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.