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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!

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!****
Congrats to comment #14, Vivek, who was randomly selected as the winner!

To Enter:

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

Entries open through Friday, November 25 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be selecting the winner via random number generator on the morning of Saturday, November 26th. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Chevre®. Because of the perishable nature of this prize this giveaway is open to U.S. Residents ONLY.

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Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

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. 301
    dana beth
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 8:34 am

    i am a huge goat cheese fan. i make a mean goat cheese nacho- it is SO GOOD!

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  2. 302
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

    That is a beautiful cheesecake!

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  3. 303
    Jennifer Frantz
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Delicious in a salad with apples, cranberries & candied pecans topped with a honey mustard vinaigrette.

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  4. 304
    Jennifer Frantz
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 8:53 am

    like you on facebook

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  5. 305
    Stephanie B.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’d probably use the goat cheese in either a frittata/quiche type dish or to make a unique sandwich!

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  6. 306
    Jennifer Frantz
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

    tweeted too!

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  7. 307
    Sheila Lawrence
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I’m gonna make a Savory Basil & Goat Cheese spread this holiday season…will let ya know how it turns out!

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  8. 308
    PurpleLarkspur
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I love goat cheese on a salad. It pairs so well with nuts and fruit!

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  9. 309
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I love combining goat cheese and pumpkin puree, plus some bacon fat and bacon for a great spread on crostinis!

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  10. 310
    PurpleLarkspur
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:46 am
  11. 311
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I tweeted and follow you on Twitter

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  12. 312
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I love love love goat cheese-I could use it in dips, savory cream puffs, bread/rolls, the possibilities are endless!

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  13. 313
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’m already a fan on FB!

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  14. 314
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I “like” Love & Olive Oil on Facebook

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  15. 315
    Kristina
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I love goat cheese on a beautiful arugula salad with pine nuts, strawberries, and a balsamic vinaigrette!

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  16. 316
    Rachel G
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’m tucking this recipe away for a baby shower!

    I always keep goat cheese in my fridge because it’s so versatile. This Thanksgiving, I plan on making my Curried Pumpkin soup with goat cheese as a main course for one of my dear veggie friends! The goat cheese really balances the spice from the curry powder and adds a smooth creamy element to the soup.

    At my parent’s house, I’m in charge of the salad course. I’ll will be serving a mesclun mix salad comprised of homemade spiced pecans, dried cranberries, sliced tart apples that will be drizzled with my easy champagne vinaigrette. This yummy salad will be topped with a liberal handful of creamy goat cheese.

    Ok, now I’m ready for lunch!

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  17. 317
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I love goat cheese with everything, especially on crackers for appetizers, in salads, and in baked tarts. I’m most looking forward to my in-laws thanksgiving with a goat cheese and beet salad!

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  18. 318
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I also follow on twitter and tweeted your fun phrase! I’m @Fettbot.

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  19. 319
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I also liked your blog on Facebook.

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  20. 320
    Rusty
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Goat cheese on a turkey burger

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  21. 321
    Brett
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Goat cheese makes almost everything better, but lately I’ve been addicted to sprinkling it on salads — makes every bite more enjoyable.

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  22. 322
    Anna
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I will use goat cheese to treat my baby sister (home for the holidays from Rome) to a feast of goat cheese, warm bread, and a leafy salad topped with cranberries and more goat cheese!

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  23. 323
    Donna
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I will use the goat cheese to stuff chicken breast. Butterfly and pound out the chicken breast. Add seasoning to goat cheese ( I like to use a little poultry seasoning mix but you can use whatever you like). Spread seasoned goat cheese on breast. I like to add a tablespoon of whole berry cranberry sauce with granny smith apple and orange zest in here too for a festive look. Roll breast around cheese and cranberries and fasten with pick. Bread by dipping in flour, egg wash, and panko and bake. Don’t overstuff or they will leak a bit.

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  24. 324
    Jess :)
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I would use the goat cheese over a spinach salad with bacon and a honey mustard dressing!

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  25. 325
    Michelle
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I plan to make a cheese ball with different types of cheese.

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  26. 326
    Michelle
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I tweeted the message

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  27. 327
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I love goat cheese as a ropping for a salad! specifically a roasted root veggie salad!

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  28. 328
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

    already fb like you

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  29. 329
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    tweeted!

