Oh, friends! Do I ever have some exciting new to share with you…Stella Cheese is giving away a trip to Napa! We went to Napa this summer. Here are a few pics from our trip. If you go, make sure you eat at GOTT’s! The food and the atmosphere was so fun! And, just a few steps away, is this charming market…where I may or may not have acquired these delicious cupcakes. 😉 We went to the Castello de Amorosa winery because it was family-friendly. We toured the castle, watched farm animals graze in the fields, and absolutely fell in love with the views and countryside. Their wine tasting experience was fun for us and the kids (grape juice, people!)
This post isn’t just about the giveaway, though. This Thanksgiving, I brought a cheese tray to our family Thanksgiving Dinner. It was so easy to make, since I was the “out-of-towner without a kitchen.” I stopped at our grocery store and purchased everything I would need. I purchased this Rosemary Asiago Cheese and a Prusciutto & Mozzarella cheese log. (yum!) Normally, I would also purchase a Smoked Gouda because that’s my fav! I added some crackers and a jam. Simpler than I usually do at my house, but it still was decimated by the end of appetizers. But, like an airhead, I was so excited to see everyone, that I didn’t get a picture of the completed tray. You can just imagine it was awesome. 🙂
8 Easy Steps to Build a Cheese Tray:
- Purchase excellent cheeses. You don’t need a lot, just purchase a nice variety. I like to offer a variety, soft and hard, mild & pungent. (i.e. brie or mozzarella, gouda, a hard cheddar & maybe a stinky blue.)
- Offer crackers or baguettes. I try not to overdo on the flavor on the crackers, so the other flavors shine through. A nice big circle shape is the best!
- Offer a meat. Pruscitto is a classic, but mix it up if you find something else that looks great.
- Offer a fruit. Grapes compliment cheeses, as do dates.
- Offer a spread. Depending on your plate, offer a jam to help it all stay together. I love fig jam myself, but sour cherry or a hot pepper jam would be fun as well.
- Add the unexpected, candied walnuts are delicious and add another textural element to your plate.
- Display it simply. Adding seasonal decor is simple and beautiful. Pine stems, fresh rosemary or basil leaves are always beautiful!
- Label your cheeses. Setting it on a chalkboard, makes labeling a snap! I have a tray that I painted with chalkboard paint that I use all the time. But, I just picked up a gorgeous marble cheese tray, so I will use some charming pics with kraft paper flags for labeling.
I hope this helps you keep calm & party on! 🙂
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