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Tasia's Table Potluck Recipe & Giveaway

We’ve been excited all week to participate in Alabama creamery Belle Chevre‘s virtual potluck for the release of their new cookbook “Tasia’s Table.” With Belle Chevre founder Tasia Malakasis on the cover and a foreward by Natalie Chanin, the cookbook is a beautifully photographed ode to goat cheese and artisan food. When Belle Chevre asked us to choose a recipe to make as part of the potluck, we had a hard time. Creamy Belle Chevre Grits with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Greens Pie and Fig and Goat Cheese Tart were calling our name. Ultimately, we decided to make Belle and The Bees Stuffed French Toast.

A decadent breakfast item that will make you feel like a Queen (or King) Bee all morning, this French toast recipe is also simple and quick. Make it for your house guests, and they’ll be raving about your culinary skills. But after trying it once, you may find yourself just whipping up a single serving on a Saturday morning. Drizzle a little honey on top and don’t change out of your bathrobe. If Belle and The Bees Stuffed French Toast is any indication, we think Malakasis’s first cookbook embodies what she says she strives to be: “Dedicated to making simple things elegant and more delicious than one can imagine.”

Enjoy her recipe below, and scroll down for giveaway details!

Belle and The Bees Stuffed French Toast 

4 slices (about 2 inches thick) dense bread, like challah (we used ciabatta)
4 oz. Belle & The Bees Breakfast Cheese (this is Belle Chevre’s own honeyed goat cheese; we used goat cheese from the grocery store and drizzled a bit of local honey on top)
8 strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup buttermilk
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Cut the bread slices almost in half, leaving one edge intact to form a pocket, similar in appearance to pita bread. Spread the cheese on the inside of each piece. (We drizzled honey on the cheese here.) Follow with a layer of strawberries and close the bread. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Melt butter in pan. Whisk the buttermilk and the remaining five ingredients in a flat bowl. Dip the bread into the mixture, soaking sides and edges. Fry in pan until each side is golden brown.

Keep warm in a 250-degree oven while preparing remaining French toast in the same way. Serves 4. (We drizzled more honey on top for serving.)

Tasia’s Table Giveaway

We have one copy of “Tasia’s Table” to give away. To be entered to win, comment on this post with your own food aspirations BY OCTOBER 11. Maybe you just want to put dinner on the table for your family or would like to go to culinary school one day. Malakasis says that during a career in Internet technologies she discovered that food and cooking were what really made her happy. It took her a couple years, but she eventually bought a creamery in Alabama and became a cheesemaker. We’ll choose the winner with the best story and put your cookbook in the mail.

Check out these others bloggers’ posts from the potluck for more goat cheese recipes from Tasia:

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  • Carol / October 4, 2012

    I simply enjoy cooking and feeding my family and friends. I love trying new things and new twists on the familiar things, too. Most of my memories seem to be about food and the people who cooked and ate wonderful things.

  • Stacey / October 4, 2012

    Right now, I just need quick healthy and filling meals to get me through the stresses of the rest of the year!

  • Nicole-Lynn / October 5, 2012

    Great giveaway! I’d love to challenge myself and cook more formal dinners so I can host my own dinner party for friends!

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  • Dee Dee / October 5, 2012

    When my daughter left for college I gave up meal planning because it was just me and a cat. The cat eats well – me, not so much.

    What I would love is to fall in love with cooking all over again – that seems to be a pretty simple, but as of yet – unattainable aspiration!

    Maybe this is the recipe to get me back on track and in l’amore!

  • Joan / October 6, 2012

    I love to cook, trying new recipes, testing recipes, new techniques ect. I’d love to take a few different cooking classes someday. I enjoy finding new to me ingredients and ethnic recipes. I’d love to cook more with cheeses and this book could help. Thanks for the oppoturnity.

  • Paul Lindsley / October 6, 2012

    Food is love…it brings people together around the table and allows creativity and expression. Thanks for sharing your table!

  • nik / October 7, 2012

    I’d like to put together a cookbook of my parents’ and grandparents’ recipes to hand down to the new generation of family cooks. 🙂

  • Hugh Smith / October 8, 2012

    I grew up watching my mom cook. She was one of those moms that could come home from a long day of work and have an enormous meal whipped up in no time flat. When I was older and she would visit, most of our time was spent in the kitchen where we would talk and catch up while I watched her cook, feeling like her little boy again.
    When she died last year, there was nothing I missed more than those times. The only thing of hers that I wanted was her old scrapbook, where she would keep the recipes she cut out from magazines and newspapers and also where she would write her own recipes.
    Months after she passed I received the book and to this day I cannot look at it, much less hold open it without being overcome.
    My food aspiration is to pass on those great times in the kitchen to my daughter. To pass on the love of and the enjoyment of preparation of a good meal so that one day when I am gone, she can remember the times we had, and she can know that her dad loved her like I know my mom loved me.

  • gail / October 8, 2012

    i’d love to take courses at a culinary school

  • Susan 30A EATS / October 9, 2012

    Isn’t it a beautiful book? 30AEATS.com is excited to participate too! So many delicious recipes! You did an amazing job with the french toast! I decided to get back to food writing in 2011, so I did, and it has been non-stop! Decided to blog in Sept. 2011 for the first time, it took off and have loved every minute! Recently was asked to host local TV segment, but think I may need a few culinary classes, as I am a rustic home cook, so that is next on my empty-nester agenda! Oh! And I’m writing a cookbook! 🙂 Maybe a fromagerie next?… nah! I’ll just eat Belle Chevre!