Caroline Cooks

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Goat Cheese Spread

With the weekend temperatures creeping up in Washington DC, thoughts of picnicking come to mind. Of course, a picnic is never as simple or as idyllic as it sounds; the logistics of transporting food, drink, plates, utensils, glasses, and people can get hairy, and it puts huge contraints on the menu planning. Anyone who enjoys cooking and entertaining can become overzealous, and subsequently, overwhelmed, by the organization of a picnic. To keep things unfussy (which is in the true spirit of a picnic, after all) requires a good deal of self control. To keep yourself from getting carried away, plan your picnic basket so it contains only five types of items.

Here is a good example:
1) bottle of wine
2) wine glasses
3) corkscrew
4) apples
5) a baguette, wrapped in a linen, that has been sliced lengthwise and filled with goat cheese spread

The goat cheese spread is easy to prepare and transports well, and it's versatile, too. At home, use it as a savory crepe filling. Or make a hearty sandwich by adding baby spinach leaves and fresh sliced pepper to the filled baguette. I'll bet it would make a nice replacement for cream cheese as well. The spread is also a good friend to have at parties-- use it as a vegetable dip, or swirl it on a cracker and garnish with capers or fresh parsley.


1 bulb of roasted garlic
10 oz log of chevre
fresh lemon juice
good olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
(optional) finely chopped herbs such as dill, parsley, or mint

Transfer the chevre to a small bowl, and allow it to soften at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Mash it with a fork a little, and then add the garlic (you might want less garlic depending on your preferences). Stir the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy, drizzling in the lemon juice and oil as you see fit. Grind the pepper over it, give the mixture a taste, and add more lemon juice or olive oil if needed. Fold in the herbs if using.

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