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an ode to blackberries and goat cheese

Growing up, I didn't like the blackberries that grew wild on my parents' farm. 

Or the raspberries. 

Or the asparagus.

Or the . . . ok, really, if my mom would have grown tacos and pork burgers in her garden, I would have been a MUCH happier camper. 

Now, of course, I'm in love with blackberries, and I kick myself that I didn't pop them off the vine and chow down on them more as a kiddo. 

Yes, now I love them so much I could even eat them on, well, shoot, tacos and pork burgers. 

But if that's a bit much for you, I'd recommend covering a cracker in goat cheese -- that delicious, creamy stuff you can't eat while pregnant . . . sob -- plopping one of those giant, juicy blackberries on top and drizzling a little honey over top. 

My farmer says to go lighter on the goat cheese so it doesn't overpower the berry. I respond, "You seem to be implying that one can eat too much goat cheese. Recomputing." 

Some day, when we get to where we're going, I'm planting some blackberry bushes. 

And some raspberry bushes. 

And even asparagus. 

And maybe starting a goat dairy. Because goat cheese is just that good. 

No tacos required. 

(But don't think for a second that I won't still arm wrestle you for the pork burger.)


  1. This is the part where I mention that the goat cheese you can buy at Aldi (and maybe other places, too!) is totally pasteurized! You are so good to go.

    And now that you're going to go out and buy some, here's my favorite eight-second meal with goat cheese:

    1. Go out to your garden and bring in like a dozen beefy-looking tomatoes.
    2. Wash, dump them in a roasting pan, drizzle with a bunch of olive oil and dump in some garlic.
    3. Roast at 400 for like, I don't know, 20 minutes or so?
    4. Meanwhile, make a pasta. And unwrap your pasteurized goat cheese -- 12 oz should do it.
    5. Beeeep! Tomatoes are done! Mash them up and mix them with your pasta and goat cheese.
    6. Mmmmmmm. Pregnancy is way better now! (And if you're me, add sausage.)

    And now I'm off to find some blackberries...

  2. WHAT?! I've been goat cheese-less for six months for no reason!? Oh my gosh. This is why you retain BFF status. Well, that and this recipe. And putting up with me. All of that. Thank you!


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