Basalmic goat cheese crostini

Here was an experiment that began with a delicious baguette and left over goat cheese. This turned out nicely and we paired it with some wine. For this situation I chose to make it like a French bread pizza, however slicing it as Crostini would be ideal and what I would do next time.

You will need:

  • Fresh baguette
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • Basalmic glaze (you can make it or buy it)* recipe below

Step one:

Cut baguette in half and place on a baking pan. Preheat oven to 350. 

Step two:

Heat olive oil on medium high heat. Cook onions for at least five minutes. Add tomatoes and cook down until onions are caramelized.

Step three: 

Sprinkle mozzarella on bread. Add onions and tomatoes. Add goat cheese and fresh cracked pepper. Place in oven and cook for 8 -10 minutes.

Step four:

While bread is cooking in the oven, slice spinach and gently sauté over medium heat using the same pan you used for the onions. Cook until tender and set aside.
Step five:
Sprinkle spinach on top of the bread and drizzle with glaze. Enjoy!

To make basalmic glaze:

Bring 2 cups basalmic vinegar and 1/2 cup brown sugar to a boil and reduce heat for twenty minutes.

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Twix Cookies

 I found the basic recipe off of Pinterest and thought I would give it a try. I think the shortbread cookie was a nice touch – I modified the recipe a tiny bit for my purposes. Also, the original calls for a biscuit cookie-cutter, but I used smaller rounds so people could enjoy a bite-sized treat. Source: http://www.chef-in-training.com

Recipe Ease: simple, but has several steps

You will need:

  • One bag Kraft caramels
  • One bag milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs evaporated milk
  • One cup confectionar sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Step one:

Preheat oven to 350°.Cream butter and sugar. Add in salt, vanilla, and the flour. Blend until combined well.

Step two: Roll out dough with a rolling pen and some flour. Cut with a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter. Assemble cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before the next step. I put my cookies in the freezer to hasten the process.

Step three: Melt caramel in the microwave. If necessary, add the  evaporated  milk to the caramel for smoother spreading. Spread the Caramel onto the cooled cookies. Again, allow to cool off before the next step.

Step four: Melt the milk chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave. Spread the chocolate onto the caramel layer. Enjoy!

Caprese Chicken

This was a delicious choice for the summer. I used fresh basil and tomatoes from my garden, and the result was a really simple, refreshing meal. I served it with mashed potatoes, and would definitely add more tomatoes next time, as they were the highlight of the meal, in my opinion. Using a good quality balsamic vinegar is also important – there are many types that are infused with flavors that would be interesting to try.
Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast
  • Olive oil, 2-3 tbs
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, good quality.
  • Fresh basil, chiffanade (cut into strips)
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half.
  • Mozzarella, fresh and thinly sliced. (you may substitute shredded)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step one:

Heat olive oil on medium heat. Salt and pepper the chicken liberally. Cook chicken for six minutes on each side, and then remove from heat.

Step two:

Saute garlic in the balsamic vinegar for several minutes, until softened. Add the basil and tomatoes and cook it down for a couple of minutes, until they begin to soften.

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Step three:

Add the chicken back in the pan, and thinly sliced mozzarella on top. Cook until the mozzarella is melted, and serve. Enjoy!

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