honey-thyme marinated sharp cheddar

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On our early-morning flight home from DC last week, I was far too exhausted to read the book I planned on reading (I’m currently reading Steve Jobs), so I picked up the November issue of the Food Network Magazine. (Buying magazines at the airport is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine!)

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And in between short sleeps on that cross-country flight, I paged through the magazine, ripping out the recipes I want to try. I love the variety that comes in a magazine like Food Network. I currently only subscribe to two food magazines: Bon Appétit, which is great for more modern, upscale recipes and I just re-subscribed to Rachael Ray Magazine, which is great for simpler, family-friendly meals. Often times, I like to merge the two styles into my own cooking style.

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Given that the Food Network is my favorite tv channel, I always enjoy the magazine from time to time. (Food Network side note: I really miss Rachael Ray’s cooking shows.)

But the cheese! This marinated cheese recipe in the magazine caught my eye, right away! I used to buy marinated feta ALL the time (it’s amazing on salads) and any recipe with cheese as the star…well, it’s bound to catch my eye.

In this recipe, sharp cheddar cheese is marinated with olive oil, honey, thyme, smashed garlic clove and red pepper flakes. It’s a bit sweet and a bit hot with a hint of garlic and so much better than sharp cheddar on it’s own. It’s perfect for snacking straight out of the bowl, or as an accompaniment to crackers, of course!

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Traditionally, cheese plates include a sweet and spicy component – here, it’s all combined! I have a feeling it will become your new favorite appetizer. Bring it to every party, serve it at every party. You can’t go wrong with this easy crowd-pleaser!

Serving suggestion: remove the garlic before serving so no one accidentally thinks its cheese…it happened.

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Honey-Thyme Marinated Sharp Cheddar
Author: Emily Dingmann (adapted from Food Network Magazine)
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz block of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4-6 sprigs of thyme
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Cut up cheddar into little squares. (Small enough to eat in one bite!)
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl (red pepper flakes amount depends on how much heat you want!) and toss with cheese.
  3. Marinate at room temperature for at least a half hour, or make ahead and marinate overnight in the refrigerator if possible.
Notes
The flavors get more intense over time, so if it’s best to make a day or two in advance!

 

new product favorites (august)

 

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1. black garlic / Have you tried fermented garlic yet? It’s delicious! I’ve put it on pizza (SO good) and also blended it with butter. It’s got great, intense flavor, without being too harsh. Black Garlic North America sent me a bag to try out and I’m definitely hooked.

2. trader joe’s cold-pressed green juice / This juice has the perfect amount sweetness (but not too much) and contains a whopping 17 kale leaves, 1 lb spinach, 1 large apple, 1/4 english cucumber, 1 celery stick, 1 lemon and 2 inches of ginger. At $4.99/bottle it’s a bit more reasonable than the $8-10 bottles.

3. sabra supremely spicy hummus / Normally I turn my nose up to store-bought hummus, but this spicy version from Sabra has made it into my grocery cart a few times now. I love it with rice crackers or tortilla chips.

4. rawfoodz ranch revival dressing / This dressing TOTALLY surprised me. I’ve tried Tessa Mae’s “ranch” dressing and thought it was good, but definitely had no resemblance to ranch. Somehow, this raw version does. It’s a blend of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds, sesame seeds and a whole lot more. (All good ingredients.)

5. nature’s path qi’a superfood cereal / I stood in front of the pallet of this cereal (at Costco) for a good 10 minutes, trying to decide if I should buy it or not. It’s so healthy! But it’s $15! But chia, buckwheat, hemp seeds….so healthy! But $15 for “cereal?” I walked away. I turned around and grabbed a bag. And then convinced the other woman contemplating the same purchase that she should buy it too. It’s good! The dried cranberries are a necessary sweet bite!

6. rishi iced tea / A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to start drinking iced tea this summer, so I picked up peach and tropical crimson iced tea at whole foods. I’ve been making a big batch every week since. (And I just ordered a tea kettle after burning my hand trying to make tea with a pitcher and a coffee mug.)

