake on 350° for 15-18 minutes or until cheese becomes golden brown on the edge.

 
A couple of glasses of Pinot Gris later and I lave such an elegant and more importantly easy snack for girlfriends.







RECIPE:
 
Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • juice from 1 lemon + lemon zest
  • Fresh Herbs
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • toasted baguette slices or crackers to serve

  • Instructions
    1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. In a bowl add the softened goat cheese, lemon juice, zest, leaves from the herb sprigs, pepper and salt. Mix together.
    3. Transfer to an oven safe ramekin and drizzle the olive oil on top
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly and the cheese is heated all the way through.
    5. Serve warm.









    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Farmhouse Memorial Day



    We do a little Memorial Day Party every year - it's a fun kick off to summer. Sometimes we just have our family, sometimes we just do friends.... This year we did a Low Country Boil (and some fried fish at the request of my farmer)....It's a fun, fun menu, kinda pricey, but super easy.

    I add flags ALL OVER the farm for Memorial Day - take a look at the house all decked out for the party plus some new landscaping.



    Love this view of our house  - it's always been a favorite of mine.


    Bunting added to the front porch. 







    Anyone spot my sweet little girl ? 





    Anyone spot my farmer ;)


    The day I was taking pictures my farmer was being silly and posed for a couple.... I love how fun he makes this life of ours.










    Some new landscaping.... lots of boxwoods, a couple of hydrangeas, and more white impatient (which get entirely too much sun here).... 











    Don't mind my white cushions.... They are needing to be upholstered, these are just the bare cushion. It might be a good fall project if we can make it through the summer.




    Those little gingham Ralph Lauren pillows add just the right little touch.


    The swing bed - full of fluffy pillows. I have a twin sized mattress that is in the middle of getting upholstered. I have read a book and swayed on that swing bed more times thing Spring than I can count.






    And now for a few party pictures....



    These cookies were such a hit. I love the extra little charm that they add to the party. And see how cute they are. Potatoes, corn, lobster and lemons... 


    Sliced watermelon with popsicle sticks - super easy for kiddos. 



    I had some clothe and some paper napkins.... I just love the red gingham.

    The main event..... Shrimp, crab, bread, lemons, sausage, corn..... I am getting hungry just thinking of it. 





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