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Crackers N Goat Cheese

You should know some backstory before I recommend something incredible to you.

I love cheese. I’m like an anti-vegan when it comes to cheese. I could eat it by itself every day. Some days I do that. Some days I add a cracker or fruit to make me seem less—oh, what’s the word?—pathetic.

I’m especially a huge fan of goat cheese, which is great in a salad but even better in a veggie sandwich. Even The Man loves goat cheese on his veggie sandwhich, which is saying a lot.

But this?

Goat Cheese

This Trader Joe’s honey goat cheese? This blows everything out of the water. It’s tangy and sweet and soft and pretty much every other positive adjective all rolled into one log. It feels like such a shame hiding it on a sandwich with other flavors, so I’ve been eating it on seeded crackers. Here’s what you should do:

Go buy this. It’s not expensive. No, I don’t have my receipt so I can’t reveal the price. But whatever I paid, it’s worth it.

Goat Cheese 2

Next, get some plain crackers. No onion or garlic or other flavors that will steal the spotlight. These seeded ones are just right.

Crackers

Give it a hefty spread. Lick the knife. No honey goat cheese should be wasted.

Crackers N Cheese

There—it’s perfect just like that. But you can also add thinly sliced pears. Tart not-yet-ripe pear + sweet-tangy goat cheese = ohmygoodness.

Cracker Pear

And if you’re feeling crazy, go ahead and drizzle some honey.

Cracker Honey

Or, you know, cut off a slice and eat it as-is. No one’s looking. And I won’t tell.

What’s your favorite type of cheese?

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44 comments

1 theemptynutjar { 08.25.10 at 8:01 am }

I like to try all kinds for sure.
I actually was curious about goat cheese the last time I was at the grocery store and picked up a random pack of soft, unripened goat cheese.
I used it in a random choice of snack with crackers, hummus, cheese, carrots/grapes type-deal (monstrous snacks I have) and I really liked it.

I can’t figure out how people stick to the serving size. Like they have 1 oz of cheese…um, I have like triple that in one sitting with a ton of other things…oh well :)

I know what you mean. I am so so so far from being vegan (but I do like a lot of vegan dishes and things for sure). My problem is that I go overboard. You know how people keep to a bit of balance of servings of dairy or this or that? Well, that ain’t me. I usually have 3-4x the recommendations or any of what others have.

I figure I’m just riding it out. Whatever happens happens.

Most cheeses are good though…but I was glad to try goats cheese. I’ll try to pick it up more for variety maybe.

I recently goats yogurt too , just out of curiousity, and that’s pretty good too. I like dairy (cow) yogurt more, but the goat is good to have a variety.

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2 theemptynutjar { 08.25.10 at 8:03 am }

Oh, the goats cheese is good with crackers, fruits/veggies and a salty trail mix too (like I said , I have big portions of things). The saltiness of nuts against the goats cheese on crackers is kinda nice.

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Tracey Reply:

I second that! The honey goat cheese is awesome with almonds.

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3 Wei-Wei { 08.25.10 at 8:14 am }

OH MY GOD. That looks like the awesomest snack ever ever ever. Goat cheese is so expensive and you can’t get it here in China. :( I am totally missing out on so much cheesy goodness, it’s not even funny. Seriously. Cheese is REALLY expensive here.

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Tracey Reply:

I believe that! I’ve never had cheese on any type of Asian food, so I imagine it’s not all over the place there.

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4 Amy @ Second City Randomness { 08.25.10 at 8:20 am }

Feta is one of my favorites. That or aged white cheddar… But a comment you made last week makes me really curious to try goat cheese- next time I’m low, I’m getting it. Especially since I have LOVED every cheese I’ve found at TJ’s…

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Tracey Reply:

Feta is my favorite for salads since it doesn’t clump up like goat cheese.

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5 Emily { 08.25.10 at 8:59 am }

My local Trader Joe’s has been giving out samples of honey goat cheese on their version of saltines off and on for a couple weeks now… and it is SO good. Your post only reiterates that I need to buy some of this amazing cheese!

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Tracey Reply:

Definitely do. It’s even better than regular goat cheese.

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6 Maren { 08.25.10 at 9:43 am }

wow that goat cheese looks awesome! I’m still waiting for our Trader Joe’s to open here in Omaha…still don’t know a date! We bought organic feta from a local farmer this past weekend and it was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before!!

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Tracey Reply:

I’ve never had straight-from-the-farm feta. I can only imagine it’s about a gazillion times better than the store bought stuff I use. And I think that’s pretty good.

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7 Ameena { 08.25.10 at 9:44 am }

I love cheese…Trader Joe’s has the best gorgonzola! I eat it quite sparingly as it makes my skin break out. My body wants me to be a vegan but my mind/taste buds just won’t allow it.

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Tracey Reply:

I’m not really sure if I could give up cheese for clear skin. I probably would first try to bargain with my body: How about I give up purple foods? And then I get clear skin. OK? OK?

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8 Nichole { 08.25.10 at 10:00 am }

Gouda and goat cheese are high on my list. I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for this next time I’m out. I usually use apples and cheese on cracker, but I love the pear idea!!!

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9 Joy Manning { 08.25.10 at 10:03 am }

Truly, I never met a cheese I didn’t like. I am especially fond of soft, stinky blues and creamy rinded cheeses like brie.

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Tracey Reply:

Oooh, I do love brie. But it’s kind of dangerous. First, those wheels are large. Second, I can’t seem to save the rest for later. Brie is a other-people-are-over-to-help-eat-it kind of cheese.

