Blueberry Froyo Ice Pops

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Hey, there! While I am away snuggling this brand new babe and trying to navigate parenthood (aka keep him alive) I’ve asked a few friendly bloggers to share a recipe with you. Next up is my blog-pal-turned-real-life-pal Megan of Take a Megabite!

Blueberry Froyo Ice PopsI’m so excited about Cindy and Sean and Casper! I knew I wanted to make something with blueberries since there’s a boy happening, and stuff. I somehow made these ladylike with the gingham tray and the not-so-blue pops, but just believe that I had that little fella in mind for real!

So these ice pops are seriously blueberry goodness. I used two whole pints and kinda winged it with the mix-ins and yogurt amounts. Next thing I knew it filled up all 10 of my ice pop molds exactly! That’s the kind of thing that can only happen when you don’t try, I think. So just know these are dreamy, tart, and the blueberry-est.

Blueberry Froyo Ice Pops

So mostly, congrats, Cindy! And yay Sean! And I can’t wait to meet you, Casper! I can’t wait to visit and split a donut with that dude.

So freeze these up in honor of Cindy’s mad momming skills!

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Blueberry Fro-Yo Ice Pops (makes 10)

2 pints blueberries

1/2 cup + 2 T sugar

2 heaping T goat cheese

1 cup greek yogurt

2 T maple syrup

1 t vanilla extract

Place the blueberries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook until boiling and mash with a potato masher for 5 minutes. Puree and strain through fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Whisk in goat cheese.

In a separate bowl stir the greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla together. Layer the blueberry puree and yogurt in ice pop molds. Insert sticks. Freeze overnight! [/recipe]

Grilled Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Jam Breakfast Sandwich

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While it’s not the prettiest specimen, this sandwich is one of my all-time favorite, go-to breakfasts (and honestly, lunches). It’s a little weird with the bacon, cheese, egg, and jam all mingled together, but it’s weird in the most sensical way…I promise. It hits all of my cravings–salty, sweet, rich, tangy, and crisp–in each bite. Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve never shared this with you before because we have it ALL THE TIME.

A version of this sandwich often makes weekend appearances when we want something more than just cold cereal for breakfast. I almost always have the ingredients on hand and switch them up according to whatever is in the refrigerator. If I don’t have goat cheese, I will happily swap in cheddar, pepper jack, fontina, or whatever there is hanging out in the cheese drawer. If there isn’t any bacon–ham, proscuitto, or any pork product works just as well. An egg is always required, and if I weren’t pregnant, you’d better believe it’d be a runny one. The jam gets mixed up too–this time I used marionberry because–I live in Portlandia* now–and it’s was in the fridge. If I have some leaves of arugula wilting away in the crisper drawer, those go in there as well for some spicy-green bite. Really it’s an anything goes sandwich so long as you have a sweet, jammy spread, some sort of salty-cured pork situation, an egg, cheese, and some bread.

*Ps, when my brother-in-law and his gf were here visiting last week, we definitely waited in an out-the-door-long brunch line, walked by a store with birds on everything, and they saw Carrie and Fred handing out Voodoo donuts at Powell’s books. True life.

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Grilled Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Jam Breakfast Sandwich

I mean, I know you can make a sandwich without a recipe, but look at this as a guide to a deliciously weird breakfast.

2 slices bread

soft butter

jam of choice

goat cheese

2 slices crispy bacon, cut in half

fried egg, however you like

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Butter the bread on the sides that will make contact with the pan. Spread a thin layer of jam on the opposite sides of the bread that are buttered. Spread or sprinkle some goat cheese chunks on one piece of the bread on the jam side, lay the slices of bacon across the top and place the egg on top of that. Top it all with the second piece of bread, jam side on the inside, and grill in the heated pan until the goat cheese is melty and the bread is golden brown and crisp on both sides. EAT.

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Raspberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream

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So, I have this thing where I LOVE goat cheese. I love it on salads, in quesadillas, scrambled with eggs, on a cheese plate, with this conserve…love it.

I know a lot of other people who feel the same and we can dine happily together, eating all the goat cheese we want. There are others who hate it though and won’t touch it, not even nut-crusted and fried sitting atop a pile of greens (deeeelish!). It seems to be a very divisive cheese, this goat variety.

I have tried to translate my love of goat cheese into an ice cream before and it was a disaster. Not only did I try to serve it to friends that were in the latter party mentioned above, but I also over-did it on the cheese. It was not sweet enough and far, far too…goat-ish? Yeah, just too much goat cheese, not enough ice cream. This time, I dialed back the goat cheese and stirred in some raspberry puree–making a pale pink ice cream with the tart berry flavor of rasberries and the creamy tang of chevre. There’s enough sugar here to bring the goats cheese from cheese-plate to dessert plate–the flavor is reminiscent of cheesecake, but with the tangy assertiveness of goat cheese.

Raspberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Adapted from Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams at Home 

2 cups whole milk

4 teaspoons cornstarch

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3 Tablespoons (1.5 oz) cream cheese, softened

5 ounces soft, plain goat cheese (like chevre), softened

raspberry puree–made from 2 containers of raspberries blended with 1/4 cup sugar and sieved to remove seeds

In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup of the milk with the cornstarch. Set the slurry aside. Place cream cheese and goat cheese in a large heatproof bowl, set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a low boil and quickly whisk in slurry. Continue whisking and bring the mixture to a boil, to thicken, continue to cook and whisk for an additional minute. Mixture should be thick enough to leave whisk tracks behind. Whisk a ladleful of the hot mixture into the cheeses to combine, pour in the rest of the hot mixture and whisk well to combine. Whisk in the raspberry puree to combine well and pour the mixture into a large zip-top bag and cool in an ice bath. Once cooled, process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Scrape into a container, cover, and freeze to set.