7. tres pupusas / These were another whole foods buy, and they were tasty! I would request a bit more cheese…shocker but they were delicious and have great nutrition stats (150 cal, 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per pupusa) with minimal ingredients.

Have you found any fun new foods lately?

 

cucumber & dill goat cheese

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Since moving to LA, we’ve become house/dog-sitting extrordinares. Meaning not much more than, we (mainly Richie) are good at taking care of a cute dog named Ruby.

So when my cousins head out of town, we move into their house. We love it because 1) grill 2) back yard 3) GRILL! And even though I always say we aren’t “dog people” we do love having a pet for a month or two out of the year. My cousins love food as much as I do, and it was in their kitchen where I got totally hooked on maldon sea salt. So much so that I refuse to use anything else. Most recently, it’s where I discovered a cucumber & dill goat cheese. Because last time we were there, we had special instructions to “eat the goat cheese!”

You don’t need to tell me to eat goat cheese twice…

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It was a delicious and ultra-fresh goat cheese (from the farmer’s market) specked with cucumber and dill. We loved it. So naturally, I re-created it shortly thereafter.

Cucumber & Dill Goat Cheese | A Nutritionist Eats

While I could never choose my favorite cheese, goat cheese ranks with the best of them and I love this version. It’s fresh and totally perfect for summer.

The wonderful thing about this cheese is that it is good on just about everything. It’s reminiscent of the classic cucumber and dill creamy salad and the possibilities are endless. Bagels, pita chips or crackers – it’s all good. If you want to be especially virtuous, spread on cucumber slices!

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Let’s eat cheese!

nutrition facts: 139 calories, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber

P.S. What kind of recipes you would like to see here (healthy or a particular type of diet, kid-friendly, gourmet, quick dinners, 5-ingredients or less, etc.) I’d love for you to add your input!

Cucumber & Dill Goat Cheese

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: appetizer snack gluten-free low-carb spring summer

Ingredients (2 cups, 8 servings)

  • 11 oz goat cheese (give or take, it will work out fine with 9-12 oz)
  • 1/2 english cucumber or regular cucumber (peeled and seeds removed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Remove cheese from fridge and let come to room temperature.

Grate cucumber with cheese grater and then squeeze all of the water out of it. Use a paper towel to remove as much water as you can.

Combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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daily eats: 7.9.14

Oh, hello! Are you surviving the post- long-weekend week of work? My week has been busy (newsletter time at work) so I’m kind of ready for the weekend! You?

workout: 45 minutes walking on treadmill. I’m still really content with low-key exercise, so that’s what I’m doing! Lots of walking, 7-Minute and barre workouts. Every once in a while, I think about signing up for a race so I’ll start running again – and then I decide against it.

beverages: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2, per usual

breakfastblueberry bliss smoothie + a few kale cubes thrown in for good measure!

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snacks: almonds + fresh fig. It was my first time trying a fresh fig and I’m still undecided on if I like them or not. The flavor was nice, but the texture was not my favorite.

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yoga: 30 minutes of gentle yoga/stretching. One of my coworkers has been leading yoga every Wednesday over lunch and it is such a wonderful break in the day/week.

lunch: romaine + cucumber + kale (last minute addition) salad + my favorite cilantro dressing (trader joe’s!) with tuna + mayo + celery + onions. Lunch was supposed to be served with toasted pita and goat cheese, but the pita was moldy, so I turned it into a snack with crackers instead…

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snackscrackers + goat cheese (at work) and a glass of shiraz (not at work).

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dinner: I went into dinner not having any clue what it would be because we were headed to house/dog sit. We found some burgers (with cheese) + sweet potato puffs + pickles + onions + ketchup. At least I had vegetables at lunch! (Check out instagram to see the cute pup we watch!)

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,898 calories, 104 grams fat (52%), 123 grams carbohydrates (28%), 18 grams fiber, 55 grams sugar, 89 grams protein (20%)

thoughts: Of course I always try to include vegetables at dinner, but it doesn’t always happen. Life goes on! Also, these posts stop me from mindless snacking – Richie was snacking on chips and salsa before dinner but I didn’t want to deal with a picture so I didn’t have any. :)