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The Detox – Goat Feta, Pickled Squash, Pickled Red Onion and Parsley Grilled Cheese

When you think of a 27 year old young lady living New York City, you probably think of some girl in a grey business suit, hair in a tight bun, desperately flagging a cab with one hand in the air while the other firmly grips a dripping cup of piping hot coffee. Well, let me tell you something that’s not what it’s like at all.  Having just turned 27 this week (yeah, that’s right, birthday plug right here!) I can assure you that it’s not the case – not even in the slightest. Instead of running around the city like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada, I’m falling down the subway stairs in front of people, spilling roadies on random dogs, and wiping my sticky hair off of my sweaty face way too often for public appeal.

So even though my life isn’t falling into the mold that I once thought was the norm, having this birthday has been awesome so far. I turned a year older and wiser, ate a lot of Momofuku’s, and had the best birthday party of my life. I never thought that I’d still be throwing ragers that last until 10am the next day when I reached this mature age but I guess that’s the beauty of being drunk – you can just keep surprising yourself over and over again until someone sits you down and tells you to calm-the-f*ck-down. Not that that happened or anything but I guess I’m sort of waiting for it.

ANYWAYS! Ok, so let me tell you about my party because it’s all i’ve been thinking about since it happened. When I was trying to plan the event, one of my friends was talking about how birthdays should just be an excuse to make your friends do whatever the hell you want. Well I of course thought this was the best idea I’d ever heard so I went with it – like hardcore. A million ideas flowed out of my demented mind – make everyone come to the party dressed as a sad clown, have the guests be only allowed to crawl once they walked in the door, ya know weird funny stuff that could never happen in a normal situation.

But then the lightbulb turned on and a revelation happened. what was I doing having my friends crawl around or plaster their faces in scary clown makeup? Eff that noise I thought! I should have a tropigoth dance party! If you’ve never heard of tropigoth (which you probably haven’t because I made it up – I think) let me tell you about it. Think of tiki luau colliding with the underbelly of the goth world – Have no idea what I’m talking about? Well watch the intro of that new Major Lazer video then. But yeah, imagine it. Tropical goth kids dancing around in black lights, glowing hawaiian shirts paired with smeared black make up and upside down crosses. It was amazing. And from what I remember  it was totally insane. It lasted until 10am the next day and everyone looked nuts…it was perfect.

So sure, you can party like you’re 18 when you’re 27 but the after effects are brutal. After it happened I felt like absolute shit and needed a detox. That’s where this detox grilled cheese comes into play. Fresh goat feta meets quick pickled onions and summer squash and fresh parsley refreshes your palette while the wholegrain sourdough makes your stomach not feel so uneasy. It’s pretty good at making you feel pretty good if that makes sense. Ok, so let’s get going…

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of goat feta
– a few sprigs of parsley
– 2 slices of wholegrain sourdough
– 1/2 cup of quick pickled yellow squash
– a few slices of quick pickled red onions

To begin, lay on half of that delicious goat feta – spreading it slightly apart so that it’s not too overwhelming.

If you’ve only ever had typical feta then you are in for a treat. Fo’real. I’m totally obsessed with French goat version because it’s much sweeter than the typical salty brands that you buy from the store. It’s much more balanced and the texture is amazing. It melts in your mouth but also holds up when you cut it. It’s the shizzzz!

Now in the crevices, add some parsley! Because feta can have sort of a bite, this will refresh your palate  and even out the acidity.

Next add your pickled squash and onions. These veggies are slightly sweet but also tangy and they taste super duper fresh. So when your mouth tastes like a dirty old beer can, it’s the perfect solution!

To make a quick pickle, sprinkle equal parts sugar and salt (go pinch by pinch) and toss with your veggies. Finish with a few splashes of red wine vinegar and let it sit for about five minutes. It’s so easy and delicious. You’ll be using this quick little recipe all the time. I just know it.

Then add the rest of the feta and the top piece of bread and get ready to be refreshed!

Butter both sides of the bread and turn your burner to medium. You should probably take this waiting time to call your parents to let them know you’re ok. Two birds one stone… ya know?

Then once it starts to get all crispy and irresistible, flip it and repeat.

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Once it’s all purdy on both sides, take it off and cut it and eat immediately! You don’t even need to wait with this grilled cheese because the feta isn’t really going to change its texture – it’s just going to get hot and delicious. Don’t cry! Don’t be scared that it’ll ooze out everywhere!

