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Love Point Deli

Dec 12, 2011 11:41PM ● By Anonymous
Mary Kessinger is there for you. And if you need a wide selection of wine, beer, or spirits to liven up that party, Love Point Deli—where Kessinger creates those platters and spreads, along with soups, sandwiches, and other dishes—has enough bottles on its shelves to make any fete a hit. Kessinger began her career at a gourmet deli 21 years ago, and eventually made her way to this Kent Island deli, owned by Tami and Mitchell Andrew. Here, Kessinger shows us how to created a layered goat cheese spread, which she likes to serve during the holiday season.

What’s Up? Eastern Shore: What do you like about this dish?
Mary Kessinger: It’s light and better for you than a really heavy dip. The fruits and nuts gives it a holiday feel. My newest love is goat cheese. I went years avoiding it, though.

WU: How often do you introduce new dishes or items in the deli?
MK: I like to plan what I will be making with the season. Also, I am often inspired by the TV show I watch or the food magazines I read.

WU: What kitchen tool could you not cook without?
MK: As long as I have a good, sharp knife, I’m happy. I hate gadgets.

WU?: Do you enjoy food TV? What’s your favorite show?
MK: My favorite TV chef is Jamie Oliver. I like his style. He is real, simple, and rustic. My favorite show is “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain. I love how he showcases not only the food of a region, but the people of the region as well.

WU: What do you like most about working at Love Point Deli?
MK: I like the challenge of being presented with a new item or ingredient to incorporate into what I am making.

WU: Are there any challenges to creating this spread?
MK: Finding a good mold for the shape of the layered goat cheese. I use an old pate container.

WU: What wine would you recommend to go with this cheese?
MK: We recommend Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo to pair with the layered goat cheese with fig and walnut. It is a lighter bodied Spanish Red with soft tannins and a ripe fruit-forward style.


Layered Goat Cheese with Figs and Walnuts

1 pound fresh goat cheese
1 cup toasted walnuts
1 cup dried figs
¼ cup honey

Press plastic wrap into the mold of your choice. Press half of the goat cheese in to the mold, pressing down firmly.

Chop the figs, and mix with honey, and spread on top of the cheese.

Add the remaining layer of cheese, pressing down again firmly.

Chop the nuts and press into the top of the cheese.

Cover with plastic wrap, and let it refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve with your favorite type of crackers, bread, grapes, or other fruit.