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Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Goat cheese cheesecake. I mean, why not, really? Cream cheese and goat cheese aren’t all that different. I think, when I first envisioned a goat cheesecake I really intended something like this, not the savory tastes-like-a-cheese-dip version I actually made. Lesson learned. Because this version is as tangy and sweet as it is rustic and beautiful.

I was originally going to do a strawberry basil flavor combination (yes, yes, months later I’ve still got basil on the brain), but after tasting the heavenly almond biscotti (from Trader Joe’s) that I chose to use for the crust, I decided that the basil flavor would be lost in the midst. And that strawberry almond was equally as enticing.

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake

The filling itself is a swirl of plain almond and strawberry. Just a word of warning that baked strawberry does not stay delightfully pink, rather, turns more of an off shade of mauve. If you want pink (and next time, I think the pink would be much prettier), add a few drops of red food coloring to the strawberry batter.

The strawberry flavor, however, comes through loud and clear, tasting like a grown up strawberry milkshake with hints of almond and a slight tang from the goat cheese; however goat cheese skeptics just know that it is very mild and I doubt anyone would guess there was goat cheese in it if they didn’t know. Try it. I think you’ll like it and it might just convert you to the light side.

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Yield: 1 9-inch cheesecake

Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:

For Crust:
2 cups finely ground almond biscotti (from about 8 ounces whole cookies), or substitute 1 3/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs and 1/4 cup almond meal
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

For Filling:
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
11 ounces (1 log) goat cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch salt
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
10 ounces whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed and drained if frozen

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

To prepare crust, mix together cookie crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl until evenly moistened. Butter and line the bottom of a 9-by-2-inch deep cake pan with parchment paper; butter parchment (alternatively, you can use a 9-inch-round springform pan if you like). Press crumb mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of prepared pan and set aside.

To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, sugar, and sour cream, flour, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure there are no large chunks and that all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in vanilla and almond extract.

Pour half of the filling into prepared crust.

Purée strawberries until smooth. Add to remaining filling in food processor and pulse to combine. Pour on top of plain filling in a decorative swirly pattern. Use a butter knife or skewer to create additional swirls in the top of the cheesecake.

Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until the top is just barely jiggly. Remove from oven and run a thin knife or spatula around the edge to release the cake from the sides of the pan. Turn off the heat and return cake to the oven for another 15 minutes to finish baking. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack; let cool completely to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the mood for your own holiday baking? Goat cheese or not, you’ll need supplies. Lucky for you, Chavrie® has so generously provided a beautiful Holiday Baking Gift Set to one L&OO reader, which includes the gorgeous white Crate & Barrel sweets pedestal pictured above, as well as a set of C&B white nesting mixing bowls, magnetic measuring cups and spoons. AND a whole bunch of free goat cheese, recipes, coupons, and more!

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Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
How would you use goat cheese this holiday season?

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The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. I was provided with an identical gift set and cheese by Chavrie®, however all opinions written are purely my own.

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  1. 1
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

    This looks so incredibly beautiful – I love the pink swirls running through and the thought of an almond/strawberry milkshake flavour? Wow. I have to admit I was slightly put off by the thought of a *goat’s cheese* cheesecake but I’ll take your word for it that the flavour isn’t too strong! :-)

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  2. 2
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’ve been wanting to make a savory cheesecake for a long time now. I just need to find the motivation!

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  3. 4
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    And I like you on Facebook! (as Lesley Eats!)

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    Heather
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I will use goat cheese to make my green bean casserole (from scratch) creamier and my mashed potatoes richer. Plus it will make a great sandwich spread with cranberry relish on my leftover turkey sandwiches.

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  5. 6
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I have been wanting to make a goat cheese cheesecake for so long and this one sounds fabulous! I would make goat cheese nachos…I had some at a restaurant a while back and have craved them ever since. I love goat cheese on anything!

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    Billie Brownell
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Wow! This looks and sounds absolutely fabulous!! I can’t wait to try it.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook.

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  8. 9
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Beautiful cheesecake! I would make a goat cheese crostini of some sort.

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    Jade
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I would make some goat cheese ice cream … I made some last summer that tasted like a lovely cheesecake. It would also definitely end up in some ravioli! And on salads. And probably in scrambled eggs.

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  10. 11
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I tweeted the giveaway. (@BakeYourDay)

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    Jade
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I also “like” you on facebook.

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    Ruth A.
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I like you on FB!

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  13. 14
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I put goat cheese in my cornbread dressing with wild mushrooms and a ton of fresh herbs! It’s the one dish that stays the same every thanksgiving – the family REQUIRES me to make it!

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  14. 15
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Plain, as part of a cheese hors d’oeurve platter! I loooove cheese.

