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Fried Goat Cheese Balls

After years of threatening to try the recipe for goat cheese balls, I finally did it. Now, I am completely unsure of what I was waiting for and how I could have missed out on these tasty morsels for so long.

If you are a fan of the show Vanderpump Rules on Bravo (which I will abashedly admit I am glued to regularly) you will be familiar with these little treats. The show, which follows a group of servers at a SUR Restaurant, a popular West Hollywood eatery, has had this appetizer on rotation and as a topic of conversation since the start of the series, roughly 11 years ago.

I never considered myself a goat cheese fan years back, but I have since developed my palate and come to my senses. I bit the bullet and tried making these mostly out of necessity. We have been trying to lean into eating vegetarian more regularly during the week in an effort to be healthy, but at times, finding recipes that excite us gets cumbersome.

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Cherry Berry Protein Ice Pops

Like most of the globe, the southeast is simply blazing more than usual in the dog days of this August heat. By this time in the summer, I am seeking any kind of relief I can find from the hot sun and humidity to keep things light and fun in that last stretch of warm weather.

Judging from my previous posts (and as is evident to anyone who knows me), it is no surprise that I absolutely love to eat. Hands down my favorite past time. I indulge as well as the next person, but during the week, I try to balance things out by exercising and keeping it healthy for my mind, body and energy levels.

That said, anytime I can find a fun, new, healthy way to get my nutrients and actually enjoy my food, I am all for it. This recipe qualifies.

I am not sure if you have seen these little gems, but a few years back, I purchased my own set of ice pop molds…and I mean good, sturdy ones that you can wash and reuse with reckless abandon.

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Easy Fresh Fig Jam

South Carolina is ripe with fresh local figs in the month of July and August. If you haven’t tried a fig, or you just aren’t quite sure of what to do with them, there are recipes galore for cookies, breads, oatmeal bars…the sky is the limit for this tart, sweet fruit in terms of preparation.

One of my very favorite uses for figs when they are in season is, hands down, FIG JAM. If you haven’t had it, I will venture to say you are just plain missing out. Pairing fresh fig jam with a freshly baked baguette, good creamy goat cheese and a drizzle of fresh local honey on top is a can’t miss combo.

And, if you are a fan of the latest charcuterie board craze and find yourself assembling your own decorative platters, fig jam is a must have. It pairs well with a variety of cheeses, breads and crackers and offsets the sharpness of your stronger cheeses beautifully by providing just the perfect hint of sweetness.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

One of my favorite treats around the American holidays is a good old-fashioned ice cream sandwich. Something about these screams ‘Americana’ to me.

Normally, I would head straight over to Lowcountry Fresh here in Bluffton to pick up a stash of some of the best ice cream sammies in town. They keep a freezer full of Leopold’s version. Leopold’s Ice Cream is an established creamery located in Savannah, GA, and they are an institution here in the Lowcountry.

If you haven’t tried one, theirs are sold in individual boxes like a little present to unwrap, mostly because they are so large and full of goodness that they require individual packaging. The two ginormous homemade cookies sandwiching their storied vanilla ice cream are outstanding. If you are ready to give a try to making your own, here is the lowdown on how to do it!

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Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

I grew up eating coffee cake in any form. Muffins, breads, mini-loaves…any way you sliced it, I have always loved it. I recently came across a recipe for cinnamon streusel muffins and decided to give them a try as a weekend baking experiment, which has become one of my favorite past times. There is something so satisfying about baking something from scratch and sharing the joy with others.

These muffins “take the cake,” so to speak. I was struck by how similar the flavor and texture came to my beloved coffee cakes that I enjoyed growing up, only these are slightly fluffier and you get a nice, satisfying crunch from the cinnamon/sugar combo straight from the oven.

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San Francisco Garlic Fries

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I started this blog way back in 2009 while living in Washington, D.C., when I experienced some moderate success as an enthusiastic food blogger, carousing about in the city of hungry politicos. I have since revamped my site, but this lone link still exists from 2011 when Bon Appetit featured a recipe from my blog for these delicious fries of the garlicky sort, adapted from a Giant’s (baseball) Stadium recipe in their namesake city. My article was no doubt selected due to my Pulitzer-worthy style of waxing poetic about cuisine I relished devouring back in those days (wink/nudge/giggle). The foodie in me is proud of the mention, but nonetheless, I felt that this recipe deserved an honorary space on my new site. Plus, these savory morsels are delicious, no matter the region of the country in which you reside. So without further ado…

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