Tangy goat cheese is going mainstream

Remember when goat cheese was sold only at specialty markets? How times have changed. These days, the cheese shows up at discount-club stores such as Costco and Sam's Club, as well as mainstream supermarkets -- often at rock-bottom prices.

With 11- to 16-ounce logs sold for as low as $6, and 4-ounce logs for $3.99, goat cheese makes an affordable, easy appetizer.

In the recipes below, rich and tangy goat cheese proves a terrific foil for sweet, spicy and salty flavors. Nuts add a nice textural contrast to the creamy cheese.

Work these goat-cheese variations into your appetizer rotation for easy, no-cook summer entertaining.