Laura, at Not So Urban Hennery invited Dark Days Eat Local Food Challenge participants and other local food bloggers to her house on Sunday. A chance to meet people behind the blogs, share a snack or treat from our local area, get ideas from other folks. And, for those who save seeds, a seed exchange. And, of course, a chance to see where Laura and her clan live. It was a lovely afternoon and I enjoyed the chance to meet her and the others.
Laura asked us to share the recipes for the food we brought. So, here is mine, borrowed from Epicurious:
Pesto Goat Cheese Spread
4 oz. soft mild goat cheese, at room temperature
2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 C. pesto
Stir all together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I had never made this recipe, so I was taking a chance and hoping it would be decent. Itried to think of something that we had from our own garden, available this time of year, and also would lend itself to appetizer type food. So, I pulled the pesto out of the freezer - made last summer with basil in the back yard. I added Fraga Farm (Sweethome, OR) goat cheese, and Nancy's (Eugene) cream cheese. The biggest challenge turned out to be trying to find crackers made anywhere near here. Just for the sake of the activity, I actually looked at the packages of every type of cracker at New Seasons that looked like it would be suitable for this dip. And the closest I could find were some flatbread type crackers made in Yelm, Washington!
So, I will just add a public thank you to Laura for organizing this gathering and opening her home to those of us who were able to make the trip.