December 1, 2019
How is it December 1st already? Seriously, I feel it was just the Summer and, now, it is 3 1/2 weeks until Christmas! Ahh! This has always been my favorite time of year BUT, for some reason, I cannot seem to get my "merry" on. I have been trying, and I still think it will happen, but it is just feeling downright tough. Does this resonate at all with you?
Okay, let's talk about something that I love doing, and is great for this time of year (and, really, anytime of the year)...building a fabulous cheese & charcuterie board. It has become one of my favorite things to do for not only my own family parties BUT for others as well. Yes, I am for hire, LOL. In fact, here is a peek at one I put together for a friend's pre-Thanksgiving dinner.
What I love about building these boards is that you can be ridiculously creative! No 2 boards are ever the same, even if you have the same meats & cheeses, and you can craft it to FIT the season.
Take for example, here is what I used for this "Turkey Day" awesomeness...
- 1 Cheddar
- 2 Types of Gouda (cubed)
- 1 Blue Cheese
- 1 Prosciutto
- 1 Salami with Pistachio
- Fresh Strawberries & Oranges
- Carr's & Raincoat Crisp Crackers
- Grainy Mustard
- Fresh Flowers & Pine Cones
Again, there is no right or wrong with what you use! Pick what you like, and what would be appealing to your guests. Generally, I will pick 2 meats and 3 cheeses, or 3 meats and 2 cheeses but it really just depends. The accoutrements will vary as well and, again, it is all dependent on my mood, the season, and what guests would like.
Oh, 'tis the season! And I hope you are doing so with a BOUGIE cheese & charcuterie board!