entertaining: baked goat cheese & pepper dip

A restaurant in my home town serves an appetizer like this and it’s been a favorite of mine for years. If I go to The Little Village, I have to get this dip.  It combines many of my favorite things – roasted red peppers and garlic, hot goat cheese and crusty french bread. In fact, it’s so charming, if I had only those 4 ingredients I’m sure I could be content forever.

Not that I’d want to find out or anything…

Baked Goat Cheese & Pepper Dip - 2-4 servings

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic *depending on preference
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • baguette for serving

Pre-heat oven to 375°.

Place goat cheese in a small baking dish.

Surround the goat cheese with garlic cloves, red peppers and olive oil.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Serve with baguette slices.

Additional Topping Ideas: capers, chopped kalamata olives, crispy prosciutto

in the news: zisboombah

A new website called zisboombah is essentially a computer game but instead of slaying vampires and running from werewolves, the object of the game is to pick out a healthy, well-rounded meal. This sounds like my kind of game!

Once they’ve come up with a healthy meal, the kids can send it directly to their parents and voila, dinner is served. If only it were that simple, right? ;)

Go play or send it to the kids you know, I promise it’s fun!  zisboombah.com

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mini greek pizza

Only this isn’t the kind of pizza you may be thinking of.  My friend Megan and I lived together in college and while we didn’t survive on ramen noodles, we did have our share of simple meals. One of our favorites was what we called “Mexican Pizzas.” A tortilla, refried beans, shredded cheese and enchilada sauce all microwaved until the cheese is melted and gooey. Just thinking about it makes me miss those “simple” dinners of ours! (We never rolled up the tortillas, which is apparently why they weren’t burritos :) )

Well, here is the Greek version! Made with pita bread, hummus, feta cheese and any toppings you have on hand. All broiled until the cheese is hot and the pita bread crispy. Fast enough to qualify as a snack, but delicious enough to qualify as a meal!

Greek Pizza - 1 serving

  • whole grain pita bread
  • hummus
  • feta cheese
  • toppings: red peppers, olives, tomatoes, chopped onions

Layer hummus, cheese and toppings on pita bread and broil on high for about 5 minutes until bread is golden brown.

butter toffee oatmeal

I don’t share breakfasts with you very often but I promise its not because I’m eating Egg McMuffins every morning. ;) They just generally aren’t all too exciting and there are a lot of repeats. I only wish I was able to repeat lunches as much as I repeat breakfasts. For some reason I can eat eggs, hemp bagels, toast and oatmeal and never tire of them.

But this fall, I’ve been waiting for oatmeal, and not just any kind, Butter Toffee Oatmeal. Generally my oatmeal is pretty basic, served up with some almond milk and peanut butter, but every once in a while a little something special is in order. This oatmeal is creamy, sweet and the perfect way to start your day on a crisp fall morning.

Butter Toffee Oatmeal - 1 serving

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 Tbsp butter of choice (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

Prepare oatmeal as directed.

While oatmeal is cooking, combine milk, butter and brown sugar. Microwave for 30 seconds until butter is melted and stir until smooth.

*If you like a more solid oatmeal use 1-2 Tbsp of almond milk

Pour milk mixture over oatmeal and enjoy!