As a lover of all foods (aside from eggplant) I often find myself marveling over those who hate foods that I love. Sushi, how can you not like it? Eggs over easy. Who doesn't love a runny egg? Artichokes. So you do not want to play with your food? If I truly dive into a different mindset I can understand why some have an inherent distain for the foods listed above. After all, I too was a hater of raw fish before I reached my college years. But the one food group that baffles me day after day is dairy. How can you not like dairy? More specifically, how can you not like cheese?
Cheese defines me. When I wake up, I want cheese. When I sleep, I want cheese. For dessert, I want cheese. I always, at all times in my life, want cheese. I'm plagued with the psychological issue of my digestive system completely shutting down when I'm the slightest bit stressed. Let me tell you, when I have to go on an airplane, I loose about 10 pounds in one week. Nerves wreck my hunger. The one thing that can break that barrier is a good o'l piece of cheese. It's really my miracle food. My parents have a drawer in their fridge specifically devoted to cheese. I didn't think it was unusual until I brought my college roommate home one weekend and she marveled at its greatness. It was then that I realized I grew up privileged with the ability to slice a piece off a block of cheddar whenever I wanted.
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp fresh thyme (1 tsp dried thyme)
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
1/4 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes + oil in jar
salt and pepper
Mix goat cheese and olive oil in a medium bowl and microwave for 20 seconds to soften cheese. Stir together and mix in garlic, lemon zest and juice, and fresh time. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle balsamic over the goat cheese mixture. Allow the mixture to marinate for 1 - 2 hours. Top with sun-dried tomatoes and the extra oil for the tomatoes to taste.