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  15. 16
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Already a Facebook fan!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I love goat cheese every which way, but I enjoy sprinkling it on roasted butternut squash the most.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Yum! I love goat cheese. I’d probably use it in a frittata for a holiday breakfast!

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    Ruth A.
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This looks super tasty! I need to make it.

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    Maria
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Goat cheese + cranberries = yum! Or add herbs and make it a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches.

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    Terra
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I would use the goat cheese to make a goat cheese icing for nutty apple cupcakes! The cupcakes are stuffed full of apple bits, cider, and nuts! It’s like a bite of fall! The icing adds a creamy tangy twist! I like you on fb!

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    Maria
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Already a facebook fan – that’s how I got here!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

    By the way, I “liked” your facebook page, too!

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  23. 24
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Wow – that is the prettiest cheesecake ever! And just because I’ve never had a goat cheese cheesecake, that
    s what I’d use my chavrie for :)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’m likign you on facebook! (Kerstin Wolff)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    And follow you on twitter (kirikiri1)

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    Maria
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Tweeted – @mputzer

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    Michaela MacDonald
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Fantastic looking cheesecake, but no surprise there. you are inspiring.

    my family didn’t didn’t raise me on traditional holiday fare or lovely homemade sweets so the cooking game has been new to me in my college years (I told my dad I was going to attempt your golf themed cake for his birthday and I’m very excited to try my hand at baking!) that being said my version of a holiday meal is less traditional, but mix that in with my adoration of soft cheeses and you’re still going to be eating well! I’d do a stuffed chicken breast; goat cheese, baby spinach and sliced home grown tomatoes inside simply seasoned with sea salt, basil leaves and ground pepper on top and a side salad (now that I think of it goat cheese can go on this guy as well!)

    for dessert I’d break out my good pal’s famous cookie recipie, but instead of chocolate chips I’d make it a bit more festive with nuts and cinnamon and perhaps i could substitute goat cheese to add a creamy accent to the nutty flavors?

    Also, I’m already a Facebook fan and now that I know you have twitter I’ll be following/entering there too!

    thanks!

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    Krista
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    this is absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to make it soon! and let’s see…one of my favorite ways to use goat cheese is as a simply sprinkled topping in a spinach/pecan/strawberry salad. I’m considering making that for a Christmas party :)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Oh my goodness. This recipe looks fantastic — and I love that I could easily make it gluten free with some gluten free biscotti that I make. I’m loving it! I would use mine to smear on stir-fries for extra protein and flavor…it’s one of my favorite ways to use goat cheese!

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    Krista
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    also, I am a fan of you on Facebook – which I LOVE, because it brightens my day to see new posts and new recipes from my favorite food blogs!

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    Becki H
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I haven’t figured out how to use goat cheese in anything other than salad, so that will be it for now.

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    Becki H
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I am a fan on Facebook.

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    Liz
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

    It’s great on pizza.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    This looks so beautiful and delicious!

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    abby
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    i would make roasted sweet potato rounds with a goat cheese relish on top. it is one of my favorite recipes!

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    Robin
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to try making fried nut-encrusted goat cheese medallions to serve on a salad. I had one over the summer that came with a beet salad and it was wonderful.

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    Mari
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I just found your website and I absolutely love your blog! My sister and I are going to use your beet & kefir soup for thanksgiving! My dad is french so we always will have lots of cheese. We will be keeping it simple with a nice cheese platter including goat cheese, gruyere and brie!

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  38. 39
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

    It might sound boring, but my husband and I would sit on the couch with goat cheese, fresh cracked pepper, still warm crusty bread, a bottle of wine, and go to town!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I’m making stuffing with goat cheese in it (from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe). I am really excited about it.

    Frankly, though, I could eat goat cheese plain. . .

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    Julia C
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I like my goat cheese simply on a nice slice of bread.

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    GuRLiee
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I love Goat Cheese, and have been drooling over this palmiers recipe that calls for goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts, so that is what I would use the goat cheese for.

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    Carri
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I would serve goat cheese plain with some delicious buttery crackers. It’s tough to beat straight up cheese although this cheesecake looks like it could compete!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Your cheesecake sounds so good! What a unique combo of flavors, I bet it was awesome. I’d like to have goat cheese on crostini with herbs and some kind of fruit jam. I could just eat goat cheese by itself!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I love using goat cheese in my farro and wild rice side dish which includes squash, walnuts and dried cranberries!

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  45. 46
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    And I tweeted about the giveaway (@ahealthyjd)! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’ve been wanting to make goat cheese ice cream since the summer. Maybe I’ll get around to it eventually! And I’d definitely try this cheesecake out!

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    Shanna
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Spinach, cranberry, and goat cheese salad!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I tweeted!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Yummy cheesecake! I have used goat cheese in cheesecake before and loved it so I bet this is just as good! I am not sure how I would use goat cheese this holiday since I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe on my mashed potatoes, mmm.

