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Lavender Goat Cheese Ball
Aimee Olexy's goat cheese ball
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This is the perfect summertime snack to whip up and share with friends. It's also a conversation piece that is perfect for parties since it can sit out. Its light texture and herbaceous notes sing to the season of summer.

Technique tip: Allow the goat cheese and mascarpone to come to room temperature before mixing with herbs to allow for easier incorporation.


    • 8 ounces goat cheese, preferably Vermont Creamery, softened to room temperature
    • 1/4 cup mascarpone, softened to room temperature
    • 2 heaping tablespoons herbs de Provence
    • 1 pinch salt
    • Roughly chopped almonds (optional)
  • To serve

    • Pear slices
    • Apple slices
    • Local honey
    • Bread crisps
    • Fresh lavender sprigs
    • Thyme leaves


1. Combine goat cheese, mascarpone, herbs de Provence, and salt in the bowl of a mixer and blend until well incorporated.

2. Using your hands, shape into a ball and roll in chopped almonds.

3. Serve with crunchy pears, apples, local honey and bread crisps adding sprigs of fresh lavender and thyme for display.