So to be completely honest, it’s a dirty non-glamorous life trying to make it in this hustling city but it is fun as hell and I that’s what makes it worth it. Oh, and if you ever need any party planning ideas or whatever you should totally email me. My mind has way too many weird ideas racked up!

xoxo,

GCS

The Stamford Sweethearts – Goat Brie, Blueberries, Apricots, Basil and Honey Grilled Cheese

Before I dive in, let me just begin by saying how last weekend might have just been the most magical time of my life.  My friends, Scott and Lauren were having their “love celebration” which was sort of like a wedding but only about 500 times better. 120 of us crazy kids (which included a ton of burners, of course) were camped out at the most eccentric barn that has ever existed in the entirety of the world. I’m serious. There were crystals hanging from all the trees, insane psychedelic paintings covering the walls, an abandoned corn silo that was perfect for sneaking off into. There hidden bonfires and luscious plant-filled labyrinths that led to giant animal skin throws and exotic pillows – all hidden in barren parts of the woods while over looking the greenest mountains you’ve ever seen.

As you could imagine, when you combine booze, dancing, and some questionable practices, it got pretty nuts. We were basically like little fairy hippie children running naked through the woods with total freedom and no restraints. When it got too hot, we’d run down to the creek and splash around in crawfish-filled waters. In the afternoons we’d take the dogs to go run in the cornfields (leashless of course) and by the time the sun set, we were dancing under the stars and gazing up and as they shot across the sky. I don’t even know how to describe it besides saying how incredibly wondrous it was. The experience really just makes me want to move out to the country and forget about life in this stupid city.  I just need to find a boyfriend to drag out there with me first. (Boys?!?)

When it came time for feeding, I thought what better way to show my love for this super sweet couple than by helping to feed the crew. And as with all camping weddings (not sure how many of these actual exist) there was no running water or electricity so we made due with what we had and it the results were way better than I could have ever hoped for! We were very excited about that. But anyways, now that I’m back in an apartment that probably uses too much electricity, I wanted to make a sweet little sandwich to symbolize everything that I’ve experienced through these two happy people.

Lauren and Scott, you two are truly an inspiration to me and I hope that one day I can be in such a loving, trusting, and everlasting relationship as y’all have created for each other. So to symbolize L+S’s dynamic here’s what this sandwich has and holds FOREVER – For Lauren’s quick wit, undying cleverness, and her unabashed truthfulness this tangy and sharp goat’s brie does the trick. For Scott’s unstoppable sweetness, fun-loving attitude, and childlike playfulness – apricots and blueberries. And to show their organic chemistry and natural bond – fresh basil leaves. Finally, to symbolize their mutual support and adoration for each other the slices of french bread hold everything together. It’s basically just a super tasty love sandwich, guys.

Even if you don’t know Lauren and Scott, which I’m guessing you don’t, you can still appreciate and enjoy this super tasty sandwich that’s perfect for a hot summer afternoon spent drinking spiked sweet tea.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:



Ingredients:

– goat brie
– basil
– apricots
– blueberries
– honey
– french bread, sliced thin
– salted butter

Like any good romance, start out by adding some tangy goats cheese to the mix. If you’ve never had goats brie – go buy some right now. Straight from France, it’s got the creaminess that brie holds but instead of being rather mild, it’s got a sharp, slightly sweet lemony floral finish that is amazing with fresh fruit. It’s a match made in heaven… sort of like two people i know!

Next, add a basil leaf and if you can, make it so it’s like a little cup. If not, no biggie, the cheese will hold everything together when it gets all melty and good.

Now add the fruit! Before I put them in here, I tossed ’em with a little bit of honey to bring out the sweetness just a little more. It probably didn’t need it but I’m obsessed with tupelo honey so if there’s ever an opportunity to use it, i will. ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

Then add another layer of goat brie and the other piece of bread and take a look at that finished product. So pretty, right?!

Here’s the most important part – because goats brie melts super quickly, just like with any other type of brie, you’ll want to turn your burner to medium high. After you butter both sides of the bread, you can add the sandwich and cook for a few minutes – watching carefully as it becomes crispy.

But be warned – you’ll def want to keep your eyes on it because you don’t want all the cheese to melt out and then have nothing left in the sandwich. That would be devastating. I might cry.

