To our fellow curd nerds out there working and schooling from home, we see you.
You are all staying sane while staying home and that’s not easy. We really have snacks and screens to thank for maintaining household continuity these days. If not for an endless supply of sweet and savory snacks, kids would surely go on home school strike and we would probably join them.
We’ve all found ourselves idling in front of an open refrigerator looking for something new that may have appeared since the last time we checked five minutes ago. We ran out of crackers days ago but we’re still eating cheese. We’re finding new things to spread butter on, and bread is being baked around the clock. There are cookies in the oven, and you’re stress baking mini muffins by the kilo to keep up with your kids’ voracious appetites. We get it.
Let’s get real, snacks are becoming the meals, and there’s no shame in that.
During times of quarantine, airport eating rules apply; cookies and wine are breakfast food, this is no man’s land. We are all in this together, and we will sustain the snack train as long as it takes to get us through this tricky time.
If like us, you focused your grocery shopping efforts so heavily on sensible staples that we overlooked the snacks—fear not. We have easy recipes to get you cheese lovers through this.
Almost No Mess Shortbread Cookies
If these cookies were a movie, our cultured butter would win Best Actress in a Leading Role. Seriously though, these cookies from Hummingbird High are so easy to pull together and are the perfect snack for any occasion – even a pandemic. For more easy baking ideas, check out Michelle Lopez’s book, Weeknight Baking.
Baked Goat Cheese Dip
Is it a snack or is it lunch? This hot goat cheese dip is delicious and easy and can easily be a snack or a small meal consumed in your bedroom while your kids watch Frozen 2 for the three thousandth time.
Bijou for Two
Why not rustle up a little cheeseboard for you and yours to celebrate making it to the end of another day? Bijou is an aged goat cheese that’s mild and creamy, so even the kids can get down with this snack. Remember, there is no wrong way to eat cheese.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
There are never enough cookies. When you’re done baking them, and the house smells like a scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, use those fresh baked cookies as currency to pay your kids for their chores.
DIY Chevre Log
If you’re desperate enough, anything can become a learning moment. Teach your kids how to roll their own fresh goat cheese logs in their choice of herbs, fruit or nuts. Things could get messy but hey, you’re not having guests over any time soon. Embrace the chaos and have fun with delicious food from Vermont – see, we added a geography lesson.
Everything Cheese Ball
We may not be entertaining friends and family these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a quick cheeseball for movie night. Netflix, if you’re listening, it’s time to release those new shows and movies you’ve been sitting on for spring. The time for Netflix, cheese and chill is now.
Fresh Chive Dip
We live for a little dip, especially one that combines fresh goat cheese and herbs. If you don’t have fresh herbs grown from your perfect vegetable garden in the Hamptons, as Ina says, store-bought dried herbs are fine.
Herb and Parmesan Cheese Sticks
These cheese sticks are a crowd favorite because they combine the two most essential quarantine food groups: cheese and carbs. The recipe isn’t totally tricky, thanks to Joy the Baker.
Herb Marinated Goat Cheese
We can’t get enough fresh goat cheese, especially lately. Marinating plain chevre is an easy way to create a fresh and flavorful snack that can be eaten on its own, added to a cheeseboard or a salad, you name it. This one could also be a fun DIY project for the kids.
Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Zahtar Goat Cheese
Look, we all have some sad vegetable in the crisper that’s getting soggier by the day. For us it’s cauliflower, and here’s an easy way to save it from the compost. Simply roast it up and pair it with this delicious Zahtar spiced goat cheese dip. We are practically survivalists over here.