Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Moving On

7 days ago Chris and I were lying on a beach in Vietnam, completely relaxed after a month long journey around Southeast Asia. In a record time we went from honeymooning in paradise to jet lagged in Charlottesville with a daunting task- pack up the entire apartment, find a place to live and then move to our new city in under a week.

Well....... we did it! And with only minor aches and pains. Everything was going great - until the moving truck broke down on Route 29 south in Danville, VA.

Here is a picture of the "big ole truck that couldn't".

Here's us toasting to our new place (which ironically was boxed wine), waiting for our stuff to arrive the next day. "Cheers to almost moving in!"
As we unpack more and more boxes, we get more and more excited for our new life & adventures to come in Charlotte! Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Strawberry & Goat Cheese Summer Salad

This is one of my favorite things to eat during the summer. It is easy, light and extremely delicious. Baby spinach is dressed in a homemade pomegranate vinaigrette and tossed with fresh strawberries, almonds and creamy goat cheese.

Our last meal prepared in Charlottesville, VA!


1/2 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pomegranate vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound baby spinach
1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sliced almonds (You can use what ever type of nuts you have, I have substituted with walnuts before)
2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (I used Chavrie this time)


In a large bowl, whisk together shallot and vinegar. While whisking constantly, drizzle in oil to make a vinaigrette. Add spinach, strawberries, almonds and goat cheese and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

I started a blog!

I can't promise it will always be about cheese, but I will promise to share some good recipes, maybe tell a funny story, and generally just keep in touch with family & friends up north.