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  52. 53
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Would be lovely to use goat cheese in some hors d’oeuvres for our Christmas party!

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  53. 54
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I tweeted, too @frugalnashville

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I also like you on Facebook

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    i’d definitely use the goat cheese for ina garten’s tomato + goat cheese tarts – they’re one of my favorite holiday appetizers + always a huge hit! =)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

    tweet, tweet!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    i like you on facebook (+ also in real life). =)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I would use goat cheese in EVERYTHING! My current favorite is on top of mushrooms sauteed in a soy/honey reduction – delicious!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    i have been dying to try using goat cheese as a a filler for modified grilled cheese – with basil pesto and a creamy tomato bisque to go with! perfect for chilly winter days. xo!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Oooh! We eat a lot of goat cheese in our house, due to some cow milk allergies. We’ll definitely be trying this recipe this winter as well as one of my favorite appetizers, chevré rolled in cacao nibs and smoked sea salt. Mmm! So tasty! I also like you on Facebook.

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    Lindsay
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I love making goat cheese crostini — with all kinds of toppings, but especially my sister’s strawberry fig balsamic jam.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    i also followed via twitter and retweeted (@peachlovesdream)

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    Evelyn R
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I love goat cheese!! I usually have it as an appetizer, maybe with cranberry chutney and crackers but this cheesecake looks yummy!!

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    Evelyn R
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I like Love & Olive Oil on facebook

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    christine
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

    mmm i love Chavrie! my friends and i buy it and have it with a baguette while we watch debates.

    so typically for entertaining i’ll serve it with crackers, sliced baguette or pita chips. but for the holidays i think goat cheese is delicious in mashed potatoes. i’ve been doing it for years, and it really adds to the flavor and texture of the potatoes.

    also, its amazing crumbled up in a spinach/walnut/cranberry salad.

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    Kari
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Is eating it plain right out of the package an option? I love, love goat cheese. I wish my family felt the same way but that means more for me, straight up with crackers.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

    oh my goodness, that cheesecake sounds fantastic!! For a Thanksgiving lunch munchie, I’m making a cheese-ball type concoction with goat cheese, pistachios and cranberries. Yum!

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    Erin H
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I would sprinkle goat cheese on my pizza, or use it in pancakes (along with some fruit)!

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    Erin H
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I Like L&OO on Facebook!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    i also liked l&oo on facebook (@julia vivian)

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    Sherry Lykins
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I would serve it for entertaining this holiday with crackers.

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    Sarah S.
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I’ve never cooked with goat cheese. This is an inspiring idea to cook a few things this holiday season with goat cheese! I’d love appetizers and desserts so I would make it work with both. Yum-O!

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    Traciwilbur
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I love goat cheese! I would use it to try out a soup I’ve had on my radar for a few weeks, sweet potato and goat cheese. I think the flavor combo sounds divine.

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    Sarah S.
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Already a fan on FB as well!

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    Traciwilbur
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I tweeted!

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    Traciwilbur
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

    And I’m a fan on FB.

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    hannah v
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I’ve been wanting to make a goat cheese cheesecake for a while now. With a rosemary honey syrup.. yum!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I am am a huge fan of goat cheese. I plan to make crostinis with mint goat cheese and fig jam. Cheesecake looks amazing though might need to add that to the list!

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    Kate
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I love goat cheese, and this is a really creative use of it! I love it in spinach salads or paired with winter squash.

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    Lisa Gilmore
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Simple….I would make this goat cheese cheesecake!!!

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    Ken G.
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I will be adding some goat cheese to my spanikopita. Works well with the feta.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I would use the goat cheese as a spread on crackers or maybe in mashed potatoes

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Like you on facebook already

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  85. 87
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I have a favorite holiday cream cheese spread the includes cranberry, orange, and cinnamon. I think the dip would be delicious made with goat cheese!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I use Goat cheese in appetizers and salads mostly but this cheesecake looks divine!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:36 am
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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I’m also a Facebook fan (Madeline Smith). :)

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Followed on FB @KimThorntonCalhoun

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    Sam H
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Goat cheese is a holiday salad staple in our household!!

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    Megan
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Baked the goat cheese a bit in the oven to warm it and crisp up the outside. Serve with basil pesto sauce and/or roasted red pepper pesto. DELISH.

    following on FB, too!

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    Catie
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I love goat cheese in my salads- spinach, cranberries, goat cheese and walnuts is my go-to salad in the cooler months. YUM!

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I will bake it onto crostinis and top off with bruschetta and balsamic vinegar.

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I like you on facebook as Samanth Baker!

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    Lisa
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Christmas Morning, breakfast strata with goat cheese..mmm

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    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

    My favorite is roasted beet salad with goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

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    Jennifer Marcus
    Posted On November 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    With figs! I love goat cheese and figs together!

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