December 12, 2016

The Perfect Cheese Board

When....well, if.....I entertain, my favorite item to serve is an abundant cheese board. No cooking involved, just creative assembly,  not only with the display, but with the ingredients.
My massive vintage bread board ideally features the assortment du jour

What makes a good board? Here is an informative reference chart

One more ingredient not listed is Cornichons, the mini french pickle for a crisp tartness to offset a strong cheese.

Now onto the real goods.......the cheese, and this is where I become a massive snob.

Nope, this is not it, bricks of American processed cheese, sliced.
Love some of the American craft, unpasteurized cheese, but let's focus today on the French & British cheeses

As mentioned above, choose from soft, semi-firm, aged and bleu. If in Paris the most renown and awarded Fromagerie is Laurent Dubois, a line forms every morning
British Cheeses are equally interesting

Headed to London? Visit Paxton & Whitfield on tony Jerymn street
This popular cheese monger holds two royal warrants, one from Her Majesty and His Highness, 
Prince Charles.

The mounding and spill over effect is reminiscent of a medieval feast. Choose items of many colors, and amass variety, it's a miniature piece of art. 

                                               CRANBERRY CHUTNEY


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 juice orange, pitted and finely chopped (skin and all)
  • 1 tart apple, cored and chopped
  • 12 dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 ¼ cups honey, approximately
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom


  1. Place orange juice, cranberries and chopped orange in a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until berries begin to pop.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and cook about 10 minutes, until thick. Adjust sweetness if desired.
                                  Bon Appetite!



  1. This is great. I collect pictures of beautifully assembled cheese boards as inspiration for my favorite thing to serve as appetizer. I always add tapenade along side the cheeses, nuts, meats and crackers/bread. Thanks for the ideas. A good Stilton and brie are essential.
    I hope you're close to having some time to put your feet up with a cup of cocoa and maybe a good book!

  2. I love using a cheese board when entertaining and the first image is gorgeous! Now I think I need a little cheese snack! Happy Tuesday ~

  3. yes karen, tapenade. and i forgot, a great pate! a virtual meal
    love to you!

  4. YUM!!! I can graze all day on cheese and wine :) Especially the wine, haha. BTW, I don't have any cheese boards....hope Santa will bring me some. Merry Christmas, Debra. Sending lots of love your way.


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