Pasta with Oven Roasted Eggplant, Goat Cheese, and Mint Recipe

I trust Chef Marcus Samuelsson to know what is delicious, and this entree posted to his website promises to serve up luscious and more! Since we are currently having a non-summer summer, with cool temps and rain throughout June, hot pasta can fill the bill!

Don’t be afraid of oven-roasted eggplant, it is divine!!!!

Adapted from Closet Cooking

Pasta with Oven Roasted Eggplant, Goat Cheese, and Mint Recipe

Servings: 4


  • 1 medium eggplant, cubed
  • 2 zucchini, cubed
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mint, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz goat cheese (chèvre)
  • 1/2 lb pasta


1. Preheat oven to 450. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the eggplant and zucchini cubes on these trays in a single layer. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 20 minutes.

2. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions.

3. Mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mint, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

4. Toss together the pasta, eggplant, zucchini and goat cheese. Add the dressing and serve.

Yogurt Fruit Tart with Pecan Crust

For those of you who love yogurt and fruit for breakfast, here’s a way to work pie into that duo and not call it dessert! Thanks to Food 52 for the awesome idea, recipe and photo!


This recipe makes one 9-inch tart, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


  • 1 1/2cups raw pecans
  • 1 to 2tablespoons honey
  • 2tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small chunks
  • 1cup (approximately) Greek goat yogurt (preferably full-fat) — goat mascarpone cheese would also be yummy
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2pints or so fresh raspberries (or other berries, or sliced stone fruit)
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Put the pecans in a food processor and pulse until you have a coarse, crumbly meal, but stop before it becomes nut butter!
  2. Transfer the pecans to a bowl and blend in the honey — I use my fingers — then rub the chunks of butter in with your fingers. Press this mixture into a 9-inch round tart pan (it should fill the bottom and come just a little way up the sides) and put the pan on top of a rimmed baking sheet to catch any oil that may leak out as it bakes.
  3. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes, until browned and toasty. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Then, mix the yogurt with 1 – 2 Tbsp of maple syrup and pour into the crust. Top with berries. You can serve immediately or keep the tart, covered, in the fridge for a few days, though the crust will become more fragile as it sits because it will absorb moisture from the yogurt. But it still tastes great!

Gluten Free Roasted Cauliflower, Mushroom and Chèvre Quiche

Get it while it’s hot! Thanks to ClosetCooking for the recipe and photo!

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  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated (optional)
  • 1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer, covered, until tender and most of the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes, remove from heat and let sit covered for 5 minutes.
  • Mix the quinoa, egg and parmesan, press into the bottom of a pie plate and bake in a preheated 375F oven until lightly golden brown, about 10 minutes, before setting aside.
  • Toss the cauliflower and mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F oven until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing half way through.
  • Mix the cauliflower, mushrooms, eggs, milk, thyme, goat cheese, salt and pepper, pour into crust and bake in a preheated 375F oven until golden brown and set in the center, about 30-35 minutes.


Option: Use a pastry crust or a brown rice crust in place of the quinoa crust.

Tip: A toothpick will come out cleanly when pushed into the center of the quiche when it is ready.

Note: It is best to let the quiche come down to room temperature before slicing as the goat cheese will be melted when warm making it more difficult to get nice clean slices.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 271, Fat 14g (Saturated 5g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 227mg, Sodium 187mg, Carbs 19g (Fiber 3g, Sugars 3g), Protein 16g

Watermelon Chevre Appetizers

Thanks to AFoodCentricLife for this recipe and photo! This was possibly the most popular appetizer at a recent party. Shockingly simple, you can do this and amaze your guests. Where else you gonna get a bite that is crisp, fresh, juicy AND creamy, decadent and surprising??

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Serving 6-8 (approximately 16 pieces)


  • 2 small Dulcinea watermelons (or 1 large regular watermelon)
  • 6-8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 Persian cucumber
  • A couple of limes


  1. Wash watermelons well. Cut a thin slice off one side to give you a flat surface. Roll melon to flat side (which provides stability for cutting the melon) and cut 1″ wide pieces of watermelon. Lay pieces flat and using a 1 1/4″-1 1/2″ round or square cookie cutter, cut pieces of melon.
  2. With the small end of a melon baller tool, cut little half rounds out of the center of the piece. Whip goat cheese and milk together until creamy. The amount you use will depend on your goat cheese. Place the cheese into a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe into the indentations. Garnish with a little slice of cucumber. Place on a flat plate, squeeze lime juice over the top and serve.

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Gluten Free Almond Pound Cake (with Yogurt!)

Thank you to AllDayIDreamAboutFood for the recipe. I snagged it for our 2015 Member Open House so that we could have a killer GF cake on hand, and it did NOT disappoint. So moist and flavorful. Would be fabulous under strawberries, chocolate ganache, ice cream, whipped cream, creme fraiche or just NAKED!

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Almond-Crusted Butter Cake


 1/4 cup sliced almonds

3 cups almond flour

1/3 cup unflavored whey protein powder

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 cup drinkable yogurt, or mix of yogurt and milk


Preheat oven to 300F and butter a loaf pan very well. Sprinkle sides and bottom of pan with sliced almonds, pressing into butter to adhere to sides.

In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add granulated sugar and beat until lighter and well-combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at time, scraping down beaters and sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Beat in almond extract.

Beat in half of the almond flour mixture, then beat in yogurt or yogurt/milk mix. Beat in remaining almond flour mixture until well combined. Spread batter in prepared pan, being careful not to dislodge sliced almonds on the sides. Smooth the top.

Bake 60 minutes, or until top is deep golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.



Lemon Chevre Cookies

These cookies, found on, are dense, toothy and luscious. We served them at this year’s Member Open House and they disappeared. Think of them as a main dish cookie. Yummy.

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40 Servings


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 15 ounces fresh chevre
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh

For the Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested


For the Cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Mix with your fingertips until the sugar is fragrant. Set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the large bowl combine the butter and lemon sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing until they are fully incorporated.
  • Add the ricotta cheese and lemon juice and mix until incorporated.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 20 minutes.
  • Once all the cookies are cool, prepare the lemon glaze.

For the Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest and whisk until smooth.
  • Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze.

Place cookies on a wire baking rack or wax paper and allow the glaze to harden before serving.