Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rainy Days and Comfort Food

Just so you know, I passed on a Blind Melon, a Missy Elliot, and a Garbage subject line for this post. You're welcome.

Anyways, I really like my house when it rains. Its like the whole house gets an Instagram filter on it, something about it is just really comforting. It makes me want to light all the expensive candles and catch up on books and, today, listen to Solomon Burke while making dinner.  (As opposed to normally, when I just sit down with a big thing of hummus and watch shows like Shark Tank.)

While I love the look of really crisp homes (like the master, A Merry Mishap), I've come to accept that my house does cozy better and that I'm not capable of keeping whites white enough to have a crisp home like that. 

Someone else is a fan of the rain we've been getting too.

Anyways. Its not like I don't always want cheese and carbs, but man, when its raining that craving cannot be satiated. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba in Chicago does this great baked goat cheese and mozzarella, and its warm and delicious and all it's missing is (say it together now) MORE CARBS! So today we're baking that same dish, but in a big, bready bun. 

You will need some good, hearty rolls. Nothing too flimsy, like a hamburger bun, because you need it to stand up to all the sauce (these are from Trader Joes). Otherwise, you just need marinara and goat cheese, then some S&P and whatever other spices strike your fancy. 

Slice the top off of your bun, erring on the side of cutting less rather than more.

Scoop out the center, saving the remnants to dip in later!

Crumble about two spoonfuls of goat cheese into the bottom of the bowl...

Top with marinara...

Top with even more goat cheese, and bake! A preheated 300 degree oven for about fifteen minutes does the trick. You just want to heat the sauce, melt the cheese, and toast the bread, there is no serious cooking involved, so make sure you keep an eye on it.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings that you choose, and dig in! Easy, cheap, hearty, delicious.

Anyone else love rainy days or have rainy day rituals? They are my favorite days to draw, to read, to nap, all of which means I probably shouldn't follow through on moving to Portland, otherwise I'd be unemployed and lazy...but very well-read. 



  1. Your living room is looking particularly cozy. That rug is super! And I'd cheerfully leap off the low-carb wagon for one of those cheese gems.

  2. Looks so yummy! Perfect for overcast day like today :)


  3. I want to eat that. Right now.

  4. I really need to try that recipe. So simple, but looks so yummy.

  5. i just stopped by your blog via the forums on younghouselove...and that snack has me drooling! It's amazing how just a few simple ingredients can be SO good! Thanks for the idea :)

  6. You are the coolest, and those buns look cheap and good :)

  7. You are the coolest, and those buns look cheap and good.

  8. Oh geez, I think I just double posted sorry haha

  9. gah your house is adorable so is your dog.
    i am a huge lover of boston terriors and the moment i own a house with a backyard i am all over that. but im curious to know, how is he? i've heard boston terriors can be very needy and extremely hyper. does he chew a lot of your things or have a complete melt down when you leave? i'd love to know.

    1. haha so yes, bostons are very very needy. they very much like to be "in a pack", so whenever Andy and I are around, she prefers to be curled up as close as humanly possible to one of us. Also, bostons will LICK. All day, every day.

      However, she's not particularly hyperactive! When it comes time to play, we can get her riled up, but after a good 20 minute walk or 15 minutes of play, she wipes herself out and will sleep for six hours straight.

      We live in an apartment, and i wish we had a yard! That would definitely be good for the energy she does have! As far as meltdowns or chewing, we have not had that problem at all. She doesn't chew anything that is not her toys, and we can leave anything lying around without worrying about it. When we leave the house, we crate her, and can hear her whining sometimes, but when we come home, she's always just sleeping and is fine!!

  10. I'm visiting via the YHL forums too - and I wholeheartedly agree that some houses just do cozy better than crisp! Sometimes I feel like our place is a cave compared to the drowning-in-natural-light place I lust over online, but yeah, our place does cozy good.

  11. I'm also visiting from YHL and I love your cozy space! I also love the recipe you shared. I've just discovered that I sort of love Goat Cheese, so I'm looking forward to trying this one out!
    I've just started a blog to track our house hunting endeavors and I'd love for you to come check it out!


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