goat cheese tart with joan of arc {a recipe}

goat cheese tart 4

Warm weather is here, which means I’m constantly on the lookout for light, easy to prepare meals that are perfect for both entertaining and weeknight family dinners. This goat cheese tart, featuring Joan of Arc® Traditional Goat Cheese, fits the bill.

goat cheese tart 2
My family LOVES goat cheese, and the Joan of Arc® brand includes a variety of French and French-style cheeses that are perfect when I want a quick and easy ways to go gourmet. Paired with a simple green salad, this tart was loved by all members of my family.


1½ cups all-purpose flour 
2 4 oz. logs of Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese 
10 ounce package 
Kosher salt 
13 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided 
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water 
¾ cup chopped shallots (3 to 4 shallots) 
1 cup heavy cream 
3 large eggs 
¼ chopped basil leaves 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First, we’ll make the crust. Put the flour and ¼ teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Cut 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) of the butter into large dice, add to the bowl, and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, add the ice water and process until the dough becomes crumbly. Dump the dough out on a floured board, gather it loosely into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

goat cheese tart

goat cheese tart

After removing dough from the refrigerator, roll the dough on a well-floured board and fit it into a 9-inch tart pan.

goat cheese tart

Butter one side of a square of parchment paper and fit it, butter side down, into the pan. Fill the foil with rice or beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and foil from the tart shell, prick the bottom all over with a fork, and bake for another 10 minutes. Here’s what the crust will look like after removing it from the oven…

joan of arc goat cheese

While your crust is baking, heat the remaining tablespoon of butter in a small pan and sauté the shallots over low heat for 5 minutes, or until tender. Place the goat cheese in the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few times. Add the cream, eggs, basil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and the pepper and process until blended.

Scatter shallots on bottom of crust, then top with goat cheese mixture (you’ll probably have some mixture leftover).
goat cheese tart

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, until the tart is set and golden brown on top. Let cool and serve.

goat cheese tart 5

goat cheese tart 1

So tell me, what is YOUR favorite way to use goat cheese?

For more recipes and inspiration, please visit Joan of Arc on Facebook, and Pinterest!


50 {more} easy wall art ideas

wall art ideas

One of the most popular posts ever on this blog is this list of 50 DIY wall art tutorials. So to followup (and because great tutorials are constantly being created), I’m sharing 50 more easy wall art ideas! Let’s get started….


francois et moi


a beautiful mess

wall art diy

a beautiful mess

wall art


pom poms
sugar & cloth 

photo frame diy

kristen duke photography



ballard knock off painting

provident home design


the bold abode

DIY ART IDEAS cheap art

live love diy

canvas art


how to make your own sequin art

live love diy


how about orange


honey sweet home

herringbone canvas

I should be mopping the floor


delineate your dwelling


sugar and cloth




city farmhouse



it’s always autumn

gem mirror

a beautiful mess


mad in crafts


the art of moseying


do small things with love


the handmade home


bigger than the three of us


jou jou papillon




100 layer cake


the merry thought


two delighted


sarah hearts


jenny collier


a beautiful mess




ann marie and me


design love fest



Dans le Townhouse_Rothko Inspired

dans le lakehouse


oh happy day


my so called crafty life


look what i made


little nostalgia


vintage revivals




pitter and glink


pennies for a fortune


gathering beauty


the felted fox


the anchored soul


3 tips for a healthier home

healthy home

Everyone has a favorite season, and Spring is definitely mine. If you’re one of the millions, though, that suffer from seasonal allergies, Spring can definitely feel less like a friend, and more like a foe. Allergies and asthma symptoms can be aggravated, and it’s hard to know where to start to feel relief.

healthy home tips

For me, it makes the most sense to start in the home. So today, I’m sharing 3 easy tips for creating a healthier home. In that vein, I am so thrilled that Bona is introducing the NEW Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner, which is now certified and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

This non-toxic, effective hardwood floor cleaner removes at least 93.33% of allergens from hard surface floors, and is free of dyes and scents. It cleans effectively and is hypo-allergenic, so it is safe for allergy-sensitive families.

Here’s a before shot of my floors. There’s definitely a buildup of pollen and other allergens in this part of the home, as the kids and I are in and out of the back door often.

healthy home tips

Just spray (or purchase the cartridge bottle that goes right into your Bona mop), wipe, and you’re done.


And that’s it! Floors are clean, shiny and, most importantly, free of allergens and residue.

healthy home tips

Click here to sign up to be a Bonafide Fanatic and receive a $3 coupon to make your own home healthier this Spring and Summer!

Another easy tip to a healthier home? Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)! CFLs can save three-quarters of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs, and the cost to light your home with CFLs is less than one-third of the cost of lighting your home with incandescent bulbs. While CFLs cost more, they last longer and use less energy.


And lastly, another easy tip for a healthy home is to check the safety of your drinking water. You can do this either by calling your local municipality for water-test results, or purchase a water test kit at your local home improvement store. If needed, install a water filtration system to ensure clean and healthy drinking water.

gray white kitchen ideas


So tell me, what is your favorite tip for a healthy home?