Goat cheese and avocado purée

Goat cheese and avocado purée

Goat cheese and avocado purée

I got a ukulele for my birthday! I’m crazy about it! It’s so pretty and sounds so nice. But Claire, I hear you asking, how can you possibly have time for this in your busy schedule? How can you possibly fit in one more thing that you’ll do very badly and amateurishly and that will in no way further your “career?” Well, I’ll make time! I’ll shuffle around all of my other dilettantish pursuits. In point of fact, I’m very very happy about my ukulele. It has such a lovely sound…as David said, it’s sad but hopeful, and as my friend Blimpy said, even the minor chords sound cheerful. It’s wistful and melancholy. And I’ve been playing guitar badly for about 25 years (I can still only play about five chords), but ukulele feels brand new to me, and it feels good to learn something new at my advanced age. It makes my brain feel more nimble and limber. That’s right, limble and nimber. So today’s Sunday interactive playlist is ukulele songs! Simple! And I promise to learn each and every song that anybody suggests.
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This dish is simple, too. It was incredibly easy. I’m not sure what to call it. A dip? Goat cheese guacamole? A sauce? You could eat it with any kind of chip or cracker or smeared on bread or with the saltine nachos my boys invented or with roasted vegetables or with fresh vegetables. It’s soft mild goat cheese mixed with soft mild avocado with fresh chives (from the farm) and lime juice. You could add other flavors if you like…chopped tomatoes or cumin or cilantro or jalapenos, but we liked it simple, like this.

Here’s a link to the ukulele playlist.
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Chickpea, artichoke, olive and goat cheese dip

artichoke goat cheese dip

artichoke goat cheese dip

Skip James is one of my favorites. His voice is so haunting and plaintive, and his playing so sweet. I love his song Look Down the Road, and it’s been in my head a lot lately. Here’s a sample of the wonderful lyrics…

Look down the road
‘Fer as my eyes could see
Hey-hey, yeah
‘Fer as my eyes could see
And I couldn’t see nothin’
Looked like mine, to me

I don’t want no woman
Got hair like drops a-rain
Hey-hey-hey
Got hair like drops a-rain
Boy, you know this a shame
It’s a pity an a cryin’ shame

Beautiful!! In honor of this song, today’s playlist subject is songs about “The Road.” They don’t need to have “the road” in the title, but all of mine do, because I’m lazy and late for work. I’ve made the playlist collaborative, so you should be able to add your own suggestions!!

This dip is a miracle of last-minute deliciousness. If you have a can of chickpeas and a can of artichoke hearts, a tub of olives and a bit of goat cheese, you’re ready to entertain! Or make a nice dinner with good bread and a salad.

Here’s my THE ROAD playlist! Feel free to add your own songs.

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