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  30. 330
    roseAK
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    it’s hard to think of just one thing to use goat cheese with this season, as i try to sneak it into everything! if i had to choose i would pick goat cheese baked on polenta cakes with some lemon juice…yum!

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  31. 331
    Isabel
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I eat cranberry and cinnamon goat cheese on my pork chops. A great way to get a taste for the holiday season on the off weeks!

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  32. 332
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve never thought to make cheesecake using goat cheese. Will have to try it this year! other things to use goat cheese on… PIZZA!!!

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  33. 333
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Already a fan on FB!

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  34. 334
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    follow on twitter (@thinktran) and retweeted!

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  35. 335
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’m using goat cheese as simply part of my cheese plate appetizer AND I’m fixing up some baked mac and cheese. Goat cheese makes it so creamy!

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  36. 336
    Ted
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    i’ll use goat cheese to put a smile on everyone’s face

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  37. 337
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    It’s more like what ways WONT i try to use goat cheese over the holidays?! Been brainstorming goat cheese cakes for a while so will probably have to make one happen!

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  38. 338
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    i tweeted!

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  39. 339
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    and I already like you on FB :-)

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  40. 340
    Mariko
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    How would I use goat cheese? ON EVERYTHING. I have been curious lately, though, about making lasagne with goat cheese. It’ll happen.

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  41. 341
    Annie F.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I can’t wait to make a cranberry chutney-goat cheese dip for the holidays!

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  42. 342
    Annie F.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I just liked Love and Olive Oil on Facebook :)

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  43. 343
    Lindsay
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    We are fans of using goat cheese, cut in small discs, lightly breaded and pan fried (or baked) (for warmth and color) to put on top of a fresh salad with a nice vinaigrette. Gives a nice wintery warmth to the salad greens without wilting anything.

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  44. 344
    Lindsay
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Also liked L&OO on facebook!

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  45. 345
    Katie K.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    that cheesecake looks fabulous! i’d also use the chavrie in mashed potatoes!

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  46. 346
    Erica C.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Since I can remember, for christmas breakfast we’ve always had french toast and at least 5 lbs of bacon. I need a really good breakfast to happily stomach the droves of young nieces and nephews shrieking with glee and rabid for presents in the wee hours of the morning. Last year, I served our french with tangy piles of crumbled goat cheese, honey and cracked black pepper. That along with about a pound of bacon and soup bowl sized cup of coffee made for a morning I cannot wait to recreate. Maybe this year little cyrus won’t topple the christmas tree, but with enough goat cheese doused french toast, I really wouldn’t care.

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  47. 347
    Katie K.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    also ‘liked’ on facebook!

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  48. 348
    Kristina C
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I love to use the basil and garlic goat cheese as a simple spread paired with crackers for guests. They are always surprised at how simple it is!

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  49. 349
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Oh, how I love goat cheese! This will be used on our holiday salad of candied almonds, apples and (of course) goat cheese. But I also really want to serve a parmesan-crusted goat cheese with basil oil and a baguette as an appetizer, too!

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  50. 350
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I would use goat cheese this holiday season as a remedy for stress! Apply directly to the mouth and forget about the lists of things still undone!

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  51. 351
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I love goat cheese on almost everything! Would definitely put it in my mashed potatoes.

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  52. 352
    Lindsay
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I would put the goat cheese in a spinach salad with sage sausage and pecans.

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  53. 353
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I will use goat cheese in a salad that my family has at Christmas dinner every year! (It also contains dried cranberries and candied nuts, yum!)

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  54. 354
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I just liked you on facebook!

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  55. 355
    Julia C
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    And I follow you on twitter

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  56. 356
    Noelle
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I would make this cheesecake–I think it would be a great way to get those goat cheese skeptics to try it. I would also try and make a dip of some sort, as the natural creaminess of goat cheese makes great dips! Yum, I just made myself hungry :) P.S.–I liked you on FB, yay!

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  57. 357
    Malkie
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Well, seeing as I’ve been a little scared of it, I’d be willing to try goat cheese :) I recently found this blog and love it!!!! I liked you on FB and Twitter!!!!

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  58. 358
    Emily
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    i’d make this cheesecake :)

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  59. 359
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I think I would have to make this cheesecake! Or maybe fried goat cheese salad :)

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  60. 360
    Amanda
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Will use on a salad!

