Ode to a Cat & Spiced Goat Cheese Creamed Corn

by Lauren


When I was 5 years old my parents took me to the shelter to pick out a kitten after church one day. My mom will never let me live down the fact that I picked the runt of the group.

All she wanted was a pretty, fluffy, kitty who wanted to cuddle but I had to have the scrawniest of the litter.


I named him after Zacchaeus because just like the character in the bible, he was going to climb trees. Well, that was what I thought cats did anyways.

I never once saw this lazy little guy climb a tree though- unless I was dragging him up it with me against his will.

The most amazing thing about Zack were his brushes with death that he so valiantly survived. Really, he survived everything but old age. Nineteen years later and the runt was still kickin’.


Zack survived the following…

  1. Being thrown against a wall by my dad after he sneak attacked me as a youngin’ and left a scar that I’ll have rest of my life – welp, I’ll always have something to remember him by.
  2. Viciously attacked by a coyote (or was it raccoon?) either way, it was brutal and he survived like a champ. Although, he did lose control of his salivary gland and drooled more than the dog afterward.
  3. We all threatened to kill him after our pet hamsters accidentally mated and he ate all 16 of their ugly baby hamsters…
  4. We attempted to nurse him back to health after the encounter with death from life #2 with food that he was allergic to.
  5. During the remodel of our home, he was built into the roof…we found him 3 days later when he peed and we noticed the portico was “leaking”.
  6. The neighbor called animal control and had him hauled off to the pound where he sat for 3-4 days until my parents returned from vacation and discovered what happened.
  7. He liked to sleep in a drawer of towels in the garage and managed to shut it on himself. Don’t worry, we found him within 48 hours.
  8. He would stubbornly lay right in front of the door and was stepped on at least 15 times.


I know I am forgetting many more instances but you get the point. Basically, he was the ultimate super-cat.

Through thick and thin for 19 years, this little runt really saw it all. He was one of the family and a true pal. I couldn’t have asked for a better kitty- even if he did drool profusely.

R.I.P. Zack-y-poo



Spiced Goat Cheese Creamed Corn


10 ounces frozen corn

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup half n half

1 tablespoon cilantro

1 tablespoon goat cheese

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1/2 tablespoon water + 1/2 tablespoon flour, mixed

2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Melt butter in a large skillet. Add the corn and water and cook until corn is tender. Stir in flour and water mixture, goat cheese and sugar and stir until thoroughly combined. Slowly add the half n’ half and stir continuously until mixture is smooth. Stir in cumin, coriander and cilantro.


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17 Comments to “Ode to a Cat & Spiced Goat Cheese Creamed Corn”

  1. Corn is my favourite vegetable, but creamed corn isn’t really something that’s done in the UK. I’m definitely going to try this though, I love goat’s cheese. Pinning!

  2. Sorry to hear about your cat–pets come into our lives and we are never the same–at the end it never feels like we had enough time with them. Zach sounds pretty amazing (and comedic).

    I like corn too, and this fresh creamed corn sounds great. Will be trying this soon!

  3. aw so sorry to hear about your cat, I’m a cat fan myself and even though they get into everything I still love ’em. Also a big fan of corn and this looks nothing like the creamed corn I’m used to, as in it looks amazing, def making it soon!

  4. Aww cute pic of u and ur brother 😉 RIP Zack !

    I love corn ! Going to make this .

  5. Sorry about your kitty! Losing a pet is the absolute worst thing! Creamed corn looks like the perfect comfort food. I’m going to make this next time my hubby smokes ribs!

  6. What a great and long life Zack had….and well loved!! Memories are the best part of life, well said Lauren :)) I will try this yummy looking recipe and give a *wink* to Zack-y-poo as I enjoy, thanks!!

  7. Goat cheese creamed corn! Oh goodness, I am picturing making this with all local Western Massachusetts ingredients and my mouth is simply watering. Well done!

    And I love the cat story :) He sounds like he was a champ. Makes me miss my first cat, Gracy. She was seriously the coolest animal I’ve ever met. She only lived to be 7 though, she got a tumor and passed away on the day of my high school graduation. I miss her dearly.

  8. Lauren

    Thanks Becca! Traditional creamed orn is a really popular dish in the South here. We Californians have all sorts of tasty twists to it though :)

  9. Lauren

    He was quite the character. I’ll surely miss him – good thing we have comfort food like creamed corn to keep us happy though :)

  10. Lauren

    Thanks Lauren. Yes, he was mischievous but you gotta love em. Thanks for stopping by the LYK :)

  11. Lauren

    We ate it with ribs and baked beans on Easter. SOOO good. Enjoy!

  12. Lauren

    Indeed he did! So good to hear from you Linda. Definitely test this recipe out, it’s darn tasty! 😉

  13. Awww…I can’t believe he’s gone. What an amazing cat. Do you remember how we tied him to that stroller that you and Eric are standing next too? Poor cat but he really lived it up with you guys. Ps I’m pretty sure cinammin, our cat, tried to eat the next batch of 16 baby hamsters that your family sent us. Whose idea was that anyways? :) leave it to the effinger family to have the best pets ever! Miss ya.

  14. I’m a sucker for creamed corn and love goat cheese, can’t wait to give this a try!

  15. Lauren

    Thanks Carrie! You’ll love it.

  16. Lauren

    Bahaha such great memories, how could i forget tying him into strollers and throwing him up and down in a blanket. Such a trooper he was. Miss you cuz!!

  17. Creamed corn with goat cheese is brilliant! That looks SO good. Very well done.

    That was a very nice tribute to Zack. I am sure you spoiled him and gave him a great life. I hope you carry many happy memories of him!