For Christmas we flew back to California to be with family. We had this restful but busy time. Lots to do, but we did get to sleep in, snuggle and watch movies. Eat and laugh. And drink coffee-- how can you resist a 60 degree morning on the back patio with a cup of coffee? I can't. And after hearing about the 24 inches of snow and negative double digit weather. I reveled in the 60 degrees as long as I could!
One of my favorite traditions is the annual watching of The Family Stone. If you have a big and quirky family, than this movie is for you. We have most of it memorized-- this year there were several viewings to accommodate various schedules and two time zones. With a few phone calls between my sister, Megan and I, "Where are you in the movie?" It was so good to be able to sit with my sisters and watch the ending of it all together. Our other family favorite? Little Women. Don't laugh. Is it a coincidence that Claire Danes is in both movies? I think not.
We did all the regular traditions but, this year we added one more. Remember when I told you that Megan was learning how to cook? She is now just honing a god-given talent. Armed with a Real Simple recipe book... lord, it's amazing... she created the most delicious Monday after Christmas dinner. And now I'm hooked on Goat Cheese Bruschetta.
She got the original recipe from Real Simple, but I'm also in love with the Butter Lettuce and Radish Salad (which has lots of lemony-goodness). So here is my take on the recipe. Do yourself a favor and toast up some cocktail rye bread and have a beautiful (and EASY) appetizer. People will think you're all fancy with the goat cheese too!
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs-- chive, parsley, basil and sage
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
1 chopped shallot
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper (or more if you like)
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
2 packages of cocktail rye bread, toasted
Two 4oz packages of Natural Goat Cheese
Mix all dressing ingredients. Place opened goat cheese on a decorative plate, drizzle with vinaigrette dressing. Serve with cocktail toasts.
*Goat Cheese Bruschetta Photo from Real Simple