Debra and I have been watching Next Food Network Star for the past few weeks. I’ve discovered there are two types of people who watch food network, those who are inspired to cook and those who are inspired to eat. Of course most watchers are a blend of the two. I’ve discovered that while I’m primarily inspired to cook, Debra is more inspired to eat after watching the show. Interesting tidbit, now on with the story.
Those of you following the blog remember that recently we discovered a local organic goat cheese farm. We loved the cheese we tasted and bought some plain chevre and some flavored with herbs. The timing couldn’t have been better since the episode of NFNS was an Iron Chef competition and now we had a truly exotic secret ingredient to play with.
We were adding chevre to everything, on top of crackers, burgers, salads, nearly every meal had the distinct flavor of goat cheese in one dish or another. We were gourmets in our own kitchen. But my coup d’etat, and the product of my own Iron Chef competition with myself, was dessert.
I mixed fresh Canadian blueberries from Trader Joes with local apples, sliced, peeled and sprinkled with cinnamon. I spread the fruit in a baking dish. Then I added finely chopped walnuts, vanilla, and brown sugar to my plain, fresh chevre in a mixing bowl. I topped the fruit with a layer of this mixture and baked it all together. The result… a rich, flavorful dessert that kept my taste buds intrigued from the first aroma to the last bite!