Happy Monday, everyone! Today I'm sharing two things: some exciting news and a recipe. Nothing like a good two-fer to start the week off, right?
Let's start with the news! Tomorrow I'll be making my first television appearance. What?! That's right! As I had mentioned in my February intentions last week, I'm going to be on TV. Through blogging, I've been to some pretty cool events and have collaborated with a few awesome brands, but this is the biggest deal to date! Midwest grocery chain, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, has been taking the St. Louis area by storm with their high-quality, affordable priced stores over the past year and I get to represent the brand as an ambassador. Tomorrow I'll be making an appearance on Great Day St. Louis, a local St. Louis CBS station (channel 4 for those of you in the area), talking about Fresh Thyme and demoing a recipe.
Being asked to do this is an incredible honor and I'm super excited for this opportunity. The nervousness hasn't set in yet, though everyone I've talked to who's been on before says it's nothing. Not like speaking in front of a room full of people (which I find incredibly nerve-wracking). In the past when I've been asked to represent events I've been a part of on TV, it's always been a resounding "no;" I've always been too terrified. This year I promised myself to try new things and lend myself to new opportunities. After all, no doors can open unless I put myself out there.
The first recipe that I'll be doing is this roasted grape and goat cheese crostini. The Fresh Thyme website is filled with recipes that are both healthy and delicious, but with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to share a recipe that was perfect for a cozy date night in. If you're like J and I, we prefer to celebrate Valentine's Day at home, rather than deal with the overcrowded (and oftentimes, overpriced) restaurants. This warm bite lends well to a night in on the couch with one of our "fancy beers" from the cellar.
I was introduced to something very similar as a passed hors d'oeuvre at our wedding. The combination of the soft cheese and the roasted grape on toasted bread make it the perfect little snack during the cold winter months. Or, if you're like me and have a soft spot for goat cheese, any time of the year is good for this treat. Through roasting the grape, you release a rich flavor that isn't there with a raw one as the natural sugars begin to caramelize. The earthy flavor of thyme, combined with the zest and juice of a lemon bring a fresh, vibrant flavor to goat cheese. The spread itself would also lend well to sandwiches or a charcuterie board. If you want to step up the flavors of this crostini, a balsamic reduction can be drizzled over the top, or feel free to top with honey for added sweetness.
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