Challah French Toast, Cherries and Cardamom Vanilla Goat Cheese

IMG_4402I had some challah leftover from the challah and cherry panini, I posted this about two weeks ago and hopefully you checked it out and even more so, you actually made one for yourself.  It’s certainly not difficult and completely worth your time and energy.  After making the challah and cherry panini I had plenty bread, cherries and goat cheese leftover.   I’m sure you’ve heard me go on and on about waste and bad management.  I think it’s a crime to just throw away food and be wasteful or just lazy.   This is just one of the ways this blog has evolved.  When trying out recipes here, I would have so much excess and random ingredients laying around that I didn’t know what to do with.  I love the idea of getting multiple desserts or snacks or whatever out of something.  Whether it be just an ingredient or a whole project.  Having leftovers pushes me to be creative and parent like.

I recall as a kid, little fat Gussy busting out the back door heading out to the shed to get my bike to cruise around town.  Knowing me, probably to go to 7-11 to get a slurpee and junk food.  As I walked through the back yard I noticed my Dad had washed out and strung up Ziploc bags on the clothes line.  “You’ve got to be shittin’ me” I thought.  Nope.  He wasn’t.  That was my Dad.  The cool thing about my Dad being a hoarder is that he collected junk just to give it away.  I noticed you need pencils, got em.  You don’t have a notepad at your house, I’ll bring some tomorrow and by some I mean twenty.   Tape?  You know who could use this?  Eric.  The guy thinks of everyone but himself.  How can you not love someone like that?  Plus, that type of person will soon be a thing of the past.

I have no recipe to share for the challah french toast with cherries and goat cheese.  It was actually something that I had thrown together last minute for breakfast.  I had heavy cream leftover in the fridge from an event too.  I thought, why not?  I’m pretty shocked that it actually came out amazingly well.  The cinnamon in the french toast is a perfect pair with the cherries.  The goat cheese has a nice smooth consistency with a hint of vanilla.  The smooth and sweet of the goat cheese  went nice with the french toast, so there was no need for icky sweet syrup.

I hope this inspired you and you thought too to yourself about utilizing extra ingredients.

Also, I wanted to mention that I’m returning to Ohio for a bit.  I usually go back once a year to remind myself why I left.   I’ll try to return with some cool new mid western recipes or stories.  You never know.  I’ll be on the look out for a cool Amish cookbook too.  They have some great recipes.  They take basic ingredients or something you wouldn’t think of and make the best desserts.  The Amish can cook!  Let me tell you.  There is a place in central Ohio where they do family style meal.  They bring out gobs of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, the best biscuits and bread you’ll ever have.   Love all things Ohio!!!

See you in two weeks!!


Cherry Challah French Toast with Sunflowers. That’s how you start your day!!


Damn I love Sunflowers!!

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