When the book club of ladies come to visit- a charcuterie board can give everybody something they can enjoy. Fresh cheeses, fruit, crackers, olives, pickles and nuts. I also like to throw in some chocolates, jams and honey to bring it together. Crowd pleaser.
Start with your cheeses. Odd numbers are good. So three or 5 in a variety. I have a nice cheese ball of dried cranberry and herbs pre-made and centered. A firm but creamy gouda sliced and then a marinated mozzarella. Be creative and make it varied. This was a tray for 5.
After placing your cheeses. Fill in tight with your meats. I buy a simple prepackaged variety already sliced. Get a pack with four or more choices. Fold the larger cuts to fan around the cheeses and easy access for individuals to enjoy. Bring in small vessels of sizes of jams, olives, pickles … ect. Honey I placed in a creamer pitcher and added a honey comb server. So cute!
Add your fruit to fill in gaps. Then tuck your variety of crackers and breads about the platter. Add crackers right before serving so they don’t get soggy or soft. Add your utensils and plates and stand back to appreciate the masterpiece. You want lots of utensils so no double dipping and individual plates. Its always so Delicious!!!
I was raised on a large farm in a small community of Long Shop, Virginia. Just a stones throw from Blacksburg, Va and a short drive to the WV boarder. I grew up appreciating Appalachia cooking with low budgets and home grown veggies. What honestly tastes better than a warm tomato out of the garden sliced fat with salt and pepper? Maybe a bowl of good brown pinto beans and cornbread. Or even better grilled trout fresh caught from the creek!
My childhood was a dream... and what has made my passion for food- sharing good meals with good friends and loved ones.
My food always has a story and always in sizes to share.
I now have begun a new adventure with my love Jason, and we created the Bellman and Concierge LLC and reopened the beautiful Oaks Victorian Inn. A childhood home I knew well growing up and now saving for many to enjoy as a Boutique Bed and Breakfast. Cooking for guests and sharing traditions. Come visit us at
Im a county girl with a lot of love to share and I share in my cooking, stories and big hugs. Girl raised in the South cooking- that's me! GRITCOOKING!
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