Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Billy Joel Needed a Dreamy Recipe to Keep His Uptown Girl


Today in music history Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced their plans to divorce. The year was 1984. I wasn’t the biggest Billy Joel fan but at fourteen years of age Christie Brinkley was definitely on my adolescent radar!

The music video for Uptown Girl comes to mind when I think of this couple. In the video Billy (playing the mechanic) and his grease monkey posse are somehow able to wow Christie (the uptown girl) with their stellar 80s’ dance moves. But as Billy and Christie drive away on a motorbike at the end of the video you wonder how this complete mismatch of a couple fell apart.

My guess is that he could get things fired up with his music but couldn’t keep it together with his cooking! Poor Billy. He should have served her my Dreamy Pear and Cheese Bites. These tasty appetizers would have captivated her and put her under their tasty magic spell!

Dreamy Pear and Cheese Bites
Sliced pears and cheese paired perfectly on a slice of toasted French baguette

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1 French baguette, sliced diagonally into 16(½-inch thick) slices
2 tsp olive oil
½ cup light strawberry cream cheese (about 4 oz / 113 g)
2 Bosc pears, cored and cut (lengthwise)into 32 (¼-inch thick) slices
4 (¼-inch thick)slices Havarti cheese, cut into 16 equal-sized pieces(about 4 oz / 113 g)
16 sweetened dried cranberries

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Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of bread slices with olive oil. Arrange in a single layer on 9 x 13-inch baking sheet. Broil in the oven until the tops of slices are lightly toasted.

Arrange toasted bread slices, in a single layer, on a serving platter. Spread an equal amount of cream cheese onto each slice.

For each bread slice, place a pear slice on top of the cream cheese. Top with a piece of Havarti cheese followed by another pear slice (arrange the pear and cheese slices at different angles to each other). Finish by placing a cranberry on top. Starting from the top, insert a frilled toothpick through the middle to hold it together. Repeat with remaining toasted bread slices, cream cheese, pears, Havarti cheese and cranberries. Serve.

Volume: Makes 16 cheese bites

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie
brent@cookapalooza.com

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