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Goat Cheese Nachos with Spicy Pintos
Ah, the Oscars with all the glamorous people and fancy trappings--jewels and sequined gowns, tuxedos--flawless bodies impeccably dressed and strutting about the red carpet. YAWN!

It's not that I don't like movies, but I prefer films from old Hollywood, when they were called pictures, instead of movies. I'm a sucker for anything from the 1930s--talk about some racy themes--and 1940s. I can easily watch all 238 minutes of Gone with the Wind without ever getting bored, and I've been known to hide the remote from Mr. B and play dumb whenever I come across an old Doris Day/Rock Hudson film. I like that women were called actresses and that if they were particularly beautiful and young, they were called starlets.

Admittedly, I do like going to the movies, but it's such an expensive outing and although Mr. B is the love of my life, BFF and soul mate, I really don't like having to share my Slurpee™ with him. Plus, last time we went to the movie theatre, it was $30 for two of us--that's a lot of money; $30 will buy a lot of meat, even a nice leg of lamb or a couple of thick steaks.

So, while I haven't seen even enough previews to make watching the Oscars worth my time, that doesn't mean I can't get behind some of the celebratory buzz in the air. Plus, without having to worry about fitting into my gown, or even brushing my hair,  there's no reason to shy away from the really good snacks, like these amazing goat cheese nachos with spicy pinto beans.

Goat Cheese Nachos with Spicy Pinto Beans

Spicy Pinto Beans

1 can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 onion, finely minced
1/2 green pepper, finely minced
1 Roma tomato, finely diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and finely minced
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder
1 tablespoon Tabasco™
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 cup of water

1. In a small saucepan, heat oil; add onions and peppers and cook until softened.
2. Add cumin and chili powder.
3. Add tomato, beans, Tabasco™ and water.
4. Cook, stirring frequently until beans are soft and broken and water is almost absorbed.

Goat Cheese Sauce

3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces of softened, room temperature goat cheese
3/4 cup finely shredded goat's milk white cheddar
salt and white pepper to taste

1. In a saucepan, heat milk until simmering; add heavy cream and heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
2. Add shredded cheese and stir until combined and cheese is melted.
3. Cook on low heat until just thickened.
4. Turn off heat and whisk in softened goat cheese.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nachos

Jalapenos, finely mined
Roma tomato, finely diced
Red onion, finely diced
Green onion, finely minced
Cilantro, finely chopped
Black olives
Tortilla chips
Spicy pinto beans
Goat cheese sauce

Layer tortilla chips with beans and goat cheese sauce, adding the rest of the ingredients to suit your taste.

*The goat cheese sauce is wonderful on vegetables, or with apples and pear slices. It's also pretty darn amazing with a spoon.




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