Main Idea, Cause and Effect, and Theme Unit

Before I get to my unit, I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you: Baked Goat Cheese.  I first had it when my husband took me to Sur la Table for my birthday, and we made a frisee salad with champagne-shallot vinaigrette and baked goat cheese on top.

I craved that goat cheese for days afterward, so one night when I was on my own for dinner I decided to forgo making a meal and just made these as a late-night snack.  Amazing! 

Here's the recipe:
(Adapted from Sur la Table)

3-4 oz goat cheese, in 4 slices
3/4 cup panko (I used homemade) breadcrumbs
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
extra virgin olive oil

Roll the goat cheese slices into balls, then roll in the herbs.  Dip into the beaten egg, then cover with bread crumbs.  Flatten very slightly with the palm of your hand. Set in the freezer for about a half hour. 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet (I used a small pie pan) with parchment paper or silpat, then brush both sides of the goat cheese with EVOO.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Enjoy!

And last but not least, I made a unit which I started today with my 3rd and 4th graders.


  1. Wow! It looks like you've been busy! I love how you hung the alphabet. That is such a cute way to display the letters. The wreath is also super adorable. I just found your blog and I'm a new follower, by the way. :)

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  2. Everything you made looks so great, I don't know where to start! First, that goat cheese snack looks delicious. Cheese is my major weakness in life. I also like how you changed your alphabet. I have never seen it done with clothespins, but it adds a nice little bit of flair. I did not realize you were so crafty!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. Ok Wow!! Everything you made is AWESOME. I want that goat cheese now and I love the way you hung your alphabet!!!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade


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