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10 keila { 08.25.10 at 11:15 am }

That looks reeeeaaaalllly good! I love cheese, too. We have a lake house in Wisconsin and we always have to stop at this place in Madison called the MouseHaus Cheese Haus. It’s like the mother-ship calling me home.
My absolute favorite snack (not so healthy, but oh, so French) is uber-sharp white cheddar with granny smith apple slices on crusty bread with a nice glass of a full bodied red wine.

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Tracey Reply:

I wish that were my dinner tonight.

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11 Shanna, like Banana { 08.25.10 at 11:35 am }

Try crumbling the chevre on top of roasted root vegetables..it will blow your mind!

My faves lately are Manchego, Jarlsberg, and Feta.

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Tracey Reply:

I like that idea for two reasons: 1. Everything is better roasted and 2. Browned goat cheese is out of this world.

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12 Crystal { 08.25.10 at 11:44 am }

I have had goat cheese once at a cafe mixed into an omelette and I wasn’t a fan. Maybe it was the type they used and how it was prepared? Anyway, I love cheese and I love honey, so I may just have to try that.

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Tracey Reply:

Hm, I can’t imagine goat cheese in an omelet–I imagine it’s gooey. And when it comes to my eggs, I hate gooeyness. Try it on a cracker…I bet it’s much better!

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13 BIOCHEMISTA { 08.25.10 at 1:22 pm }

Hi!! Just found your blog through HLB :) I’m also in DC (I live in Gerogetown). Looking forward to reading more and meeting more DC bloggers!! :) Have a great day!

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14 Tami { 08.25.10 at 3:28 pm }

I like a variety of cheese, feta is one of my favorites.

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15 Alex @ IEatAsphalt { 08.25.10 at 4:38 pm }

I love the phrase “anti-vegan” about cheese. I totally feel the same way. Now, please inform me where the closest Trader Joe’s is in Arlington so I can go buy some of this cheese. Because I pretty much live for goat cheese.

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Tracey Reply:

The closest Trader Joe’s I know about is at 5847 Leesburg Pike. There’s on in Tyson’s but that’s a haul if you consider traffic.

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16 charlotte { 08.25.10 at 5:42 pm }

Oh there isn’t a cheese out there that I don’t love! Even the much maligned American cheese I will eat on a nice toastwich. But goat cheese is its own category of amazing! Mmm… just finished a salad with gorgonzola on it.

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17 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write { 08.25.10 at 5:55 pm }

I love goat cheese. It’s probably my favorite, followed by plain old American cheese. That’s me. A touch of class and a touch of… not?… lol.

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18 eatmovelove { 08.25.10 at 6:57 pm }

I ADORE cheese. Adore it. There is no such thing as too much cheese in my opinion – and I love your combo!

Isn’t Goat cheese great?! I just tried it this year! So good – really good mixed in with spaghetti sauce, nuked, and poured over whatever meal your eating (which is all meals with me…have I mentioned that I have a pasta sauce addiction…it’s not even normal – I know it…).

I was wondering too – I know you love writing and are Stellar at it (uh, that’s my new word by the way ;) )…do you hope to write a book? Fiction/non? Have you started?

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Tracey Reply:

Aw, thanks. I do dream of writing a novel one day. I know … me and everyone else on this planet.

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19 Rosey Rebecca { 08.25.10 at 9:29 pm }

Oh man! We weren’t friends when I posted about the lavender-honey goat cheese I tried!

Don’t die:
http://www.roseyrebecca.com/2010/05/20/if-my-feet-fall-off/

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Tracey Reply:

No way. That sounds so good!!

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20 Jessica @ The Process of Healing { 08.25.10 at 9:35 pm }

That sounds incredible!! and thanks for the sweet comment!

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21 Jessica@Healthy Exposures { 08.25.10 at 9:58 pm }

You’re making me verrrry jealous that I haven’t been able to get some local maple goat cheese lately, as I’ve been bombarded with feta. I guess I’ll just have to eat this feta fast!!

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Tracey Reply:

Oh, maple sounds good too! I wonder if I mix some goat cheese with my syrup. One of two things will happen: bliss or disaster.

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22 kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com { 08.25.10 at 11:04 pm }

oh and quite fancy too!!!

my fav is havarti and grueyere… and mozzarella too i should add.

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23 Diane Fit to the Finish { 08.25.10 at 11:32 pm }

I have never tried goat cheese – I know – I’m bad! I’ve never loved cheese, but am trying to enjoy it more.

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24 BIOCHEMISTA { 08.26.10 at 1:24 am }

You have my mouth watering!!! Too bad I’m allergic to most cheeses though :( I’m not lactose-intolerant, it’s an allergy to some of the bacteria used in the fermentation. So basically I can’t have any of the tasty cheeses – goat, feta, brie, parm, etc. Fortunately I CAN have cheddar, jack, swiss, and LAUGHING COW…hehe which I eat WAY too much!

I will vicariously live though your anti-veganism :)

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25 coco { 08.26.10 at 5:54 am }

amazing pictures!!! I’m not a big cheese fan, but after looking these pictures, I want some cheese!!! :D

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26 theemptynutjar { 08.26.10 at 1:25 pm }

Someone else shares your love of the new book: http://makingfoodandotherstuff.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/smiley-mcsmilerton/

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Tracey Reply:

Yay! I’m dying to talk to someone about it. Thanks for passing this on.

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27 Urban Solstice { 08.30.10 at 8:31 am }

Your snack looks awesome. To answer your question, my favourite type of cheese is Pecorino (nice and salty)..and the best way to eat is is drizzled with honey and sprinkled with black pepper.

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Tracey Reply:

I love Pecorino, too. Black pepper is a good idea–I can see my husband loving that.

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