Honey and Fresh Goat Cheese Give the Year a Fresh New Start

Honey, with its myriad styles and flower sources, can accommodate an equally great number of dishes on festive occasions. Rosh Hoshanah traditionally rings in a sweet new year with apples dipped in honey. By the time Yom Kippur and Succos roll around, many people have a pantry of leftover honeys—perhaps even more exotic honeys than they would normally purchase for themselves.

How can one use this sweet honey to celebrate Yom Kippur? Well, it can be done! Obviously not during the fast day of Yom Kippur, but at the break-fast afterwards! Since a rigorous hunger- and thirst-inducing 26 hour fast can leave the stomach a little delicate, the best foods to eat are light dairy and juicy fruits to help replenish the water in the body.

One of the lightest cheeses to eat is chèvre (the French word for unaged goat cheese.) Not only is goat cheese generally easier to digest, but it also is much lower in calories than cow and sheep cheeses, around 70 calories per ounce and only six grams of fat. Goat cheese is also can work for people with lactose intolerance or generally difficulty eating other cheeses.

Honey and goat cheese taste great with a variety of fruits.

Try a plate of fresh fruits and a tangy, creamy chèvre with leftover honey at your break-fast. The goat cheese can either  be served in a log shape or in large chunks with honey drizzled over it, or it can be mixed up in advance in a small bowl with honey to taste. This combination works so well because the goat cheese’s natural tart flavor plays works as a foil to the honey’s floral sweetness.  It is great for breakfast any day of the year, too.

Goat cheese logs come in thick plastic packages that can be difficult to open with a knife. One trick is to use cooking scissors to snip a clean line around the base of the package. Gently roll the cheese out to avoid damaging it by violently scooping it out. Sometimes the cheese is too soft and tries to stick to the package. Try putting in the freezer  for about five or ten minutes (Not too long! Cheese doesn’t like the freezer!) It will be firm enough to extract from the packaging with greater ease.

Shana Tova Umetukah, which means "A Good and Sweet Year" in Hebrew

Shana Tova and have an easy fast—with lots of goat cheese and honey to come in the New Year!

Elizabeth Bland, the Cheese Mistress
http://www.kcheese.com

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