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  61. 361
    Maria C.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I would love to try this cheesecake with goat cheese, or make a strawberry Bruschetta with goat cheese as well :D

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  62. 362
    Maria C.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm
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    Maria C.
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    am a follower on Facebook :D

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  64. 364
    Lynn BB
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I’d bake it w/marinara sauce and serve with french bread.

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  65. 365
    Lorraine
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I would use it as a appetizer!! A spread w/crackers or toasted bread.

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  66. 366
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    What a lovely giveaway. I love goat cheese. I make rugalach, cheesecake, and salads with goat cheese. If I won, I’d probably make a holiday cheesecake with it.

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  67. 367
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I’d make sweet and savory truffles…yum!

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  68. 368
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I have this favorite pasta and spinach salad that I use goat cheese in. The goat cheese is combined with pasta water to create a dressing. It is super yummy :)

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  69. 369
    Sharon
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful cheesecake! I’d like to use goat cheese on pizza this holiday season. Thanks!

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  70. 370
    Sharon
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I follow you on twitter @sharonjo2
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/sharonjo2/status/139183225351311360

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  71. 371
    Sharon
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I follow Love & Olive Oil on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

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  72. 372
    Ana
    Posted On November 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Goat cheese ravioli :)

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  73. 373
    Katie
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I would use the goat cheese for on a great salad!

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  74. 374
    Katie
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I like you on FB

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  75. 375
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I have seen so many yummy-looking appetizer recipes with goat cheese, so I would probably finally have an excuse to make one or two of them. Then again, this cheesecake looks too delicious to pass up. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. 376
    Tracey S
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I would make a salad out of cold roasted beets, the goat cheese, some good oliver oil and cracked black pepper and kosher salt. Maybe a drizzle of balsamic to top it off?

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  77. 377
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Tweeted!!!

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  78. 378
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook!

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    Anya
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

    LOVED L&OO on facebook…
    I’d stuff little puff pastry cups with goat cheese, cranberry sauce, and a sprinkle of rosemary <3

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  80. 380
    Lacy
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I’m actually going to try this recipe but with pumpkin instead of strawberries! And make individual sized cakes!

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  81. 381
    Christine L.
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I will be using goat cheese in my mac & cheese to make it extra creamy and a little tangy!

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  82. 382
    amy
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    looks delicious! we’re going to enjoy goat cheese all holiday long – in quiche and just eaten by the spoonful for my three year old.

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  83. 383
    erin
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    yum. goat cheese and marinara!

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  84. 384
    erin
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    i am a facebook fan!

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  85. 385
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    What a beautiful dessert! Must give this a try.

    I use goat cheese ALOT – since I’m dairy sensitive.
    A favorite quick appetizer is goat cheese topped with honey, rosemary and pine nuts.

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  86. 386
    katrina
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I will add honeyed goat cheese to a strawberry spinach salad w/a balsamic dressing. :)

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  87. 387
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I’m dreaming of a goat cheese, fig and proscuitto pizza….which will be made holiday-esque because figs are just dreamy this time of year.

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  88. 388
    Cheryl W.
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I have a wonderful gourmet mac & cheese recipe, that calls for goat cheese and other various rich cheeses. I bake a batch every year.

    Thank you so much for the awesome opportunity to enter. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, to you and yours!

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  89. 389
    Cheryl W.
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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    Cheryl W.
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I am a facebook follower. (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom).

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  91. 391
    SAble
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Already like you on Facebook!

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  92. 392
    Helen
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    mmm goat cheesee……
    In a panini! even though its unconventional for this holiday season

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  93. 393
    Danna
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    When I was reading through your recipe I thought I would love to use cranberries and make a (goat)cheesecake with it. That sounds delicious!

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  94. 394
    Danna
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Already like you on fb!

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  95. 395
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I make an crostini with goat cheese and italian style diced tomatoes. It is lovely and I get raves on it all the time.

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  96. 396
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    OH, and I like you on FB. :)

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  97. 397
    Tracy
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    David Lebovitz has a goat cheese souffle on his site that I love to make with blackberries.

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  98. 398
    Tracy
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm
  99. 399
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    i love stuffing goat cheese into squash blossoms!

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  100. 400
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    following you on twitter! and tweeted!

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