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Cherry Fennel Jam and Goat Cheese on Flatbread

Cherry Fennel Jam, Chandoka Cheese and Crackers

Cherry Fennel Jam, Chandoka Cheese and Crackers

Mark and I like to try new ‘small bites’ whenever possible.  Why small bites?  We get home from work at about the same time and usually Mark is starving – ravenous, can’t function until he eats -must have food now.  To avoid that hunger leading to the consumption of copious amounts of salty, processed snacks, we have been working to find easy, ready-to-go snacks between lunch and dinner.

We recently discovered a new ‘small bite’ favorite at Standard Market.  We stopped at Standard Market in Westmont, IL, after a day full of running errands.  If you are ever in the suburbs of Chicago and looking for a treasure trove of chef-inspired produce, meats, cheeses, wines, bakery items, delicatessen delights & more, this is a must-stop-shop.  Additionally, there is a small restaurant within the ‘market.’  The day before my wedding, my mother, future mother-in-law and bridesmaids had lunch at Standard Market Grill after having our nails done.  It was a great way to eat good, healthy food before my big-day.

Needless to say, I like Standard Market a lot.  This time, however, Mark and I stopped at Standard Market solely for the meat section.  While there, we passed by a sampling in the wine and cheese area.   On the tasting block?  A cherry fennel jam with goat cheese on little crackers.  It made me nervous.  Cherries and fennel?  I thought to myself, these two cannot go together!  BUT the combination was exceptional.  The ‘spiced’ cherry fennel jam is made by a company located in Wheeling, IL, called Kissel’s.

As a ‘small bite’ before dinner last night, we had the cherry fennel jam atop little flatbreads with both soft, spreadable goat cheese and a hard cheese called Cave Aged Chandoka from LaClare Farms, WI.   Easy, tasty and going on the Thanksgiving appetizer menu!

Looking for more small bites?  Check out my previous post on Goat Cheese, Mango Ginger Chutney and Pistachio Bites.

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