After it’s all crispy and golden and delicious and you can’t wait to grab it up and put it in your mouth as fast as humanly possible, resist those urgest
and let it sit for a sec to tighten up.

Now that it’s finished and I can’t stop day dreaming about the incredible time that L+S gave us, I just want to say cheers to everyone and everything and all that good stuff. When you’re with the right person, the world can be a magical place and that’s really effing exciting. So Lauren and Scott, thank you for being amazing, loving, adorable, and inspirational. I hope you guys know how sweet it was for all of us to see. Oh, and I’m not crying I just got something in my eye,

xoxo,

GCS

BARACKli Raben Hood – Goat Cheese, Balsamic Glaze, Roasted Garlic and Broccoli Rabe Grilled Cheese

I have a huge crush on Obama. I like that he drinks orange juice in the morning, shoots hoops in the afternoon, and indulges in the occasional cigarette. He’s a real dude, a great dad, and his wife and kids are cute and awesome. I also like him even more now that his four years in the white house have made his hair all salt and peppery and sexy. And of course, I like him for his political stance as well. Not only did I vote for him because it’s super important that all of my friends are able to have equal rights and marry whomever they want, but I also think that as a young woman, his views on women’s rights match those of my own. Here’s where I shout “keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”. Additionally, because of his health care reform, I’ve also been able to keep my affordable health insurance for a few more years and god knows that with all these sharp knives I play with, I truly need it.

Not that y’all need any motivation to vote or that you even care to know who I voted for, but I wanted to share the back-story behind my Obama themed grilled cheese. My good buddies over at ACME studio have been throwing parties for the debate and of course, it wouldn’t be a party unless I brought food and puns and that’s how this little grilled cheese got started. During the first debate I made Barackli rabe flat bread and MacaRomney and cheese. I turned the flat bread into a grilled cheese because it was such a hit and this semi-healthy, but extremely delicious sammich has roasted garlic, fresh goat cheese, roasted broccoli rabe, and balsamic glaze. It’s definitely a winner, just like Barack Obama! (fingers crossed)

Get ya goodies to make this during the celebration tonight

Ingredients

– 1/4 cup of fresh goat cheese
– 1 tsp of balsamic glaze
– 1/4 cup of roasted broccoli rabe
  (trim off stems, toss with olive oil, salt
    and pepper, bake at 500 until wilted and
    starting to brown; about 5-7 minutes)
– 1 small pita
– 1 bulb of roasted garlic
   (cut off top of garlic bulb, and place in
     tin foil, drizzle with olive oil and salt and
     seal. bake on 400 for 45 minutes)
– 2 tbsp olive oil (not pictured)

Begin by gently pulling your pita into two halves and then crumble half of your goat cheese onto one side. I always use Vermont Creamery’s Goat Cheese because I think its perfectly lemony, bright, and smooth. It melts really nice too – unlike most chevres which get gritty when heated. I also think this tart cheese matches Obama’s spunk so I like it even more.

Next, add a few cloves of roasted garlic. These sweet, smooth, and delicately spicy cloves balance out the bitterness from the greens and goat cheese. They also remind me of how suave Obama was when he sang that little Al Green ditty. I just melt thinking about it…meep!

Now it’s time for the bitter greens. Just add a couple of roasted broccoli rabe leaves for an extra bite. This will also make the texture of this grilled cheese a little more interesting. The broccoli part also looks like Obama’s hair and that makes me giggle.

Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. I always have Acetum Blaze balsamic reduction on hand but if you don’t, you can easily make it yourself.

To make your own balsamic glaze, just heat a pan on high and add a half cup of balsamic vinegar and a tbsp of apple juice. Boil until the liquid reduces and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and use it however you’d like.

Before you put it in the pan, add the remaining goat cheese and place the other piece of pita, interior side down, on top. Almost ready!

Heat a pan over high heat and drizzle some olive oil into it. Gently place your grilled cheese in and smear it around so it evenly soaks up the olive oil. Let it cook for just a few minutes until the pita browns and the goat cheese starts to soften up. Flip it and repeat. When its finished, take it off the stove and let it sit for a few minutes to firm up.

No matter who you voted for, this grilled cheese is sure to please. Even more so if you voted for my number one main man, Obama!

xoxo,

GCS