Friday June 08, 2012 | 01:35 PM

Really. Goat cheese goes great on a date.

Goat cheese is like the smart, good-looking cheese that's witty and easy to talk to and it takes you to all the nicest restaurants and makes you feel pretty and you just know it's love even though you just met but that doesn't matter because your kids will be so attractive!

Ahem. Excuse me.

Goat cheese goes great on a date - as in a date, like the dried fruit. I didn't know this a month ago. A month ago, I'd never had a date before (as in a date, like the dried fruit).

So I couldn't say what led me to order the date and goat cheese appetizer on the menu at Fore Street. Let's chalk it up to my new-found sense of food adventure. Whatever led to the order, I'm grateful for the discovery of what plenty of other people already know: Dates + goat cheese = sosimpleyetsoridiculouslydeliciousitsweirdineverknewitbefore.

I decided to try recreating the combination at home (because if Fore Street can do it, so can I! Because I'm overconfident!). Luckily the combination requires two basic ingredients and no oven.

Take a date. Cut it open. Remove the seed. Stuff it with goat cheese. (Again, and I don't mean to beat you over the head with this, but by "date" I'm referring to the fruit, not a person who you went out with once two years ago who never called back and who you may or may not want to stuff with cheese.)

You can warm the duo in an oven (375 degrees for 10 minutes), add nuts or honey or salt or breadcrumbs. The additions are endless. But goat cheese and dates, even on their own, make a great couple. I bet people keep asking when they'll get married. And that probably annoys them. But they're just so darn good together.


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And here's a well-known truth: Shannon can't cook. She's also ostroconophobic (in Maine?!?), but in a foodie place like southern Maine, she's determined to learn how to cook, eat, and order with the best of them. Read about her culinary crusade:
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