Sunday, July 24, 2011

Goat Cheese With Blueberry Compote & Dinner Cooked Over A Fire

I don't know if it comes across in my posts how excited I get about food.  Food excites me.  A lot.

Today was a big food day.  Big.  Huge. (name that movie, kind of)

This morning, I was going through my Google Reader and came across the new post from Kitchen Confidante.  I knew immediately what I would be purchasing during our regular Sunday farmer's market trip.  Fresh blueberries and local goat cheese.

I love our neighborhood farmer's market.  It's small enough that you aren't seeing the same thing at dozens of booths over and over, but still large enough that you're pretty much guaranteed to find what you want.

Here are a few shots of our trip today.

Why my children refuse to look normal for photos is beyond my comprehension.  
The second I turn the camera off, they turn their regular expressions back on.
Do you remember Chandler's photo taking abilities on Friends?  
That's my children.
This is the best out of five.

I'm tempted by all the fresh cut flowers every time.

Berries, berries, and more berries.

I ended up with my blueberries and goat cheese, as well as a few other things.

Time to make the compote.
This is literally 4 ingredients and takes 15 minutes start to finish.
If you're not a fan of goat cheese (scoff), try it on ice cream or over pancakes for breakfast.
Or, you could use it to top my most favorite dessert in the world, panna cotta. 
If you want the recipe to recreate this at home, click here.
The  photography is beautiful.

Here's what I munched on while dinner cooked.

If you've never had an Oregon strawberry, I'll weep for you.

So that plate of deliciousness is why I get so excited.  
It was so simple, but so amazingly good.

For the rest of dinner, we decided to break in the new fire pit.

Ingredients:  Pork, red and yellow bell peppers, cremini mushrooms, head of garlic, small red and yukon gold potatoes, loaf of ciabatta.
Most of these items came from the farmer's market-
which makes them taste better, even if it's all in my head.

I marinated the pork, mushrooms and potatoes in a citrus, mint marinade for several hours.
When the fire was ready, I wrapped the potatoes and the head of garlic up in foil. 

We cooked them down in the pit for about an hour.

When the potatoes were close to being done, I threaded the pork and veggies onto skewers.

We put the pork on the grill over the fire first.
The taters and garlic got moved up top.

Once the meat was close, we added the veggies.

Time to open the foil packets and bring everything over to the table.

Did you see that garlic?  
Seriously, take a look again.

And here's dinner on my plate:

T'was a good food day.


  1. all I can say! Well, that and I'm trying the goat cheese and blueberry compote. That looks like heaven.

  2. You have the cutest little fam! Yes I love that food exites excited ME what you make! I am a huge fan of goat cheese love love love it...its offical your dinners put mine to shame! For reals. haha!

  3. Oh so many spelling errors in my last comment I hate that!

  4. Yes, definitely: Big... Huge. =Pretty Woman!!!

  5. thanks for stopping by my blog :-) Love your farmer's market pictures and as a former Oregon girl (whose grandfather was a strawberry farmer) a hearty amen to the Oregon berries! Though we do get some good ones down here in Nor Cal as well! I love blueberries and goat cheese - yum!

  6. Your dinner looked delish! I just ordered a cast iron tripod for our fire pit so I can cook stews over it. If it ever stops raining.... I'm heading to the side of the road to pick some blueberries for the compote. It looked yummy.

  7. @Nancy: That sounds soooo fun! I just may have to look into that!

    The compote was seriously amazing! We had it on pancakes yesterday for breakfast and now the kids are eating it on some waffles. Yummy!

  8. OMG - I literally almost licked my computer screen.

  9. Ding ding ding ding. And the winner is....Anonymous. Pretty Woman is the correct answer. :o)

  10. Ooh, this all looks delicious!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)

  11. WOW!!! that's all I can say WOW!! You've got so many great recipes!!! I love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!! Hope to see you again next week..

    Thanks again,

  12. Love your blog! I'm happy to follow you, you can visit my blog when you find time :)


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