Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Colors and a Favorite Recipe

Here, in Savannah, we sometimes have to look extra hard to see evidence of fall, but this morning I took the camera on my walk with Winslow and found these gorgeous leaves on an ornamental pear tree. The one in our front yard is still completely green...
This morning, we realized that Winslow had dug a nice nest for himself ... luckily it's in spot under the bird feeder where we don't have any plants. Maybe he was waiting for a fresh meal to fly into his mouth...
Yesterday, I made one of our favorite appetizers from an old Bon Appetit magazine to take to a dinner party. We love it so much and have made is on so many occasions that I thought I'd share the recipe with you.

Baked Goat Cheese with Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion

6 elephant garlic cloves or 12 large garlic cloves peeled
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 medium size red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon (packed) golden brown sugar
10 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
baguette slices

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange garlic cloves in glass baking dish. Drizzle with vegetable oil. Cover and bake until garlic is very tender about 40 minutes for elephant garlic or 30 minutes for regular garlic. Transfer garlic to rack and cool.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until tender and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Add brown sugar, stir until melted. Remove fro heat and cool. Arrange onion mixture on bottom of 8x8 inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over. Arrange roasted garlic atop cheese. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead, cover and chill.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake garlic until cheese melts but mixture is not bubbling about 25 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar, stir until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Sprinkle with basil. Serve warm or at room temperature with baguette slices.

Enjoy! (By the way, I was going to take a picture of the appetizer before I wrapped it up to take to our friends' house, but completely forgot...)
Remember the scarves above? And then there's the new one below. They are now available in my Etsy knitting shop here.
I hope you all had a fantastic and spooky Halloween! I hope to make it by your blogs tonight and to show you another painting tomorrow or Tuesday - very excited about this one!!


  1. sounds so delish - I love goat cheese and make a dish with roasted peppers, pesto and golden raisins that is delish too.

    glad you had a great time.

  2. Sounds incredibly yummy! I will have to try this, absolutely!
    BTW, I love the photos of Ramses - he is sooo cute!

  3. hi silke! we're waiting for fall leaves down here, too!! but i could stand the wait a lot better if i had a bowl of that baked goat cheese to keep my company.....boy, does that ever sound good!! :))

  4. That recipe sounds divine!! I am totally keeping this for the holidays when I will be entertaining!

  5. Thanks for the recipe - I have a weakness for anything with goat cheese - it sounds fabulous!

  6. absolutely not fair to give us that recipe; I love goats cheese as well as caramelized onions with garlic, the only trouble is I can't eat cheese, I'm dairy intolerant. Bah!

    My leaves are all off and have been raked and put into the leaf bin, to make gorgeous mold for next year.

    Love your scarves.

  7. Thanks for the recipe!! I loooooove goat cheese and I'm always looking for new recipes!

  8. Hi Silke, nice pictures, your dog is very pretty. Still I have to read the other posts, but I will do it tomorrow, that today is too late.

  9. Glad you are feeling better. It always helps to get up and start moving. Thanks for the delicious sounding recipe.

  10. OMGoodness, Silke!!! The scarf arrived and it is even MORE BEAUTIFUL than the pictures! Even hubby is amazed. How in the world do you do that!!! This one was going to be a Christmas gift, but now I think NOT. I shall have to shop with you again. Oh, LoVe lOvE LoVe the scarf!!! And you! **blows very happy kisses** Deb

  11. P.S. Silke, dear, you should also sell your beautiful note cards on your shoppe too! They are delightful to the extreme! ♥ ♥ ♥ Deb

  12. Mmmm that goats cheese sounds delish - think Mr Mousie will enjoy that! Hee Hee, lovely to tweet with you today.

    Hope you are well.

    Take care

    Sarah xxx

  13. Silke, that recipe sounds so good! I don't think I've ever had goat cheese but I've been meaning to try it.
    If I throw a party, will you come and bring this? :)

  14. oh my heavens!!! what beautiful photos Silke!!! and that recipe sounds yummy!!! I will have to try that this weekend...

    I am starting to host some weekly giveaways pop by!! and tell all your friends too!!!


  15. OMG!!!! Carmelized onions????? Balsamic vinegar???? I MUST make a huge vat of this.

    Gorgeous scarves! I just love that ribbon yarn!

  16. Winslow is a beautiful animal. Your recipe sounds delicious too! Hugs, DIane

  17. that is just one yummy sounding recipe - so nice of you to share
    and i will share it with my sis, who will love me for it