I have been so excited for today for like ever. I have a super duper scooper exciting giveaway for you guys. Yes you! It is a great big spring entertaining giveaway that I put together with a group of blogging friends and four awesome brands, Vermont Creamery, JK Adams, Effie’s Homemade and Calivirgin. One winner is basically going to get a party delivered right to their doorstep. No joke!
I came up with the idea of putting this party together a while back when Vermont Creamery sent me a box of these amazing goat cheese crumbles. They come in plain, cranberry tarragon, tomato and basil, and apricot and thyme. They are all so yummy, and unlike a lot of commercially available crumbled goat cheeses, these are totally free of preservatives! Can I just say how ridiculous it is that these containers of pre-crumbled goat cheese make me so happy? It is so easy to have them on hand. I just toss a spoonful or two into a salad. And I have been adding the basil and tomato chevre crumbles into my scrambled eggs. Yum!
Then I made these beet and caramelized onion bruschetta with the crumbled goat cheese on top. I used the cranberry and tarragon flavor and the apricot and thyme as well. Oh Boy! Though I have to say, simple unflavored fresh chevre would have been pretty incredible too. Anywhoo, when I made these I was like Man, I wish I was having a party right about now and serving these up! And then I started thinking well I bet my readers would like to have a little party right about now too! Thus spawned the Spring Entertaining Giveaway! Please enter the giveaway using the widget below.
In addition to a sample of the crumbles I mentioned, there will be much much more in the prize packages. See it all above.
This is what is included in the prize:
From Vermont Creamery: A Taste of Vermont Creamery Gift Package and In a Cheesemakers Kitchen Cookbook. (Yes a cookbook too!)
From JK Adamas: A set of Coupe Appetizer Plates (2 pieces.) (I got a set of these~ hello new favorite props for photography, these are so swanky and they’re made in Vermont!)
From Calivirgin: 1 8.45 ounce bottle of roasted garlic olive oil, 1 8.45 ounce bottle of the rosemary infused olive oil and 1 8.45 ounce bottle balsamic vinegar. (Drizzle, drizzle this is the really good artisan stuff made by one family in California.)
From Effie’s homemade: 10 packages of crackers (2 oat, 2 corn, 2 nut, 2 cocoa, 2 rye.) (These go with about anything~ have you tried these yet? They are made right over in Massachusetts, but you can find them all over the country in Whole Foods.)
Also I would love it if you took a minute to pop over to visit the other bloggers who are running this giveaway too to see what they made for the party.
- 3 medium beets, about 1 pound
- 20 slices baguette, preferably whole-grain
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- ¾ cup balsamic caramelized onions
- 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- Place beets in a large saucepan and cover generously with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until a fork inserted into the flesh of a beet comes out with little resistance, about 40 minutes. Note that over-cooking will make it difficult to slice nicely. Drain and cool until cool enough to handle.
- Rub skin off of beets. Slice as thinly as possible, using a mandoline or sharp knife. Divided beet slices among the baguette slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with caramelized onions and goat cheese.